It was inevitable… Nintendo has revealed that it’s putting an end to its social experience, Miiverse, later this year.
Since its inception in 2012 Miiverse was a way for players to leave short messages in a number of games on the 3DS and Wii U. It became home to some pretty funny memes as well as some impressive art, however it’s coming to a sad close later this year.
At 6AM GMT on November 8, Miiverse will officially close. According to Nintendo this is because many users are shifting to other social networks. Additionally, it’s also likely due to the Nintendo Switch having its own online service.
“We started the Miiverse service in 2012 along with the launch of the Wii U system because we wanted to provide a space where users could share their feelings about games with each other,” Said Nintendo on their support page. “Thanks to users’ support throughout the years, we think we were able to achieve that goal. We decided to end the service at this time because, among other reasons, many users are shifting to social networking services.”
As for the games that’ll be affected, Nintendo has compiled a handy list which you can find here. For the most part it won’t really cause much of a problem for games that had Miiverse integration, the only game that’ll have a slight impact is Mario vs. Donkey King: Tipping Stars where the Miiverse had players earning additional stars.
Other games such as Super Mario Maker will no longer have people commenting on levels, Splatoon’s Miiverse posts that appeared in the Plaza will disappear, and finally players will no longer be able to share Mario Kart 8 replays onto YouTube as it also posted them to Miiverse.
Players can preserve their post by heading over to the Miiverse website and register ahead of the end date. Players will then receive an email with a link to download past Miiverse posts.