It's been a fun ride for the DS and Wii, but all good things must come to an end. Nintendo of Japan announced today that they're pulling the plug on Internet-based services for all DS and Wii titles on May 20, 2014. After nine and a half years, the final plug is about to be pulled on the Nintendo DS's life support.
Nintendo provided the following list of discontinued services, though admit that the closure may affect certain services beyond this list:
- Online play and matchmaking
- Leaderboards and tournament data
- Sharing of user generated content (ghost data, user created levels)
- User exchange of in-game items or characters (Global Trade Station)
- Free add-on content or downloads (new levels, in-game items, Mystery Gifts)
This news isn't particularly surprising given the age of the two consoles. Nintendo has also been phasing out online support for the Wii over the past several months as well in order to focus on development and support for the 3DS and Wii U. Anyone that holds on to their DSi or Wii for the DSi Shop, Wii Shop, or Internet won't notice much of a difference. Nintendo isn't cutting off the old systems entirely. At the moment, their only concern is playing online. Get those last minute Pokemon battles, Brawl matches, or Mario Kart races in, because you'll be stuck with the AI after May 20.
Though Nintendo of Japan was the first to break the news, Nintendo of America has echoed the discontinuation of online services. There's no news from Nintendo's Europe office yet, though it's likely this will be a global shutdown.