Nintendo won’t purposefully copy elements from online services on rival platforms such as Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
They place greater importance in ensuring that they continue to innovate in their own direction, seeing the creation of online communities as of greater benefit.
“We have not thought that offering the same features that already exist within other online communities would be the best proposal for very experienced game players,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata explained to IGN.
“Nintendo has paid a great deal of attention to the dynamic of people playing video games together in the same room.
“With Wii U, we thought about expanding this concept into separate rooms which are connected online. Miiverse is a network community dedicated to video games that represents a very unique game-dedicated social graph that has never existed before.”
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