Nintendo killing online support for Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl in May

Company ending online play, matchmaking, and leaderboards support for many Wii, DS, and DSi games on May 20.

Nintendo announced overnight that as of May 20, the company will end online functionality for a host of Wii, DS, and DSi games--including high-profile titles like Mario Kart Wii and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Of course, you can still play the games in their offline mode, but you won't--come May 20--be able to play online or access leaderboards.

Wii Speak and the Wii Speak Channel are also affected, as they require an Internet connection.

Online play for Wii U and 3DS games is unaffected (outside of the Wii mode on Wii U and DS games played on 3DS). Other online functionality, including access to the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop, and video-on-demand services like Hulu and Netflix, is also not affected.

"We at Nintendo sincerely thank our fans for their continued support of our company's legacy systems," Nintendo said in a statement. "Your enthusiasm for games made for these systems speaks to their longevity, and the passion of Nintendo fans."

Though the closure of online support for games might come as a headache for some players, sunsetting online services for aging titles is nothing new and it is not a practice conducted exclusively by Nintendo. Publishers often need to end online support for older titles so their IT staff can focus on supporting new games, which need more attention.

A full list of affected titles is below.

Nintendo DS

  • 100 Classic Books
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World
  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
  • Clubhouse Games
  • Custom Robo Arena
  • Diddy Kong Racing DS
  • Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  • Fossil Fighters: Champions
  • Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem
  • Metroid Prime Hunters
  • Personal Trainer: Walking
  • Picross 3D
  • Picross DS
  • Planet Puzzle League
  • Pokémon Black Version
  • Pokémon Black Version 2
  • Pokémon Diamond Version
  • Pokémon HeartGold Version
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time
  • Pokémon Pearl Version
  • Pokémon Platinum Version
  • Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
  • Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
  • Pokémon SoulSilver Version
  • Pokémon White Version
  • Pokémon White Version 2
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  • Professor Layton and the Last Specter
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
  • Star Fox Command
  • Style Savvy
  • Tenchu: Dark Secret
  • Tetris DS
  • WarioWare DIY
  • Nintendo DSiWare
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
  • Metal Torrent
  • Number Battle

Wii

  • Animal Crossing: City Life
  • Battalion Wars 2
  • Endless Ocean
  • Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep
  • Excitebots: Trick Racing
  • Fortune Street
  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Mario Sports Mix
  • Mario Strikers Charged
  • Pokémon Battle Revolution
  • Samurai Warriors 3
  • Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
  • Super Smash Brothers Brawl
  • Wii Music
  • WiiWare
  • Dr. Mario Online RX
  • Excitebike: World Rally
  • LONPOS
  • Maboshi's Arcade
  • My Pokémon Ranch
  • ThruSpace
  • WarioWare DIY

Other

  • Wii Speak
  • Wii Speak Channel

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch

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Discussion

159 comments
rodrigocpz
rodrigocpz

Good Nintendo. I'll never more will buy a console of you.

You lose a big fan

gajbutler
gajbutler

Wow this shakes my confidence in Nintendo improving their online services in the future.

tomoevision
tomoevision

I don't see Phantasy Star Zero mentioned so maybe there's still hope for that.

jark888
jark888

This is the biggest online support dropout I've ever seen.

nicoloplay
nicoloplay

Now, that's a bad news! The list is too good to think they will be affected!
especially my all time favorite - Super Smash Brothers Brawl

FELOFLOW
FELOFLOW

great thnk u to all people that support that shit of brand buying a wii

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Looking at the DS list totally destroying the Wii List is almost depressing.

NaszadyJ
NaszadyJ

Besides the obvious facts that Nintendo needs to work on improving their online and multi-player experiences, this is actually good news. Majority of people that own a Wii did not play games online anyway. Also, Nintendo is phasing out the Wii to make room for the Wii U. And the Wii U is backwards compatible, so you can play your Wii games online on it (at least I hope you will be able to). Then by closing down the support for these systems, it will be able to dedicate those servers to the Wii U and 2ds/3ds systems. Overall, they should be able to increase support for the current offerings, while decreasing costs. Which will be great for the shareholders as well as potentially better for the consumers.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Nintendo barely does online well enough to count, but they want to take down the few games they have that people might actually want to play online.  Genius.

