Today marks Nintendo’s first major update to the Miiverse, the Wii U’s social networking hub. These updates affect various things related to notifications and code of conduct. Information on these and future updates can be found within a brand new Miiverse community.
A few things regarding notifications have been changed. Users will now receive notifications when another player decides to follow them. Also, users will not be alerted to thread comments, unless the post was made by the person who started the thread.
To cut down on spam messages and double posting, Nintendo has put a new limit as to how often a user can post to Miiverse. Now, only one post is allowed every five minutes, which may seem a little harsh for those who want to stay very active in many communities. Presumably, this also applies to those posting within their own comment thread.
Changes to the ‘Code of Conduct’ section make asking for friend requests and ‘yeahs’ (Miiverse’s equivalent to Facebook’s ‘liking’), a moddable offense. Posts that are unrelated to the community they are in will also be removed. The official statement on this reads:
Miiverse is a gaming community that allows people from around the world to interact and discuss the games they love. In communities dedicated to a specific game, please stay on topic, and only make posts relevant to that community and that contribute to the overall discussion. When someone posts on an unrelated topic, it may detract from users who want to discuss the game.
While Nintendo hasn’t said anything else on this matter, one could assume that the flood of Earthbound related comments on the recently released Balloon Fight community could have spurred this particular change.