On November 7th, all Miiverse services will be shut down, according to a recent update from Nintendo.
Not only will the Miiverse not be accessible on Wii U, 3DS systems, or any internet browser, but Miiverse applications in game will also cease to exist.
“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,” Nintendo wrote in an official statement on its website. “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.”
Of course, Nintendo was pretty mum about those “other reasons.”
There are a handful of major releases that still use Miiverse services, and those linked functionalities will no longer function from November 7th. These games include Super Mario Maker, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and Xenoblade Chronicles X, among others.
For most games, this simply means that Miiverse comments will no longer be posted or seen. While players will still be able to share levels in Super Mario Maker, for instance, comments on levels will no longer be available when Miiverse shuts down.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, however, suffers an even worse blow to its overall gameplay systems, as levels will no longer be shareable between players. That means that while you can still play all 88 levels in the main game, receiving additional stars from user-generated levels is no longer an option, meaning that “not all objects may be unlocked from the Workshop.” Despite that, Nintendo will still continue to sell the game.
The same goes for Super Smash Bros., which will no longer let players share levels and set up tournaments. Likewise, both Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros. are losing the ability to upload replays to YouTube, as that functionality was built into Miiverse. Mario Kart 8 is also losing the ability to set up tournaments.
Nintendo has no plans as of right now to replace Miiverse with a comparable service on the Switch. Instead, it’s pushing players toward accessing “Facebook and other social networking services” through its new hybrid console to comment on games. Plus, games like Splatoon 2 have already started to integrate comment systems in the game itself in the form of lobby messages.
That being said, Tipping Stars players won’t be able to share levels through Facebook.
If you really want to have a record of your Miiverse posts to pass down to the coming generations, you can visit the official Miiverse page to download your past comments. However, private messages and replies to your comments will not be salvageable.
Source: Nintendo Support