Oct 4th, 2012
The term “killer app” applies to an application — a game or a feature — that is likely to have a big impact on the sales and popularity of a video game console. And according to Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime, Wii U’s killer app is Miiverse, the social network that’s built into the Wii U.

Speaking to All Things D, Reggie said that Nintendo have big ambitions for Miiverse, adding:

“As the network grows and the installed base grows, it [Miiverse] will prove to be a true killer application for the system, and I say this loving what we have done with Nintendo TVii and loving all the games. Until you try it and experience it, you may not totally understand it”

Miiverse will be built-in and a part of every Wii U console. Nintendo will implement the feature into its own games. For example, players can leave messages and hints to one another in New Super Mario Bros U, offering tips and comments on the levels and the game in general. Third party developers have access to the feature as well — ZombiU will support Miiverse. For example, ZombiU will use Miiverse to notify players when their friends die so they can loot their dead bodies. This is just one of the Miiverse features in the game.

Miiverse will also offer a communications platform, where players can post Twitter-like status updates, send each other screenshots and hand-drawn images, and even video chat with the built-in VGA camera on the Wii U GamePad controller. Reggie added:

“What Miiverse is doing is quite different from anything else that’s being done, especially with the ability to hand draw messages and things of that nature.”

Miiverse, and the recently announced Nintendo TVii, will ship with every Wii U console and will be free to use.


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  • BCphoton

    It sure does look awesome!

    • God

      Yea that’s what I said about the wii but look how it turned out, a disappointment.

      • AKA-Link77

        Its obvious that Miiverse is one of the main attractions of Wii Uโ„ข and there’s no doubt im excited for it! ๐Ÿ˜€
        But as a Nintendo gamer even i myself can say that Nin was very limited, strict and lacked with socializing features. Even the 3DS has its limits (like swapnote & numbers etc). Both Wii & DS had very annoying limits too, technically with numbers or simply no socializing at all. I wont be too surprized ,but mad, if Miiverse has sertin – mabey annoying limits too.
        But overall! ๐Ÿ˜€ i do sertinly hope that Miiverse and Miiverse 3D (3DS) can be that miracle im wishing for in
        “Freedom of Socializing”. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • revolution5268

          look at xbox live and there โ€œFreedom of Socializingโ€ that these kids do.

          • NavyBlueYoshi

            If miiverse turns out like Xbox live, then ill lose my faith in humanity
            Aside from that tho, regarding miiverse…
            My body is ready

        • Chammybhoy

          Sertin? Really?

          • Flup McFlacken

            it seems so

      • Golden Fox

        I kinda Agreed.. but there’s many really good Wii games are worth buying, even Nintendo’s first party games as well, but the Wii U WILL fix the problem.

      • Thepokemonmaster

        God, Look, Wii Was a Really good installment.. *snickers* Thats why microsoft and sony copied those little rascals

      • Drew

        If the graphics were better the wii would be even awesomer

      • Nko Sekirei

        like u douchebag ur not even a god ur a imp

    • Nintyfan

      Whats with everyone getting a thumbs down? LOL!

      • Damiao

        Someone obviously has no life

      • AKA-Link77

        Ppl thumbs down anything even tho it’s completely neutral.

      • Kahhhhyle

        Some people use the down vote button more liberally then others haha. And some people are crazy about staying on topic so any diversion is an instant down vote for them

        • NavyBlueYoshi

          IKR it’s so annoying when that happens

  • Nintendude

    Finally, some news today!
    Anyways, I think I’ll like Miiverse. Glad that it is free too.

    • zonda777

      I’m guessing the next thing that’ll be covered might be about a certain site called latinospost that according to a recent article, decided the Wii U will fail because it has worse graphics compared to PS3 and Xbox 360.

      • Madmagican

        well that’s embarassing/laughable… yeah, Daily’s probably gonna jump on that sometime soon

  • Garzard

    Can’t wait for the 3DS implementation.

