According to the Australian Nintendo site, the company will be eliminating its wi-fi connection services for the DS/DSi and Wii.
In the statement, it was made clear that come late May a number of games will lose their multiplayer functionality –
‘As of May 20th, 2014, the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service will be discontinued and it will no longer be possible to use online features of Nintendo DS/DSi and Wii software such as online play, matchmaking and leaderboards’.
It is still possible to access both the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop which means you can still use network services if you intend to spend money on Nintendo content.
This statement has understandably come as a bit of shock to fans of the online Nintendo community and it is not fully understood why this decision has been made. It has been indicated that this decision is not isolated to Australia and will in fact affect gamers on a global scale. Games such as Mario Kart on Wii and Pokemon Black and White on DS are prime examples of titles that will heavily affected by the switch, with future titles limited to single player and split screen play.
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- This article was updated on July 31st, 2021