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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: 5, Insightful) by big_e on Saturday March 01 2014, @11:40AM

    by big_e (2513) on Saturday March 01 2014, @11:40AM (#9062)

    I want be able to have the same gaming experience 10 years from now. With games with online components, you can't. Eventually either it will eventually shut down, or they will choose to alter the game in a matter you do not like. If you feel the need to be nostalgic and play WoW as it was before the cataclysm, you can't because Blizzard reserves the right to change the game as they see fit and the ability to experience the game as it was before is gone forever. Older games lack the kill switch. The game industry isn't exactly going to be wanting to keep old games running on an old platform they are unable to monetize as that competes against their current product. Someone playing a game they purchased 5 years ago, or worse yet used and is not generating any subscription revenue represents a lost sale to them.

    Preservation of current games is going to practically impossible as more and more are dependent on a remote server for play.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Debvgger on Saturday March 01 2014, @11:54AM

    by Debvgger (545) on Saturday March 01 2014, @11:54AM (#9065)

    Yeah, well said. But it's not only about being online or offline. I'm sad for the Xbox Halo 2 online being nuked a few years ago. But PC version is still working. The problem here is designing the games in a way that depends on you continuing offering a service or not. All games should come with the option for people to build their own servers if they want.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by mashdar on Saturday March 01 2014, @04:11PM

    by mashdar (3505) on Saturday March 01 2014, @04:11PM (#9146)

    There are private servers for classic WoW. Obviously there needs to be sufficient demand.

    One would hope, if the primary server was being shut down, that a company would release a final patch allowing GUI server selection (no registry, just a text field). Unlikely, but I can dream.