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Nintendo to Shut Off Wii and DS Online Play Services :: News
Reported by Angelic Lapras King on Thu 27 Feb 2014 15:00:12 UTC
Last updated by Angelic Lapras King on Fri 28 Feb 2014 02:03:03 UTC
Section: Games

All 4th and 5th Gen games affected!

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Since the days of Diamond and Pearl, trainers from around the world have been able to connect and play with other trainers from all around the world. Whether it be that Pokemon you're itching for but know of no one local who has a DS or Pokemon game to trade with, taking your 6 best Pokemon and taking on the world of fellow trainers in intense battles, or getting your hands on a Japanese Ditto for mass shiny breeding and many other GTS delights, online play became an important part of the Pokemon series.

That is, until this May.

From May 20th, all online play services for Wii and DS games (Wii U and 3DS are unaffected) will be terminated for every region. Every single game that connects to the Internet on those two consoles, including every Pokemon game on the two systems. Below is a list of every game affected by this;

Pokémon Diamond, Pokémon Pearl, Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold, Pokémon SoulSilver, Pokémon Battle Revolution, Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, Pokémon White 2, My Pokémon Ranch, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky, Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia and Pokémon Conquest. Phew.

The Wii Shop and DSi Shop will remain in place so you can still pick up Virtual Console, Wiiware and DSiware games to buy and download, but obviously not connect to any of the online multiplayer options some of those games may have. Video services like Netflix will remain as well.

With only 3 months left of service, you might want to have those last online battles and fill those Pokedex entries before your 4th and 5th gen games become local multiplayer only, just like the good ol' days of Gens 1 to 3...

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justin_friendtoall on Thu 27 Feb 2014 23:51:11 UTC.
every game?! so i can't play ssbb online before the new one comes out?!
Angelic Lapras King on Fri 28 Feb 2014 02:01:22 UTC.
Yeah, every Wii and DS game that has online multiplayer and leaderboards and DLC.
Petzbreeder on Sun 06 Apr 2014 12:58:54 UTC.
DLC that has already been downloaded shouldn't be affected, I disabled wifi temporarily when I checked my Pokemon Ranger DLC to see if it was still there and it was still accessible.
DisturbedHaxorus on Fri 09 May 2014 13:35:59 UTC.
Crap!! I'm getting my new game on the 16th or 17th this month! Anyone willing to help with some speedy collection trading??
Leafeon360 on Fri 30 May 2014 22:09:47 UTC.
That already happened to my copy of Pokemon Platinum and I didn't even know it would before it did! It sucks but, oh well... Wait a second! I don't need no GTS! I got Action Replay! Cheat codes, away!
Guest on Tue 26 Aug 2014 15:20:48 UTC.
I hate Nintendo for this!!!!! The only reason I bought a DS was for pokemon and now this??? And Wii too~ They think that by doing this they can cover up their current failure (Wii U, etc)
Captain Jigglypuff on Sun 07 Sep 2014 02:38:28 UTC.
It's because Gamespy powered the internet capabilities for most games and consoles and when they shut their doors, many games were affected. Sony had to reprogram software for its PS3s to continue to be able to be played online.
Guest on Mon 13 Apr 2015 20:37:47 UTC.
...... On the 20th!
Guest on Mon 13 Apr 2015 20:38:59 UTC.
May, don't come! MarioKartDS is like my favorite game!
steelix5150 on Sat 04 Jul 2015 20:28:34 UTC.
REALLY??? I had Pokemon Platinum, Pokemon White, Pokemon Battle Revolution, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time. WHY DO THEY EVEN WANT TO DO THAT????
steelix5150 on Sat 04 Jul 2015 20:30:04 UTC.
At least my brother had an Action Replay DSi.
Guest on Thu 30 Jul 2015 17:43:51 UTC.
Guys you know someone invented a new nds wifi