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Massive Miiverse archive goes online with 17 TB worth of posts

Nintendo’s social network lives on at Archiverse

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Miiverse, Nintendo’s “empathy network” that let players share messages and drawings via the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, shut down in November, bringing five years of Nintendo-style social networking to an end. Nintendo fans quickly scrambled to archive that content, and thanks to those preservation efforts, you can revisit Miiverse (unofficially) any time you want.

The web developer who goes by the name Drastic Actions, with some help from internet archivist Jason Scott’s Archive Team, launched Archiverse this week. The project has backed up hundreds of millions of posts, screenshots and drawings created by Miiverse users — approximately 17 terabytes worth of information.

Archiverse lets users search through its Miiverse archives based on game title and user ID, with filters for posts that include drawings or screenshots. You can even sort by the number of “Yeahs” each Miiverse post has.

“We have the E3 communities that Nintendo delisted, developer communities,” Drastic Actions wrote on Twitter. “Every region is represented.”

Miiverse launched in November 2012 on Wii U. The following year, Miiverse became accessible from web browsers and mobile phones. Nintendo also added Miiverse support for Nintendo 3DS in 2013. The service shut down on Nov. 8, 2017, bringing some in-game functionality down with it.

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