After several years of providing gamers with online play, Nintendo will end its Wi-Fi Connection service today. While some online features will still remain for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS family, online play, matchmaking, and leader boards will no longer be exist.
The specific services that will not be affected by the Wi-Fi Connection termination are the Internet Channel, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Nintendo DS Browser, Nintendo DSi Browser, Nintendo DSi Shop, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play, Wii Shop Channel, and YouTube.
A list of Nintendo published games that will be affected include, but are not limited to, Mario Kart Wii, Smash Bros Brawl, The Last Story, Kirby TV Channel, Mario Kart Channel, Wii Speak Channel, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and Metroid Prime: Hunters as well as the Wii and DS Pokémon games. A full list of the Nintendo published games that will be affected can be found here.
Nintendo clarified that this will not have any affect on the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, but gamers will not be able to use either system to use the online features of Wii or DS software.