Nintendo Announces Miiverse Shutdown for Wii U and 3DS

Posted by at 9:07 am on August 29, 2017

Nintendo revealed today that Miiverse – a social network of sorts for Wii U and 3DS – will be shutting down soon. The disappointing part for many players will be the fact that the Switch doesn’t really have a Miiverse of its own, and may not ever have one.

Miiverse allowed people to participate in communities for games that supported the feature on Wii U and 3DS, sharing screenshots and drawings or asking questions and posting tips. In some titles, Miiverse was a more baked-in feature – in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, for instance, players could send off messages in bottles which would then be delivered to other players via Miiverse.

Both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Miiverse will shut down on November 8 – just a little over two months from now. This affects the Wii U more than the 3DS; while Miiverse was only supported in around 20 3DS games, support for the social network was much more prevalent on Wii U. Nintendo says that players will have the opportunity to download their Miiverse posts before the shut down occurs, though details on how or when that will happen weren’t shared in this announcement.

Though this announcement was made on Nintendo’s Japanese site, it likely applies to the NA and EU versions of Miiverse as well.

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