The end is nigh for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U online play

It'll be gone but not forgotten

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They say that things on the internet live forever. Well, we should know that isn’t true as much as tech companies love to lose our data from time to time. But we also know that’s true when companies begin shutting down servers. Now, it’s Nintendo who will fade online play for some into just a memory.

It was announced today by Nintendo that online services for the Wii U and 3DS will be shut down on April 8th. This might be a bit of bad news for that guy who bought a Wii U several months ago.

The only games that aren’t immediately going away are the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter. While they still be around after the shutdown, Nintendo did state that those games won’t be around forever, ether.

Just so we’re clear, the shutdown of these online services doesn’t mean you can’t still play your games. Users will still be able to “download update data, and redownload purchased software and downloadable content from the Nintendo eShop” for a while after this.

Everybody’s favorite StreetPass will still be operational while SpotPass will be going away.

For example, you will be able to use StreetPass in StreetPass Mii Plaza, which is pre-installed on Nintendo 3DS family systems, but you will no longer be able to use features that use online communication (such as receiving new panels in Puzzle Swap).”


Well, that bums me out. The best part of the 3DS was getting those puzzle pieces.

Source: Eurogamer

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Marcus Summers is a Linux system administrator by trade. He has been working with Linux for nearly 15 years and has become a fan of open source ideals. He self identifies as a socialist and believes that the world's information should be free for all.
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