Nintendo to Discontinue Online Services for Wii and DS Games

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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Nintendo to Discontinue Online Services for Wii and DS Games | oprainfall

Nintendo has announced it will discontinue online services for games on the Wii and DS systems. This means players will no longer be able to access online multiplayer, leaderboards, and other functions that require the Internet.

Games affected by this include Wii titles like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii and Animal Crossing: City Folk and DS titles like Pokémon Platinum, Mario Kart DS and Dragon Quest IX: The Sentinels of the Starry Skies, among many others.

It should be noted that this will only affect online modes in games and not online services offered by platforms. This means the Wii Shop Channel, Virtual Console, DSi Shop, Internet browsers, and streaming video services like YouTube and Hulu will be completely unaffected. Nintendo has released a statement on the matter, saying, “Our focus now shifts to readying our Wii U and Nintendo 3DS matchmaking services for upcoming games such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. We at Nintendo sincerely thank our fans for their continued support of our company’s legacy systems.”

The disconnection of online game services is scheduled globally for May 20th, 2014. If you want to take one more lap online in Mario Kart or battle with a trainer across the ocean one last time in Pokémon, now’s the time to do it.


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  • stealth20k

    will not effect me

  • Pedro Rosas

    only game I play online is Tatsunoko vs Capcom

  • Thanatos2k

    Who does Nintendo think they are, EA?

  • James Best

    Well, it was bound to happen sometime.

  • Vinicius

    The only games I’m gonna miss playing online are Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and The Last Story(that I never played, always wanted to but there was no one avaliable when I tried). They could at least keep a server for Pokemon and Mario KArt.

    • I managed to find matches in Last Story all the time. Perhaps you should have find friends on friendcode-exchange forums…

  • RagunaXL

    really really glad the wii and dsi shops are still open. the day that announcement comes I am probably going to throw 80 or 90 bucks down on virtual console games, wife’s approval pending. Netflix and Youtube get heavy usage on Wii. So far, no harm done. The only game I played online was Mario Kart Wii and that was annoying.

  • smacd

    Guess I’m going to have to whip out DQ9 to get the rest of the quests/guests at least. I may need to dig up an AR if I want the rest of it, apparently there isn’t enough time to get all the online stuff now.

    But what I’m really annoyed about is Mario Kart. Granted, we don’t play it all that often, once or twice a month maybe, but the online community seems to be pretty strong still. I can see shutting down a few servers, though keeping them running isn’t nearly as expensive as EA and Nintendo claim. But regardless, it makes no sense for active games.

    And there are still a few games I haven’t gotten to on my backlog that I’m probably going to miss out on some gameplay- DQMJ2 and The Last Story possibly. Fortune Street as well. Not sure how much a lack of online will affect those though

  • Matthew Fitzgerald

    there REALLY needs to be an indie option to make servers that you can link in to now that the games are no longer officially supported by their companies…there should be a mod type style that would require the actual game and be able to connect the wii to servers that independent groups would support…all of these servers going down affects the users of games that still have quality on their side…hopefully, there will be an option like this later…or everything just needs to go to steam and let them handle it…lol!…

    • There actually is independent option, just Google “Wiimmfi”. It works in the form of patcher and works just like the official Wi-Fi used to work. Unfortunately it requires hacking of the console and installing Homebrew Channel