Jun 4th, 2014


A new update for Miiverse launched today, bringing one of the features you’ve been asking for since the console launched in 2012. The time between posts has been lowered from three minutes to two minutes and while that’s nice, it still seems a bit long considering most posts only take a few seconds to write. Either way, those of you who serial comment on Miiverse should be pleased. Here’s the full changelog of changes for this Miiverse update as according to Marty:

1) The time you have to wait between comments when making successive comments on someone else’s post has been reduced from 3 minutes to 2 minutes.

2) You can now use up to 400 characters in each post and comment you write on Miiverse. Hopefully this should help everyone fit their hints and tips into a single post!

3) Your notifications screen can now display up to 50 notifications. We’re considering adding an option to disable notifications for when you receive a Yeah, but that will be in a future update.

4) Your Activity Feed now shows posts that your friends or people you’re following have given a Yeah to. You’ll only see their most recent Yeah, though, so no need to worry about it filling up your feed.

It’s nice to see Nintendo continuing to improve their services according to consumer feedback. Perhaps we’ll finally get dedicated apps for iOS/Android/Windows Phone soon enough.

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  • rp17

    This update isn’t very significant, but most these very specifically address requests people have been asking for. It just seems that Nintendo is starting to really listen to their fans.

    • Daniel Carvalho

      Finally! Now all they’ve gotta do is listen to the part where we say we want F-Zero, Star Fox, Mother…

      • Shootdatrupee!…

        People at Nintendo: *Throws arms in the air and storms out* I give up!

      • readypembroke

        At least they did something to allow GameCube controllers to be used with the upcoming SSB!!

        • Daniel Carvalho

          I still wish they were new wireless controllers in the shape of GCN controllers, something like they did with the Wii Classic Controller. It could even have the Power and Home Buttons and leds that indicate what player each controller is, and possibly a ZL button, so the GCN shaped controller could be used instead of the Wii U Pro Controller in other games as well as the Virtual Console library.

    • D.M.T

      Nintendo never stopped listening to their fans in my opinion. The reason why we don’t always get what we want is because they’re not supposed to give us everything we want. It’s like how parents don’t always give their kids what they want and when they want it because they’re not supposed to.

      • rp17

        Nintendo’s not supposed to be parenting us. They are a business. They need to respond to the consumer. However they have always listened, but recently it seems like they are making it a priority. This can be seen in them copyright claiming Youtube videos and almost banning Melee from EVO; to a year later, where now they have their Youtube affiliate program and are hosting their own Smash Bros tournament.

      • darkcreap

        I am also with rp17.

        Maybe it is because I mostly skipped the Wii generation (I only had it at the end of its life cycle), but it seems to me that Nintendo is updating things in their platforms more often, following things that people demand on the Internet.

        Maybe it is because we are at the start of the generation and things are more prone to change now, but I think that the Wii as a platform was not updated that regularly. As I mentioned in previous post:

        1) They just updated Pikmin to a touch screen paradigm.
        2) They updated the Wii mode provide Off TV play.
        3) They added the Quick Start Menu plus gamepad notifications.
        4) They are constantly changing Miiverse and changing the music and functionality of the eShop.

        Furthermore, the Wii was not prepared for game updates and DLC, like the WiiU is now. Game updates can be an excuse for pure release quality, but it can also be a good opportunity to provide functionality that wasn’t there.

        Pikmin 3 wasn’t half assed, but it seems to me that they released it early. One reason is that they included free multiplayer stages as free DLC, so that shows that they felt they gave very few stages (although the number at release was not bad). Second is that it didn’t have touch controls and since their intention was to show off the gamepad (as the Pikmin minigame in Nintendo Land showed), Miyamoto’s explanations that Pikmin 3 was only possible on WiiU seemed shoehorned to me. Yes, it had the map integration, but the touch interface was by far the biggest advancement in control schemes like the Wiimote was for the Wii.

        They provided a game early with less functionality, but more or less well debugged. Maybe it has been people’s demand (they say that critics complained a lot about the controls and I completely agree with them for the mentioned above), but maybe they had this plan all along, that is, release something incomplete but not glitchy, and then provide the new functionality.

        • rp17

          “Release something incomplete but not glitchy, and then provide the new functionality.”

          I can’t read this sentence and not think of Mario Kart 8…

          • darkcreap

            Well, mostly they focused on providing 60 fps instead of double screen gaming, but I think that in functionality it does not feel particularly incomplete.

