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Nintendo Ending Wi-Fi Connection Worldwide on May 20th

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StreetsAhead

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NCL has announced the end of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for its Wii & DS consoles & games in Japan as of 11PM on May 20th, 2014.

This DOES NOT affect the Wii or DS shops. This isn't expected to affect PokeTransporter.

Other services unaffected are:

-DS(i) Browser
-Demae Channel (Wii)
-Hulu (Wii)
-Youtube (Wii)
-Internet Channel (Wii)
-Paid services

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/support/information/2014/0227.html

It seems to affect every game that used the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service for its online, including Mario Kart Wii & DS, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, DS Pokemon titles, The Last Story, Animal Crossing Wide World & Metroid Prime Hunters.

End my service if old.

Nintendo Video for 3DS will also be ending in Japan on March 31st.

This also affects Wii Speak and Wii Speak Channel.

EDIT:

Australia too, same date: http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?pageID=6&action=news&sectionID=1

Looks like this is a WW shut down.

http://www.nintendo.com.au/termination-of-nintendo-wi-fi-connection

EDIT2:

US too: http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/vyWpoM6CBIe6FjW8NIY7bvzOrgBURhzw
 

Ouren

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whoa.

Feels a little soon doesn't it?

Wait, does this affect the Pokemon bank thing?
 

Ysiadmihi

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So...this means online play is shutting down for Wii and DS? I'm a bit confused here...

Really terrible if so.
 

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Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection began in November of 2005 and was the primary means of playing online for the Nintendo DS and Wii. A list of games that will no longer be playable online can be found on the site (I'll update the OP with them in a moment). Some titles included are Mario Kart Wii/DS, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the various DS Pokemon games, Animal Crossing: City Folk/Wild World, and more.

Services such as Wii Shopping Channel, Internet Channel, and the Nintendo DSi shop will not be affected.

Nintendo DS games
Aruite Wakaru Seikatsu Rhythm DS
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Custom Robo Arena
Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero
Jump Ultimate Stars
Fossil Fighters: Champions
Shaberu! DS Oryouri Navi
Daigassou! Band Brothers DX
Tetris DS
Picross DS
Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Pokemon Diamond
Pokemon Pearl
Pokemon Black
Pokemon White
Pokemon Soul Silver
Pokemon Heart Gold
Pokemon Black 2
Pokemon White 2
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Dark
Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Mario and Sonic at the Beijing Olympics
Mario and Sonic at the Vancouver Olympics
Mario Kart DS
Mario VS. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem
Mario VS. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
Mawashite Tsunageru: Touch Panic
Metroid Prime Hunters
Wi-Fi Taiou Sekai no Dare demo Asobi Taizen
Girls Mode
Imasara Hito niha Kikenai Otona no Joushiki Cultraining DS
Otona no Renai Shousetsu
Kenkou Ouen Recipe 1000
Jet Impulse
Suujin Taisen
Star Fox Command
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
DS Bungaku Zenshuu
Panel de Pon DS
WarioWare D.I.Y.
Picross 3D
Wi-Fi Taiou Yakuman DS

Nintendo DSi-ware games
Ah Mujou Setsuna
Card Hero: Speed Battle Custom
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
Mario VS. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
Ide Yousuke no Kenkou Mahjong
Chotto Suujin Taisen
Photo stand tsuki Band Brothers DX Radio

Wii games
And-Kensaku
Excitebots
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Sin and Punishment: Star Successor
Forever Blue
Forever Blue: Umi no Yobigoe
Wii Music
Zangeki no Reginleiv
Tact of Magic
Battalion Wars 2
Pokemon Battle Revolution
Mario Sports Mix
Mario and Sonic at the Beijing Olympics
Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics
Mario and Sonic at the Vancouver Olympics
Mario Strikers Charged
Mario Kart Wii
Minna no Joushiki Katerebi
The Last Story
Animal Crossing: City Folk

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/support/information/2014/0227.html
 

Crayolan

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What? The page is in Japanese, can you go into specifics? Can you no longer play online Wii games (in Japan)?

