2017 was the year Nintendo pulled the plug on most Wii U-era services, including the console’s exclusive social media hub known as Miiverse. With the loss of the server might have come the erasure of thousands of crazy, mindless posts and drawings — but have no fear, the obsessive archivists of the Internet have come to your rescue.
Before the service went offline, volunteers at the Archive Team website (which is devoted to saving the data from websites about to expire) went into overdrive. They scooped up every last post on the service — no easy task. When Miiverse died, it carried a grand total of 133,003,599 posts, 216,901,986 replies, 75,955,135 screenshots and 72,135,190 drawings, created by 8,278,693 users in all.
It took until today to sort it all out and get it stable on its own website, but here at last is Archiverse, the place where every meme, incomprehensible scribble and “Expand Dong” drawing will exist forever. Someday when you’re old you’re going to appreciate this. (Or not.)
We lack the time to sort through everything, so for brevity’s sake I’ll stick to the highlights from my own account, “Tall Face.” See what else you can find.