After more than 8 years, Nintendo is officially shutting down the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, ending online services for a stack of Wii and DS games.
May 20th, 2014 is the last date that you will be able to access online features like online play, matchmaking and leaderboards.
Originally launched in November 2005 alongside Mario Kart DS and Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land, the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection system was used for online multiplayer for both the handheld and home console.
Vooks brings the bad news, but notes there’s still some connectivity left in the machines. The Nintendo DSi Shop, DS Browser and DSi Browser will continue to operate on their respective handhelds, while Wii gamers can still access the Wii Shop Channel and Internet Channel, as well as streaming services Youtube and Hulu.
The full list of the Nintendo-published games that will be affected has been posted on the Nintendo Australia website. Games from other publishers may or may not have used the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, but are unlikely to still be playable online after the May 20th cut off date.