With the Nintendo Switch transitioning to another online infrastructure and the Wii U officially discontinued, it was only a matter of time before the latter would be losing its services. Today, Nintendo officially announced the end of the console and handheld messaging system Miiverse, with its discontinuation slated for November 7 at 10 PM PST for both Wii U and 3DS.
Nintendo has detailed the discontinuation of Miiverse in a support post:
After the service ends, you will no longer be able to access Miiverse from:
- Wii U consoles
- Nintendo 3DS family systems
- An internet browser on PCs or smart devices
In addition, all Miiverse services, such as viewing or making posts and messaging with friends, will become unavailable in games and system features.
- If you try to access Miiverse from your Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family system you will see an error code-115-5004 for Wii U and 015-5004 for Nintendo 3DS family systems.
- If you try to access a feature in Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family software that is tied to Miiverse, that function or service will be unavailable.
Between now and when the service ends in November you can request a download of all your Miiverse posts made up to the last day of the service. To learn how, go to the Miiverse website and click on the banner at the top of the main page that states “Information on Downloading Your Post History.”
A comprehensive list of games that will be affected are listed here, and include games like Bayonetta 2, Pikmin 3, and more importantly, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars and Super Mario Maker. Super Mario Maker is an interesting case, as it will still grant players the ability to share levels, but not comment on them.
While the Wii U didn’t sell as much as Nintendo expected it to, the loss of the Miiverse system will be felt by many. Here, have a Porter Robinson song while you muse about how realistic the water in every game is.
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