Nintendo dropped a rather surprising announcement on Twitter this midnight. Online services for the Wii U and 3DS are now scheduled to end sometime in early April 2024.
As of early April 2024, online play and other functionality that uses online communication will end service for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software. Thank you very much for your continued support of our products.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 4, 2023
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Nintendo clarified some important things on a customer support page:
- Nintendo stated they’ll announce a defined end date at some point in the future.
- Online rankings, data and co-op play will all be unavailable after the end date.
- Pokémon Bank will continue to function online despite the rest of the services coming down.
- Players can still download updates and purchased games after the end date.
- StreetPass features will be unaffected as they don’t utilize online. However, SpotPass features won’t share the same fate and will cease to function.
- The Nintendo Badge Arcade will no longer be available to launch. Additionally, players will no longer be able to place badges into their badge box.
Author’s Note: It's really the end of an era isn't it? Crazy to think the Wii U servers lasted this long honestly. Luckily though, I don't expect players to have much issues playing affected titles. If I've learned anything from Wiimmfii and Mario Kart Wii, it's that official servers dying won't kill a game. But what do you think? Please let us know in the comments below!
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