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Nintendo removes connectivity features with Facebook and Twitter

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What you need to know:

  • Nintendo began implementation of social media connectivity starting with the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
  • In recent announcements, Nintendo plans to discontinue image sharing features on Facebook and Twitter for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
  • The company also announced that Nintendo Switch users will no longer be able to link their Facebook or Twitter account to their Nintendo Account.

Nintendo seems to be removing itself from the social media landscape in certain ways, according to some announcements made by the company. One feature of the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo Wii U was that players could share in-game photos and screenshots via Facebook and Twitter. This provided an opportunity for conversation after Nintendo's own social media platform, Miiverse, ended. 

However, the company announced in a tweet that this service would no longer be available starting in October. According to the Nintendo support page, "Images and comments already posted to Facebook and Twitter will remain available even after the discontinuation of the service."

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In a similar vein, the company disclosed their plans to discontinue the feature where Nintendo Switch users could sign in with their Facebook or Twitter account, or link their social media accounts to their Nintendo Account after October 25, 2022. Users can still link their Google or Apple account to their device, however.

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Nintendo did not disclose the reason behind these decisions, or whether it had anything to do with the data leaks both websites have had recently. With regards to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, these actions fall in line with Nintendo slowly shutting online services down on the system. 

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Nadine Dornieden
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Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.