Nintendo announced today that they will be ending online functionality through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection on the Nintendo DS and Wii on May 20th. Users on the DS and Wii will no longer be able to play online multiplayer, use matchmaking, and leaderboards. Users can obviously still play games in local multiplayer or offline modes, but no longer over the internet. The Wii U and 3DS’ online functionality will remain unaffected. Wii and DS users will still be able to use the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services like Netflix.
The Wii had a few hits in terms of it’s multiplayer, with the like of Mario Kart Wii and Super Smash Bros Brawl being still relatively popular even today. The DS had a large online community thanks to Pokemon and Mario Kart, but it has dwindled as many user moved on to the 3DS. Nintendo has released a full list of the software affected, so give it a look and get in your online hours while you can.
by, Bobby Marquardt