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Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Closes For Wii & DS Today (May 20th)

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#1 vetDirtyLarry

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 14:43

Source: Kotaku

 

If you own either (or both!) of Nintendo's last-gen machines, and you use any kind of online service with them, now's the time to make the most of it. Because on May 20, Nintendo is pulling the plug.
 
While both console's online stores will remain, other stuff like online play, matchmaking and leaderboards will be shut down.
 
Here's the relevant part of the company's statement, as published on Nintendo's Australian site:

As of May 20th, 2014, the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service will be discontinued and it will no longer be possible to use online features of Nintendo DS/DSi and Wii software such as online play, matchmaking and leaderboards.
 
The Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop will not be affected however, and will continue to be accessible after May 20th.
Time to dust off that copy of Mario Kart DS for one last run...
 
Remember that the statement references software, not hardware, so even if you're running a DS game on a 3DS, or a Wii game on the Wii U, it still won't connect online.
 
You can read a list of the affected games here. It obviously impacts many of the biggest titles on both platforms, from Mario Kart to Smash Bros. to Pokemon.
 
The full list of stuff that will keep on working past May 20 follows.
 
  • Internet Channel
  • Nintendo DS Browser
  • Nintendo DSi Browser
  • Nintendo DSi Shop
  • Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play
  • Wii Shop Channel
  • YouTube
Note: While this notice has yet to appear on the Nintendo of America site, it has turned up on both the Japanese and Australian portals, which strongly suggests the move is global. We've contacted Nintendo of America, and will update if we hear back.
 
Update: The notice is now up on the Nintendo of America site as well. The company sent the following statement to Kotaku, which has some interesting stuff about the company's "focus".
 
As of May 20, 2014, certain online functionality, including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games, will no longer be accessible. For a list of Nintendo games and services that are affected, please check http://www.nintendo.com. Users can still play these games in offline mode, which continues to offer a rich game-play experience. Other online functionality on Wii and Nintendo DS, such as access to the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services, are also not affected at this time.
 
Online play for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games will be unaffected (aside from the Wii mode on Wii U and Nintendo DS games played on Nintendo 3DS family systems).
 
Our focus now shifts to readying our Wii U and Nintendo 3DS matchmaking services for upcoming games such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.
 
We at Nintendo sincerely thank our fans for their continued support of our company's legacy systems. Your enthusiasm for games made for these systems speaks to their longevity, and the passion of Nintendo fans.

 

 

 

 

It is clear they are really trying to push the WiiU on people now. I would imagine this would affect a decent amount of families, but perhaps not.




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Posted 27 February 2014 - 14:47

I have played Wii online once (as in one time!).. I think it was Mario Kart. No big deal for me, although I can see why someone would be ******.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 14:49

As far as I was concerned there were no online capabilities on the Wii anyway.. I think I tried out a Bond game on the Wii and the connection was horrible. 

I am glad the Wii U actually has some online MP game in the pipeline... only game Ive played online MP on my Wii U so far was Wii Sports Club tennis and bowling (both of which worked great)



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 14:49

The wii has online functionality /sarcasm.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 14:50

well that sucks :( i suppose they couldn't keep it going forever, and they were probably watching to see how many folks were still using it.

 

I am surprised they are shutting down the shops.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 14:54

I would think the thing it would affect most for people is leaderboards. I am sure there are a lot of kids out there, at least I hope there are, who would try to place on the leaderboards in games like Mario Kart, etc.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 14:56

Wow, so soon! :s It's a really bad move on their part as the Wii and DS have more sales than their current generation of hardware.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 14:59

well that sucks :( i suppose they couldn't keep it going forever, and they were probably watching to see how many folks were still using it.

 

I am surprised they are shutting down the shops.

The full list of stuff that will keep on working past May 20 follows.
 
  • Internet Channel
  • Nintendo DS Browser
  • Nintendo DSi Browser
  • Nintendo DSi Shop
  • Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play
  • Wii Shop Channel
  • YouTube


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 15:36

Wow, so soon! :s It's a really bad move on their part as the Wii and DS have more sales than their current generation of hardware.

 

There may be more units out there of the wii/ds but that doesn't mean there are more players. I went through the slight hassle of taking a ds game online about 2 years ago and matches weren't exactly plentiful.

 

 

 

The full list of stuff that will keep on working past May 20 follows.
 
  • Internet Channel
  • Nintendo DS Browser
  • Nintendo DSi Browser
  • Nintendo DSi Shop
  • Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play
  • Wii Shop Channel
  • YouTube

 

 

I don't think that's quite the full list. Since i'm pretty sure all of the video apps will remain working, not just youtube.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 15:59

There may be more units out there of the wii/ds but that doesn't mean there are more players. I went through the slight hassle of taking a ds game online about 2 years ago and matches weren't exactly plentiful.

The 3DS and Wii U pretty much use the same online system as the previous gen, so not much has changed.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 16:03

Wow, so soon! :s It's a really bad move on their part as the Wii and DS have more sales than their current generation of hardware.

 

 

Most of those Wiis are probably sitting in closets, attics, garages, and boxes worldwide seeing no use.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 16:04

Most of those Wiis are probably sitting in closets, attics, garages, and boxes worldwide seeing no use.

True, but it isn't that the same for the Wii U? :huh:



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 16:07

The 3DS and Wii U pretty much use the same online system as the previous gen, so not much has changed.

 

I'm pretty sure Nintendo WFC and Nintendo Network(what wiiu/3ds use) are actually separate things.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 16:08

True, but it isn't that the same for the Wii U? :huh:

 

Touché 



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 16:08

That's a shame, the Dolphin emulator is actually now capable of emulating internet play for Wii games, so you can play on your PC using an emulator against gamers using a real Wii.