  • Mida

    What happend to the old article?

  • SavingUpForTheWiiU

    I’m happy that they’re spot on with the online this time around. This will truly make a great experience for me when I’m video chatting with my cousin while we’re both playing NSMBU, as we tell each other where each star coin is etc.

    • Your mom

      I’m waiving fir the wii u as well

  • wellsberg

    Can we video chat as we play a game? THAT’D be awesome

    • Shanks

      Yeah, i hope so, i can imagine myself shouting at the control while playing MH3 lol, love that game, it would be a million times better than have to writte a comment.

  • Whoobin

    Miiverse is interesting, but Pikmin 3 is the Wii U’s killer app for me.

    • NintenBrony

      less of an app more of a game

      • ridley vs. samus

        well a game is an app, in a sense

  • frank (3dsFC=5155-3120-0417)

    What’s up with the site? This page was there this morning, was gone this afternoon (accessing the URL gave a 404 Server Not Found Error) and now its back with comments erased. What happened, Wii U Daily? Not trying to be sarcastic or insulting, just want to know what happened.

    • Rob

      We recently upgraded servers. Unfortunately, the DNS caching has caused some people to see the old server and some people to see the new server. And in some cases, people are seeing both just depending on page load.

      There isn’t much we can do but cross our fingers and hope the interwebz works itself out. I’ll be posting an announcement about this tomorrow. Apologies for the inconvenience but appreciate your patience!

      • El CaRaS1

        I was worried man so there is no new news today??? Cause I saw this last nite and this morning i been checking all day today didn’t see it today all day but now i checked is back but nothing new????

      • Xblade13

        It all makes sense now! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      • WiiUnov18

        No problem keep up the good work

      • frank (3dsFC=5155-3120-0417)

        Okay man, thanks for letting me know.

        • RoboticLink

          Now I get it, I was getting confused.

  • Amherst

    It’s all fine and dandy to say that Reggie, but unless Nintendo starts showing off how this as well as online overall is going to work for Wii U in greater (see: any) detail it’s going to be rather hard to take you at your word for that. :’

  • Bob Singh

    Rob’s first article!

    great read though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sergiosms

    So is the website working fine now

  • 007 1/2

    I agree especially the video chat.

  • kingtendo

    Miiverse, and the recently announced Nintendo TVii, will ship with every Wii U console and will be free to use.

    u hear that microsoft? FREE.


    the nintendo fearless will rule 2013 and beyond….

    • AwesomeNES

      I’ll second that.

      I’ll be getting my Wii U as well. (After I took a few days to cool down)…
      As soon as I can collect enough money, I should have enough to spare until it arrives this holiday season.

      • kingtendo

        i dont call it the wii u,i call it the fearless,the fearless sound’s better than wiiu

    • SortableShelf19

      @kingtendo I know right I’m glad that the Wii U’s Online is free I’m tired of my xbox 360 with it’s online. In my opinion It’s worst things about Xbox 360. you need to pay for almost everything! even to change your dang gamertag! UGH seriously Microsoft?! hopefully you don’t need to pay to change your own gamertag/username on Wii U.



  • 88MilesPrower

    Miiverse is useless if the Wii U doesn’t have a real killer app that utilizes it.

    • Nko Sekirei

      ur comment shows how useless u are on this site by making false comments that u dont know about just do us all a favor and stfu

  • Spencer

    Dont like twitter but this seems useful

    • Xblade13

      Absolutely. It will be about what game you’re playing rather than if you’re on the toilet or not. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Cugno the Swiss

        I don’t know… I don’t have facebook or twitter, and I still don’t see why should I use this one.

        • AwesomeNES

          I see this as a good add-on.
          I don’t see this as a “killer app” that will force me to buy a Wii U.

          Nintendo TVii is a killer app. A great one at that.

          Wiiverse, nobody ever had an app that you can leave your comments before.

