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?