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Wii and DS online death by Nintendo

Online multiplayer features for the Wii and DS have been sentenced to death by Nintendo. The company is pulling the plug on multiplayer support for its older consoles on May 20th, with a large majority of the services being switched off.

The Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS still have a large user base, with players still interacting with one another over the internet. However since being superseded by the Wii U and 3DS, Nintendo’s strategy would have changed to encourage users to upgrade.

The Nintendo Wi-Fi connection will officially turn off worldwide on the 20th of May 2014, only a small number of services are surviving this cull. On the Nintendo Wii you will still be able to access YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Wii Shop Channel, Internet Channel and Pay & Play.

Nintendo DS users will be spared the DSi Shop, DS Browser, and DSi Browser. Nintendo confirmed the news earlier on and stated that any content that does not require an internet connection will remain unchanged and that gamers can still play all games in offline mode. The company posted up a list of all of the affected games titles involved, it makes for some sad reading.

What are your thoughts on Nintendo’s decision to cut off online support for the Wii and DS, are you upset by it?

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Written by Matt Tran

Matt has a passion for technology, gaming and social media, whether its using it or writing about it. He joins the Product Reviews team having graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2013, after completing an honours degree in Building Surveying. Matt will mostly keep you in the loop on gaming, tech and gadget news.

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