          As for the ability to have a twitter like updates for your games, the PS Vita has a very similar app called activities that automatically updates your gaming pages “or at will”.
          Again, the ability to leave your own comment is something new, and refreshing.

          (I just hope that it won’t “ruin” the experience of a game by other players that would reveal too many spoilers. Maybe an On/Off switch?)




    • RoboticLink

      Back off punk, that’s my company … uh … wife? you’re flirting with. Yeah, you read me, MINE.

  • BLACK OPS 2?


  • MonkeyCheese

    Man you guys have been super slow on news, and you’ve been missing a lot lately. Whats up? Wii U Daily used to have all the best news. Reported at a relevant time. Now it seems like you guys have lost interest or something?

  • SideScreamer

    As long as it has a friend system that works as easy as the Xbox’s Gamertag’s, that’s all I care about.

    • Kahhhhyle

      Yeah friend codes or Nintendo trying to be too “safe” could easily kill miiverse

  • Xblade13

    Miiverse will destroy Xbox Live.
    Looking forward to socializing on Wii U! ZombiU, NSMBU, and COD:BO2 online. Without 12 year olds cursing all day (hopefully)!

    • [CMD] DEATH

      Haha! Yeah! It’s pretty annoying hearing that the whole time you play online.

    • LogicalDude

      Agreed. Hoping there’s a way to use the tablet controller to “click” on someone’s name to have the option to friend, message or report. I really hate internet “tough guys”. Though if Nintendo wants add the option to make prepubescent voices deeper, I’d gladly take it.

      • u mad bro FC: 0559-7101-5495

        hehehehahaha! yeah every time on cod whenever 12 year old idiots start cursing all the time I just mute them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sora1990

      The only reason this hasn’t happened on an Nintendo console is because Nintendo has never implemented a good online service. And since Nintendo is implementing voice chat, good luck with not hearing 12 years olds curse all day. lol

  • 30yearsofnintendogaming

    miiverse= SCREW XBOX LIVE AND PLAYSTATION NETWORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FriendCode

    sounds interesting, but I was under the impression that most 3rd parties aren’t using this yet because they weren’t given enough time or notice to use it. So if it’s going to be big we will have to wait close to a year before its “killer”

  • Nintendo fan

    Did wii u daily posted this already but took it down an hour or two later ?


      Yeah I think so too…i saw it, it was gone, and now its back? :S

    • Nintyfan

      Let’s make a Wii U Daily Miiverse! LOL!

    • Nintenlord

      I think the site did have some problems yesterday cause this was post yesterday

    • Nintedward .

      I think wiiu daily have hired Criss Angel . MIND FREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • fnc73

        People, this guy’s funny. Nintedward your funny. People just hatin’ dawg. Keep it up.

        • Nintedward .

          I thought that was a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michael

      Yes, they did. And now they’re reposting it so it looks like they had news today.

    • Xblade13

      I don’t know. I even posted a comment, and I left the site. I came back, and it was gone! WTF happened?

      • NintendoMan :D

        Back to Miiverse, i heard that there will actually be a smartphone app for miiverse back at e3 2011.

  • MinowaEli

    If we were to get
    -Cross Game Chat
    -Intuitive Needed Security Aspects
    -More than 100 Friends Limit (

    then I’m sold ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kahhhhyle

      Lol so the wish list for Xbox live and psn

      • MinowaEli

        Pretty much… ;_;
        My Xbox broke down recently lol

        • Kahhhhyle

          That kinda sucks with halo 4 around the corner lol. Looks like you’ll have plenty of time for wii u though

          • MinowaEli

            I was planning to get Halo 4 first day! ugh..

  • Nintendo Power (Star Mission)

    Wii U daily, your not updating that much, only 1 thing and thats it. back at sept 13 you updated things like wildfire

    • Nintyfan

      I wouldn’t worry too much xP Once Wii U launches expect a blow out of news!!!!!!!!!! LOL!