            If only, I would like to be able to see my times in Time Trial, but it seems that this functionality is not provided as of yet. If anything, I would complain about it not having proper battle courses.

          • rp17

            I was mostly talking about the roster and the lack of battle arenas.

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  • YiyeUniverseMB

    That image is from the first reveal. I like the dark colour scheme. Good times!

    • That guy who hates Spike

      It looks ugly

      • WT Herrod Jr.

        Easier on the eyes in a dark room though… it would be nice to have options

  • Mayoo

    #1, #2 and #3 are welcomed but it is probably a constant that Nintendo modified in around 2 minutes (time to fetch solution, check-out, click, check-in, roll to staging). Nothing to be impressed with the time Nintendo takes to answer these fan-requested changes.

    • Yen

      It still requires time to test the system and make sure it doesn’t blow up somewhere because of a simple constant. Take the first one for example, they’d have to make sure that their system can handle situations where they have say thousands of people posting every 2 minute at the same time.

  • WT Herrod Jr.

    Expanding the character count for each post pretty much relieves any irritation I had with the comment timer but still I hope that the comment timer applies to post on a single users post (or even a single post) and not all posts globally. Previously you had to wait 3 minutes to comment on anything at all.

    • JB

      Exactly. Unless you are writing short responses or using a USB keyboard, 400 characters in 2 minutes sounds quite reasonable. (unless you can hunt and peck paticularly fast lol)

  • Superstick98

    Lol @the disgusting Zombi U comment. xD

  • Nintendo are really getting things together, It’s nice to see Mario Kart 8 advertising on UK television :p

  • Santiago

    Everyone benefits from the time-between-posts thing even if they don’t realize it. I bet if there was no restriction the user experience would also decrease because of spammed posts

    • greengecko007

      Yeah, it’s great to combat spam, but the delay should ONLY be used for this. Comments on posts following a conversation or discussion being delayed is a bit ridiculous.

    • Roadkill409

      I agree and I personally don’t seem to have a problem with the time limit. But there must be a smarter way to program the system instead of a blanket 3 or now 2 minute limit. There are smart people at Nintendo and there should be a strategic way to set a progressive limit that the system could automatically flag habitual abusers or a noticed pattern and implement a temporary time limit for spammers. But maybe something like that would be too taxing on the system? I am sure it is a lot easier to just put the 2 minute blanket.

      • Santiago

        Miiverse is still a very young network. Basic features are still to be added and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until we see them. Perhaps what you suggest is already in the works and this is a temporary measure?

  • Derek

    Can they please separate miiverse by language. This issue is becoming more and more common.

    • Daniel Carvalho

      I hope, if they do separate, that they don’t lock it by region! It’s already a bummer not being able to play Japanese games on my American console, I don’t want to be censored on Miiverse as well!

      • Derek

        Not region locked but divided by language based on your selected language in the console settings.

        • darkcreap

          I’m personally not pissed off by seeing people posting in English. I see what other people from France, Italy and all places post by language and it is great. I speak Spanish and English and I can understand some French. People from all across Europe see my comments and reply in English too, which is great. The more, the merrier. At least for me, though.

  • Carlos Reynosa

    It’s a start but the limit is still stupid. Just report spammers and make their punishment greater.

  • greengecko007

    Finally increasing the character limit is great, but why lower the post delay from 3 minutes to 2 rather than getting rid of it? I know that we don’t want spam to be a problem in Miiverse, but the 2 minute delay should be reserved for people making a whole bunch of separate posts within a short time frame.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    nintendo is so gay…they need to stop trying to make everything family friendly and just put out some good games for fucks sake!!!!

    • D.M.T

      You’re an idiot. This is why Nintendo is great because they are family friendly. Sony and Microsoft aren’t family friendly which explains why the Sony fanbase and Microsoft fanbase is full of annoying little dipshits. And Nintendo DOES

      • RyuNoHadouken

        read my response to Roadkill409 below

    • Roadkill409

      This is the reason I play and buy Nintendo. Because it is Family Friendly. My kids and I have a blast playing Nintendo games

      • RyuNoHadouken

        i own all systems for exclusives, but game primarily on PC. Nintendo could be so much more. IM 36 and the Nintendo I grew up with, had tons of family friendly games AND mature games…Metroid was once a mature game until it hit the Wii. some of their great mature games are Golgo 13, Eternal Darkness, Goldeneye, Conker’s, the original Fire Emblems, Kid icarus, Arch Rivals, Rampage, Battletoads, Bionic Commando and the original Final Fantasy games….and those older systems dominated…they can co-exist.

