The Miiverse social networking service for the Wii U and the 3DS will shut down on November 7th at 10 p.m. PDT. Nintendo has announced that the service will end later this year and all games that currently support the Miiverse will no longer be compatible with the service. As a result, all of the current drawings and other postings to the social network will be removed from titles such as Super Mario Maker, Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X and others.
Nintendo justified the closure of the service by stating that they “decided to end the service at this time because, among other reasons, many users are shifting to social networking services”. Additionally, the company elaborated that there are currently “ no plans to implement any services to replace Miiverse” on the Nintendo Switch. While the Nintendo Switch does not support the Miiverse, Splatoon 2 launched with a messaging system that replicated the soon to be defunct networking service.
Anyone that has any current postings on the Miiverse will be able to download those posts after Nintendo officially ends the service, allowing players at least some way to preserve their hard work or silly drawings. Additionally, the Wii U chat app and an a Japan-only TVii television service will be discontinued at the same time as the closure of the Miiverse.