The Wii and Nintendo DS were both strong selling systems, so it’s no wonder that when Nintendo announced they’d be cutting the online content for a lot of the games, people were upset. The announcement would affect big Wii titles like Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and DS titles like all of the Pokémon games, Star Fox Command, and Animal Crossing: Wild World. Many of these games are still popular among fans, so cutting the capability to play or trade online would be detrimental to the games themselves. To combat Nintendo’s decision, a petition has been started online to implore Nintendo to keep the online services for these games running.

The petition, if you wish to view or sign it, can be found here. At the time of the writing of this article, the petition has a little over 1,000 signatures. The petition’s mission statement is outlined clearly on the website.

There are still communities for the games that support online play on the Nintendo Wii. Cutting off this feature would absolutely cause an uproar for both competitive play and recreational play. Help this to stop the shut down of the Nintendo Wii Wi-Fi connections!

Is this petition going to be effective? Though some of the stories of the supporters are strong and sometimes heartfelt, such as parents signing so their children can still enjoy the online portions of the games they love, it doesn’t look like Nintendo will be responding to it. As of December 2013, Nintendo has sold 100.90 million Wii consoles. The approximate 1,000 signatures obtained is 0.000999% of total Wii consoles sold. I checked my math on that, and surely the total would be even smaller if you factor in the number of Nintendo DS systems sold as well.

Either way, if it succeeds then these games will have their online services intact for at least the time being, and if it fails that means Nintendo can devote more concentration to their current gen systems. What do you think? Will this petition turn the tide? Are you in support of it, or do you want more focus to be on the 3DS and Wii U? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Source: Go Nintendo

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Dan Rockwood
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, and though throughout my college career I was forced to write hard news stories about local issues and interview people like police officers and local politicians, I've always wanted to get into video game writing. Whenever I had an open assignment to do for a class I focused it on video games. The majority of the news I consume is about the gaming world, whether it's from G4, IGN, Gamnesia, Zelda Informer, or from my friends on facebook, nothing gets me more excited than the developments taking place everyday in the world of gaming. Now I don't only get to play the games, I get to write about them. And that is pretty awesome.


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