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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.

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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.

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