Nintendo DS and Wii games to lose online features on May 20th 2014
Nintendo has announced it will be closing down the online services for DS and Wii games, the ‘Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
All games with the little blue Wi-Fi connection logo will have online components stop working as of May 20th 2014. The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was launched in November 2005 originally on the Nintendo DS with titles like Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land and Mario Kart DS.
This does not mean all online services from Nintendo are closing on the DS and Wii. The Nintendo DSi Shop, Nintendo DS Browser and Nintendo DSi Browser will continue to operate. Similiary on the wii the Wii Shop Channel, Internet Channel, Youtube and Hulu will continue to work. Nintendo’s ‘Wi-Fi connection service fee’ which was DLC for only a number of games will also be discontinued.
Not every online enabled Wii and DS game used the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, but we doubt they’ll still be running either way. A complete list of games (Nintendo published) has been posted on Nintendo Australia’s site.
Might be time to have one more race on Mario Kart Wii then?