  • link 5

    Sounds great cant wait to learn more about the wiiu and miiverse and also nitendo network

  • LyingTuna

    …Really Nintendo? Wii U has Mario, ZombiU, Pikmin3, even Nintendo Land, not to mention all the big multi-platform titles with nicer graphics and new features! But no, Miiverse. Don’t get me wrong, Miiverse looks really cool, and it will do well, but it’s not that big of a deal. Really, it has sooo much going for it, but all Reggie cares about is Miiverse. Oh well. 44 days, 2 hours, 45 minutes, and 10,9,8,7,6,5,4, so on… Till launch! Yeah!!!

    • MinowaEli

      You really seem to not understand. MiiVerse has a role in the Wii U’s online system. They cannot fuck up the online system (like the Wii) once more. I think it’s necessary for Nintendo to talk more and care more about MiiVerse, considering how we still do not know much about it and Nintendo Network (absolutely no news was given at E3 2012 for Nintendo Network).

    • NoPUNintendo

      Miiverse is gonna be really cool. Though I will agree, I don’t see it being the biggest thing about the Wii U, online wise. I just hope Miiverse doesn’t die down in 3 or 4 years. But it will be fun reading other peoples hints and giving hints. My biggest think about Miiverse, is the fact it’s a social network for gamers. My facebook is littered with “‘Anon’ just got this trophy on the PSN”. It’ll be cool to have a social network for gamers.

    • Nko Sekirei

      how many trolls have to be so dam stupid and ignorant on here they need to go bang a cactus

      • NintendoMan :D

        well his name is LYING tuna so…

  • Xblade13

    Wow, one second there were only 3 comments on here. I refresh the page, then BAM! there’s 34. And is it just me, or is it moderating faster? I posted a comment before I refreshed, then it was already done after.

    • Dan

      I think the website is acting up,, sometimes when I go here the latest news is the old one, until I refreshed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kahhhhyle

    Sounds awesome now I just need to convince some friends to buy a wii u lol

    • TheImaj

      You don’t need them.
      We’re your new friends now, Kahhhyle….We’re your new friends.
      We’re your new friends now, Kahhhyle….We’re your new friends.
      We’re your new friends now, Kahhhyle….We’re your new friends.
      We’re your new friends now, Kahhhyle….We’re your new friends.
      We’re your new friends now, Kahhhyle….We’re your new friends.
      We’re your new friends now, Kahhhyle….We’re your new friends…….

  • Christian

    In ZombiU, I would like to loot my own dead body! XD None of my friends will beat me to the punch! MiiVerse looks amazing, BTW.

  • Major Beauner

    See you all in the Mii-Verse!!!!!

  • linkaut

    The “Killer App” for every Nintendo console are the first party titles. To be honest, I couldn’t care less about Miiverse. I neither use Facebook nor do I plan do use any other form of such social networks. And I actually really dislike the idea of Miis itself, but I’m kinda used to it now.

  • SteampunkJedi

    Miiverse does look to be quite interesting, but Reggie is right in that I can’t truly judge it without firsthand experience.

    Is it just me, or is this article structured differently (particularly the comment section) than the others?

  • WiiUnov18

    Pay off my black wii U and zombiU now come on nov 18….hurry!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NinFINLAND-do

    Im sad cos i dont have cable net at home i have (netstick) so i didint have net in my wii either …any1 so kind and tell me is there a way to connect wii u in net? And if there isnt can i use wiiu for just playing …online is not so important ..ihave real friends so with local i could do okay ๐Ÿ™ but is there way with netstick?

  • DVE

    :O WiiU turn me on baby o.0 xD

  • Hi8us

    I was pretty sure nintendo was going with miiverse to be the killer app on this console for the facebook/twitter generation, the same way nintendo banked on wii sports to hook the casuals on wii. With a robust library encompassing the full range of age groups including adult titles like zombiu, assures they will also hook some ps360 gamers also. Nintendo fans will get a wii u no matter what but social networking users, as well as “hardcore” gamers, might find it hard to avoid getting one.

