Nintendo of America’s website just became a little more streamlined as it cut quite a bit of content from its servers. As of today, all of the pages that contained information on Wii and DS, along with their digital game services (WiiWare and DSiWare) have been removed from the official website. In addition to this, the official Wii U landing page has also been removed; visiting it now results in an error message.
What remains in the aftermath of this purge is Wii U games still being listed on the official Nintendo Game Store page. This list will likely stick around until eShop servers for the Wii U are deactivated; the jury is still out as to when that will occur.
Gone, but not forgotten
A reason for this (seemingly sudden) removal has not been given, but it’s most likely just a matter of Nintendo clearing out sections of its website that it no longer deemed necessary. Websites aren’t free to run and maintain, so trimming the fat from time to time is often necessary.
Mentions of the Wii, Wii U and DS aren’t entirely gone, however. If you still have customer support-related questions, there are still the official assistance articles that cover all of these now delisted systems. These pages in particular will likely stick around forever, as similar pages still exist for all of Nintendo’s retro systems dating as far back as the NES and Game Boy. Even the Virtual Boy of all things still has a support page.