Nintendo Bids Farewell to the Miiverse By Opening a Special Memorial Channel

Nintendo Bids Farewell to the Miiverse By Opening a Special Memorial Channel

Draw up your goodbye posts while you still can.

It's almost time for the Miiverse to take its final bow. To close up shop. To wave bye-bye to its thousands of fleeting, stylus-penned digital sketches. It's not a totally unexpected development—the Switch, Nintendo's post-Wii U console effort, is doing far better than the Wii U ever did, and it has no Miiverse bundled within it. Splatoon 2 has its own Miiverse-like ecosystem, but beyond, you'll find nothing of the sort on the portable-home hybrid console.

Nintendo quietly announced the formal end of Miiverse earlier this year, to a resounding "nooo" from artists who had created true works of art on the social, art-sharing platform. Luckily, there's a bot archiving every Miiverse post before it shutters on November 8th at 1am ET. In the meantime, Nintendo's opened an official farewell community for Miiverse, where users can draw and scribble goodbye messages, like congregating Nintendo mascots at the grave of Miiverse. (I'm sure its epitaph reads: "Here lies that digital art you worked hours on, never to be seen again.")

Users, whether artists or regular folks with a sincere fondness for the platform, are bidding adieu to Miiverse. Some are drawing their favorite characters waving so long, others are simply writing thank you to the unique sharing platform. While Miiverse as we know it will soon be gone forever, thanks to archives and memories, will it really be gone? Nah. (Also, Nintendo will be collecting selected posts from the newly opened Everybody's Message Community for a future collage, according to the page's description.) You can find more Miiverse farewell posts on the Everybody's Message Community here.

Caty McCarthy

Senior Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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