Reminder: Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection shutdown kills Pokémon DS and Wii titles


We know the end of nigh for Nintendo DS and Wii titles with online features, its happening in just 5 days on the 20th and it will be very sad. Mario Kart, Smash Bros and more all gone.

However it’s also worth to remind people that the Pokemon games are going offline too. The Pokemon titles last generation had some of the most advanced online features we’ve ever seen in handheld games and since the games are still used so heavily in tournaments and even just in casual play this is a huge loss.

We asked the awesome Joe at Serebii.net if we could borrow this to illustrate just what will be lost when the shut down is over. That’s a lot of only modes and for Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 they’ve had a really short life.

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So Pokemon fans, this is your final warning! Good luck!

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  • Mystika
    May 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    We can still do local battles and trades can’t we? Between consoles physically next to each other.

    • indevelopment
      May 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Local and Online multiplayer are treated differently by Nintendo (Online is a normal wifi connection, local is an ad-hoc connection), so Local will last as long as your hardware does.

  • Luke
    May 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Of course, just not over a router.

  • tag12895
    May 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    How about transferring pokemon through generations? All my best are on platinum, will I need to transfer them through black and then to X before the cutoff, or will I be safe?

  • Fimbulvetr
    May 15, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    You’re safe, Generation IV-V transfers are done via ad-hoc. Funnily enough this one day could be an issue for transferring to Gen VI. As of now, however, you’re free to do your Pok√©mon transfers.

  • Fimbulvetr
    May 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I’ll be honest though- I haven’t taken a DS game online for years because Nintendo didn’t have the foresight to think the DS system would ever want to connect to a router with WPA/WPA2 encryption keys. They only support WEP keys.

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