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Nintendo's Miiverse Social Network Finally Makes Its Way To The 3DS

Posted by Damien McFerran

Comes hand-in-hand with shared eShop balances

Today's Nintendo Direct update delivered the welcome news of combined eShop credit across the 3DS and Wii U systems, but this came with another positive piece of information: Miiverse is finally coming to Nintendo's handheld.

Miiverse launched with the Wii U last year, and a web-based version was released not long after. Smartphone apps are also planned.

Here's the official word from Nintendo:

A December system update will allow users to register their Nintendo Network ID for Wii U on their Nintendo 3DS systems and combine Nintendo eShop account balances...this system update will also mark the beginning of Miiverse support on Nintendo 3DS. With a Nintendo Network ID, users will be able to connect with other players around the world to share their experiences and game tips through Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS.

Are you looking forward to posting to Miiverse from your 3DS? Will this update encourage you to use the service even more? Share your feelings by posting a comment below.

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User Comments (110)

SkywardLink98

#2

SkywardLink98 said:

"will allow users to register their Nintendo Network ID for Wii U on their Nintendo 3DS systems" Does that mean I need to own a Wii U to use it?

SCAR392

#6

SCAR392 said:

@SkywardLink98
I don't think so. They said they wanted to make sure that Miiverse made sense whether you own both systems or just one of them.

Miiverse will be there without a Wii U. They're giving you the option to link your account.

Nareva

#8

Nareva said:

Wow, I'm about to buy a 3DS, but I thought it already had Miiverse. That would have been a disappointing discovery.

TruenoGT

#9

TruenoGT said:

@SkywardLink98 I don't think so. They mentioned about having different IDs for both 3DS and Wii U (when they mentioned the shared balances), so this says to me that you'll have the ability to have a 3DS created account.

hydeks

#12

hydeks said:

very nice,I was wondering a couple days ago when i bought my 2ds when miiverse was gonna be coming to it! Can't wait, hopefully it won't be near the end of December :-P

ultraraichu

#18

ultraraichu said:

Social network on both Wii U and 3ds, check and check. Guess I won't need my Nintendolife account anymore.... Lol jk (kind of..)

Looking better then swapnotes right now ;)

SCAR392

#21

SCAR392 said:

I'm geussing that photo sharing will be utilized similarly to the Wii U. Now you can see game screens in 3D(probably) :P

jjmesa16

#28

jjmesa16 said:

I wonder if there could ever be a 3DS with 3G so that you could access Miiverse on the 3DS anywhere? I doubt it though because Miiverse already works on smartphones.

idork99

#31

idork99 said:

Although it took long enough, I'm glad it's their. Good times await these holidays :)

N64ever

#32

N64ever said:

Awesome!!!!!! Can't wait for linked accounts and perhaps linked virtual console purchases in the future. keeping my fingers crossed.

Knux

#36

Knux said:

This is very welcome news. Now all we need is an account-based system not based on hardware, and this is a step in the right direction.

rjejr

#37

rjejr said:

Not a big Miiverse user but it's great that Nintendo is linking Wii U w/ 3DS via the Nintendo Network ID. 1 eShop GC for both accounts is nice. Now if only I could transfer over my 200 Wii points to my Wii U it's like 3 years and counting that they're just sitting there. I think they transferred over from my Wii to my Wii U, guess I should go check.

RupeeClock

#38

RupeeClock said:

Something occurred to me during the presentation.
3DS users aren't required to make a Nintendo Network ID (NNID), at least for purchasing eShop software. Free software downloads will necessitate a NNID though.
What does this mean as friend codes are concerned? Will NNID actually function as a replacement for the friend code system? Is it in place simply for the eShop combined balance and for Miiverse or will it actually serve as the foundation for online play in games from now on?

FJOJR

#39

FJOJR said:

No more taking photos of my 3DS screen with my phone! Except for DS, GBA & DSiWare games I play on it.

AJWolfTill

#41

AJWolfTill said:

@Dominicruz
While not exactly a traditional acheivement system it is looking very likely that the stamp system they are rolling out will function in a similar but very Nintendo-like way to acheivements.

Chris720

#42

Chris720 said:

Yay. At last... Now I can get back to Miiverse, shame the update is next month, would have been really cool if it was today but it's still good news none the less.

Daisaku36

#44

Daisaku36 said:

@rjejr, Your Wii points are probably not going to cross over to Wii U, unfortunately. I still have 200 points on my account on there and they haven't crossed over to eShop. I hope they can cross over, too.

