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Polygon has obtained an official statement from Nintendo regarding the company’s recent announcement to shut down the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in May. You can find it in full below.

Just after Nintendo made its Japanese announcement that the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection will be shutting down in May, its Australian subsidiary followed with the same news.

The closure means that online play, matchmaking, and leaderboards will be unavailable, as well as other features. However, the Wii/DS shops, Internet browsers, YouTube, and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play will remain in tact.

Nintendo has also provided a listing of all Nintendo-published games that will be affected by the Wi-Fi Connection’s closure. They are as follows:

Update: Nintendo of Australia has already followed up with an announcement of its own, confirming that this announcement is for all territories.

Original: The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service will end for Wii and DS on May 20, Nintendo has announced. Although the news pertains to Japan at the moment, there’s a good chance Nintendo of America/Europe will follow up with confirmations of their own in the coming days.

Many Wii and DS services will still remain in tact despite the shutdown. They are as follows:

Wii (will still be enabled):

Wii Shop Channel
Delivery Channel
Hulu
Internet Channel
YouTube

DS (will still be enabled):

DSi Shop
DS/DSi browser

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Hey everyone, how was your Valentine’s Day? Maybe you spent the day with your loved ones; maybe you spent it devouring chocolate. Personally I spent the day slaving over a Word document, trying my hardest to convey my true feelings on a truly bizarre romance. No, I wasn’t writing some kind of love letter – I was musing on Konami’s hella heteronormative “girlfriend simulator”, LovePlus. Games tend to stay away from handling romantic relationships, especially when compared to other mediums, so I was curious to see if this Nintendo DS title was really as original (and weird) as I’d heard. So can love truly blossom between a grown man and a DS cartridge?

The answer to that question is no. Absolutely not. But as someone who is fascinated in the potential of games to blend narrative and gameplay in developing fictional relationships, LovePlus is an incredibly interesting, albeit flawed take on interactive romance.

This week’s UK software sales are as follows:

Individual formats

LW TW Title Format Label Publisher
1 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME XB360 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
2 LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII PS3 SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
5 3 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS XB360 ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
9 4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V XB360 ROCKSTAR TAKE 2
5 LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII XB360 SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
3 6 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION XB360 MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
7 7 GRAND THEFT AUTO V PS3 ROCKSTAR TAKE 2
8 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME PS3 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
12 9 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS PS3 ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
2 10 FIFA 14 PS4 EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
1 11 FABLE: ANNIVERSARY XB360 MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
12 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME PS4 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
14 13 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES XB360 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
6 14 KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL PS4 SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
16 15 FIFA 14 XB360 EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
10 16 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS PS4 ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
11 17 BATTLEFIELD 4 PS4 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
4 18 TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION PS4 SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
13 19 FIFA 14 XB ONE EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
20 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME XB ONE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
8 21 GRAN TURISMO 6 PS3 SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
21 22 FIFA 14 PS3 EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
23 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG XB360 UBISOFT UBISOFT
17 24 BATTLEFIELD 4 XB ONE EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
25 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WII U WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
19 26 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG PS4 UBISOFT UBISOFT
20 27 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS XB ONE ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
18 28 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014 PC SEGA SEGA
24 29 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES PS3 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
30 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME 3DS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
29 31 ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES XB360 SEGA SEGA
31 32 BATTLEFIELD 4 XB360 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
23 33 NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS PS4 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
27 34 WWE 2K14 XB360 2K SPORTS TAKE 2
22 35 FORZA MOTORSPORT 5 XB ONE MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
15 36 TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION XB ONE SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
34 37 POKEMON X 3DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
35 38 POKEMON Y 3DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
26 39 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES PS4 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
40 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG PS3 UBISOFT UBISOFT

All formats

LW TW Title Format Label Publisher
1 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME XB360 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
2 LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII PS3 SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
5 3 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS XB360 ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
9 4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V XB360 ROCKSTAR TAKE 2
5 LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII XB360 SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
3 6 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION XB360 MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
7 7 GRAND THEFT AUTO V PS3 ROCKSTAR TAKE 2
8 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME PS3 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
12 9 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS PS3 ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
2 10 FIFA 14 PS4 EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
1 11 FABLE: ANNIVERSARY XB360 MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
12 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME PS4 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
14 13 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES XB360 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
6 14 KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL PS4 SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
16 15 FIFA 14 XB360 EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
10 16 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS PS4 ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
11 17 BATTLEFIELD 4 PS4 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
4 18 TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION PS4 SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
13 19 FIFA 14 XB ONE EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
20 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME XB ONE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
8 21 GRAN TURISMO 6 PS3 SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
21 22 FIFA 14 PS3 EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
23 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG XB360 UBISOFT UBISOFT
17 24 BATTLEFIELD 4 XB ONE EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
25 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WII U WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
19 26 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG PS4 UBISOFT UBISOFT
20 27 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS XB ONE ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
18 28 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014 PC SEGA SEGA
24 29 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES PS3 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
30 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME 3DS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
29 31 ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES XB360 SEGA SEGA
31 32 BATTLEFIELD 4 XB360 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
23 33 NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS PS4 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
27 34 WWE 2K14 XB360 2K SPORTS TAKE 2
22 35 FORZA MOTORSPORT 5 XB ONE MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
15 36 TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION XB ONE SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
34 37 POKEMON X 3DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
35 38 POKEMON Y 3DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
26 39 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES PS4 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
40 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG PS3 UBISOFT UBISOFT

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Thanks to Salvador R for the tip.

Moon came out for the DS in 2009. It’s been five years since the original game launched, and Renegade Kid will finally be returning to the title in the form of Moon Chronicles.

Renegade Kid couldn’t touch the Moon franchise until now as Mastiff originally held the IP’s rights. However, since the publisher’s five-year ownership period has expired, the studio is now free to do with it sees fit with the series.

But why wait five years in the first place? Why not create a new shooter entirely? Renegade Kid co-founder and director Gregg Hargrove told Polygon:

“[Renegade Kid has] a personal connection to the story and the idea, along with the characters. We could have just created a new story and made a first-person shooter. That’s not terribly hard to do since we’ve got the technology and we know how to.

“But we put a lot of effort into this one and a lot of effort into the story and thought it was clever. It had a lot of potential at being a different kind of story in a sci-fi genre. It’s kind of like our Star Trek universe.”

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Natsume community manager “CeeCee” commented on the publisher’s plans for Virtual Console in the future.

As of late, Natsume has been receiving quite a few fan questions/requests to re-release Game Boy Advance and GameCube titles. Doing so, however, isn’t so simple.

CeeCee explained that when it comes to GBA, this is something the Virtual Console doesn’t support. But interestingly, Nintendo is apparently “working on this” and Natsume “look[s] forward to the day it’s possible.”

Regarding yesterday’s announcement of DS support on Wii U, CeeCee said, “it’s an exciting time, and we’ll be reviewing our DS catalogue for potential titles.”

One of the highlights from Nintendo’s investor briefing today was the confirmation of DS support for the Wii U Virtual Console. You can find out what president Satoru Iwata said about the functionality below.

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The Wii U Virtual Console will be receiving DS support, Nintendo has confirmed.

Nintendo hasn’t shared concrete details, but the company suggested during its investor briefing today that the GamePad will split the game action in half – at least based on the image above.

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