Nintendo will be shuttering online play for its Wii and DS games on May 20th. They are keeping online game support for the Wii U and 3DS however. Whereas I wasn't a huge consumer of the Wii online play, I did use it and find it say they are shuttering it.

Nintendo generally does right by its customers, but this is a bit disappointing. I understand it's impossible to keep a service going forever but in the face of companies like Blizzard still providing Battle.net support for Starcraft, one wonders why everyone can't do the same thing.

There are rumblings that Nintendo farmed out the online functionality to Gamespy and that this has to due with a recent acquisition of Gamespy by another company.

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/support/information/2014/0227.html

hardeyez wrote on 03/01/2014 at 11:59pm

Yeah, this is just weird. The match-making just can't be that big of a deal, especially for mario kart and the likes. So it's really surprising they'd shut it down, especially before Mario Kart 8 for the WiiU comes out... wow. Other stuff I read said that the internet channel would shut down also, which makes no sense (I'd wonder if Netflix will no longer work also)... So we'll see what happens in a couple weeks.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/02/2014 at 05:48pm

They are just shutting down the matchmaking for the DS and Wii. Netflix and the Internet Channel should still work. That said, I looked at the Internet Channel the other day and because of how old the Opera Browser is, it wasn't a good time. Still, I wouldn't be shutting this stuff off as quickly as they are.

I guess a ton of PC games are being shutdown for online play too, like Neverwinter Nights. I guess to do with the recent Gamespy acquisition.

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