Nintendo has announced it will pull the plug on its social online space, the Miiverse, on November 8.

Prior to that date, Miiverse users will be able to request a downloadable version of their post history via a new feature.

The Miiverse launched for the Wii U five years ago, and is a twinkly, highly-curated and somewhat strange hub where users can walk around and share thoughts, screens, and art with others – among other things.

Described at launch by Satoru Iwata as an attempt to create empathy between players, it is terrible as a social network, but the often yearning, toe-curlingly earnest posts that populate its digital landscape make it worth revisiting every now and then – when it isn't overrun by hand-drawn dicks and fart jokes.

The service's shuttering will affect a number of titles on the Wii U and the 3DS. For example, in Super Mario Maker on Wii U, players will no longer be able to comment on shared levels; and in Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8, players will be unable to post replays and gameplay videos to YouTube, or create tournaments.

"We decided to end the service at this time because, among other reasons, many users are shifting to social networking services," said Nintendo.

"Currently Nintendo has no plans to implement any services to replace Miiverse, but the Nintendo Switch system includes features for connecting with Facebook and other social networking services."

At least we'll still have BadMiiversePosts to browse through.