An era ends on 20th May. Not a glittering golden era that will live on through the ages, but nevertheless a period of time that brought plenty of good times for Nintendo gamers. Nintendo is shutting down its Wi-Fi connection service on Wii and DS, primarily as a result of the closure of the GameSpy infrastructure that it used. The decision to not migrate some games to new servers will undoubtedly disappoint some, but Nintendo has likely looked at the online activity and decided that, ultimately, the services should simply end.
Whether a calculated move to prompt more gamers to switch up to 3DS and Wii U or simply a matter of logistics, it does mean that we have just one more day to enjoy the online features of a host of games on the last-gen systems. Both Mario Kart entries spring to mind right away, along with other Wii games such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Strikers Charged; DS fans may lament the loss of Pokémon Services, among others.
So here's your reminder, this is that last chance for a few online races in Mario Kart Wii or a potentially laggy fight in Brawl. After today, it's game over.