Nintendo has confirmed that certain online functionality offered through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for many Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo DSi games will no longer be accessible as of May 20, 2014. As a result, the affected games will be without features such as online play, leaderboards, sharing of user-generated content, or free add-on content.
The Wii Shop Channel and DSi Shop will be the only unaffected services. You can view the full list of affected titles here.
Nintendo isn’t shutting off these services for nothing, however.
“Our focus now shifts to readying our Wii U and Nintendo 3DS matchmaking services for upcoming games such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros,” A Nintendo representative told GamesIndustry. “We at Nintendo sincerely thank our fans for their continued support of our company’s legacy systems. Your enthusiasm for games made for these systems speaks to their longevity, and the passion of Nintendo fans.”
Before Nintendo’s public announcement, an unnamed source had apparently told GamesIndustry International the shutdown was unavoidable, citing a dissolving partnership with Glu’s GameSpy Technology as the reason for the shutdown. The partnership began with the Nintendo DS in 2005 and was expanded with the release of the Wii in 2007.
In late 2012, Glu abruptly shut off multiplayer servers to a number games and said they would only switch them back if they were paid a fee higher than what was initially asked of developers. And that’s the end of that story.
For old times sake, maybe you want to give Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart, or Call of Duty online one more go before servers officially go down. On the brighter side, I do hope this means Nintendo has big plans for Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros Wii U/3DS online.