The Nintendo Wii U's virtual lobby where players' avatars, better known as Miis, can hang out and send each other messages is called the WaraWara Plaza in English, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced today in a Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation.
Nintendo showed off the virtual lobby at E3 this year and described it as a kind of "Mii Universe" where players' Miis could leave messages and illustrations for each other. The lobby went by its Japanese name at the time, Mii WaraWara.
The WaraWara Plaza (WaraWara is Japanese for 'bustling') will be accessible when users turn on their Wii U consoles. Users will be able to touch other Miis using the Gamepad to leave them messages and to see what they're playing.
Players will also be able to interact with other people's Mii avatars, befriend them, follow them, share and hide spoilers in messages and even leave comments for other players at certain landmarks in games like New Super Mario Bros. Wii U.
The Nintendo Wii U goes on sale in North America Nov. 18.
Update: Nintendo of America has released its own version of the WaraWara Plaza walkthrough video, which details the platform's features in English. Check out the video below to see how the system's social features will work.
- The fixer: Why Rod Fergusson returned to Gears of War
- Police: San Diego Comic-Con cosplayer wasn't assaulted, she fell (update)
- Polygon Plays: Deus Ex - Episode one
- 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is the chili cheese fry of Marvel's movie collection
- Players want more options than murder, and GTA 5 proves it