Those concerned that Wii U’s social space would become some kind of free speech haven can breathe easy.

In an effort to keep its Miiverse community completely irrelevant, Nintendo employees will be screening both text and picture messages submitted via the service before allowing them to be displayed by the system.

This could mean delays of up to thirty minutes before a message is seen by others, something Nintendo President Satoru Iwata deemed "acceptable", probably before favourably comparing the service to posting a letter.

Nintendo’s in-house moderators will work in conjunction with the usual spam and swear filters and user-submitted complaint systems.

No word on whether a passionately-recited prayer to Nintendo’s executives will be required to start the Wii U, nor how many cameras the company wishes you to install in your bedroom and toilet.