A few weeks ago, Nintendo announced that it would be shutting down Miiverse next month (November). This social network platform was custom-built by Nintendo and released alongside the Wii U back in November 2012. It was later also brought over to 3DS and PC/mobile devices. A good chunk of Nintendo gamers liked it due to it being a social network completely dedicated to gaming, allowing users to share their thoughts and even hand-made drawings about their favorite titles. The announcement of it shutting down upset quite a few people.
When the initial announcement was made, Nintendo did not specify exactly why it was closing Miiverse. In a recent interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America’s President Reggie Fils-Aime opened up about the company’s decision:
“Miiverse was a great community. It was something we thought would be integral to the Wii U proposition along with Nintendo TVii. Unfortunately the Wii U didn’t scale the way we hoped it would, which makes continuing those services financially challenging. They’re all linked. From a service, architecture and delivery [standpoint], it’s linked. Once we made the decision for it to be concluded on Wii U, it meant it would be concluded for 3DS as well as the viewing service on your PC.”
From a business standpoint, this decision does make sense. Miiverse is a totally free service with no opportunities for Nintendo to gain any revenue (such as advertisements). Running servers are expensive, so it’s definitely likely that Miiverse has too few users to justify the cost. As a result, Nintendo thinks now’s the time to pull the plug.
I owned the Wii U since its second month on the market. I was quite fond of Miiverse and enjoyed several posts, especially in the Art Academy community. Personally, I will certainly miss it. Miiverse will be closing its doors on November 7th at 10 PM Pacific.
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