One of Nintendo’s ageing Wii U and 3DS online services, Miiverse, is going offline soon. Nintendo has announced that the service will be taken offline on November 8 in Japan at 3 PM in Japan. There is no word on if the shutdown also applies to other regions.
Additionally, Nintendo’s Wii U TV streaming functionality, Tvii, is also closing on November 8, along with Wii U Chat.
Nintendo made efforts to improve and expand the Miiverse’s functionality and accessibility since the Wii U debuted in 2012. Examples including adding support for mobile devices and browsers and a bigger overhaul in summer 2015.
With Nintendo’s next major online service set to premiere in 2018, it was always likely to be the case that Miiverse wouldn’t be supported forever. The Nintendo Switch online service will cost $4 per month or $30 per year. Currently, it is free.
In July, dataminers found references to a forthcoming Miiverse shutdown, so today’s announcement, though unfortunate for those enjoying it, is not a total surprise.