Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nintendo Discontinuing Wi-Fi Connection; Mega Man Games Affected


On May 20th, Nintendo will terminate the Wi-Fi Connection service worldwide for Nintendo DS and Wii. Internet-connected services such as online play, matchmaking and leaderboards will no longer function from the announced date.

Certain services will remain online beyond May 20. For DS, these include the DSi Shop, DS Browser, and DSi Browser. For Wii, Netflix, Hulu, Wii Shop Channel, Internet Channel, and YouTube will keep on rolling.

The following Mega Man games are affected: Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10, Mega Man Star Force (Pegasus, Leo, Dragon), Mega Man Star Force 2 (Zerker X Ninja | Zerker X Saurian) and Mega Man Star Force 3 (Black Ace | Red Joker). You can find the complete list of affected DS and Wii software here.

Yes; you will still be able purchase MM9 and MM10 DLC. Leaderboards will be dead, though... so to will Brother Band and battles/trading in Star Force. With Star Force 2 and 3 being the first true online multiplayer Mega Man games, this is truly the end of an era. It's a real bummer.

More details in the source.

Source: Nintendo

23 comments:

  1. Is really a shame that Capcom never released MM9 and 10 for VITA and/or 3DS.

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    1. I also would have liked a Steam release considering all of the other Capcom titles on there.

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  2. If the Mega Man 9 secret is tied to the online functionality of Endless Mode, it may be lost forever.

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  3. Truly a depressing day to hear this, as I enjoyed my NWFC games for many years, Hell, when I was stuck in Virginia and didnt have the internet for two months, had my Wii hooked up in my mother's room and tapped into the unlocked wifi of a neighbor's. If anything, my Wii kept me sane in a depressing point in my life when I lived there.

    It was one heck of a ride, I'll say that. Wave Battle, Ride ON!

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  4. *grunt* Well... I can't say as I didn't see this coming. No more Brawl or Mario Kart Wii online matches as of May, as well as no more Tetris DS or Bomberman Blitz online (not that I played much of the latter anyway). I suppose it's for the best? Time to let go... move on...

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  5. So.....

    Anyone up for Wave Battles on Star Force 3?

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  6. DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION IS TEH FUTURE!!!1!!1!11!!!!! seriously? people bragging about digital distribution as something will end the physical. what we have here proves digital will handicapped people who didn't get the games when it was still new on the system. no, this isn't just about capcom games. it's about all other companies too.

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    1. This has nothing to do with digital distribution. Infact, the article mentions that the digital distribution services will remain open. The exact opposite of what you've claimed.

      This is something that has been around for years with online multiplayer based games.

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    2. True that. I'm yet to get the Star Force games...
      And I will miss Super Smash Bros Brawl and Pokemon Black/White online matches.

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    3. Astounding reading comprehension.

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  7. what about MegaMan battle network 5 Twin Leaders? Didnt that have wi-fi?

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  8. @ Anonyous

    Nope. Double Team was strictly local.

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  9. Mega Man 9 and 10's DLC isn't purchased through the shop channel. They're purchased through in-game menus. So the DLC will probably be unaccessible.

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    1. It's a back-door to the Shop Channel. You can't see the DLC there, but it's hosted with the Shop Channel.

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  10. Wait... people still use the Wi-Fi function on Star Force?

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    1. Yep. Mandatory to get to a secret version of Acid Ace/Joker if I recall correctly as well as to get that star which allows for the true version of the final boss to spawn...

      No 100% for anyone anymore without cheating :/

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  11. Dang, Starforce 2 and 3 are two of the only Megaman games I've never gotten around to playing, and I don't have a console to play them on at the moment. I guess I'll never get the full experience. :/

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  12. I heard that Nintendo is open for purchase or fusion because of lately bad sellings. I wonder if the Wi-Fi Connection shutdown has something to do with this. I hope Nintendo manage to get over this.

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    1. The Nintendo WFC has to do with a contract expiring with Gamefly (whose technology was used for the WFC), and Gamefly's new owners (Glu Mobile, I think?) not wanting to negotiate a new contract with Nintendo.

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    2. Actually, it's GameSpy that made the tech for Nintendo WFC, not Gamefly:
      http://docs.poweredbygamespy.com/wiki/How_does_GameSpy_support_the_Nintendo_Wii_%26_DS%3F

      You're right about everything else, though.

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  13. Nintendo should buy make an offer to buy Gamespy

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