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Online games for Nintendo DS, Wii will no longer work from May
Online games for Nintendo DS, Wii will no longer work from May
February 27, 2014 | By Mike Rose

February 27, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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Newsbrief: Nintendo will soon terminate the Wi-Fi Connection Service for the Nintendo DS, the DSi, and the Nintendo Wii, meaning that online games and features for these consoles will no longer work.

Features such as online play, matchmaking and leaderboards will be shutdown on May 20, 2014, says the company. Dozens of games will be affected, including Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City, Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and the Pokemon series on DS.

Nintendo was keen to stress that some online features for the Wii and DS will remain operational, including the web browsers, the online stores, and the YouTube channel.


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Francisco Javier Espejo Gargallo
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Ridiculous and disappointing, I know of many people buying games on the WiiU to play what WiiU lacks, some amazing games such as Mario Kart and Mario Strikers. How deceiving and disappointing is this Nintendo. With this attitude, Nintendo is losing any respect from their fans.

Joseph Anthony B. A. Tanimowo-Reyes
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Mario Kart 8 comes out for Wii U a mere 10 days after the servers go down.

Justin Kovac
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Their online services lasted a lot longer than a lot of other games. DS since 2005, Wii since 2006. Similar length to the original Xbox Live. Mario Kart Wii since 2008, Strikers since 2007.

But for how huge Mario Kart Wii is and how few people still have Wii Us, it is cutting a lot of people out of a feature they have become to enjoy. Only Nintendo knows how many people still use it.

Double Dash has been successfully emulated for LAN play online. Maybe we will see the Wii/DS services emulated in the future.

Matthew Mouras
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Not to mention new Wii consoles are being sold with Mario Kart Wii as a pack in for $99. Despite what I still think is a great value given the Wii's library, that seems a little disingenuous now.

Ujn Hunter
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@Matthew Mouras: Are those the Wii consoles without internet connections at all?

Jeferson Soler
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@ Ujn Hunter - As far as I'm concerned, the Wii Mini is no better than GBA Micro, in my opinion. From what I read about it, it doesn't seem like that Wii Mini has any Internet connection function at all (you can't even link up to the Virtual Console with it). Even the previous Wii model (the one without the GameCube backwards compatibility) was better than the Wii Mini and had a good price to go along with it, so I never understood why Nintendo produced the Wii Mini to begin with.

Matthew Mouras
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Is that right?? Then I stand corrected. Who cares about the software when there is no hardware :)

Matthew Mouras
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Another example of why I feel better and better about spending more and more money on my new favorite game "rental" house: STEAM.

At least its legs look a little longer.

Bob Johnson
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Lets not be too dramatic. This only affects online play which is something people complain that Nintendo doesn't have anyway.

John Paduch
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Nintendo proves yet again that they lack a comprehensive understanding of how people utilize online features in games... outside of Japan. ><

A W
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Obviously they are doing this because Mario Kart 8 comes out in May. People writing disappointed comments are not paying attention good.

John Paduch
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They're shutting down entire multiple console lines' access over one game? Yeah, that sounds entirely reasonable. Really.

Jeferson Soler
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@ John Paduch - Actually, A W may have a point. With Nintendo (especially Nintendo of America) shifting its focus from the Wii to the Wii U, it wouldn't be cost effective to keep free online connections going for older Wii games, especially if only a small amount of people are using the free online functions from any of the Wii games. As someone that used the online functions from The Last Story, I wouldn't be surprised if the game becomes affected by Nintendo's decision and it would be a shame for that to happen, but at the same, I wouldn't hold it against Nintendo as the company can keep a free online function working for only so long (I'm surprised that The Last Story's online function has even lasted for this long). Capcom USA deactivated the online function for Monster Hunter 3 weeks after Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was released in the US and I wouldn't be surprised if Capcom USA deactivates the online function for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate as soon as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate debuts in the US, so it is not just Nintendo (especially NoA) deactivating the online functions for older games. At least, Nintendo is keeping the Virtual Console activate.

Ujn Hunter
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This is why I wish companies didn't stop including LAN mode in all their games... at least you can still play then... even if you want to use tunneling software to do so. Another reason why I never understood people wanting dedicated servers as opposed to peer-2-peer... at least you can still play as long as someone else is still playing.

Jeferson Soler
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@ Ujn Hunter - That's a good point! The whole thing in regard to dedicated servers seems to be a problem for a lot of games that depend on online functions, especially when game companies start to feel that they can no longer keep the servers up and decide to shut down the servers. Having said that, if the game companies wanted to do so, they could develop a game update that would allow certain games to have LAN mode if those games are flexible enough to have LAN mode.

R. Hunter Gough
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Engadget's article says Netflix and Hulu are safe, but I don't see any mention of Amazon Instant Video. Anyone know if it'll be affected?

http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/26/nintendo-japan-wii-ds-multipla
yer-3ds-video-shutdown/

Jeferson Soler
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@ R. Hunter Gough - I'm assuming that only the online functions from the games will be affected and not the services, like YouTube, Virtual Console, etc..

Justin Kovac
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Wii/DS uses GameSpy tech for online play. Learn something new.

Wonder what their current annual support fee is.

Nathan Mates
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Letting people run their own servers will only work for LAN (or fake-LAN setups like tuungle) if the problem is something like a necessary 3rd party component like Gamespy services doing matchmaking.

GLU Mobile knifed Gamespy Open access in the back, and radically ramped up pricing for older games. I am still patching/supporting Battlezone II in my spare time on my own dime, and GLU just yanked access for us one day in 2012. No warning. The amount of network traffic for a game with fewer than 200 active players is negligible, and there was NO SSL or any other item that requires fixed IPs. The Gamespy architecture could run dozens of games on the same server technology stack -- just a list of possible games and their secret keys for authorization. All data driven, nothing custom per game that would require virtualization. But, GLU Mobile seems to think that they can demand large sums from publishers to keep things running.

Instead, for Battlezone II, I had to do an emergency rewrite of the matchmaking and transport layer from Gamespy to RakNet. That's not easily possible for games already released -- even if dedicated server binaries were out there.

Let me just say this: the odds of me buying (or even installing) a single GLU Mobile game has hit zero already, due to what they did to older PC games. This current move doesn't help their reputation one iota.

Mark Booth
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-first actual comment, so this will be a day late-

I'm pretty sure this decision on Nintendo's side is influenced mostly by their not so great financial state, as the costs for maintaining the servers for said game services will be lowered, thus reducing the strains on Nintendo's end. kinda surprised i haven't seen anyone mention this possibility out yet...

Joe Zachery
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So are we really going to complain on here about them turning a service off. When this has been done by everyone else on games that are 2 years old. All games that are affected have or will have a newer better version available to them. Also the VC, and other apps will still be online, and work. So will it's disappointing that online systems for any game must be turned off. I understand why they are doing it with those games on those systems.


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