Miiverse is Shutting Down on November 8th 2017

Back when the Wii U was announced, Nintendo launched a service called Miiverse. Designed as a sort of Twitter like social media site for console owners, the system was integrated into games in order to give players a way to share messages, screenshots and pictures about them with other fans. It was a pretty big part of Nintendo’s marketing, and ended up being one of the main hooks for the Wii U system.

Unfortunately, Miiverse didn’t make it over to the Switch. And now as Nintendo have announced, it seems the bell has finally tolled for the system at long last. That’s because on November 8th 2017, Miiverse will shut down for good.

Miiverse picture

Which in turn has various effects on Nintendo’s games. For titles like New Super Mario Bros U, it means that Miiverse messages don’t appear in game while you’re playing, nor can you leave your own after a level. This makes the games feel incredibly quiet for those used to the Miiverse setup.

NSMBU Without Miiverse

And the effects don’t end with visual ones either. Oh no, while Super Mario Maker level sharing will still work (since only the comments depend on Miiverse), level sharing for Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Mario vs Donkey Kong will lose the ability for user level uploads in general. A full list of these affects can be seen here on their site:

All Wii U and 3DS Games Affected by the Miiverse Shut Down

It’s a pretty big loss for a lot of games really. One that’s going to wipe out a large part of the Wii U’s legacy.

But why is it happening? Why is Nintendo shutting down Miiverse anyway?

Well I think there are multiple reasons here. Firstly, Miiverse is far less popular than other social media platforms. It’s exclusive to people who own the Wii U or 3DS (hence already play the games they’re posting about), it’s not easy to find content from online and generally people visit it far less often than Twitter or Facebook.

Because of this, it doesn’t make sense to focus on it so much. Why advertise your games to a small community of existing fans when you can let your fans advertise them to millions on larger social media sites? And so that’s what Nintendo did. You can see a good illustration of the logic in Arlo’s fantastic video here:

Yet that’s not the only reason for closing it down. Oh no, there’s also the small issue of resources. Put simply, it’s a costly, time consuming process to run and moderate social media website.

Why is this?

In part, because Nintendo didn’t want to run a free for all like Twitter or Facebook. They wanted a heavily moderated experience where offensive content would be few and far between.

Problem is, that requires human moderators. Lots and lots of human moderators.

And given that Nintendo doesn’t trust volunteers to moderate its communities… that means paying people to do the work. Quite a few people actually given Miiverse’s size. Yeah, it’s not Facebook scale, but it’s big enough that a team would need to be working round the clock to monitor reports and remove rule breaking content whenever it pops up.

So, when you add the resources needed to host it and the technical effort needed to keep it up and running… Well, you can see that Nintendo would rather spend their resources elsewhere.

But still, every cloud has a silver lining here. And in Miiverse’s case, it’s that Nintendo is at least kind enough to let you take your work elsewhere.

Yep, just log in before it shuts down and you’ll be able to download an archive of your work. So, if you’ve got a great picture you’re proud of, or have used for various entertaining screenshots of whatever game you’re playing… well you now have the opportunity to host it somewhere else. That’s better than with a lot of social media sites or services. Most usually just close their doors and leave millions of people’s work to the abyss.

It also means Archiveteam may have a slightly easier way to get the content and make a whole archive of the site available too. Cause Miiverse is a site they’re likely going to be backing up too.

Still, what do you think? Are you disappointed that Miiverse is closing down? Do you remember any good times you had with the site?

Or is the site a relic that arguably needed to be replaced for Nintendo to move on?

Post your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!

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Nintendo Miiverse Shut Down Announcement (Miiverse)

Metroid Samus Returns: New Trailer!

Over the last week, Nintendo have demoed tons of games at Gamescom 2017. There was Super Mario Odyssey, which they got Yoshiaki Koizumi to demonstrate on August 23rd. There was Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, which was showcased yesterday. And well, with everything from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on the schedule, it’s quite clear Nintendo are using it to show off every game going.

And Metroid: Samus Returns is no exception. Shown off in yesterday’s livestream, the game got a brand new released showcasing all comes on new features on top of that!

So here’s the new trailer:

As well as their livestream demonstration from the day:

Both are great videos, and both illustrate how fantastic the remake is.

Which admittedly, you probably expected. After all, it’s 2D Metroid. And a remake of a known to be fantastic 2D Metroid game none the less.

But given it’s the first new Metroid title in years, it’s amazing how well it seems to stack up. The graphics look nice, the gameplay looks really enjoyable and the new additions are fantastic.

For example, look at the Aieon abilities in the video. You’ve got the Scan Pulse, which fills out the map. There’s the Lightning Armour for extra defence. Heck, you can even slow down time with the Phase Drift!