        • Roadkill409

          It sounds like we grew up in the same period of time playing similar games.
          Golgo 13 for the NES, I thought that game was hard. There’s one part (I don’t remember the part) that I could not get past. Great game though. But I do remember there being some suggestive parts, at least for Nintendo (the hotel).
          What about Xenoblade? I would say that game falls in line with some of the games you mentioned.

          But I better understand what you are talking about.
          When I originally read your post, the way I understood it was you only wanted Nintendo to make Battlefield or Call Of Duty. But I better see the direction of games you are asking for. Thanks for the clarification.
          Do you want Nintendo to make the games or are 3rd parties ok? Because some of the games you mentioned are 1st party Nintendo and others are not. Final Fantasy, Battletoads, Bionic Cammando, extra.. are all 3rd party games. The landscape of video games has really changed since most of those games have come out.

          Let me ask you this, what games would you like to see on Nintendo that is not there now?
          I know for me, I would like to have a God Of War type game on Nintendo. Maybe Bayonetta 2 might fill that void?

          Arch Rivals, isn’t that the basketball/beat’em up? 🙂

          I remember Rampage being a super fun arcade game that I thought did not translate well to the NES. Could they even make a game like that today that would be just as fun?? I might think people today would find a similar building smashing game too simple.

          What do you think?

          • RyuNoHadouken

            they could re-skin Rampage and make it an open world Godzilla!! Arch Rivals was rated mature due to violence and being able to pull someones pants down…hahaha(seriously, no bull)…and I’m cool with 3rd party…Capcom made a gem with Bionic Commando…the PS3 reboot was so so, but that is a game that could be made super fun by say, Platinum Games in conjunction with Capcom? That would be beast!!!! and yeah, Golgo 13 is a masterpiece…I’d love a reboot of that!!!!

          • Roadkill409

            Golgo 13 is what caught my eye from your post. I had not played the game in years and it is funny because a few weeks ago I had the same thought.
            I am not sure if they will be able to capture the charm of the original. It was such an “odd” game for Nintendo to have on their platform at the time. People think Nintendo filters content today, back then they really use to have tight filters.
            They have such a rich library to pull from, but I guess some of those 3rd party games might be harder to get the rights.

          • RyuNoHadouken

            yeah, it would probably be tough to acquire

    • Entropyguy

      Nintendo’s not very gay at all, what with Tomodachi Life not letting players marry other characters of the same sex.

      • RyuNoHadouken

        gay=weird…im not talking about homosexuals

        • Entropyguy

          Ah. Good to know you’re a homophobe! 😀

          • RyuNoHadouken

            dk what country you’re in, but in America, we say “gay” in place of weird, dumb, stupid…not a homophobe

          • Entropyguy

            No, I’m aware of that usage. I’m saying that that usage is homophobic.

          • Roadkill409

            Language is not static and is always evolving. The two words you guys are arguing over the definition of have changed many times over the past 100 years. Go back and listen to the Fintstone’s cartoon song, I’m pretty sure how it is used there would not fall in line with either of your definitions. Also, look up the origin of the word you are calling him. The definition has been constantly evolving too.
            Anyway, it is possible for someone to disagree with someone and not be afraid (phobia, phobic) of the human species (homo).

          • Entropyguy

            So…do people use something you identify as as a synonym for “weird, dumb, and stupid”? Can you imagine what that might feel like?

          • Roadkill409

            I understand where you are coming from…
            For full disclosure, I am not gay so I can’t honestly say that I can identify with you exactly. But I do identity with a group of people that many, many people think are totally foolish, dumb, and stupid.
            But there must be a better term or word to use besides homophobic. Because when I hear that word my brain says, someone who has an irrational fear of all people who homosexuals. The term is so close in contexts to other “phobic” or “phobia” words. That I think it often gets misunderstood.
            Also, nowadays, there are better terms or words to use other than what he used too.
            I am sure we are not going to solve any great social issues on a video game forum. But I try my best to be someone who looks at the person as a whole and not at any one aspect of their life. People are not single dimensional. Although I may not agree with everyone, I still try and treat everyone kindly.

