It’s the end of an era for millions of small towns – however will Tom Nook continue his exploitative slave trade? Nintendo have announced that they will be ceasing online services for Animal Crossing: Wild World on DS and Animal Crossing: Lets Go To The City on the Wii. There are now only 8 days left to enjoy Animal Crossing online as the service will stop on the 20th of May 2014. Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS will not be affected.
There’s still plenty of fun to be had out of both games in offline mode, just no more sharing with friends, which was a pretty brilliant part of the game.
Most of the super fans will probably have New Leaf anyway, so will be no big loss for them, and casual fans like me have likely already left behind a desolate wasteland of dead flowers and lonely neighbours. I occasionally visit, but to be honest it’s a little creepy there now.
These aren’t the only games affected, Nintendo are pulling the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service. For a full list of affected games check here.
Speaking to Eurogamer a Nintendo spokesperson said “As of May 20, 2014, certain online functionality, including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games, will no longer be accessible. Users can still play these games in offline mode which continues to offer a rich game-play experience. Other online functionality on Wii and Nintendo DS, such as access to the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services, are also not affected at this time.”
This news follows last week’s reports that EA will also be shutting down online services for approximately 50 games in June 2014, including Bulletstorm, Crysis 2 and several titles in the Battlefield franchise. In a market with paid network passes and where online components are becoming increasingly important, should publishers be allowed to remove these services within only a few years after a game’s release?