Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was Nintendo’s first entry into the world of online gaming, and now it is coming to an end in Japan. Launched in November of 2005, Nintendo of Japan announced today that the service would be ending on May 20th, 2014. While a lot of online servers end after a couple of years, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection lasted well over 8 years and had an impressive run. All Nintendo Wi-Fi games for the Wii and DS will be inactivated, including Super Smash Brothers Brawl.
On the positive side, all applications such as Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Wii and DS shop channels will still be up and available. No word on when we will see the end of the service in North America and Europe, but one has to think that the writing is on the wall.
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