Splatoon's SplatNet Service For Wii U Shuts Down Next Month

Another Wii U service is coming to a close.


Yesterday, Nintendo revealed that it will discontinue Miiverse for Wii U and 3DS this fall. Now, the company has announced another service that will soon be inoperable for its previous home console.

On Splatoon's official Tumblr, Nintendo announced that the SplatNet service for the first Splatoon will shut down permanently on September 30. This does not affect the game itself; players will still be able to jump into online matches. However, following that date, they'll no longer be able to access the game's companion SplatNet site.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: Splatoon - Review

SplatNet allowed Splatoon players to track their stats and weapon usage, as well as see what maps were coming up in the game's stage rotation. A similar service called SplatNet 2 is currently available for Switch's Splatoon 2, and unlike the previous version, it is accessed via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app. Along with tracking the same stats and information, SplatNet 2 lets players voice chat with friends (though your phone will need to be unlocked while running the app), set up private matches, and order special gear that they can pick up in the game.

With Switch off to a successful start for Nintendo, it's unsurprising to see the company slowly discontinue Wii U services. Miiverse will end worldwide on November 7, but users can download copies of their Miiverse posts by following the steps listed here.

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 5 comments about this story