Nintendo’s Social Network

In late 2012, an entirely new social network was delivered to the world, from a most unexpected source: Nintendo.

The Wii U gaming system launched with a built-in social network called “miiverse”. Wii U users could connect with friends and strangers alike to share discoveries and seek game advice by posting statuses, screenshots, and drawings.

Each game released for the system was given its own unique miiverse “community” in which all the posts were focused on that particular game. For example, the Mario Kart community only had content related to Mario Kart (a rule enforced by both moderators and the Wii U’s operating system). This was very helpful for me when I played some of the trickier games on the system — I would post a question and screenshot and soon many people would provide me with answers in the comments section.

The miiverse interface in action

One unique feature of the network is that users could draw pictures on the Wii U’s tablet controller and post those as status updates. Despite having only a stylus and 2 colors to work with, some users were able to create incredible works, like the one below:

However, the majority of the artwork posted to the network was…less than stellar, to put it lightly. The quality of other types of content was often lacking as well. In fact, there is a whole Twitter account dedicated to bizarre miiverse posts. Some highlights include:

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you see it), Nintendo has announced that miiverse will not survive into the era of their new system, the Nintendo Switch. Only Wii U and 3DS users will be able to access it, and even then, only for a while.

Although miiverse is nearing the end of its life, we can look back and be thankful for the many laughs and surprises it gave us through the years.

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