Nintendo shutting down Wii and DS online gaming today

Do you still play online games on your Nintendo Wii or Nintendo DS? Well, starting on May 20th (today!), you'll no longer be able to connect to the online service as Nintendo shutters the service to focus on the WiiU and the 3DS.

The announcement was posted on Nintendo's site back in February, giving customers only three months to get their fill of play in. While the company is quick to point out that offline play will not be impacted, that's probably of little consolation to players of Animal Crossing.

Nintendo DS
100 Classic Books
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
Clubhouse Games
Custom Robo Arena
Diddy Kong Racing DS
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Fossil Fighters: Champions
Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Mario Kart DS
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem
Metroid Prime Hunters
Personal Trainer: Walking
Picross 3D
Picross DS
Planet Puzzle League
Pokémon Black Version
Pokémon Black Version 2
Pokémon Diamond Version
Pokémon HeartGold Version
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time
Pokémon Pearl Version
Pokémon Platinum Version
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Pokémon SoulSilver Version
Pokémon White Version
Pokémon White Version 2
Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
Star Fox Command
Style Savvy
Tenchu: Dark Secret
Tetris DS
WarioWare DIY

Nintendo DSiWare
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
Metal Torrent
Number Battle

Wii
Animal Crossing: City Life
Battalion Wars 2
Endless Ocean
Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep
Excitebots: Trick Racing
Fortune Street
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Sports Mix
Mario Strikers Charged
Pokémon Battle Revolution
Samurai Warriors 3
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Wii Music*

WiiWare
Dr. Mario Online RX
Excitebike: World Rally
LONPOS
Maboshi's Arcade
My Pokémon Ranch
ThruSpace
WarioWare DIY

Other
Wii Speak**
Wii Speak Channel**

Are you disappointed by this functionality being shut down, or have you already moved on to other games/systems and don't care about these games anymore?

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Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I notice that the list is mainly Nintendo's own games. Does this mean that CoD for the Wii for example will still function online?

I believe so; from what I was able to gather, they're shutting off their own matchmaking servers, so as long as Activision maintains their own, you should be good to go. Same thing with Netflix.

Oh I get it, because it's a few years old.

I'll remind you, it's just some system that _every_ household that I've ever walked into owns. That's all.

I was joking, I just don't see the point in any Nintendo system since the snes/n64..who wants to pet electroic dogs? I have a real one here!

This is why I prefer local mulitplayer for consoles or PC games where a dedicated server can be be hosted by anyone.

noooooooo!!!! I was actually thinking about buying a cheap wii this week and would have liked to play mario kart online. Loving the wii u though!

It's a shame really, i have recently been playing Pokemon Y on the 3DS and was going to go back and finish Pokemon White on my DS after that. It would have been nice to make use of the on-line features.

Izlude said,
well that's a bit sad.. at least there's still dolphin :)

That could connect to the real Nintendo servers to play games like Mario Kart online, however that's not going to work now, unless it has some other way of playing games online i dont know about?

Too soon. They were still selling both not too long ago. Hell, I believe they are still selling Wii in USA but I haven't seen a DS XL in awhile... I think those are all off shelves now.

Most of their servers were just for match making. Not sure why they couldn't just scale it back to meet current demand (even if small). Seems like cloud based distributed computing would be a good solution to keep server pools to scale to current demand.

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Does this affect 3rd party DS games? I just ordered Phantasy Star 0 and a Nintendo wifi USB adaptor to play that game online. :(

Lord Method Man said,
I think Microsoft should.

decent idea actually, halo games make tons on money, release one of those every 2yrs and they would make a lot of profit.

Lord Method Man said,
I think Microsoft should.

If Microsoft wasn't in the console market do you honestly think Sony would have made the PS3 or PS4 the way they did to "compete" with the Wii? You would be playing on a "barely better then WiiU" right now..

Nintendo and Microsoft should join forces, all Nintendo games on XBOX.. that would be the win for both.

Xionanx said,
If Microsoft wasn't in the console market do you honestly think Sony would have made the PS3 or PS4 the way they did to "compete" with the Wii? You would be playing on a "barely better then WiiU" right now.

I'm still waiting to see any evidence the wiiu outpowers the PS3, so no, without nintendo I'm still certain the PS4 would still vastly outperform the wiiu.

n_K said,

I'm still waiting to see any evidence the wiiu outpowers the PS3, so no, without nintendo I'm still certain the PS4 would still vastly outperform the wiiu.

