While the DS and Wii are seasoned Nintendo consoles at this point, with the DS now ten years old and the Wii very close to it, Nintendo has announced that unfortunately there will only be a few more weeks left to enjoy those favored DS/Wii online titles before the shutdown of their Wi-Fi Connection services.
In an announcement by Nintendo of Japan, the company revealed that Wi-Fi Connection services for DS and Wii titles will be shut down on May 20th, 2014, disabling the online features of titles for both systems, while the games will still be available to play/access offline.
Aside from affecting online multiplayer, leaderboards, and other online services, Nintendo also clarified that the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop will not be affected by the shutdown, as well as the Internet browsers for DS and DSi. Wii’s Delivery Channel, Hulu, Internet Channel, and access to YouTube will also remain unaffected. A list of titles to be affected by the shutdown of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was posted here through the official site for Nintendo of Australia.
Nintendo also issued a statement regarding the termination of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection:
As of May 20, 2014, certain online functionality, including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games, will no longer be accessible. For a list of Nintendo games and services that are affected, please check http://www.nintendo.com. Users can still play these games in offline mode, which continues to offer a rich game-play experience. Other online functionality on Wii and Nintendo DS, such as access to the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services, are also not affected at this time.
Online play for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games will be unaffected (aside from the Wii mode on Wii U and Nintendo DS games played on Nintendo 3DS family systems). Our focus now shifts to readying our Wii U and Nintendo 3DS matchmaking services for upcoming games such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.
We at Nintendo sincerely thank our fans for their continued support of our company’s legacy systems. Your enthusiasm for games made for these systems speaks to their longevity, and the passion of Nintendo fans.