Nintendo Japan has announced that the company is taking down the Wi-Fi Connection service featured on its DS and Wii game systems on May 20. Retiring the service will affect 20 games made available for the Wii and Wii Ware.
According to a statement released by Nintendo Australia, while Nintendo DS/DSi and Wii users will no longer have access to online features, which includes matchmaking, leaderboards and online play, users may still access the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop. The move will affect Nintendo users all over the world and not just in Japan, according to a spokesperson from the video game company. While they did not disclose the reason for doing so, it was said that browsers for the DS and DSi would still be accessible after May 20. They are also keeping the Internet Channel, Wii’s Delivery Channel, Hulu and Youtube available even after the shut down.
Of the 20 games for Wii and Wii Ware, those affected include Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, and Pokemon Battle Revolution. Meanwhile, DS and DSi titles such as Dragon Quest 9: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Pokemon Platinum Version, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, and the Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass will also be affected.