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3DS will make Miiverse 'huge,' says Nintendo president

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is confident that once the Miiverse expands to the 3DS, it'll tap into a greater potential.

“Once the Miiverse hits the 3DS, it will be huge," he said, according to Siliconera. "Just imagine the possibilities of playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf while sharing your experiences on the Miiverse. Now that’s something!”

Currently, the social network is only available on the Wii U, with gamers sharing experiences, pictures, and more on its community pages.

“I noticed that there’s been lesser Nintendo talk going on in the Twitterverse," said Iwata. "Then, I realized that those who always spoke highly of Nintendo were happily doing the same in Miiverse. When I checked the Miiverse, it was full of comments on people’s accomplishments in [New Super Mario Bros. U] and discussing the game itself.”

The idea for the Miiverse almost never came to fruition because of the presence and popularity of existing social networks like Facebook and Twitter, which easily dominate over the competition. But they serve a different purpose than the Miiverse.

“The primary use of Twitter and Facebook is not gaming, but a means of communication," said Iwata. "Although I don’t use either of them, if I did, I imagine I’d use it to talk about my outings and vacations to people who aren’t exactly video game enthusiasts. I don’t think my former classmates would care to hear about my new Mario Kart record and so on.”

Nintendo considers the Miiverse an "experience sharing network." It plans to bring it to the 3DS and even PCs and smartphones.

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