Wii U to have better friend codes, instant Miiverse messaging and optional achievements

Wii U to have better friend codes, instant Miiverse messaging and optional achievements

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime recently sat down and spoke to Kotaku about the upcoming Wii U, and we've got some great confirmations of software and processes as a result.

First off, says Fils-aime, "there are friend codes, but it's not the existing friend code system...you will be able to identify people as friends and have a certain level of interaction vs. a different level of interaction for the more general population."

"The method by which you identify someone as a friend is a lot simpler than what's happening today with Friend Codes," he continued, refraining from commenting as to exactly how the new system will work.

In terms of the new Miiverse, there will be a series of checks and balances to ensure penises don't end up littering your game worlds. "First, there are parental controls. As a parent you can choose for your child not to have any MiiVerse conversation. The second level is going to be essentially a technology-driven scan to make sure that inappropriate words and inappropriate pictures don't make it onto MiiVerse. The third level is going to be the community that will police and flag items. The fourth level is for a human review at Nintendo," said Fils-Aime.

The messages you post will be viewable in real-time, provided they pass filters that will block out inappropriate content. If a user has been reported by the community too many times, additional filters will be activated.

Lastly, achievements on the Wii U will be handled in the same way as the 3DS and its Street Pass system, meaning there will be allocades at the system level. "Once you start getting into game-specific [achievements], that's developer driven," Reggie explained.

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