End of an Era: Nintendo Pulling Plug on 3DS, Wii U Online Services


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SAN FRANCISCO – Nintendo announced this week that they will discontinue online services for their beloved Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software starting early April 2024. 

This will affect several online functions such as cooperative play, internet rankings, and data distribution. The specific end date will be revealed in the future.

Offline gameplay will remain unaffected, and select software, including Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter, will continue online services for an indefinite period. The company will also allow users to redownload previously purchased software from the Nintendo eShop. While local communication via StreetPass will remain operational, the SpotPass feature, which relies on online communication, will be disabled.

Nintendo expressed gratitude to its loyal players and apologized for any inconvenience caused by this decision. The discontinuation marks the end of online gameplay for two of Nintendo’s iconic platforms.


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