Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection

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Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
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Launch date11/14/2005

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (aka WFC) was a service for the Wii and Nintendo DS. It was used on some games that let the player play with people around the world.[1]

On January 26, 2012, it was announced by Nintendo during an investors' meeting that the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service would be replaced by Nintendo Network.[1]

On June 27, 2013, WiiConnect24 was discontinued.

Before Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection shut down, 6 other apps were discontinued. The Forecast Channel, News Channel, Everybody Votes Channel, Nintendo Channel, and the Check Mii Out Channel closed on June 27, 2013.[2] Wii no Ma closed on April 30, 2012.[3] Then, Kirby TV Channel closed in October 2012.[4]

Features[change | change source]

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was made to be easy to connect to, safe for everyone to use, and free. Games designed to take advantage of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection offered WFC inside of the game. Basic features included worldwide matchmaking, leaderboards, and tournaments. More features were available between friends who exchanged Friend Codes.[5]

Wii Shop Channel[change | change source]

The Wii Shop Channel allowed people to download games or software by Wii Points. You could buy Wii Points by Nintendo Point Cards[6] or by Mastercard or Visa cards online. People could browse the Virtual Console, WiiWare, or Wii Channel sections. Buying Wii Points was disabled on March 26th, 2018. The channel shut down on January 30th, 2019.[7]

DSi Shop[change | change source]

The DSi Shop allowed people to download apps and DSiware, like its Wii equivalent. It shut down on March 31, 2017.[8] The only thing available for download on the DSi Shop is the Nintendo 3DS Transfer Tool.[8]

Check Mii Out Channel[change | change source]

The Check Mii Out Channel is a channel that allows people to share their Mii. It was first available on November 11, 2007.[9] People can post their own Miis in the Posting Plaza, or import Mii's into their own Mii Parade.

In the contests, people can submit their own Miis to compete in contests to fit a description (example: Mario without his hat). After the time for submitting a Mii has ran out, the user can vote for three Miis featured on the panel, with ten random Miis being shown at a time. Once the judging is over, the results of the contest can be viewed. Their selection and/or submission's popularity in comparison to others is displayed, as well as the winning Mii and user.

The Check Mii Out Channel sends messages to the Wii Message Board about recent contests. People in some contests can add their user and submitted Mii to a photo with a background related to the contest theme. This picture can then be sent to the Wii Message Board. The Check Mii Out Channel was shut down on June 28, 2013.[10]

Mario Kart Channel[change | change source]

Mario Kart Wii allows people to install the Mario Kart Channel. It allows you to check records and view tournaments. The channel works without the game disc inserted, but to compete in races and time trials, the game disc must be inserted.

Demae Channel[change | change source]

This channel allowed people to order food through Demae-Can. You could only get this channel in Japan. People were allowed to use roulette mode in case you couldn't find what you wanted to eat.[11] The channel was released on May 26, 2009,[11] and got discontinued on March 31, 2017.[12]

Wii Message Board[change | change source]

The Message Board's online messages is discontinued, along with the shutdown with WiiConnect24. People could leave messages, or other people on a calendar message board. Announcements of updates and video game news were posted by Nintendo. The Wii Message Board could be updated real-time by a game like Animal Crossing: City Folk.

Wii Speak[change | change source]

People that bought the Wii Speak microphone were able to use the Wii Speak Channel. They could access one of four rooms (with no limit in these rooms). Every person's avatar was their Mii, which lip syncs their words. People were also able to send voice messages to other people via the Wii Message Board. The Wii Speak Channel was first released on December 5, 2008 in both North America and Europe.[13] Animal Crossing: City Folk was one of the few games that used the peripheral.[14]

Games[change | change source]

The first Wi-Fi games were Mario Kart DS and Tony Hawk's American Sk8land for the Nintendo DS. Mario Kart DS released on November 14, 2005, and Tony Hawk's American Sk8land released on November 16, 2005. There were over 100 Wii games, 25 WiiWare games, 93 Nintendo DS games, and 4 DSiWare games that supported the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Some notable games that used the service include Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and Animal Crossing: City Folk.

Since May 20, 2014, people cannot download additional content for games or play online multiplayer as Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was shut down.[15]

Connection options[change | change source]

Nintendo DS[change | change source]

The Nintendo DS has a wireless adapter built in allowing the DS to access the internet by a wireless network.[16] The DS only supports WEP.[17]

Wii[change | change source]

The Wii also has a wireless adapter built in. The Wii supports security protocols WEP, WPA, and WPA2.[18] The Wii can also be connected by a ethernet cable (with an adapter).[19]

Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector[change | change source]

The Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector

If there isn't a compatible Wi-Fi network, the DS and Wii can connect through the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector. People were able to buy it from the Nintendo Online Store.[20][21] The product has been discontinued since.[22]

Hotspots[change | change source]

Nintendo made deals with hotspot providers to allow free access for Nintendo DS users. In 2005, Nintendo made an agreement with Wayport, Inc. to provide access in McDonald's restaurants across the U.S.[23] In Canada, Nintendo had partnered with FatPort to create free hotspots.[24]

Shutdown[change | change source]

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was shutdown on May 20, 2014 for all Wii and DS games.[15] Some people were able to keep playing for several hours after the shutdown,[25]playing online in these games are no longer available without mods. The shutdown is caused by the shutdown of GameSpy. The Wii Shop Channel, and Pay & Play games have been shut down as of February 1, 2019. People are still able to redownload previously bought games from the Wii Shop Channel .People can continue to use the Wii U Transfer Tool to transfer Wii data from the Wii to a Wii U, and download The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Save Data Update Channel in order to update the game due to a glitch.

Community mods[change | change source]

Wiimmfi's official logo

Wiimmfi, a replacement service for Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection had opened 10 days before the shutdown. They first only supported Mario Kart Wii, but now support over 500 games.

RiiConnect24 restores WiiConnect24 functionality.

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