Nearly five years after first launching on the Wii U in November 2012, Nintendo has announced the impending end of their experimental social network Miiverse on November 7th, 2017.
The loss of the social network posting side might not be missed too much, but more importantly is the use of Miiverse to integrate online features into various games. These games include Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, and Xenoblade Chronicles X losing some important connectivity. Thankfully, no Animal Crossing game made particularly extensive use of Miiverse, although there are a few minor issues.
For one, Miiverse is commonly used by Animal Crossing: New Leaf players as a method to capture screenshots of the bottom screen which can otherwise not be captured by the game. It’s also been sometimes used as a way to obtain less-compressed screenshots of the top screen than the in-game screenshot tool does. These options will no longer be available when Miiverse departs.
Less importantly, the in-game Miiverse share function in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer will of course no longer function. And finally, for anyone who still has Animal Crossing Plaza installed on their Wii U, that application will naturally suffer with its Miiverse integration cut off.
If you did invest heavily into Miiverse as a social network though, you’ll be pleased to hear that Nintendo will be offering a data download containing all posts created by yourself including screenshots and drawings, plus all images from your album. You must request this download in advance of the November 7th shutdown, so be sure to head to this link to request your download before it’s too late!
One has to wonder though how safe the online multiplayer services are in the future on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS if Nintendo is willing to shut down Miiverse less than a year after the Nintendo Switch launched. Let’s hope they can stick around for at least a few more years at the very least!