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Nintendo Shutting Down Wi-Fi Services



Nintendo has announced the discontinuation of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service for its legacy devices [Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo DSi] as of 20 May, 2014.

The discontinued service will affect online play, leaderboards and matchmaking while users of the consoles can still play the games in offline mode.

More than 40 Nintendo published DS and DSi titles will be affected, including Dragon Quest, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, The Legend of Zelda, Fire Emblem and numerous Pokémon titles.

For a comprehensive list of the games and services that are affected, check out the official support page.

However, online play for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games will be unaffected. Other online functionality, such as access to the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services, are also not affected at this time.

Browsers for the DS and DSi will also be accessible beyond the date, as well as the Wii's Delivery Channel, Hulu, Internet Channel and YouTube.

“We at Nintendo sincerely thank our fans for their continued support of our company’s legacy systems,” reads the official site.

“Your enthusiasm for games made for these systems speaks to their longevity, and the passion of Nintendo fans.”

Nintendo originally launched the Wi-Fi Connection service back in November 2005. Online services for Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo DSi will cease on 20 May 2014.