Xbox LIVE and Miiverse - Crono37
Everyone: Our family purchased the Wii U the other day. I didn’t know if anyone else had one yet so I thought I would tell you what I think about the system.
So far, I very impressed with the online service Nintendo has setup called Miiverse. Think of Miiverse as a Facebook-type community. The communities are separated into the actual games or apps you can purchase/use for the system. You can interact with anyone quite easily and the videochat is very similar to Skype. I really hope the next Xbox has something similar for their online service.
The game I got with the system was Nintendo Land and, like Wii Sports, it’s composed of numerous mini-games. Several of the games are a lot of fun but others just show what you can do with the controller. I wish the game was playable online because the single player mini-games are rather dull. So, you can probably infer that the multiplayer games are what makes the experience fun.
The controller is pretty neat. It’s sturdy and comfortable to hold. The screen is similar to an I-pad. Some people have complained about the button layout but I haven’t had an issue yet. The controller will work with your TV and cable box (I was shocked that Mediacom was recognized). The battery life is way too short at about four hours but you can charge it while playing. You can step out of the room with the controller, and you’ll still be able to play your game but you won’t be able to go much farther. I’d give it about 40 to 50 feet (NOTE: My house is so funky with stuff like this so that could easily be different for other people).
Right now, I’m looking at the system as an investment. I think the technology is exactly where the future of gaming is headed and I’m hoping that future developers will utilize the features of the system properly.
Oh, if you do happen to buy the system, make sure to turn off the auto-shutdown feature before going online. If not, the system will turn off and you’ll have a shiny, new paper weight instead. LOL - How did they not catch that before launching this!?!?!