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Old 02-27-2014, 01:46 AM   #1
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Nintendo will shut off Wii/DS online services on May 20th, 2014

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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.

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

The Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop will not be affected however, and will continue to be accessible after May 20th.
Source: http://kotaku.com/nintendo-killing-o...ium=Socialflow

I'm not affected tbh by this issue/breaking news as I don't play online very often for Wii. I'm glad the Wii Shop Channel will still be active after May 20th.
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:53 AM   #2
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:32 AM   #3
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I never really played those online, except for Pokemon. But this is what happens. It's nothing new.
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Kinda sad to hear, but it was going to happen eventually.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:19 AM   #5
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So it's for real this time? Drat.
Can Wii Games still be played online via Wii U?
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So it's for real this time? Drat.
Can Wii Games still be played online via Wii U?
They would still use the Wii's servers, so I doubt it.
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Hm. Well it's sad, but necessary. I guess now people have no choice but to upgrade to Wii U to since the only online Smash and Mario Kart for consoles will be on Wii U.
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I never really played those online, except for Pokemon. But this is what happens. It's nothing new.
Nintendo have never done this before though, so it'll be new for fans of Brawl or MK etc.


Also, R.I.P KoG. Better get that finished.
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Wow that really sucks. I just got Brawl too and Killua and I play Brawl and MK all the time. ;.; I really want to know if Netflix on the Wii going to be affected. Bell loves watching her shows in her room.
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Was just a matter of time I guess. Not too surprised since I saw it coming.

It is sad though. Even though the new SSB and MK is coming out, whose to say that once in a while there won't be players wanting to go back and replay 'em? Unfortunate for all the games affected by this for that matter.

It's both good and sad.
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