It’s an amazing set of abilities, all of which add a lot to the game.

So check out the trailer if you haven’t already, and consider buying this game when it comes out this September. It’s exactly what Metroid fans have wanted for a long time…

WatchMojo Caught Stealing Content from Guru Larry on YouTube!

As you may know, WatchMojo is one of the most popular channels on YouTube. Covering everything from TV and films to video games, their videos are usually your standard top ten lists about various subjects. Like the top ten worst selling consoles or the top ten most expensive sci-fi movies.

You know, the typical stuff you find on Buzzfeed like clickbait factories. Poorly researched, minimal effort attention grabbers that often retread the same ground as legions of others beforehand.

But in itself, that’s not a bad thing. After all, top ten lists aren’t a crime against humanity. And hey, everyone does need to just switch off and watch something a bit more mindless every now and again, right?

Well, I guess so. Except there’s just one problem.

Namely, the info in the videos is stolen from other YouTube creators.

Yep, I’m not kidding. All the facts are straight from other people’s work with no credit given.

How do we know this?

Because Guru Larry has seen his whole video ripped off and reused as a WatchMojo list. Yep, they took one of his Fact Hunt videos, noted down the entries there and remade the entire thing as a video on their channel.

Normally, that wouldn’t be too noticeable. Unfortunately for WatchMojo though, Guru Larry was prepared.

That’s because Guru Larry (like many map makers and dictionary writers of old) is known to sneak ‘copyright traps’ into his work. These traps are very minor ‘mistakes’ that can then be used to prove someone stole your data and reused it in their own work. They’re quite common on maps, with ‘trap streets’ often used to prove a mapmaker copied one of their rivals.

And since WatchMojo clearly didn’t do any other research on the topic, they copied the fake information without checking. Good job guys! How lovely of you to tell us where you get your information from now!

Here’s Larry’s tweet about the subject going into a bit more:

As well as Top Hat Gaming Man’s great video about the controversy:

So either way, the cat was out of the bag and Twitter was talking about it. So what did WatchMojo do?
Did they apologise for their actions like mature people would? Take down the video to stop people being fooled by fake information?

Well, not quite. They took down the video sure, but actually admitting they stole someone’s research never factored into it. Instead they sent Guru Larry the following, rather hilarious letter:

As you can see, it’s filled with examples of questionable journalism ethics. For example, why don’t the organisation credit people for their findings?

Because they don’t know said people are the original finders. Yes really. They outright say they won’t credit anyone because they don’t know said people are the ones they should be crediting.

That’s just… wow. Can you imagine if someone did that in school or college?

Like, if they handed in an essay with no citations because they ‘didn’t know’ the researcher was the original discoverer? Or told the lecturer they didn’t credit anyone because they didn’t know whether their sources were the original ones?

They’d probably get thrown off the course. That’s an obvious example of plagiarism, no matter how you cut it.

Yet that’s not all the letter implies.Oh no, it also implies they’re rather terrible at research.

Why?

Well, isn’t the job of a journalist about verifying the information they’re posting about? Aren’t journalists supposed to hunt down the source of a piece of information before writing about it?

Yeah, I think they are. But thanks to the fact WatchMojo clearly isn’t finding the original source, it implies the channel’s ‘researchers’ don’t actually do much research at all. That they find whatever a few other YouTubers or writers have said about a topic, copy down the information and merely assume it’s accurate. Verifying stuff? Who has the time for that, right?

Additionally, they also seem to imply they don’t really check their videos for originality all that well either. That’s because their letter goes and says ‘their tool didn’t pick up the similarities to your video’, implying the only thing they do is put the information through an automated plagiarism checker and hope nothing comes up as a match.

That’s again pretty bad for a channel like this. It’s basically admitting that people can send in anything and they’ll post it so long as it doesn’t ‘look’ enough like the source it’s paraphrasing. It feels like one of those cases where someone assumes Copyscape or Turnitin is good enough on its own.

And when you add this to the clear mistakes the channel makes in their videos (Top Hat Gaming Man references the terrible ‘Jaguar sales data’ in his response), you’ve got a lazy, uninspired YouTube channel trying to cash in on other people’s work for their own gain. Which is a trend that’s all too common now. Giant clickbait channels spamming low effort videos based on other people’s work for quick views.

So don’t support these guys. They clearly don’t put a lot of work into their videos, they steal from other people and their journalistic integrity is virtually nil. Treat them like you would Brash Games or other thieves. Organisations you refuse to support for their complete lack of morals and sheer laziness.

Because WatchMojo doesn’t deserve your patronage. And nor do any other such channels who refuse to credit people for their work.