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This "Printing Miiverse" Art Show Gives a Glimpse of the Network's Potential

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Non-profit gallery will be streamed online

Nintendo seems to be rather proud of Miiverse, and rightly so, recently launching a browser-based beta version of the social network — — and making it clear that the platform would play a major role in advertising and building awareness of the Wii U. Since its launch plenty of gamers have logged into its many communities to post text messages, hand-written notes and, perhaps most notably, hand-drawn illustrations. In fact some of the 'doodles' are anything but, with talented artists making the most of the GamePad's touchscreen and making light of the monochromatic limitations of the service.

Some of these illustrations have been cited as high-points by developers such as Tomorrow Corporation, and the Kunstbunker Gallery in Nuremberg, Germany is going one step further by putting on a full exhibition of Miiverse artworks. The exhibition will run from 4th to 19th May, and you can see the opening times at the gallery's official web page.

For those of use that aren't local, however, there'll be a chance to take part; over at you can see details of live streaming from the gallery, and even follow Miiverse accounts from the showing to follow it as it happens. The exhibition will apparently show 13,255 drawings from 172 Artists, and cites Nintendo as an official partner.

It all starts on the 4th May, and we think it's worth watching; you can check out a teaser trailer below, while the gallery's YouTube channel will host the live streams that start on 4th May at 6pm Central European Time / 5pm UK Time / 12pm U.S. Eastern. Will you be tuning in?

Thanks to Steffen Roser for the tip.

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User Comments (17)



NintyMan said:

I love looking over my Miiverse art gallery of drawings I "yeahed." It's amazing how far people can push the Miiverse limitations. Some of them I have a very hard time figuring out how they can make it with just a little stylus.



mr570 said:

Love the concept of this, but boy, was that a lame teaser video for the gallery opening...



Dpullam said:

It is pretty amazing to see the kinds of detailed drawings people can create. I wish I had even a small portion of their artistic talents.



V8_Ninja said:

I'll admit, it's pretty cool how Nintendo was able to create a system-wide community that isn't solely defined by how annoying/aggravating it is.



Hunter-D said:

A stylus + Touch screen + 3 different pen sizes + 3 different rubber sizes = So many outstanding pieces of art. Seriously, you can't describe it any other way.

Just go to the YouTube community, filter by popular Posts and BAM. Enjoy.



GooRoo said:

I'm amazed at the quality of work I see every time I log on. I wish I had a fraction of the artistic talent I see around Miiverse. Nice to see these artists getting recognition beyond a few comments and yeahs.



DePapier said:

@GooRoo You should play New Art Academy. Seriously. I used to believe I would never enjoy drawing nor learn how to draw, and this game taught me both. It will take me some time to reach Miiverse levels, but at least now I know I can make it.



LavaTwilight said:

I recognise so many of those pictures from my own activity feed; they're brilliant! I wish mine were noted (they're not all great and I don't post often but why not checkit? NNID: LavaTwilight)
I can't believe Miiverse has taken off like this, now this has GOT TO be accurate when Iwata says 'I never expected this kind of reaction'

Also I know this is being pedantic but red-shells don't rebound, only the green-shells do.



Moshugan said:

Miiverse is the bestest! Sometimes you just forget the time when browsing through all the cool and at times astounding art.
I'm not the most diligent artist, but I enjoy putting out stuff occasionally. It's nice to get some ''yeahs'' and nice comments.
Miiverse is also a useful tool for example in helping those users less proficient in the art of googling!



aaronsullivan said:

Love MiiVerse and did okay with some drawings on there myself. Got best reactions from a Zelda NES title screen remake and a few mashups (Star Wars/ Metroid, Miyazaki and various others)

Anyhow, I wonder if the decision to print only black and white was just by default or what. No reason there couldn't be some color. Black on color looks fine and it would add something. Being purist is nice, but some creativity to liven it up from a distance would be welcome. Would be fun to peruse it this way for sure. Some artists are SO consistent it's amazing.

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