Nintendo to axe online DS and Wii services

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to close May 20

Nintendo has announced it will terminate its Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection services worldwide in a matter of months.

This means certain online services across the Nintendo DS, DSi and Wii consoles will no longer be available after May 20, including online play, leaderboards and matchmaking.


The shutdown, set to take place on May 20, will affect all regions.

While Wii U and 3DS software will not be affected due to their use of the Nintendo Network, Wii games accessed via Wii Mode on the Wii U will lose their online features following the termination.

Some online features will still be available, as listed below:

  • Internet Channel
  • Nintendo DS Browser
  • Nintendo DSi Browser
  • Nintendo DSi Shop
  • Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play
  • Wii Shop Channel
  • YouTube

A full list of affected titles can be found on the Nintendo website.

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection - Nintendo's answer to PSN and Xbox Live - was absorbed by the Nintendo Network when the 3DS was released in 2011.

While the Wi-Fi Connection was a pared back, services-oriented platform, Nintendo Network introduced more social features with the arrival of the 3DS and Wii U platforms.