I don't know how popular online play on the Wii is to begin with but I am sure this will effect many gamers out there and that is just sad. How much effort does it take to keep keep online play for the Wii going? Is this a cost issue or are they simply trying to throw all their support at the Wii U in hopes it might bring the console to life (I can't call it reviving as I don't think the Wii U has ever actually been alive).
Aaaaand they've ruined any chance of me buying a Nintendo console ever again. If I'm going to buy a console that offers online play, I want to play online whenever the hell I want! That includes a few years down the road. They need to offer the ability to host games on other servers then.
WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT?!
80% of the playable material on the WiiU is Wii software, even moreso with the 3DS and DS/i games. This is perhaps the worst thing they could possibly do, what a joke.
Back in 2010, Microsoft did the same thing with the first Xbox. In my opinion, this is one plus to owning a PC for gaming. Most legacy online games can still be played with; or, without support from the manufacture/studio.
Maybe the Nintendo modding community can come up with a solution for the legacy devices.
Jeez. Hand these mooks a gun and they'd immediately shoot themselves in the foot with it.
Its no wonder Nintendo is virtually dead, and having their pie eaten by Sony and Microsoft, companies who's products become MORE capable as time goes on in the product's life cycle.
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