And what will they replace this with?  Bar codes that must be scanned and then entered manually in order to play a game with your mates?  I'll just add this to the list of reasons why I cannot be bothered with Nintendo anymore.

catsimboy
catsimboy

I'm surprised they have somebody at Nintendo who actually knows how to turn off the online without cutting power to the whole building and boarding it up since they're usually so terrible at doing anything online. I hope the team assigned to shutting the services down is stymied when the system asks them to enter their friend code.

hystavito
hystavito

Probably the majority of people that bought a Wii didn't play online anyway, and they certainly don't own most of those titles.  Of course the more dedicated Nintendo fans, the more serious players, will be the ones most affected.

Shango4
Shango4

Lololol PS3 is still crapping out games while Wii stopped making games them a long time ago and is shutting down online service. Kind of makes me fear for my Wii U in the future, especially because of how badly its sales have been. This is why you suck Nintendo. Btw, why isn't Monster Hunter Tri included on the Wii list?

chev7781
chev7781

Troll Number 1: "We have more troll bait."


Troll Number 2: "Oh good, I was getting bored in my basement and the outside world scares me."


Troll Number 1:" Yes, it's more troll bait to try to put Nintendo out of business because we all know that us trolls are the smarter breed."

Troll Number 2: "Alright, you know the routine, right?"

Troll Number 1: "Yup, ignore a bunch of facts like Sony shutting down the online for several PS3 games and M$ shutting down Xbox Live for the original Xbox."

Troll Number 2  "And if any human beings bring those facts up, we'll make up a bunch of lies about how no one cares for it."

Troll Number 1:"Ha ha, who needs sex and a life when we can have Nintendo's precious games on are PS4 while we are getting raped by our Xbone?"


Troll Number 2: "You damn right! Screw having dignity!"

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Why not kill off whats left of the Wii so called online service and have it over and done with for gods sake

truthiseternal
truthiseternal

Maro Kart 8 and SMASH  incoming!   let's see how gamespot tries to bash those games....gamespot = failtrolls.

xcollector
xcollector

This isn't new. EA shuts down servers for their games a few years after release all the time. Microsoft shutdown servers for original xbox games a while back. 360 will be next in a couple of years. Are PS2 servers still going? I don't know. This will always be the fate of console games and PC games that are not hosted by the community.

Ejotei
Ejotei

Awesome, more servers for Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash bros 4!

arazmanaz
arazmanaz

Great! I was going to get Wii in a few month with Mario Kart and Super Smash bro Melee. I understand for logistical reasons it has to be done but if its the best selling console of the last generation and with some consumers not sold on the Wii U, Xbox 1 e.g. like me wanted to buy a Wii pretty soon they should've delayed this for 3/4 years at least

StephenSays
StephenSays

I am so close to being done with Nintendo.  I just don't know what is going on with them.  They just don't really create hype so we loose interest.  Shouldn't bad news like this be surrounded with good news.

zoopsat
zoopsat

So this has me thinking how long will it be before 360 and PS3 does it? 2 or 3 years from now? 


The bigger issue for me is when will those PS+ free games stop working? Without online to check if I still have PS+ they won't work. 


I guess it's important to know if you feel like you may want to play one of those PS+ free games years from now you should buy a copy. 

Megamandrew
Megamandrew

Nintendo: Well, we're shutting down the online for the Wii.

Dave: But, the Wii U has only been out for less than a year-and-a-half.  There are 100 million people with a Wii and some of them might want to keep playing some of the games online.

Nintendo: Fuck 'em.  If they wanted to play games online they should've bought a real console.  We never really cared about online, anyway.  Have you seen our online capabilities?  They're horrible!  We had no idea what we were doing!

Dave: That's because you refuse to do things the logical way.

Nintendo:  We at Nintendo don't do things the logical way!  We do 'em the Nintendo way!  Now if you'll excuse us, we're off to make more terrible business decisions.  There's a third-party-publisher interested in putting some games on our fledgling console, so we're going to show them exactly why they shouldn't.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Does anyone really even care? Nintendo's version online multiplayer is nothing short of a joke.

