The Wii U firmware was updated this week and after some datamining, fans discovered some bad news. Switch users may have noticed the popular Miiverse service is not a part of the system, and it appears that it won’t be part of the Wii U either for much longer. Datamining revealed some text found in the update, which brought the Wii U software up to version 5.5.2. It reads, “The Miiverse service has ended. Miiverse and any software features that make use of Miiverse are now unavailable.”
For now, this seems to be text stored for later use. As of now, Miiverse is still active and usable. Nintendo fans are understandably saddened by the impending death of the service, as it has evolved over the years into a strong community with its native art tools and community-building functions.
While Miiverse isn’t on the Switch, it seems like Nintendo still wants parts of it to live on, as evidenced by features in Splatoon 2 that behave similarly.