The Wii U’s Miiverse service is one of the most beloved features of Nintendo’s failed console. A basic form of social media that would go on to inspire the Xbox One’s vastly underused Community features, Miiverse was a place where Nintendo fans should interact with each other’s content and make friends. Although, like every social media, it was basically just used for memes.
In the Wii U’s newest update, version 5.5.2, dataminers found text within the update alluding to the end of Miiverse. “The Miiverse service has ended. Miiverse and any software features that make use of Miiverse are now unavailable,” is the alleged text found by dataminer Shiny Quagsire on Twitter.
While the shut down of Miiverse isn’t in effect yet, this shows that Nintendo’s plans for Miiverse aren’t exactly promising especially when considering the service is missing from the Nintendo Switch.
As of right now, fans are both saddened and angry at the prospect of their beloved service coming to an end. Memes and goodbyes are flooding social media and, of course, Miiverse itself, although Nintendo have not announced when the service will be ending.
Nintendo’s support for services on their past consoles have been kind of ropey; the Wii’s official online service wasn’t well supported by the company when it was active and as soon as the Wii U came along Nintendo were very quick to throw it under the bus. While the Nintendo DS’ online support lasted much longer, Nintendo’s focus has always been on providing the best service for their newest platforms even if they don’t sell well, à la Wii U.
For now, hold your gamepads tight and your Miiverse tighter because it might now be around for long.