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posted by girlwhowaspluggedout on Saturday March 01 2014, @11:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the thank-you-mario-but-wireless-connectivity-is-in-another-console dept.

GungnirSniper writes:

"Nintendo has announced the discontinuation of their Wi-Fi Connection Service for the Wii, DS, and DSi systems. Over 400 titles are affected, including Mario Kart Wii. Engadget reports that the services that will keep working on the DS after May include the DSi Shop, DS Browser, and DSi Browser, while the Wii will keep Netflix, Hulu, Wii Shop Channel, Internet Channel, Pay & Play, and YouTube.

Could the slow sales of the Wii U be motivating this move? Will casual gamers be instead put off by this, and hurt the company's future sales?"

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Abominous Salad on Monday March 03 2014, @05:26PM

    by Abominous Salad (3074) on Monday March 03 2014, @05:26PM (#10124)

    Perhaps. I know people who adore their Wii U (aside from the dearth of games). I will say this, marketing matters. You couldn't escape the Wii ads back in the day no matter where you hid. I literally never heard about the Wii U except during the trade show news cycles and even that was avoidable in the shadow of Xbox One's DRMGate.

    For me personally, as an observer who admittedly buys consoles anywhere from 5-20 years after they're released (I'm still looking very much forward to Wind Waker), the Wii announcement affects me more, so it was the focus of my hyperbole :)

    To a large extent I assume the Wii U hate is pure trolling from hardcore gamers who go their usual route of, there is One True Way, everything else is awful and you should feel bad for making it. The gamer trolls smelled blood in the earnings and weak marketing, and went full bully with stories that Nintendo's CEO had been told to kill himself if the Wii U failed - stories that float far and wide.

    However, it definitely appears to be fact, that Nintendo's new CEO has never heard of marketing.

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