          • Entropyguy

            So, knowing how it feels to have what you are called “weird, dumb, and stupid”, you still leaped to defend someone who was doing that exact same thing?

          • Roadkill409

            My intention was not to defend either of you. Your comment was just the last one.
            You have every right to make your opinions known. That is what is great about the Internet (at least for now).
            It seemed that both of you were arguing over the semantics of one word and then you introduced a new world that I thought was also being interpreted as a point of confusion. Right or wrong, it was clear that both of you were not understanding, or willing to understand, each others definition.
            It is now generally accepted what the word gay means. And that is not how he used it. But as I noted that words do change over time and not everyone may like how words have changed, whether right or wrong. The word gay is a great example. In the early 1900’s its meaning was something completely different than what it means today.
            I am not defending his definition, because in the context of a game forum, the way he choose to use that word would not be interpreted as positive.
            If you notice in my response to him before your comment, I stayed clear of brining up the potentially offensive part of the comment and tried to focus on what he had issues with.

            I was trying to be neutral.

          • Pokémon Fan

            Exactly which is why… ‘gay’ is not a synonym for ‘weird’. Also ‘weird’ actually defines as ‘suggesting something supernatural, connected with fate’.

          • Pokémon Fan

            No we don’t… see my above reply. And homosexual marriage is illegal in Japan.

    • Mike

      ANNND yet another person who thinks gay is an insult…

      • RyuNoHadouken

        gay as in weird…not homosexual gay

        • Pokémon Fan

          The definition of ‘gay’ is ‘ 1 (of a person esp. a man) homosexual special usage relating to or used by homosexuals.
          2 lighthearted and carefree special usage characterized by cheerfulness or pleasure.’ Therefore ‘gay’ is not an insult.

    • Pokémon Fan

      You’re being an idiot. For one thing ‘gay’ is not an insult. Unless you meant it in the way of ‘happy’ and you meant high or something. But you didn’t. Also the fact that Nintendo is family friendly is one of the things that makes Nintendo great. You don’t want your hypothetical kids to use your Wii U or their 3DS to look up nudes do you? No probably not. So just keep your stupid opinions to yourself and wait for e3 for games.

      • RyuNoHadouken

        on a scale of 1-10, how mad are you?

        • Pokémon Fan

          I’m not mad I’m just annoyed.

  • DC777

    That’s great. However…I wish they would do more. Such as, a dedicated screenshot folder (which generally is the only reason I post to MiiVerse), a real online chat and notification of friends online (regardless of what app you are in) and a full time internet connection icon, would be most important to me personally.

  • Roadkill409

    Slow but steady. I don’t know if it will win any races, but Nintendo is slowly getting there.

  • ZeldaFan83

    This is a nice start for Nintendo listening to their fans and Wii U owners and hopefully this trend continues because a lot more needs to be updated to help Miiverse have a better user experience.

  • bizzy gie

    Hopefully they make an app for Android and Windows.

    It’d be nice to have mobile version I could use anywhere.

    The browser restricts some features so a dedicated Android/Windows app could be on par with the Wii U version.

    Of course Nintendo wants you buying a Wii U so they’d probably make the mobile version for Android and Windows inferior. Drawing is probably the first to rule out.

  • darkcreap

    Well, with 400 characters, that is much better. First of all, it is very likely that 400 will be enough to put something in one post. Furthermore, if more posts are required, 400 characters is just fine so that by the time I have written the second post the 2 minute limit has timed out. I don’t have a keyboard attached to my WiiU and I take my time to write properly my long posts, so with this limit I think I will not have a time when I need to post in intervals of less than 2 minutes.

    Only problem would be if I wanted to post two screenshots of the same game in a very short interval of time in Miiverse, but this is not a major problem overall. Not at least for me.

    I see it nice that Nintendo are using the online to provide more frequent changes in the platform:

    1) They just updated Pikmin to a touch screen paradigm. I found it astonishing that it did not use the gamepad in the first time.
    2) They updated the Wii mode provide Off TV play. If only they would update the firmware to make the gamepad act as a classic controller…
    3) They added the Quick Start Menu plus gamepad notifications.
    4) They are constantly changing Miiverse and changing the music and functionality of the eShop.

    Nintendo has to understand that platform changes can’t happen just with the change of the generation. Especially since they seem to have made some uncomfortable omissions in the platform from the very start.

  • MujuraNoKamen

    No! don’t remove notifications for yeahs please no!!!