Nintendo Japan plans to shut down Miiverse in November
Nintendo has officially announced that Miiverse and Wii U Chat will no longer be available in Japan from November 8. Nintendo’s Wii U TV streaming feature, TVii, will also be discontinued. For now, the announcement only mentions Japan, which means that these services may or may not be available in other parts of the world after this date.
Why is Nintendo ending Miiverse?
Nintendo’s decision comes as no surprise, as the console maker already announced it was ceasing production of the Wii U last year. Since the Miiverse is an exclusive service available for the Wii U and 3DS family system, speculation about this move was already going on. Also, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t run Miiverse, so the service’s impending end was pretty obvious. For Switch gamers, the company recently launched the Nintendo Switch online service.
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Miiverse was popular among artistic gamers who shared their hand-drawn images, which then appeared in popular titles. However, the platform has also been used for irreverent and often inappropriate messages on message boards.
According to Eurogamer, Miiverse “was a chaotic but moderately successful experiment in building a social network.” The popular gaming site further said that Miiverse was a popular way to see some of the best fan art, but Nintendo’s police were struggling to filter out inappropriate content. Although there were algorithms in place to automatically remove anything offensive, they could not be fully trusted as some inappropriate artwork often fell on the board.
Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips said Nintendo has always been a family-oriented brand and therefore it’s not like the company allows people to draw just about anything and pop it in the game.
“What they wanted to create was a sense of inclusiveness and empathy. is very Nintendo,” Phillips said.
Nintendo tried to improve it
It’s not like Nintendo shut down Miiverse without trying to improve it. The Japanese firm has made efforts to improve the functionality and accessibility of the service since the launch of the Wii U in 2012. It even added device and browser support as well as major changes in the summer of 2015. , notes GameSpot.
Once the service is shut down, players will no longer be able to chat with each other on the Wii U. Additionally, titles such as Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars and Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U will lose some of their functionality. For the moment, Nintendo indicates that a total of 117 games will be affected by the closure of the service.
After the service is terminated, Wii U or 3DS users who attempt to access it will see error codes 115-5004 for Wii U and 015-5004 for 3DS. Those who have posted content to Miiverse will be able to download screenshots and their posts to their PC, according to Nintendo’s official statement.
“Linked Nintendo Account is required to submit a posting history request, and your request must be submitted before the Miiverse service ends,” the game’s maker said.