Nintendo to discontinue online gaming support for Wii, DS

Soon, gamers will no longer be able to use the online gaming functionality of their Nintendo Wii or DS software.

According to Nintendo, and reported by Kotaku, the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service will be discontinued on May 20, 2014. Online play, matchmaking and leaderboards will be no more.

The Wii Shop Channel, Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services will still be available, however.

This certainly feels like a huge blow to millions of Nintendo customers. And it also seems like a pretty concerted effort to get those customers to upgrade to the newer Wii U and 3DS systems.

So enjoy these next few months of online play, Nintendo fans. Be sure to get it many rounds of Mario Kart Wii before the plug is pulled in three months.

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