Nintendo Ending Wi-Fi Connection Services On DS And Wii

Remember when the Nintendo DS first made its debut? And playing MarioKart DS was all you did for hours on end? You might want to relive that again, because Nintendo is closing WFC services worldwide on May 20th.

The big N is calling an end to its Wi-Fi Connection that facilitates online play and matchmaking as well as gameplay leaderboards, essentially pulling the plug on the online aspects of many Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Wii games. Ghost data (like on MarioKart DS), user-created content, free downloadable content (like on Professor Layton games) and user exchange of in-game items (like the Pokémon Global Trade Station) will be affected.

Access to the Nintendo DSi Shop, Wii Shop Channel and video-on-demand services will not be affected “at this time” (uh oh). Online gameplay for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will remain unaffected, except of course when playing Wii or Nintendo DS games on your Wii U or Nintendo 3DS. Keep in mind that online co-op is not local co-op and gathering your pals for a 8-way championship round of MarioKart is still possible.

This will be a total bummer for plenty of recent games with online functionality, like on Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, effectively closing the doors on the remaining GTS services on the Pokémon Global Link for the fifth generation of Pokémon games, so you may want to grab your pals offline before they disappear.

Hit the link for a list of affected software titles,