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Nintendo bringing its Miiverse social network to phones this spring

Nintendo seems to be getting more comfortable with the idea of its properties and services appearing on hardware it didn't create. Last November saw the release of an official Pokémon app for iOS and this spring will see smartphones gaining access to the Miiverse, its social network for Wii U. The announcement was made by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata earlier today in Japan.

According to Joystiq, Miiverse will initially arrive as a mobile-optimized website, but Nintendo says it is planning a dedicated app as well. In its native form on Wii U, Miiverse allows players to share accomplishments, messages and even artwork and screenshots with others.

Early mockups of the service on mobile devices have shown that at least the messaging and activity tracking features should make the jump to other devices. It also seems likely that the upcoming mobile web and app versions of Miiverse will be overseen by the same array of human moderators that prevent spoilers, adult content and other undesirable material from being shared via the Wii U.

There was no specific word on an iOS version, but we're hoping Nintendo plans to create one.

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