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"I think 30 minutes should be acceptable." Satoru Iwata, Nintendo

Wii U Messaging
Wii U Messaging

User-to-user interactions on the Wii U's Miiverse social platform will go through three layers of moderation before arriving at their destination, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Hero Complex today.

User-to-user interactions on the Wii U's Miiverse social platform will go through three layers of moderation before arriving on the platform, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Hero Complex today.

Nintendo boasted that the system would finally provide the strong social experience of the Xbox 360 and PSN during its E3 press conference. However, the company's methods for keeping public postings clean are a little extreme: Any message posted must pass through an automatic language filter, a human moderator review from Nintendo "human resources" and, finally, a peer review from the recipient.

When asked how long this process would take, Iwata said the company would have a clearer idea as Miiverse is shaped by feedback, but specified, "I think 30 minutes should be acceptable."

The logistics are staggering to think about, but it's just the latest effort in Nintendo's history of protecting its underage audience at the expense of the convenience of its adults. The oft-decried Friend Code system received similar complaints, and prevented both the DS and Wii from developing cohesive online multiplayer experiences.