A listener sent us a question in a recent episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, asking about online features from some of last generation’s games on Nintendo platforms. He asks the following:

“There were quite a few games on the Wii and DS that had great Wifi modes. Games like
Mario Strikers and The Conduit were a lot of fun online. Do you guys think Nintendo might ever consider revitalizing them on Virtual Console?”
— Mathias

Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

Ben says, pretty bluntly, the answer is probably not. Alex points out that the most likely scenario for preserving these specific games, as opposed to making sequels, is remastering them for future generations. We’ve already seen other companies revive older games’ online features, and even on Nintendo’s platforms the classic
Pokémon games revitalized their connectivity features through more modern wireless technology. So the precedent is there, but whether Nintendo thinks it’s worthwhile to set up servers for older games when NX rolls around is a whole other question entirely—and there’s not a chance they’ll do it on Wii U.

Alex emphasizes the importance of this question looking forward, though, especially as the industry makes more and more online-heavy games. Nintendo’s own titles like
Splatoon and Smash Bros. have wonderful online features that would be a shame to lose, and in Splatoon‘s case, going offline means losing almost the entirety of the title. And as we buy these games with increased online capabilities, that’s one of the things we need to ask ourselves: “will I be able to play this game after the five years or so that its servers are online?

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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