Nintendo has just revealed that users will no longer be able to sign in with their Facebook or Twitter accounts, and that Image Share services will be disabled for 3DS and Wii U systems. These changes are currently expected to roll out on October 25th, 2022.
Here are both of the big announcements from Nintendo’s Twitter feed:
The links for more info do not elaborate on the exact reason for these changes. Instead, they simply explain how to deal with them when the changes arrive. However, fans have speculated on a variety of potential reasons.
Firstly, it seems reasonable that Nintendo may have removed the ability to login with Facebook or Twitter in order to avoid hacked accounts, and thus improve security. And discontinuing the Image Share services for older systems like the 3DS and Wii U may simply be a result of them losing regular use.
The changes Nintendo announced today didn’t seem to affect the majority of players, given various indifferent responses to the tweets. But these were still large quality-of-life mechanisms and could indicate some larger future for similar services.
For example, other fans are hoping for a return of the Miiverse, a surprisingly beloved social platform that even let players share handwritten messages.
Unfortunately, the Miiverse was simply discontinued in 2017, and the closest anyone can get to similar messaging is built into the Splatoon series. Either Nintendo is simply cleaning out a dusty old Image Sharing feature, or they plan to implement a new one.
It’s important to note that “the discontinuation time may be pushed back due to system issues”, according to Nintendo’s official post. Also, any image sharing that’s already posted on Facebook and Twitter won’t be removed after the service change.
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