Nintendo 3DS And Wii U Online Servers Are Taken Down For Good

Online multiplayer on all Wii U and 3DS games has come to an end, as Nintendo shuts down the servers for good. This makes it impossible to use online functionality in games such as Pokemon X & Y, Splatoon, Mario Kart 8, and Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS - at least while using conventional means.

From now on, the only way to access the online features in these games will be to rely on fan-made servers, as we've seen with the original Wii. This means that most players have likely played their final online matches on these consoles, as Nintendo looks to the future with the Switch and its unannounced successor.

Across social media, Nintendo fans are paying their respects to the consoles, with many playing a few games of Splatoon for old-time's sake.

Over on the Nintendo 3D, fans have been saying goodbye to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Of course, most of its features will be intact after today, but this has been the last day that players are able to visit one another's towns. After this, they'll have to move on to Animal Crossing: New Horizons if they want an online multiplayer experience.

The servers were only just taken offline, as the shutdown was scheduled for 7PM EST. It comes after the 3DS and Wii U launched in 2011 and 2012 respectively, giving them decent lifecycles of more than a decade. That said, this is still far less support than other companies have provided their consoles, with online servers for PS3 and Xbox 360 still functional, depending on the game.

The Wii U and 3DS have now joined their predecessors, the Wii and DS, which had their online servers shut down in 2014. This leaves the Switch as the only Nintendo console with online play, although this probably won't last much longer, as rumours circulate that the company's next console will be with us next year.

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good things have to come to an end

sad, but the gaming industry will always move forward


It was unfortunately only a matter of time though.