  • U Turn


  • U Turn

    Miiverse sound great but how are they going to police it.

    • Kahhhhyle

      I would rather they didn’t. Just make a system like Xbox live where you can block players from you so you never see their posts or play with them online

  • Maverick-Hunter

    My only desire from mii verse is; too let me talk to mii’s from japan and stuff :3

  • nintendoododo

    Why do you remove news, bring them back and remove then and then bring em up again? Are you retarded wiiudaily?

    • SteampunkJedi

      You make an absolutely perfect and flawless website, and then we’ll talk.

    • sergiosms

      There was a problem with the website

    • revolution5268

      wii u mad bro?

  • NintendoYOU

    I am cautiously optimistic about this. I am rely happy that Nintendo is aiming for a good online service. The only thing that worries me is that this whole “safe” thing has a chance to go sour. For instance i send a message to a friend saying “hey want to play a game.” Will that message be delayed cause that would be a bit annoying.
    The other thing that i’m worried about is weather we have to rely on the mic that’s build in to the controller or is there an optional headset. Because there’s no way around it players are going to hear your TV or anything happening in the room with you.
    But then again i love Nintendo, and have faith that they will do the right thing.
    P.s. If anyone has heard anything about these topics please respond its been bothering me a bit more than it should, but i can’t find anything on it

    • Kahhhhyle

      Well microphones have been confirmed there’s an article for turtle beach ones on here somewhere. And we know nothing about the messaging system yet but hopefully they aren’t dumb enough to do that haha.

      • NintendoYOU

        Awesome there’s goes some of my doubt sorry Nintendo ๐Ÿ™

  • MujuraNoKamen

    Miiverse looks pretty cool, it’s gonna epic playing ZombiU, having your friends leaving you hints (or traps if they’re trolls) along the way. Can’t wait for Wii U, Pimin3, Lego City undercover etc… In fact I really need to pre-order one.

  • Novum Magus

    Hey guys! Do the server upgrade right so you can get back to bringing us some good Wii U news. Thanks for all you do for us WiiUdaily.com

  • Armani

    I hope we can talk with people over the Mic. While we play our favorite games ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Wii u

    Loved the old one. Lookin’ forward to this though.

  • 30yearsofnintendogaming

    only thing i dont like about this site is that on mobile (what i use) is 3 hours behind the desktop version. its still da best video game site eva though ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Kirbymon123

    Thanks for the explanation at the beggining. I thought “killer app” meant an app that was out to get us…. Lol good article though.

  • Kirbymon123

    So i’m reading distractedly and then: “…will notify players when THEIR IT FRIENDS DIE”. Then I say, WHAT KIND OF MORBID SOCIAL NETWORK IS THIS? I read it again. OOOOOOOHhhhhh!


    Me like!

  • Tracy

    Do you suppose Miiverse will have rooms where one language is spoken? Because as much as I’d like to communicate with Japanese gamers I don’t want to be surrounded by Japanese comments. Or maybe they’ll translate the comments into the language you prefer or something along those lines?

    • John Tirrell

      you can set language in miiverse options so you can go on any language or a specific one

  • Hero Of Time

    Look, I know this one app will be the one of all of them, but you need to expand on it a bit more. How about giving people the ability to send special spot routes to people via video? Or how about letting people trade their items over Miiverse (by that, I mean some in game items that can be duplicated or taken back)? Or how about the ability to chat to all players at once while playing CoD or ZombiU? Expand, and the world Wiill be your’s Nintendo (see what I did there?)

  • John Tirrell

    now that the wii u is out miiverse is useless because it freezes after about two – ten minutes and makes one of the main features of the wii u completely useless to me. i know its not just me because ive read about other people having this problem

  • andrewjcole

    Nintendo is developing a mobile Miiverse app! See the January Nintendo Games Direct for more