Nintendo Shutting Down Online Play for the Wii and DS

With the 3DS now three years old and the Wii U hitting its one-year anniversary a few months ago, Nintendo has decided to end the Wi-Fi functions for the Wii and DS, although you will still be able to use Netflix, Youtube, the eShop, and things of that nature. What this means is that games such as Super Smash Bros Brawl, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Mario Kart Wii, and a variety of other Wii and DS titles will no longer have online play. The current date set for the Wi-Fi discontinuation is May 20th, 2014.

This information was (ironically enough) sent to Wii owners via Wi-Fi. The message goes on to note that while certain things such as the aforementioned online play as well as leaderboards will no longer be accessible, but offline play will be unaffected. It also notes that the affected software has a blue Nintendo Wi-fi Connection mark on the package, in the manual, or on the purchase screen. Hope that makes it easier to figure out if your game is affected by the discontinuation of the Nintendo Wi-Fi service for the Wii and DS!

Check out our review on Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze for the Wii U here! For potential 3DS owners, you can read about how to get Pokemon X or Y for free with the purchase of the system and a hit game here.