Reddit user HxCurt has posted an image showing 545 kilos of Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS games being sent to die. The large cardboard box that the games are contained in measures 121cm x 121cm x 121cm. HxCurt says that majority of game being sent away for disposal are Activision’s terrible iCarly 2 on Nintendo DS. Be sure to enlarge the image and see if there’s any games you recognise.
The Wii U Virtual Console has received its first Nintendo DS title in Japan. Brain Age is now available in the region as a free download through the service. Originally released in 2006, the brain-training game presents quick mental activities that were designed to help players flex their mental muscles. It was inspired by the research of Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist. Nintendo has yet to release DS games on Wii U outside Japan.
Nintendo’s Wi-Fi connection will close today, May 20, for various Wii and DS games. So whether you’re looking to race for the last time against online players in Mario Kart Wii, or travel to your neighbour’s town in Animal Crossing: Wild World for the DS, you better act quickly. With less than four hours until the online service’s permanent closure, you can check out the list, here, to see all of the games affected.
EA will permanently close online services for select Wii and DS games by the end of June, the publisher has announced. The news follows GameSpy’s closure at the end of this month after providing a number of older games with online multiplayer and matchmaking services. EA has issued an updated list of all games affected which use the GameSpy platform, and below you’ll find a list of all the Wii and DS online game services shutting down. Earlier this year, Nintendo said it would discontinue all online services for Wii and DS games on May 20.
Wii Online Services
- Bejeweled 2
- Dracula – Undead Awakening
- FIFA Soccer 08
- Green Day: Rock Band
- MySims Party
- MySims Sky Heroes
- SimCity Creator
- The Beatles: Rock Band
Nintendo DS Online Services
- Dragon Sakura
- FIFA Soccer 08
- FIFA Soccer 09
- FIFA Soccer 10
- FIFA Street 3
- Madden NFL 08
- Madden NFL 09
- MySims Racing
- MySims Sky Heroes
- Need For Speed: ProStreet
- Need For Speed: Undercover
- Skate It
- Spore Creatures
- Spore Hero Arena
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08
Nintendo has begun issuing reprints of popular Wii games without the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection logo due to the online service’s worldwide closure on May 20. According to a snapshot of Super Smash Bros Brawl’s reprint for the Nintendo Wii, it no longer sports the NWC logo on the case and has an amended ESRB rating, which states that its online functionality is no longer rated by the board.
Although only one reprint has been confirmed, it’s possible Nintendo will be reprinting cases for those games that still guarantee sales. However, in the mean time the publisher has warned those who purchase games that its online service for Wii and DS games will close by placing stickers on such titles that use the service. The Wi-Fi connection will close permanently on May 20, perfectly placed for the upcoming Mario Kart 8 release.
On April 26th, GAME FREAK inc. has celebrated its 25th anniversary! Thank you for always supporting us! pic.twitter.com/FrlWnWCbcq
— 増田順一@GAME FREAK inc. (@Junichi_Masuda) April 26, 2014
Junichi Masuda has confirmed that Game Freak celebrated its 25th anniversary on April 26th. Best known for the Pokemon series of role-playing titles, the developer was founded in 1989 by Pokemon creator Satoshi Tajiri. The studio’s latest projects, Pokemon X and Y, were released worldwide on October 12, 2013, marking the first global launch in franchise history. The two games combined sold more than four million units across Japan, North America and Europe in their first two days on the market.
The Mario Kart series has been around for more than two decades. The first entry, Super Mario Kart, made its debut in 1992 on the SNES. To date, seven core Mario Kart titles have been released – with four being on home consoles and three for handhelds. The eighth installment, Mario Kart 8, is scheduled to launch May 30 on Wii U.
Gabe Newell has revealed that his favorite non-Valve game is Super Mario 64. Newell, who’s known as the co-founder and managing director of Valve, previously expressed his fondness for the Nintendo 64 classic as well as its director and producer – Shigeru Miyamoto. Super Mario 64 was originally released in 1996 and a remake called Super Mario 64 DS hit the Nintendo DS in 2004.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 5, 2014
Nintendo has confirmed that certain online functionality, including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games, will no longer be accessible. The service will be closing on 20th May 2014 worldwide.
The service’s retirement will affect 20 Nintendo published Wii games and Wii Ware titles, including Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii and Pokémon Battle Revolution. More than 40 Nintendo published DS and DSi software titles will also be affected, such as Dragon Quest 9: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Pokémon Platinum Version, Professor Layton and the Curious Village and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. The full list of titles are available on the official Nintendo of Australia website
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Nintendo announced today that it has won a patent infringement case at the International Trade Commission. The case was brought by Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC and Patriot Scientific Corporation. The three patent-licensing companies claimed in 2012 that their patented technology was being used in the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi, but the commission has confirmed that Nintendo’s hand-held systems do not infringe the asserted patent.
“We are very pleased with the commission’s determination, which confirmed the judge’s finding that Nintendo’s products do not infringe the asserted patent,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s vice president and deputy general counsel. “Nintendo’s track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, including cases in the ITC, when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patent. Nintendo continues to develop unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”