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10 Game Modes We’ll Miss After the Nintendo Network Shutdown

Let's take a look back at these online Nintendo games

With the Wii U and 3DS networks finally down, many games have lost some of their best functionalities. Plenty of these games have had the best online features in any Nintendo game. Let’s say one final goodbye by looking at the 10 game modes we’ll miss after the Nintendo Network shutdown.

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Wii U/ 3DS Online Modes We’ll Miss

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes

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Triforce Heroes offered a unique online co-op experience. Players donned the colorful Triforce garb and embarked on adventures together, requiring constant communication and teamwork to solve puzzles and overcome challenges. While the three-player requirement might have limited accessibility, Triforce Heroes offered a rewarding and hilarious online adventure for those who found a dedicated group.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force

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Federation Force’s online mode had its share of critics. Stepping into the shoes of the Federation Force Marines instead of Samus Aran was a departure for some fans. However, the online co-op missions offered a different perspective on the Metroid universe. Players could work together strategically utilizing different mech suits to complete objectives. While not a traditional Metroid experience, Federation Force’s online mode provided a unique co-op adventure for those willing to give it a chance.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

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Xenoblade Chronicles X offered a vast online world to explore with friends. Players could team up to tackle challenging enemies, discover hidden secrets, and simply explore the massive world together. The online co-op seamlessly integrated into the single-player experience, making Xenoblade Chronicles X a genuinely unique online adventure. Although this was never a major part of the game, it was a nice addition. Now that it’s gone, choosing a faction is somewhat pointless. 

Pokemon X & Y: Wonder Trade

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The Pokemon series introduced Wonder Trade, an online multiplayer feature that adds an exciting twist to the traditional Pokemon trading system. Wonder Trade allows players to trade their Pokemon with randomly selected players from around the world. This feature adds an element of surprise and anticipation, as players never know what Pokemon they will receive in return. Whenever I replayed these games, I always loved using Wonder Trade to make a whole team to keep it fresh. 

Super Smash Bros. (Wii U/3DS): For Glory & For Fun

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Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS offered a robust online experience with distinct ladders catering to different playstyles. “For Glory” was the domain of hardcore competitors, where players honed their skills and climbed the ranks. But “For Fun” was the place to be for pure, unadulterated fun. I have fond memories with these modes as it was what got me into the competitive Smash scene. 

Splatoon: Turf War & Ranked Battles

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Splatoon’s online mode was a revelation. Inking turf and splattering opponents in Turf War was an absolute blast. The frantic team battles fostered incredible teamwork, with players strategically maneuvering and painting the map a glorious mess. On the other hand, Ranked Battles offered a competitive outlet for those who craved a challenge. Although we have the newer titles on Switch, it’s a shame we won’t be able to experience the first game as intended anymore. 

Super Mario Maker: Course Uploads & Global Leaderboards

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Super Mario Maker unleashed a wave of creativity, allowing players to design their own devious Mario courses. Uploading them online and seeing them played by the community was incredibly rewarding. The global leaderboards added another layer of fun as players worldwide vied for the fastest times. Even though the sequel is on Switch, making level on the Wii U Gamepad was the better experience by far.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Visiting 

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New Leaf’s online features were a charming extension of the core gameplay. Visiting other players’ towns allowed for friendly competition in collecting bugs and fish or simply hanging out and enjoying the scenery. However, the most fun I had was playing minigames on Tortimer’s Island with friends. Bring back the minigames Nintendo!

Mario Kart 7/8:

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Mario Kart 7 and 8’s online mode perfected the fast-paced, competition-driven experience the series is known for. Global races and leaderboards kept players striving to be the best. But the real magic came with online communities created by players, hosting themed races and friendly rivalries. I spent countless hours with their online mode since it was the first time I could play with other people whenever I wanted. 

Kid Icarus: Uprising

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While not as central to the experience as some other entries, Kid Icarus: Uprising’s online modes offered a surprising amount of depth. Players could asynchronously test their skills on leaderboard-based challenges or engage in co-op “Light Versus Darkness” battles. Although the online was divisive, it was one of my favorite online experiences ever. The weapon and ability customization kept every match fresh and exciting. 

Those are the 10 game modes we’ll miss after the Nintendo Network shutdown. Although we’ll never be able to experience these anymore, the memories we made with them will stay. If you love Nintendo as much as we do, check out our article on the 10 best party games on Nintendo Switch.


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Antonio is a Writer at GameSkinny. He obtained his Bachelor's in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He's been a lifelong gamer and doesn't remember a time when his life didn't revolve around video games. As a lifelong Nintendo fan, he's spent countless hours playing all of their franchises, mostly Zelda and Xenoblade Chronicles. However, his love for RPGs stands above the rest.