Vidyo, the company powering the Wii U’s chat application, appears to be working on new functionality for the console. An official PDF document from Vidyo suggests that “multi-party conferencing” and communication between a Wii U and a mobile device could be on the way. There’s also a mysterious mention of something labeled as “video-powered game experiences”.
Take a look at the relevant extract from the PDF below:
Focus on social networking around gaming
Now: video chat in Miiverse
Next: video-powered game experiences
Chat today, conferencing soon
Next: multi-party conferencing
Extending to mobile devices soon
Now: between Wii U consoles
Next: between Wii U and mobile devices
Along with the hinted additions mentioned above, Nintendo has previously teased plans to improve Wii U Chat in other ways. For instance, in an Iwata Asks discussion, Satoru Iwata suggested that it may eventually be possible to chat with other system users without having to turn off a game.