Out with the old Wi-Fi service and in with the new. The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS are Nintendo’s major focus right now, and the connectivity overhaul Nintendo is giving them takes priority over everything else. This includes the Wi-Fi support for the Wii and original DS, which Nintendo is pulling the plug on worldwide on May 20.
The only areas of the devices that will be affected though are that of leaderboards, match-making, and online gameplay. All digital channels like the Wii Shop Channel and DSi Network will still be intact and able to sell software, and streaming networks like Hulu and Netflix through the Wii will also remain functional.
Major Wii games to be affected by this termination will be Animal Crossing: Let’s Move to the City, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii and Pokémon Battle Revolution. The Nintendo DS sees an even larger casualty list with titles like Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Pokémon Platinum, and Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass.
Luckily, the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U will still be able to support these games, so not all hope is lost. You’ll just have to pick up one of each if you haven’t done so yet to keep playing your games.