Paintfrog

#45

Paintfrog said:

This makes up for taking away online features away from Swapnote. :P I am excited to get MiiVerse on my 3DS!

Boofonater001

#47

Boofonater001 said:

@SkywardLink98 No it just means that it is coming to the 3DS and you can sign up and use Miiverse on your 3DS. The thing you need the Wii U for is merging eshop funds from your 3DS and Wii U.

earthboundlink

#50

earthboundlink said:

@jjmesa16 I connect the 3DS using the wireless hotspot on my phone and the 3DS works pretty well that way. That will make Miiverse pretty mobile for me at least. I doubt Nintendo will move into the world of 3G anytime in the near future. It gets messy because it requires deals with carriers, more direct competition with tablets & phones, etc. It would be cool, but since it is unlikely, I would suggest a workaround.

Corvid

#51

Corvid said:

@Hunter-D Where did you get/take that screencap? I looked in the presentation for it but couldn't see it? I ask purely because if that's legit it shows that Miiverse will be accessible from any point, just as the browser or friends list can. I was worried for a while that when Miiverse finally turned up it would end up being a normal app that we'd have to drop out of games to use.

Nareva

#52

Nareva said:

@Ernest_The_Crab True, but I think I'll probably go for the Zelda bundle if I can find one in stock. I doubt those'll still be around to go on sale for black Friday.

yenly

#55

yenly said:

BASICALLY IT IS UNIFIED ACCOUNTS AND ASSOCIATED ACCOUNTS. whic means the best solution for system owners. Pretty good .

27ShowStopper

#57

27ShowStopper said:

Definitely a step in the right direction. Now we need the Official Miiverse App and the "Summer Update"...true unified accounts wouldnt hurt either.

Zero11

#58

Zero11 said:

i have a 3ds but dont have a wii u if i make a id on the 3ds will it still work on the wii u

SomeBitTripFan

#59

SomeBitTripFan said:

Took them long enough, but this is a good thing. Now the Smash Bros community won't be the Pokemon dumping ground.

Megajack

#62

Megajack said:

This will be a good replacement for Swapnote, but still. I think I'm going to miss it a bit.

Microwaveable1

#70

Microwaveable1 said:

When I saw this, I literally ran around my house screaming "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS"

MrCharles77

#71

MrCharles77 said:

One question, the content that I bought for wii u (zen pinball tables) will be available free if I buy a 3ds?

Weedy

#72

Weedy said:

@ultraraichu
The cynic in me thinks they made all that "swapnote abuse" stuff up so that they could shut it down and free up/create a space for Miiverse to fill.

DestinyMan

#74

DestinyMan said:

I was somewhat expecting 3DS Miiverse to be announced considering Nintendo said it would arrive before the end of the year. I'm happy to see 3DS screenshots too. That means that there should be Miiverse communities of games like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, and Kid Icarus Uprising.

Starzsixty9

#75

Starzsixty9 said:

Will those of us with the premium 10% bonus thing from the wiiU also get credit from purchases on the 3ds shop then? Or is that still exclusive with the wiiU one?

Henmii

#76

Henmii said:

"Today's Nintendo Direct update delivered the welcome news of combined eShop credit across the 3DS and Wii U systems"

Finally!! Great news!!

WiiLovePeace

#77

WiiLovePeace said:

@Starzsixty9 I highly doubt it since you can have a Nintendo Network ID tied to a Wii U basic console. I'm relatively sure premium points scheme is staying on the Wii U, sadly.

Yoshis_VGM

#80

Yoshis_VGM said:

@SkywardLink98 No you do not need to own a Wii U. Bill Trinen said something like "we want this accessible to people that only own a Nintendo 3DS" so I'm taking that as NO, you don't need a Wii U. ;)

grumblegrumble

#81

grumblegrumble said:

Yes! FINALLY! What took so long? Nintendo needs to hire a tech adviser, maybe one that used to work for Apple or something. They need to stay "ahead" of the curve, not years behind, but you know what, I'm not complaining, just offering up some friendly advice. I'll always be a Nintendo fan boy, just like I'm still an Atari fan boy ;)

HandheldGuru97

#82

HandheldGuru97 said:

Glad its coming, but I can gladly wait a month before it comes out. Love Miiverse on the Wii U and I can't wait to see how it turns out on the 3DS!!!!!!!!

