Nintendo Bidding Farewell to Wii and DS Online Multiplayer This May


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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night: Nintendo says it’s going to pull the plug on its Wi-Fi Connection service for the DS and Wii on May 20.

That means online play, matchmaking, user-generated content, free add-on content and leaderboards for DS, DSi and Wii games that make use of it. The shutdown includes Wii games played on the Wii U in Wii mode.

If you look at the rundown of impacted titles sorted by Nintendo first-party titles, you’ll notice right away how short it is. That, to take a parting shot because it’s warranted, is how behind the curve Nintendo was with the Wii when it came to online functionality. The full list of games is here. All of these games will continue to function as normal offline, with just two apps/services I’d never heard of ceasing to function because they required Wi-Fi Connect: Wii Speak and Wii Speak Channel.

Mind you…

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