It means we get to play the waiting game.
In a couple of minutes, Nintendo will be pulling all of their servers offline for maintenance. This includes whatever parts of the old DS and Wii infrastructure was still active. In short, a brand-wide cleanup, or whatever it is they intend on doing. Rumors have been flying around about forced updates and scary new firmwares. Honestly? I don’t buy it. Nintendo can’t do much more than it already does when it comes to forcing you do update, which is simply auto-updating when you’re connected to online.
With new firmwares definitely being on the horizon though, I’m curious what this’ll bring. The people who don’t want to (or aren’t able to) update, will they be able to continue playing online? If not, that’s a huge gut-punch for games like Smash and Mario Kart, where netplay is at the heart of their longevity. Let’s hope it ain’t so.
I have already disabled wireless connectivity on my device, just in case. Feels like I’m bunkering down for a war or something.