First established in 2005, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is the service that allows users of Nintendo DS and Wii software to play against other console owners through the internet. With titles such as Mario Kart DS, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and a plethora of Pokemon titles to choose from, Nintendo’s first foray into mainstream online gaming proved to be a reasonable success.
Nintendo has decided that the service has run it’s course, and that on 20th May 2014, all multiplayer services for DS and Wii titles will be shut down. As well as affecting any games that allow you to play across the internet, any online leaderboards will become non-functional, and any free to access downloadable content will no longer be available.
It has also been confirmed that video and content services such as NetFlix, the Internet Browser and the Wii Shop Channel will be unaffected by the service’s termination. The reason for the service to be shut down is currently unknown, but we at VGU will let you know of any updates to this story if and when it becomes available.
Will you be firing up your Wii or DS to play online for the last time in the next few months? Let us know what you think in the comments below.