Nintendo’s Wii U console had a lot of problems. The controller was never used to its full potential in any games, the UI was rather bloated and slow, and the software library was sorely lacking. But Miiverse wasn’t one of those problems. In fact, Miiverse was its best feature, a platform that allowed communities to blossom around the Wii U’s various games. Seeing that community of Miis run around in the console’s home screen always gave you something to look forward to when booting up the console, and it was clearly an experience you couldn’t get anywhere else.
Last night, Nintendo pulled the plug on the service. I was really sad when Nintendo indicated that it wouldn’t be returning on the Switch, but it wasn’t surprising. Online communities can be a fleeting thing, more so when they are linked to a failing video game console. I’m still holding on to hope that Nintendo may do something similar in the future with their upcoming Switch online service, but it’s doubtful.
For now, let’s remember that Miiverse was more than just the platform, it was the people. Like the best Nintendo games, Miiverse was filled with really weird people, and that’s what made it so fun. Those people, the core of Nintendo fans, aren’t going anywhere. Splatoon 2‘s array of weird political and furry posts prove that a bizarre Miiverse-like experience is still possible, and can be even more irreverent than it ever was in the old days of the Wii U.
RIP Miiverse – 2012-2017
Back in the Wii U days, a game like Super Mario Odyssey would have been the single big holiday release for Nintendo. Instead, we are extremely lucky that it’s coming out this early. In the span of a single month, we are getting a slew of third-party releases that will culminate with the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in December. I personally am planning on getting Doom, Rime and Rocket League, in addition to the two titles I mentioned above. Somewhere in there, I have to also find the time to catch up on Arms and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.
I was reading through game-related news and articles as I often do, and I came across this Business Insider piece. “Sonic Mania is the first good Sonic game,” it says. Ugh. It’s almost like a meme at this point, one I’m kinda getting sick of. Sonic was good. Very good, in fact. So, is it some elaborate joke, or is it that these people have never played any of the games from Sonic‘s golden age on the Sega consoles?
I’m a lifelong Zelda fan–one of my earliest video game memories was pouring hours upon hours exploring the sprawling world of Link’s Awakening on my large, monochrome Game Boy system. Since then, I have extensively played every game, and I have set opinions about what the “best” Zelda games are. I was struggling to place Breath of the Wild on my list after my first playthrough. I knew it was high up there–it’s a great game. But now, in the middle of my second playthrough, it’s clear as day to me now. Breath of the Wild is the best Zelda game Nintendo has ever produced.
UGHHHH. So I’ve never played the Persona series, or its parent series Shin Megami Tensei for that matter. Of course, it’s for no other reason than fear of the unknown–I do like JRPGs, but I have been burned in the past by promising releases. However, the Persona series is a gaming series that has been consistently lauded as forward-thinking, innovative and grown-up, and with Persona 5, I just can’t take it anymore. I need it.
Let’s be real-the Wii U was a failure of a console.With the Switch, Nintendo has a chance to save themselves, but only if they want it to.