Nintendo announced overnight that as of May 20, the company will end online functionality for a host of Wii, DS, and DSi games–including high-profile titles like Mario Kart Wii and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Of course, you can still play the games in their offline mode, but you won’t–come May 20–be able to play online or access leaderboards.
Wii Speak and the Wii Speak Channel are also affected, as they require an Internet connection.
Online play for Wii U and 3DS games is unaffected (outside of the Wii mode on Wii U and DS games played on 3DS). Other online functionality, including access to the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop, and video-on-demand services like Hulu and Netflix, is also not affected.
Twitch has announced its role as the official live streaming partner of EGX London and EGX Rezzed. In addition to broadcasting both events, Twitch will have a broadcasting booth on the show floor.
EGX London, formerly known as Eurogamer Expo, focuses on the biggest upcoming PC and console games. It will take place from September 25th-28th at Earls Court. With an expected attendance of 80,000 gamers, this year’s event will feature more than two thousand screens of playable games and a wide range of other activities.
EGX Rezzed is focused on the best of PC and indie gaming, alongside next-generation console titles. It will be held at The NEC in Birmingham from March 28th-30th.
The success of Payday 2 has driven a turnaround for Starbreeze, according to the Swedish development studio’s chief executive.
In the six months ended December 31, pre-tax profit amounted to SEK 103.7 million (£9,600,000). “To put the past six months in perspective,” said CEO Bo Andersson Klint, “I would like to highlight that Starbreeze historically, from 1998 to June 2013, accumulated a total loss of SEK 94 million (£8,650,000).
Klint claimed that, as of February, Payday 2 was the fifth largest official community on Steam with more than 350,000 active members.