I was going to make a "The three people still playing Metroid Prime Hunters will weep" joke, but then I realised that this will affect Pokémon B/W/2 as well.

Noooooo....
XY may have better internet, but goddamnit, BW2 is the better game.
 

Wiseblade

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I was going to make a "The three people still playing Metroid Prime Hunters will weep" joke, but then I realised that this will affect Pokémon B/W/2 as well.
 

7DollarHagane

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I have been slowly picking up virtual console games in advance of them delisting or shutting down the Wii vc service. Mostly TurboGrafx 16 and a few neo Geo games.

I am absolutely amazed that the Wii virtual console still is up and has so many 3rd party titles still available in 2014.
 

Majine

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Well, they learned alot. Like... uh, unified accounts are pretty important.

Wait, no, that's not it.

I got nothing.
 
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the hell 0_o at least keep Mario kart Wii, smash brawl, Mario kart ds and some other ones

better start playing before it goes RIP in April
 

Stumpokapow

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Is this just discontinuing DLC purchasing, or all online game services for those consoles?
 

EmCeeGramr

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Man. I remember purchasing The Dongle so I could play Mario Kart DS. It seemed mindblowing to actually be playing Nintendo games online after the GameCube era.

...Though I guess it was the GameCube era still. November 2005, before the Wii and even a week before the Xbox 360.
 

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Can't Pokemon DNS spoof like they did for the GPS service or whatever Global Trading service in Pokemon was used for to get Pokemon from some other thing?

Seems a little too soon with Black 2 launched a year or two back, but I guess there's not enough people using the service. Hunters was dead, so was Mario Kart DS. I don't expect other "Wi-fi connection" titles outside of Pokemon to be super popular and I guess Pokemon X/Y superceded the DS population now.
 

MrDaravon

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Fuck, that means I'll probably never finish getting to all of the Picross 3D downloadable puzzles (there's way more than you can fit on the cart at one time) :(. I've been slowly working through them for a while now after finally finishing all of the downloadable puzzles for Picross DS (which has waaaay less cart space).

I'm guessing the shop stuff is all staying up since you can access those from a Wii U/3DS and they still probably make some money off of it.
 

Freezie KO

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So basically they'll kill off Mario Kart Wii's online ten days before MK8. Even though Brawl sucks for online, I hope it's not a habit for them to be killing off communities. Imagine if Melee was online and they killed it because Brawl came out...
 

Regiruler

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Mario Kart Wii, Brawl, the vast myriad of DS games with an online play element, most notably pokemon Gen 4/5? A bit sad, but I suppose all days must come to an end.

I'm assuming that Mario Kart 7, despite being under the N WFC label when it first launched, is unaffected.
 

Brandon F

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Damn, just bought pokemon black and wanted to at least use wifi to transfer content to black 2. Doubt I'll have black 1 done in time.
 

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Damn, end of a era. Not the most amazing era, but still a generally pretty alright one. I'm not playing any of those games still, but my dad is gonna be kind of bummed that he won't be able play Dr. Mario online anymore. :lol
 

Tan

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Uh, what does this mean for
Project M
Super Smash Bros. Brawl?

I imagine accomodating the online mode will be even more pointless. Though the given date is only for Japan, right? No announcement regarding US servers?
 

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I was going to make a "The three people still playing Metroid Prime Hunters will weep" joke, but then I realised that this will affect Pokémon B/W/2 as well.

Mario Kart Wii is also fairly active.

And it's gonna be a big problem for Just Dance 2014 that Ubisoft has just released (October 2013). It's the first Just Dance game with online multiplayer.
 

GamerJM

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Oh man. This is sad to be happening already. I mean, this means that Pokemon Black and White 2 had an online lifespan of like a year and a half. And I'm gonna miss the Mario Karts.
 
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