It looks like the Nintendo-created social network Miiverse will soon be meeting its end. Nintendo recently released a new system update for Wii U out of scenic nowhere. While the update seems to be primarily to patch a security exploit to prevent hacking, it looks like there’s more to it.
Dataminers have found what appears to be a message related to the incoming closure of Miiverse. It reads:
“The Miiverse service has ended. Miiverse and any software features that make use of Miiverse are now unavailable.”
As of the time of this writing, the Miiverse service is still active and can be accessed after downloading the aforementioned Wii U system update. The 3DS app and mobile/PC webpage is also still active. As a result, this is being listed as a rumor for now. Even so, it still looks like Miiverse’s days are numbered, and there could be announcement soon. Nintendo did not implement the service into the Switch and has instead opted to allow users to link their Facebook and Twitter accounts directly to the system in order to share screenshots.
If you’re a Wii U and/or 3DS owner, then you’re most likely familiar with the Miiverse service. This was Nintendo’s answer to popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Similar to those, Miiverse allows users to interact with each other by means of posting and commenting, and even reacting to the posts with the ‘Yeah!’ feature (similar to a ‘Like’). Posts were separated into individual ‘Communities’, that were dedicated to specific games and apps (like Netflix and YouTube). Nintendo also used Miiverse to engage with its fans with special posts from game developers and Nintendo employees.
It launched alongside the Wii U back in late 2012, and then expanded into a web applet for mobile and PC in Spring 2013. A dedicated app on 3DS was released in the Winter of the same year. The social service’s main feature was allowing users to share in-game screenshots and even draw custom images on Wii U and 3DS. Many games, primarily on Wii U, integrated Miiverse natively, thus allowing user posts to appear either in specific sections or throughout the game.