Wii U's Miiverse a social platform that works elsewhere

According to Nintendo, the Miiverse experience will be available on other platforms and will include a host of social features.

The Wii U's Miiverse will work on different platforms.
The Wii U's Miiverse will work on different platforms. James Martin/CNET

Nintendo's Miiverse will deliver its social experience across platforms, Nintendo announced today.

According to Nintendo, its Wii U's Miiverse will deliver full-fledged social features as soon as users boot up the console. Chief among those features is the ability to view "Miis" around games to help users determine which titles are trending around the world. In addition, the platform will let people see and send text messages, or use a stylus to draw words or images.

Interestingly, Nintendo doesn't want to limit its Miiverse to Wii U users. Instead, the company will offer it on the Nintendo 3DS, PCs, and mobile devices.

"Though it may not be available on launch day, you'll be able to join Miiverse from your 3DS, PC, or mobile device," Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said today.

Nintendo discussed its Miiverse earlier this week at a pre-E3 briefing. The company said at that time that the service will let users create Mii avatars. Nintendo didn't say today at its E3 keynote which mobile platforms Miiverse will support.

This story has been updated throughout the morning.

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