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Nintendo DS and Wii Wi-Fi Connectivity Officially Dead

by Ron Duwell | May 21, 2014May 21, 2014 5:30 pm PST

Advance Wars Days of Ruin

Hope you got those last few hours of Pokemon Black and White 2 in there while you had the chance. Maybe even some online co-op Sin and Punishment: Star Successor. Sorry, but as promised, Nintendo’s Wi-Fi Connectivity is officially down, and those games are not able to access Nintendo’s online servers.

Nintendo joins EA in being one of the largest publishers out there to unceremoniously kill off dozens experiences that can never be enjoyed to their fullest extent again thanks to the GameSpy matchmaking service shutdown. Some genuinely great games are crippled from now until the end of time, but I suppose it’s just best to be quiet and accept this as a social norm now.

Trading Pokemon in the fourth generation games, going on treasure hunts in Dragon Quest IX with your friends, downloading daily challenges from Professor Layton. Who knows? A lot of people out there might like to do that again some day!

Dragon Quest IX

The Wii at least survives a little better than the Nintendo DS thanks to it mostly being a local multiplayer machine, but still, online matches are a thing of the past in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii. Luckily, the new iterations of both series are looking like far superior games.

My best advice is to play your games and enjoy them like there is no tomorrow because eventually, that will be the case. There will be a day when you can’t enjoy a raid in World of Warcraft, conquer a Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn dungeon, or tackle an opposing covenant in Dark Souls. That goes for every online game out there.

See a full list of affected games on Nintendo’s webpage. It’s a long list of some really solid games, so don’t be surprised if you shed a tear.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...