In another blow to consumer confidence in Nintendo, the company has announced the complete end of online services for the Wii U and 3DS, which will end some of the only free online services left, as well as making hundreds of games lose all online functionality.
Currently, a precise date has yet to be announced by Nintendo, only that it will happen in the first half of April 2024. Affected software include Nintendo’s few Wii U hits like the original Splatoon (still the only game in the series playable online without a further online subscription) and many 3DS titles, both first and third-party, which relied on Nintendo’s online service.
These include major hits like Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, every single Pokemon title on 3DS, Super Smash Bros. 4, and extra services that relied on the Spotpass functionality, like extra maps and characters in Fire Emblem Awakening.
On the topic of Pokemon, the franchise has some of the only exceptions to the online closure in 2024, as for the foreseeable future, Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Transporter will remain online and accessible, as they are the only method available to bring Pokemon to Pokemon Home on Nintendo Switch.
There are currently fan projects aiming to save online support, such as Pretendo.
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