RUMOR: Wii U Firmware Update Prepares to Terminate Miiverse

Monday, July 17th, 2017

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A new firmware update for Wii U hints at the end of the Miiverse social service. The new Wii U update 5.5.2 U went live this evening, promising “Improvements to system stability and usability: Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience”. There’s more to the update than meets the eye, as Twitter user Shiny Quagsire noted a new line of hidden text that users may encounter when Miiverse eventually shuts down (with the discovery credited to WulfyStylez).

Miiverse was originally introduced with the Wii U back when it launched in November 2012, and came to 3DS the following year. Nintendo’s intention with the social service was for users to share game tips and illustrations across specialized communities. In the five years since, the service asked such life-affirming questions as “Y Can’t Metroid Crawl?“, wrote a bad romance, and allowed users to admire the water.

Nintendo has not yet announced the end date for Miiverse on Wii U and 3DS, but this hidden text plants the seed for when they do. Miiverse already failed to make the jump to Nintendo Switch this March, further hastening its demise.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise has to be Pokemon, full-stop. But his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4, He's been an attendee to the first-ever IGN House Party and a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.

  • braneman

    I can’t say I’m too broken up about it, but I imagine that there will be people that will be very sad after its gone.

  • Miiverse was a fantastic idea, but it had glaring flaws. Unfortunate to see it go, if this is true.

  • Mr0303

    I wonder if you’d be able to see you avatar and the ones of all your friends on there brutally killed when the service shuts down.

  • ProfessorFluffy

    I’m just hoping this doesn’t lead into the closure of all online services on the console. It took the Wii about 2 years to get the online removed from everything (except the store), so hopefully this isn’t a sign they are speeding up that process to try and force more Switch sales.

    • No_Good_Names_Ever

      That was because they paid someone for servers or something which eventually came to the point where the company was closing down and instead of getting new servers; Nintendo elected keep that whole gen dead. Think they run their own shit now with the only things getting shut down being stuff like Dream World in Pokemon.

  • Now where will pedophiles hunt for booty?

    • No_Good_Names_Ever

      Forums centered around whatever replaces Naruto/Bleach/One Piece?

  • bluefoxfire

    In all honesty, there may be a small chance that a new Miiverse for the Switch will come after. If and in what form is still up in the air.