Our keen eyes seem to have come in handy for once, as they’ve helped us to identify a few interesting tidbits which have remained hidden on the side of Nintendo’s official Wii U package artwork since last week…
It’s what’s underneath the “Connect” header that we’re interested in. Here’s what we have deciphered from the jumble of pixels we zoomed in on:
- Make and share new Mii characters
- Easily interact with friends, family and people around the world via Miiverse
- Download add-on content, full games, classic games and applications from Nintendo eShop (all contents sold separately).
- Communicate with other Wii U owners in real time with Wii U Chat
Wii U Chat? We’ve yet to hear about this specifically from Nintendo, where we’ll probably see the feature touted when Miiverse is shown in its final form. However, we’re going to assume it’s what we laid our eyes on during their pre-E3 Nintendo Direct video, where Non Specific Action Figure made its debut.
So the official name for Wii U’s webcam chat, then. The mention of “real time” in the blurb is an interesting one, though. Perhaps we’ll be able to utilise Wii U chat whilst playing games or browsing MiiVerse in a version which uses voice chat alone – a bit like party chat on Xbox 360 or PS Vita.
It’s certainly possible considering Nintendo’s decision to allocate Wii U’s operating system 1GB of RAM (in comparison, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 allocates 32MB to its operating system).
The next juicy morsel deciphered from the above arrangement of pixels is the confirmed existence of Wii U applications . Whether these go beyond the trio of standalone Amazon Video/Hulu Plus/Netfix applications revealed at E3 we’re not so sure, but exciting news nonetheless.
To top it all off, online Mii sharing returns. It isn’t big news, but we genuinely missed the feature to send Miis over the internet on 3DS. QR Codes were neat, but it wasn’t quite as instant a way as dragging your Mii into a virtual paper envelope of sorts to send to friends.
That these features are listed on the boxart is a mini revelation in itself. It’s Nintendo’s way of telling they’ll be available for us to use on launch day. Hurrah! We now wonder which eShop applications will be available at launch…
Update: As commenter Daniel Murphy points out below, the mention of ‘New Mii characters’ could have some significance – will we see Style Savvy levels of clothing customisation?
Probably not, but with maid outfits popping up in Animal Crossing: Jump Out, who knows? Regardless, this seems a good fit for Miiverse – with hundreds of Miis shown onscreen, greater differentiation between each one is certainly a benefit.