The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was the name Nintendo gave to the service that allowed DS and Wii owners to play online games for free. A few days ago, the company decided to shut down their Wi-Fi Connection and unfortunately, dozens of both DS and Wii games lost their online aspect and you won’t be able to play them again (at least not officially.) By the way, here’s the list of all the affected titles.
10. Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo DS)
Who would have known that living in a remote village inhabited by anthropomorphic characters would be so much fun? Wild World also allowed players to travel and visit their friends’ villages via online play (you needed friend codes, since visiting random people wasn’t possible.) Up to four players could visit one player’s village simultaneously change items patterns and receive gifts. While this might not sound like much, Wild World was one of the first games to use the Nintendo WFC and that felt impressive then.
9. Wario Ware DIY (Nintendo DS)
As most portable Wario Ware games, DIY was a minigame compilation where you could not only play those minigames, but also create your own and share them online. Sharing and downloading minigames was the game’s best aspect, since it added a kind of social interaction very uncommon in most DS games. Sadly, that’s not a possibility anymore.
8. Tetris DS (Nintendo DS)
How do you improve Tetris? How about adding some online modes where up to four players can participate? Over the years there have been hundreds (if not thousands) of versions of Tetris and while most people think that the Game Boy version is the definitive one, Tetris DS is also terrific, since it incorporates online modes to the familiar experience. Apart from the offline and online modes, Tetris DS also features Nintendo characters.
7. Professor Layton and the Last Specter (Nintendo DS)
Although presented in the form of an adventure, at its core, the Professor Layton series is all about solving puzzles. If you ran out of puzzles at any point, you could use the Nintendo WFC to download additional ones for free and play them in the Bonuses modes. These additional puzzles were so popular, in fact, that the developer kept releasing them on a weekly basis.
6. Picross 3D (Nintendo DS)
Picross 3D is a refreshingly unique puzzle game in which you chip away small cubes to build images in three dimensions. Although the game comes packed with content, it was possible to download additional puzzles using the Nintendo WFC, as well as creating other puzzles and then share them with other players.
5. Pokémon Heartgold (Nintendo DS)
All the Pokémon games on the Nintendo DS lost something after the WFC service shut down. The online functionality was limited to minigames, battling and trading, but those are such an essential part of the experience that getting certain Pokémon is now impossible without cheating devices.
4. Monster Hunter Tri (Nintendo Wii)
If you read a Monster Hunter review, I assure you that the reviewer has said “under no circumstances should you play this game alone” somewhere in that article. That’s the main problem with most Monster Hunter games, if you have no one to play with, they aren’t very good experiences and that’s also true for Monster Hunter Tri. Up to four players could cooperate in the game and voice chat was also supported, but now that Monster Hunter Tri has lost its online mode, the only way to experience battles is on your own.
3. Super Smash Brothers Brawl (Nintendo Wii)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is a terrific fighting game and while the single-player aspect is extensive (especially if we compare it to previous entries in the series,) this was the first Super Smash game to include a proper online aspect. Now the only way to play with (or against) other players is locally.
2. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky (Nintendo DS)
Dragon Quest IX was the first title in the main series to introduce compatibility with the WFC service. This meant trading maps with other players, providing the single-player experience a sort of social interaction that has never been seen before. This functionality has had such a tremendous impact in Japan, that a tourist destination opened in Akihabara, Japan to serve as a sort of meet-up so that players could exchange maps more easily.
1. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo DS)
Mario Kart DS was the first game in the series to be playable via the Nintendo WFC online service and it work tremendously well. One of the best parts about playing online was that this was a painless process, since it only took you a couple of games to setup a game and compete with players that were on the other side of the world. Without this mode, unfortunately, Mario Kart DS is a lackluster experience.