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Nintendo Discontinues Wi-Fi Connection Service

Posted by Caelan Dooley Saturday, March 1, 2014
Nintendo announced on its website that they will be shutting down their Wi-Fi Connection service in May, ending online functionality for a list of Wii, DS, and DSi games including top titles like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart, and all Pokémon titles.

Nintendo's Wi-fi service will end on May 20

Nintendo of Japan first announced they they are pulling the plug on Internet-based services before Nintendo of America followed suit, announcing the discontinuation of online services for all Wii, DS and DSi games.

The announcement stated, "As of May 20, 2014, certain online functionality offered through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection will no longer be accessible. The discontinued services include online play, matchmaking and leader boards for many Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games."

While you will still be able to play offline, you will no longer be able to access the leader boards or in-game downloads such as new levels, free add-on content, in-game items, and mystery gifts.

The announcement notes that only online features for games using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service will be impacted. Online play for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games will be unaffected aside from the Wii mode on Wii U and Nintendo DS games on Nintendo 3DS. The Wii Shop Channel, Nintendo DSi Shop, and video-on-demand services such as Netflix will also not be affected.

The news doesn't come as much of a surprise, because Nintendo has been slowly phasing out online support for the Wii console, getting rid of the Forecast and News Channels and the Check Mii Out Channel last year in order to focus on the development of a higher level of service for Wii U. It seems like this is just a major stunt by Nintendo to push users to upgrade to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Affected Nintendo Wii and DS titles include 
100 Classic Books
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: City Life
Advanced Wars: Days of Ruin
Battalion Wars 2
Clubhouse Games
Custom Robo Arena
Diddy Kong Racing DS
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
Dr. Mario Online RX
Endless Ocean and Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep
Excitebots: Trick Racing
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Fortune Street
Fossil Fighters: Champions
Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
LONPOS
Maboshi's Arcade
Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii
Mario Sports Mix
Mario Strikers Charged
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem
Metroid Prime Hunters
Picross 3D and Picross DS
Planet Puzzle League
Pokémon (all titles)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
Samurai Warriors 3
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
Star Fox Command
Style Savvy
Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Tenchu: Dark Secret
Tetris DS
ThruSpace
WarrioWare DIY

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THIS POST WRITTEN BY: CAELAN DOOLEY

Caelan Dooley is a queer artist, activist, and writer, covering comics, tech, and video games. She regularly performs with the Rich Weirdoes, Orlando's Rocky Horror shadow cast. You can follow her on Twitter. Extended staff profile here.

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