No Friend Requests or Private Messages for 3DS Miiverse



Last Wednesday, it was announced via a 3DS-centric Nintendo Direct that the Miiverse and unified eShop balances would be coming to the Nintendo 3DS early in December. All the pieces seemed to be in place for the company to lead the way to the much-demanded unified Nintendo Network account system. However, one NeoGAF user noticed a lack of messaging icons in the screenshots of the beta version of Miiverse on the 3DS and decided to investigate. The user soon got into contact with a Nintendo of America representative. He was later told, much to his disappointment, that private messaging and even friend requests would NOT be available for the 3DS build of the Miiverse, only the community features.

This news certainly comes as a bit to disappointment to 3DS users who were hoping to find a way around the friend code exchanges customers have grown “accustomed” to since the handheld’s launch in 2011. However, it’s still likely private messaging can be implemented through a future system update, but Nintendo has yet to comment on that possibility.

Does this revelation change your thoughts on using the Miiverse community finally on a 3DS? Tell us in the comments below.

Harrison Milfeld is a writer, editor, and freelance journalist from Missouri. Ever since he could walk, Harrison has been an avid fan of the world of Nintendo. For years, he has purchased every one of the company's subsequent products (yes, including the Virtual Boy and eReader). It wasn't until he was a young teen when he bought a PS2 that he began to embrace cross-console relations, a decision he doesn't regret. When he's not gaming, Harrison is looking to break into the magazine journalism industry and realize his dream of becoming a features reporter.


  1. I ain’t even mad.
    I mean, when I expect nothing, I can’t be mad at nothing. It would be just too EASY for Nintendo to implement NNIDs over friend codes. Although I guess if it’s not mandatory to do so, some people won’t do it and therefore it would be cumbersome having both being used for friending people. But still. If Nintendo forced NNIDs on us for the 3DS, that’d be fine.

  2. Even though no private messaging suck but the no friend request system on 3DS Miiverse doesn’t really bother me. Plus if 3DS Miiverse had the friend request system would we lose our old friends list before the update? Can the friends list be reformat into the Miiverse friends list? I know the friends list submission is better on WiiU but can that code be implemented to 3DS easily?

    So many questions so little answers right now.

  3. ^That’s what I’m wondering too. I think that’s why they chose not to integrate it. Like I said, not everyone’s going to want to make a NNID so you’d have this clunky, uneven friend system that won’t work. They’d have to make it so that after you do the system update, you’re forced to make a NNID and link it up before you’re allowed any online features on the handheld.

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