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Nintendo Is Officially Killing Miiverse In Japan

[Image: Luke Plunkett | Kotaku]
[Image: Luke Plunkett | Kotaku]

Nintendo’s Miiverse social network launched on the Wii U in Japan when the console went on sale in the region on December 8, 2012. This November, Nintendo is ending its service in Japan.


In an official release, Nintendo announced that Miiverse, along with Wii U Chat and Nintendo TVii, will end on November 8, 2017, at 3pm Japanese time. No word yet if or when Miiverse will be impacted in other regions. Kotaku has reached out for comment but hasn’t heard back.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise as the Nintendo Switch doesn’t use Miiverse. We knew this was coming.


Once Miiverse service ends, Wii U or 3DS users trying to access it will get the following error codes: 115-5004 for the Wii U and 015-5004 for the 3DS.

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Wii U and 3DS games that have Miiverse features will obviously no longer have them in Japan after its service ends. For example, below you can see how Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U will change:

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In Japan, this will impact over 70 Wii U games and over 20 Nintendo 3DS games.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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By the way, wouldn’t this also remove the ability to take screenshots of 3DS/Wii U games?

I don’t like it when companies take away how Sony’s been doing nothing but that with the PS Vita....