If you’re one of those who wanted to spend the rest of the year playing the original Splatoon for Wii U or Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, you’re probably out of luck. It looks like it is Nintendo has already started restricting the ability to play online on the Wii U and 3DS, as many users have observed. The first cases began to appear already before Christmas Day.
Although Nintendo had previously reported on the move, it initially claimed that the shutdown would occur until the beginning of April next year. While it’s true that Nintendo never directly stated that Dune’s deadline is fixed and announced that it might end earlier, it would still be appropriate if the company informed players of this move before it actually launches. Fortunately, however, the switch-off is still on may not apply to all players.
This move follows after Nintendo closed its eShops for 3DS and Wii U in March. Also, the rather primitive but interesting social network Miiverse, which worked on both consoles, was canceled in 2017, although an archive of posts still exists.
Interestingly, it will probably appear on the Switch next year gum, such as Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. So players don’t have to lose their favorite games for good.