And with that one statement you clearly don't get the point that any market worth only a single dominant player becomes stagnant. If Sony had it all wrapped up they would nit be releasing new stuff as fast, their r+d would show down and they wouldn't take any risks. Why? Because they, like all companies that have shareholders, have a legal obligation to those shareholders to make money. Without a competitor snapping at their heels they would slow down. Your basically wishing for a market that is owned by a single company that doesn't need to innovate because they have no competition. I really don't get fan boys at all.

Xionanx said,

Nintendo and Microsoft should join forces, all Nintendo games on XBOX.. that would be the win for both.

Nah, I'd rather not have to shell out cash for a worthless, overpriced Xbox just to play Nintendo's games. Nintendo isn't going to bail out Microsoft's failed console anyway.

duddit2 said,

And with that one statement you clearly don't get the point that any market worth only a single dominant player becomes stagnant. If Sony had it all wrapped up they would nit be releasing new stuff as fast, their r+d would show down and they wouldn't take any risks. Why? Because they, like all companies that have shareholders, have a legal obligation to those shareholders to make money. Without a competitor snapping at their heels they would slow down. Your basically wishing for a market that is owned by a single company that doesn't need to innovate because they have no competition. I really don't get fan boys at all.


I'm not a fan boy, and still nothing you've said adds up. Yes, you would expect that to be true, but MS is actually direct competition with sony - nintendo isn't, I'm yet to see thousands of people line up outside stores to buy cod games for the wiiu.

Nashy said,
Just bite the bullet and move out of consoles and licence the games.

Whether you want to admit it or not, Nintendo has generally outsold the competition. The Wii for example has way outsold both the PS3 and Xbox 360. So why would Nintendo do something so stupid?

Xionanx said,
Nintendo and Microsoft should join forces, all Nintendo games on XBOX.. that would be the win for both.

*barf*

Lord Method Man said,

Nah, I'd rather not have to shell out cash for a worthless, overpriced Xbox just to play Nintendo's games. Nintendo isn't going to bail out Microsoft's failed console anyway.


+over9000

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

Whether you want to admit it or not, Nintendo has generally outsold the competition. The Wii for example has way outsold both the PS3 and Xbox 360. So why would Nintendo do something so stupid?


*barf*


+over9000

I was of the opinion that they are struggling to make money in that area. That's just from reading forums like this place, so I should really take it with a grain of salt.

n_K said,

I'm not a fan boy, and still nothing you've said adds up. Yes, you would expect that to be true, but MS is actually direct competition with sony - nintendo isn't, I'm yet to see thousands of people line up outside stores to buy cod games for the wiiu.

You replied to this comment:

If Microsoft wasn't in the console market do you honestly think Sony would have made the PS3 or PS4 the way they did to "compete" with the Wii? You would be playing on a "barely better then WiiU" right now.

And my reply was based on this, people were saying MS should quite as well and the comment you replied to tried to argue against that idea.

Or, you know, it has to do with the GameSpy shutdown. Wii and DS online play cannot function without it.

Nintendo is far from the only company affected by it.

Shiranui said,

So you admit that they care at least a little?


It really irks me when that term is used incorrectly too! :-/

Shiranui said,

So you admit that they care at least a little?

Normally i hate grammar Nazis, but when it comes to that term i love it! People really have to read what they are writing.

No, i personally don't care much for COD. hell, i don't even really play that many games anymore to be honest (i think it's a age thing as i am pretty much outgrowing them (as it's hard to find games worth playing nowadays) as ill be 35 later this year). but i am just saying more people who are more seriously into games don't take Nintendo all that seriously is all as they have not been a major player since basically the N64 days and older. Nintendo appeals to a different type of gamer than the Sony/Microsoft crowds generally do (Sony/Microsoft crowds tend to play more violent shooter types of games and the like and obviously Nintendo does not excel in this dept which is the core differences between Nintendo vs Microsoft/Sony). i am not saying that the Sony/Microsoft players never play on Nintendo products but i am sure you can see my point.

Edited by ThaCrip, May 20 2014, 7:38am :

ThaCrip said,
My guess is serious online gamers could care less about Wii

This is the GameSpy service shut down / extortion attempt on gaming companies that bought out all of there assets. Wii is not the only thing affected.

Jason Stillion said,

This is the GameSpy service shut down / extortion attempt on gaming companies that bought out all of there assets. Wii is not the only thing affected.

Realize that, but there are a lot of 1st party Nintendo titles on that list. IMHO, they should have had a game plan for if/when this happens. Online play rested on a single 3rd party partner and Nintendo had no plan in place to transition their service to some other servers. That reflects poorly on them.