Epicnessofme99

#84

Epicnessofme99 said:

Super glad this is coming for 2 reasons, 1 obviously being to access Miiverse on 3DS but 2 being no more friend codes

Kmno

#86

Kmno said:

Baby steps, but steps non the less, still I hope we can have soon purchases tied to account and not hardware so I can download without fear of losing them.

HaastMK7

#87

HaastMK7 said:

Do you need a WiiU Nintendo Network ID to use the 3DS version of Miiverse, if so im out :p

hcfwesker

#91

hcfwesker said:

My question is, are they planning on adding the ENTIRE 3DS catalogue; retail games, eShop games, apps, etc on the 3DS Miiverse. Like how each game, app, etc has it's own section on WiiU. 3DS Miiverse is going to be insanely huge and if they add them by release date will be a nightmare to navigate and find game sections. Hopefully they make a system to have it more organized, like alphabetically, genre, or something more convenient then from newest to oldest.

I'm just hoping they don't merge the 3DS & WiiU Miiverse forums with one another.

SphericalCrusher

#93

SphericalCrusher said:

I'm going to assume they will not add pre-existing titles to MiiVerse, although they could easily throw the channels up and link 'em to the game. I'm hoping newer 3DS really utilize MiiVerse, as WiiU titles do. Love the service. Although I'm no achievement farmer, it would be nice to see this as a feature eventually. I'm going to love the unified accounts though! Can't wait for this update!

KevTastic84

#95

KevTastic84 said:

As i don't have a WiiU i have no idea what miiverse is. But will get it on my 3DS. I assume its like facebook for Nintendo fans

ricklongo

#97

ricklongo said:

@KevTastic84 That's pretty much it, but there's more to it than that. SOme games incorporate Miiverse integration, which lets you interact with fellow players while you play. The best example of this so far is Wind Waker HD - the Tingle Bottle item lets you send messages-in-a-bottle to the Miiverse. You can ask for hints, send photos (called "pictographs", which are actually important for the game itself), funny drawings, etc. It's really great, and I've lost many many hours just bottle-hunting in that game.

shaggyc

#98

shaggyc said:

Being as I need Wifi to use it, and I usually only have wifi at home so this won't really help me to use it much more than I do. Still its a welcome change, as is the account balances. Here's to hoping thta on next direct its announced that purchases available on both systems only have to be purchased on one system to be owned on both.

TeeJay

#99

TeeJay said:

I don't have be a Wii U so I know literally nothing about it...this is going to be a completely new experience for me. From what I understand, Miiverse is basically an online community to talk about games like Nintendolife, except the official Nintendo version...right?

element187

#103

element187 said:

@Bluerobin2 I knew Nintendo wouldn't put this on 3DS without a way to entice people to buy a Wii U...... Yes you need a Wii U to tie it to your 3ds for sharing balance between the twos shops. You need a Wii u to sign up for a Miiverse account. But, You could try having a friend creating a Miiverse account on his Wii u and sending you login details and see if you can access it that way

HopeNForever

#104

HopeNForever said:

You cannot believe how I personally am excited. I always loved the idea of Miiverse ever since it came to Wii U. I am not a Wii U owner yet (trying to work on that part), but in the least now I can get into Miiverse! The jealousy of being unable to check all of its content as a guest browser on the web version of Miiverse!

element187

#105

element187 said:

@hopenforever the way I read it is you need a Wii U registered NNID to use it on 3DS, which is the same thing as viewing Miiverse through a web browser.

Maybe one of your Wii u owning friends would create an account you can use

27ShowStopper

#106

27ShowStopper said:

I know this new gen is just starting, but Miiverse IMHO is THE killer app of this generation. It gives the fans a voice and it looks like Nintendo is paying attention. Glad its finally coming to the 3DS.

SubZer023

#107

SubZer023 said:

@element187 no you dont Bill said he wants people with Wii U and 3DS to be able to access miiverse as well as People only with 3DS, if you have a 3DS u will make an NNID Account but! if you already have one from your WiiU you can use the Same NNID this way ur Eshop money will be all one Big wallet

Pod

#109

Pod said:

This will quite possibly cause a rise Wii U sales from 3DS players being exposed to lots of games from the system.

Does anybody know if you can post images from the 3DS, though?

And has Nintendo mentioned anything about Miiverse integration in future 3DS software?

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