Nintendo Pulling Wii and DS Online Services in May

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Nintendo Pulling Wii DS Online Services

And now, a moment of silence for the Nintendo’s Wii and DS online services.

Earlier today, Nintendo announced they would be taking down their online services on both the Wii and the DS/DSi consoles on May 20th. The news actually came by way of a Nintendo of Australia press release, but the company then confirmed that the disconnection would be global.

So, what exactly does taking down online services mean? For starters, it means that any Wii, DS, or DSi game that requires a Wi-Fi connection for some component, multiplayer or otherwise, will lose that functionality. A game that is billed as single and multiplayer, for example, can still support both those experiences, but only at the local level.

Nintendo was quick to point out, however, that the Wii and DS eShops will still be accessible through Wi-Fi, meaning gamers can still purchase new downloadable titles till their heart’s content. Obviously, if it’s something that makes Nintendo money not costs them money, then they are likely to keep that going.

Also still going are several online entertainment channels for the Wii, including the Wii’s Delivery Channel, Hulu, the Internet Channel, YouTube, and Netflix. We don’t know how many Wii owners out there still use their console for Internet browsing or media streaming, but those that do will not lose that functionality.

All told, there will be some 20 Wii games and 40 DS games affected by the discontinuation of services. Something could be said about the fact that, during its 6-year life cycle, Nintendo only published 20 games with only functionality, but a few of the titles are big names. Games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii, for example, are now couch co-op experiences only. The same thing for DS games like Dragon Quest 9, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, and Pokémon Platinum Version. For a full list of the titles affected head here.

While pulling the plug on online services is nothing new, it’s always surprising to see how many people were actually enjoying a game when a publisher eventually decids to drop their servers. We suspect, given the longevity of many of Nintendo’s franchises, that there will be plenty of gamers disappointed by this news. Whether there will be a solution in the near future, either through the Wii U or the 3DS is unclear, but for now gamers have until May 20th to get in their last few Smash Bros. Brawl matches.

Does this news of Wii and DS online services coming down impact you? Has Nintendo improved their status with regards to online games in your opinion?

Source: Nintendo

TAGS: DS, DSi, Nintendo, Pokemon, Super Smash Bros., Wii

  • Sweetjumps

    Kinda disappointed in this, I love playing mario kart online. I am planning on getting getting the new one for the wiiU though so I guess it won’t be that bad

  • Bootsy

    Very disappointed. Will be not buying anymore nintendo items, will switch over to other gaming systems. We love playing animal crossing and Mariokart with our friends and family. Will not buy nintendo’s new systems. Shame on them. Hope a hacker creates a play where we can all play mariokart still.

    • EastOfTheAnduin

      The other systems will do, have done and are doing the same thing. This is not just Nintendo. All servers will eventually be shut down. That is just the way things work.

  • GeeEmm

    How ridiculous!

  • Anastacia

    My mother uses the Wii just for Netflix and that Carnival Golf gme. She’ll be happy it will still work.

  • dethfuse

    Proof that Nintendo is facing money issues. You can only fail for so long.

  • COREY_1993

    this is really bad. to me this is them doing this because of bad wii u sales. they are thinking that this will make people get that wii u is actually a different console and wii is old so they would need to buy a u.
    i thought that the wii u was actaully just a game pad for the wii and the non hardcore gamer guys that have wii dont even know the u exists.

  • EastOfTheAnduin

    “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.”

    If sacrificing their old servers allows for a better and faster online service for their new games, then I’m all for it.

    People need to keep in mind too that Glu, the company that ran the Wii and DS servers, have been blackmailing companies for more money. They have threatened and in some instances actually turned off servers until their “ransom” was met. Some people point to a “dissolving partnership” between the two companies that hastened the server shutdown.

    But, at the end of the day, it was a business decision. Nintendo didn’t feel that the services were worth the cost of maintaining. I can’t really blame them for that. Just as I can’t really blame Sony for shutting down the Gran Turismo, MAG and Resistance servers. That’s the peril of dealing with online and digital resources, they come with a shelf life. That’s the main reason I hated the originaly planned Xbone and I dislike multiplayer exclusive games like Titanfall. With a flip of the switch they can and will be taken away from you.