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Nintendo will shut off Wii/DS online services on May 20th, 2014
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.
Nintendo DS Browser
Nintendo DSi Browser
Nintendo DSi Shop
Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play
Wii Shop Channel
The Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop will not be affected however, and will continue to be accessible after May 20th.
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.