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Wii & DS online multiplayer shuts down in May

Jonathan Lester
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Wii & DS online multiplayer shuts down in May

But Will Anyone Notice?

As of May 20th, Nintendo are set to shut down their somewhat obsolete Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, which powers online multiplayer across all Wii and DS games. This means that we'll no longer be able to visit each other's towns in Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City, quest with others in Phantasy Star Zero or throw down in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart.

To be honest, it's unlikely that many people will actually notice, but don't say we didn't warn you.

The Wii Shop Channel, Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services won't be affected, and at least we'll be able to get our competitive fix from Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros when they release on Wii U later this year. We can't wait, though the more cynical among us will probably the timing interesting. After all, Nintendo needs to push their dormant Wii fanbase onto the Wii U soon.

Regardless, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection has had a good run, and this was bound to happen sooner or later. Will you miss it - and do you have any memories to share?

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stevenjameshyde  Feb. 27, 2014 at 11:49

Will eShop/virtual console still be available, or do I need to start stocking up on N64 games I'll never play now?

JonLester  Feb. 27, 2014 at 11:57

The Wii Shop channel will be unaffected, AFAIK. [EDIT: confirmed] I'll clarify this in the post, thanks!

Last edited by JonLester, Feb. 27, 2014 at 11:59
stevenjameshyde  Feb. 27, 2014 at 12:36

Cheers Jon. I've literally just this week got around to connecting my Wii up to online services (to fix a game-breaking Skyward Sword glitch), so it's good to know I can still get a bit more use out of the LAN adaptor

theslickmeister  Feb. 27, 2014 at 16:06

Wait... aren't they still knocking out DS's tho. Do you just mean that it'll be unavailable for some models or all of them?

I never bothered with it on the DS Lite as it meant I would've had to downgrade my WiFi security as it wasn't compatible with 'newer' protocols.

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