Nintendo warns fans to “immediately” stop using an old piece of hardware.
Anyone still using a 2005 Nintendo WI-Fi dongle is in for bad news. Eurogamer reported that the company had warned anyone still using the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector, which was once able to connect to the Nintendo DS and Wii to their now defunct online service, to cease immediately.
A post was posted on Nintendo’s Japanese support site. It was revealed that both the 2005 Wi-Fi USB Connector (which was only released in Japan) and the 2008 Wi-Fi Network Adapter (which were only released in Japan) pose a risk of “unauthorized access from outside” or the infection of the connection terminals with a computer virus (translated via Google). Nintendo has apologized for any inconvenience caused.
The post (translated from Google) reads: “We have stopped using the network devices Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector(NTR-010) & Nintendo Wi-Fi Network Adapter(WAP-001), released in 2005 and 2008. This was done out of security protection.” We ask customers to stop using this product immediately and use a commercially-available network device.
These devices pose a risk to people who use them.
It seems unlikely that too many people would be affected by this, considering that both the DS and Wii online services were discontinued in 2014. The devices enjoyed a great run.