Farewell, Nintendo WiFi Connection

nintendo-wifi-goneIt was only a matter of time until this came to be, but today marks the end of the Nintendo WiFi connection on the Wii and DS systems. Starting tomorrow, there will no longer be a way to enjoy all those games with online multiplayer and leaderboard features on these consoles.

You will still be able to purchase games from the Wii Shop and DSi store, so fear not.

This does not affect your online connectivity for the WiiU or 3DS.

What this means for you? I have no real idea, seeing as most of us moved onto the Nintendo Network, PSN and/or Xbox Live.

Goodbye Nintendo WiFi connection. You served your purpose, and you did it inefficiently, BUT free.

From Nintendo:

Service Discontinuation: Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Service

Effective Date: May 20, 2014

Summary of Changes:

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, which provides certain online functionality for many Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo DSi software titles, will be discontinued. This service change does not impact the ability to play these titles offline. For more details, click here.

Examples of Discontinued Functionality:

  • Online play and matchmaking
  • Leaderboards and tournament data
  • Sharing of user generated content (ghost data, user created levels)
  • User exchange of in-game items or characters (Global Trade Station)
  • Free add-on content or downloads (new levels, in-game items, Mystery Gifts)

Games and Systems Impacted:

Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games that use the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, will no longer have access to the features listed above. This includes Wii mode on Wii U and Nintendo DS games played on Nintendo 3DS family systems. For a complete list of impacted games, click here.

Notes:

Only online features for games using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service are impacted. Other online functionality on Wii and Nintendo DS, such as access to the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services, are not affected at this time. Online play for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games will be unaffected (aside from the Wii mode on Wii U and Nintendo DS games played on Nintendo 3DS family systems).

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Now that we got all that sad shit out of the way:

MARIO KART 8 IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, SO STRAP UP.

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