Good riddance, one step closer to putting nintendo consoles in the grave where they belong so the games can be played on systems that are worth our time and money.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@hystavito Smash and Mario Kart are getting Wii U sequels. Pokemon is now on 3DS (not that I care about it. I just hope that the Pokemon cloud storage system doesn't lead them to start charging for online multiplayer, though.) I think this is a move to get people to go towards next gen.

Ragnawind
Ragnawind

@Shango4 Monster Hunter Tri's servers have been down since last year and can't connect anyway, so there is no point to have it on the list, since its service is already discontinued.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Shango4 MAG says "Hello." Also, signs point towards Sony being in trouble as well. I don't think requiring PS+ for online multiplayer will solve their problem either.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@chev7781 Nintendo is the only console maker I have respect for left (unless you count Valve and their Steam Machines). Yes, it is a shame the Wii U doesn't have the same level of support as Paystation 4 and Extortion Box One, but the PC supplements that. The only real complaint I have with Nintendo is that they need to loosen up on their restrictions.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Dav_id83 Why doesn't Sony file for bankruptcy right now? I mean, they're selling office buildings, getting rid of some the own products like TVs and computers, Some of their old studios are either no longer with them or have been laid off at the lease. That kind of thing leaves me wondering the PS4 can even save them. Perhaps they should see if they can find a buyer for whatever assets they have left.

chev7781
chev7781

@truthiseternal GameSpot: "The game is too hard and it's more of the same." *goes back to plays the 800th FPS game.*

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Ejotei That's the spirit! A door of the past closes. A new gate way opens.

xcollector
xcollector

@arazmanaz The new wii mini that you would have found selling in stores doesn't even have wifi

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@StephenSays  You buy Nintendo consoles to play Nintendo games, and great third party games are a bonus; It's been that way since the 90's. "Get busy living, or get busy dying.", that's the way it has to be if you're a Nintendo fan.

chev7781
chev7781

@Megamandrew "I'm purposely ignoring M$ shutting down Xbox Live for the original Xbox to troll NIntendo."

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Megamandrew Wrong. Nintendo wouldn't have sought out help from Valve with their network if that was the case. I suspect it's really to get people into the newer installments. However, they shouldn't shut servers down until launch of the newest installment at the earliest.

Ragnawind
Ragnawind

@Jinzo_111887 @Shango4As far as I know, Sony isn't having problems with their networks. They are just requiring PS+ for online multiplayer to expand their network, not due to costs or anything like that.

xcollector
xcollector

@Defender1978 @arazmanazThe 360 is 'reverse compatible' with many online enabled original xbox games. That didn't stop MS from shutting down support.
 Why would Nintendo be different?

Megamandrew
Megamandrew

@chev7781 @MegamandrewMicrosoft shut down the original Xbox Live nearly five years after the 360 launched.  Nintendo is shutting down Wii online one-and-a-half years after the Wii U launched.  I don't think that one-and-a-half years is all that comparable to five.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@FallenOneX @Jinzo_111887 What exactly is that game?

arazmanaz
arazmanaz

@Defender1978 Well it seems I can play Mario Kart WII and Smash bro's beyond May but on a more expensive console, that's sold barely 2 million. Think i'd rather get a Wii, Ps3 or a 3ds instead i'm afraid

Defender1978
Defender1978

@xcollector @Defender1978 @arazmanaz  Actually the 360 is partially reverse compatible with original Xbox games and none of them are playable online.  Halo 2 was the last and they pulled the plug on it years ago.  The Xbox One can't play 360 games or even the games purchased in the Xbox Arcade on the 360.  The Wii U is completely reverse compatible with the Wii.  That means you can put a Wii disc in the Wii U and play it with a Wii controller.  Lets not forget that the games purchased on the Wii online store can be transferred to the Wii U too.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Megamandrew @chev7781A number of those games have sequels on modern systems, though. Pokemon X and Y. Mario Kart 7 and 8, Super Smash Brothers for Wii U and 3DS. I'm pretty sure Animal Crossing also has a game on 3DS, as well. I'm guessing Nintendo's hoping to get more people to go with next gen this way.