If you were an avid player of the Wii U’s biggest games you inevitably messed with Nintendo’s in-built social media service, Miiverse. While flawed in a few ways, it was a quirky, enjoyable platform and in-game functionality was often worth experimenting with. While it was later added to Nintendo 3DS systems via an update, very few games took advantage of it on the portable like they did on Wii U.

When it became apparent the Switch wouldn’t be launching with Miiverse, however, the service’s future came into doubt. Now, thanks to some datamined text found in the recent 5.5.1 update for Wii U, via ShinyQuagsire on Twitter, we have the following as-of-yet unused text:

“The Miiverse service has ended. Miiverse and any software features that make use of Miiverse are now unavailable.”

This does mean the cancellation of Miiverse is on the way, but it’s hard to say when it’ll come into effect.

Once it does, however, various games will be changed in various different ways. For example, Wind Waker HD greatly benefited from sharing the harder to find Pictograph shots for certain figurines, while Super Smash Bros’ Miiverse stage will become a barren wasteland. The future of Super Mario Maker level sharing will also come into question.

We’ll be sure to let you know once the cancellation of Miiverse is officially announced.

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.