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Nintendo Wi-Fi shutting down.
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:04:33 AM »
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/02/26/nintendo-shutting-nintendo-wi-fi-service-wii-ds/

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I bet this affects the Wii/DSi VCs too, so use up any outstanding points/cash still left on those devices.
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Re: Nintendo Wi-Fi shutting down.
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 10:57:38 AM »
I bet this affects the Wii/DSi VCs too, so use up any outstanding points/cash still left on those devices.
Seriously?  That seems a little quick...I mean, if Sony cut off PSN for PS3s I think the backlash would be insane.

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Re: Nintendo Wi-Fi shutting down.
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 11:01:10 AM »
They will, eventually. Maybe not anytime soon but certainly at some point. It sucks, but this is the "digital future" everyone is clamoring for.
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Re: Nintendo Wi-Fi shutting down.
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 11:10:46 AM »
Also, they don't even have everything on VC up for the Wii U yet.  I just can't imagine this disabling the shop.

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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014, 11:17:06 AM »
Also, they don't even have everything on VC up for the Wii U yet.  I just can't imagine this disabling the shop.

The shop will still be available according to what I read. It is the multi-player games and wii/DS game downloads that will be going away.
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Re: Nintendo Wi-Fi shutting down.
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2014, 01:34:36 PM »
I can't help but wonder what this will mean for the online aspect of Project M. Do they piggyback off of the brawl servers or do they have their own?
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Eusis

Re: Nintendo Wi-Fi shutting down.
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014, 02:25:22 AM »
Worth pointing out some things:

1. As noted in the IGN story they used GameSpy servers for Wii/DS online play.

2. GameSpy Technologies have since been bought by Glu mobile, who has since shut down some of the servers for older games and is apparently charging a high fee for continued support.

3. They also will not license their software out anymore, which combined with the former give me the impression they kind of want to kill it and absorb what they acquired into their other services.

I wouldn't be surprised if the costs really were too much now versus when they originally inked the deal.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2014, 09:55:05 PM by Eusis »

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Re: Nintendo Wi-Fi shutting down.
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2014, 08:24:17 PM »
So basically this is less Nintendo's fault and more Glu Mobile's fault.

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Actually that just makes this kind of depressing.

What's REALLY disturbing about this though? Take it in the context of recent software-as-service and cloud computing developments. Buy-and-kill business practices are nothing new -- and a lot of mergers/acquisitions turn into this unintentionally anyway -- but when you're talking about really broadly used services? Especially on closed platforms (which a lot of smartphones/tablets effectively are)?
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Re: Nintendo Wi-Fi shutting down.
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2014, 09:49:49 PM »
Which is exactly why I'm not a big fan of "the cloud".

It's a bit weird how most gaming-related websites are reporting the shutdown without properly explaning the reasons for such action. Then again, there seems to be an anti-Nintendo thing going on lately.