Miiverse Now on the 3DS
A recent update has been released for the Nintendo 3DS including the automatic installation of Miiverse for the portable console. The application essentially functions like a social networking site for fans of popular 3DS games. Players can connect with other gamers via communities categorized by games, such as Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Due to the terms of service violations that happened in SwapNote, Miiverse does not allow for friend adding or private messages. Instead, the experience feels more like a message board--with friendly strangers posting spur of the moment comments and status updates about the game they're playing. The application also allows users to draw pictures and submit a screenshot of whatever was on your 3DS screen at the time you entered Miiverse.
The ability of the application to open in the middle of a game without requiring a quit or a save is a nice feature, particularly when you want to share a special instant in time with other fans of the game, or when you have an urgent question about the game itself. Responses seem to be helpful and almost immediate, making it a surprisingly effective way to find guidance without logging onto a computer. In fact, Miiverse has a notification system similar to Facebook that will notify you when someone replies to your post or comment, or if they simply "Yeah" it (the Miiverse equivalent to "liking").
Miiverse is also a great way to pair up for multiplayer with other interested parties by posting friend codes publicly, which allows you to briefly vet your opponents or at least share a chat before diving into a game like a blind date. Aside from a slowish loading screen, Miiverse operates quickly enough to be worth the effort without too much frustration. It's possible that many 3DS owners will never use this feature; but so far it seems fun, friendly, and functional--and above all, it's free!