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Nintendo has just revealed that users will no longer be able to log 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 25, 2022.
Here are both of the big announcements from Nintendo’s Twitter feed:
The links to more information do not elaborate on the exact reason for these changes. Instead, they simply explain how to deal with them when the changes come. But fans have speculated on a number of potential reasons.
First, it seems reasonable that Nintendo may have removed the ability to log in with Facebook or Twitter to avoid hacked accounts, thus improving security. And discontinuing the image sharing 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 tweets. But these were still major quality-of-life mechanisms and could indicate a greater future for similar services.
For example, other fans are hoping for a return of Miiverse, a surprisingly beloved social platform that even lets players share handwritten messages.
Unfortunately, Miiverse was simply discontinued in 2017, and the closest anyone can get to similar messages is built into Splatoon series. Either Nintendo is simply cleaning up a dusty old photo sharing feature, or they’re planning to implement a new one.
It’s important to note that “the cutoff time may be pushed back due to system issues,” according to the Nintendo official post. Also, any image shares already posted on Facebook and Twitter will not be removed after the service change.
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