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Nintendo Wi-Fi Still Alive
Posted by Lazlo Falconi
Posted on 22 May, 2014 at 11:27AM ↑ 2 ↓ 0
Nintendo Wi-Fi Still Alive

So it looks like Nintendo WFC is still around, albeit in a limited and  unofficial fashion. A group of intrepid Nintendo fans have set up a server that responds to many WFC requests, and is allowing some games to still go online. The system works by redirecting traffic from Nintendo's now defunct servers to a homebrew one set up by GitHub user Polaris, and handles matchmaking, online chat, and many other features that made Nintendo's first online venture the fun place it was.

For those of you who prefered Mario Kart DS's drifting style, or, I don't know, maybe still want to play Smash Bros, this server will allow you to (in many cases) continue playing as though Nintendo hadn't discontinued its online service. There is some work behind setting it up though, and for Wii players, you'll need to get homebrew apps working, but come on, haven't we all done that by now? (I haven't...)

The list of compatible titles is continuing to grow, so if you don't see what you like, be sure to follow the project and keep checking up on it. More user interest will hopefully keep our pals working on it!


Unofficial WFC

22 May, 2014 at 6:42PM ↑ 0 ↓ 0

Oh wow, that's cool. I was thinking the other day how much it sucks when a company shuts down all online services like that, and I figured it was just something we'd have to deal with from now on. Good to see there's a way around it.

Still, I wonder why a lot of game companies don't allow hosting on consoles, like the way it works on PCs, at least as an additional option.

24 May, 2014 at 01:23AM ↑ 0 ↓ 0

Hmmm. I was kicking myself the other day since I tried to download the puzzles for Professor Layton and the Lost Future (I only got around to playing the series last month) and found out I was one day too late to unlock the wifi puzzles. Really annoying since I bought all 7 games about a month ago and got through the first two but was just unlocking the wifi content as I progressed.

24 May, 2014 at 10:07PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0

I'm always amazed at the ingenuity of fans. And damn Gamespy.

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