GameSpy closure behind Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection termination

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It was back in February that news broke that the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection would be terminated, fans directing their disappointment at the Kyoto-based company for putting an end to multiplayer across games such as Mario Kart Wii and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

However it now appears that blame can be placed with Glu Mobile’s acquisition of GameSpy Technology back in August 2012, the company having been the “default multiplayer middleware and backend services provider for both the Wii and DS platforms“.

Messages on the service provider’s website now read, “Effective January 1st, 2013, GameSpy has ceased to make its software available for licensing. Effective May 31st, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosted services for all games still using GameSpy”.

Those hosted games refer to Nintendo’s affected software catalogue, as well as applications that had been available across Wii and DS, with the company’s self-imposed May 20th termination presumably occurring ahead of all services being ceased on a date entirely out of control.

We’ll never know why Nintendo haven’t chosen to now take responsibility for the multiplayer servers, or whether that’s even possible, presumably now redirecting their energies to look toward the future of the Nintendo Network on Wii U and 3DS.

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

1 Comment

  1. Goodbye Nintendo Wifi Connection. you’ll be missed.

    “Error: 20110 – Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service for this software has been discontinued”

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