Nintendo set to launch social network

  • Nintendo is to launch a social network dubbed Miiverse for its new Wii U games console.

    The move comes in a bid to catch up with rivals such as Sony and boost sales via an online strategy.

    Miiverse was unveiled in a webcast by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata where he showed off functions that allow users to message, video chat and share pictures and other content.

    The Nintendo boss added that Miiverse will later be made available to subscribers on smartphones and other mobile devices, a first step by the Japanese company to offer services on devices built by other companies.