Miiverse

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Miiverse
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Miiverse logo
Provider Nintendo
Launched 2012
End date Present
Service provided Nintendo Network
Accessible by Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC/smartphones (Internet)
Website miiverse.nintendo.net

Miiverse is an integrated social networking platform launched by Nintendo and made available via Nintendo Network, allowing users to make posts in specific communities relating to their experiences in games they are playing for the world to see. The service was created by the Nintendo System Development division and Hatena.

The Miiverse platform was originally announced before E3 2012 on June 9[1], and was originally launched alongside the Wii U on November 18, 2012. A web version of Miiverse was later launched in April 2013. Miiverse was finally released on Nintendo 3DS in a system update on December 9, 2013, starting with a select number of game communities with the number increasing over time.

On June 1, 2015, Nintendo announced that Miiverse would be redesigned and updated with several new features, including a screenshot album, Play Journals, which allow users to make updates with the games they are playing, and specific sections for communities dedicated to Play Journal entries, drawings, and discussion posts.[2] The redesign officially launched on July 29.[3]

On August 29, 2017, Nintendo announced that Miiverse would be shutting down on November 7, and would no longer be accessible on any platform. Miiverse game features would also no longer be available. According to Nintendo, the service was shut down due to many users shifting to other social network services, among other reasons. For a time before shutdown, users can request to receive a downloadable archive of their Miiverse posts.[4]

Functionality

Players can access Miiverse through special in-game prompts or from their system's home menu, or from the Wii U home screen, as well as while software is suspended. From the Miiverse homepage posts are organized into communities for software or special events. Players can search for communities and favorite communities. In the communities themselves, posts are organized into one of three categories: Play Journal posts, which detail game progress; Drawings, which are posts featuring artwork; and Discussion posts, in which players can posts comments to start discussions about the game; players can also view posts made before the redesigned Miiverse. A feed dedicated to posts from Verified Users (game developers and Nintendo representatives) is also available and accessible from the main Communities page. From the Activity Feed, players can see the latest posts from their friends.

While connected to Miiverse players can make posts using either text or drawings, as well as being able to comment on other users' posts. Users can also attach in-game screenshots to their posts, and occasionally may also attach YouTube videos or web links; as of the redesign a private Screenshot Album is also available that allows users to save up to 100 screenshots from games. Users can only make a certain number of posts in succession, and can only use 200 characters; posts also have a limit of 1000 comments per post. Users can also privately send messages to their friends, and on the Wii U Miiverse they can send friend requests to each other. Players can also "Yeah!" posts. On the web version of Miiverse, players can share their posts on other social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr.

Miiverse posts also appear in integrated software, as well as on the Warawara Plaza whenever the system is booted up.

References

  1. Nintendo’s Big Pre-E3 Announcement: Miiverse, a Social Network for the Wii U. The Mary Sue. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  2. Miiverse is getting a redesign! Miiverse. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  3. Miiverse redesign launches on July 29th Nintendo Insider (July 25, 2015). Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  4. Miiverse Service Discontinuation FAQ. Nintendo Support. Retrieved September 3, 2017.


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