Nintendo has taken to Twitter in Japan, warning customers to stop using the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector and the (Japan-only) Wi-Fi Network Adapter due to concerns over the users’ safety.
The two devices, released in 2005 and 2008 respectively, allowed users to establish a Wi-Fi connection to their DS system or Wii via a broadband-connected PC. The devices gave those without a Wi-Fi connection or compatible network the opportunity to get their consoles online.
In a statement released this morning on the company’s Japanese website (thanks to our friends at GoNintendo), however, Nintendo has requested that users immediately stop using these devices due to risks of (as Google Translate puts it) ‘falsification of communication data by a third party, network hijacking, or unauthorized access.’
Outlining its concerns with each of the devices and the impact that this may have on your console, Nintendo writes the following (again, via Google’s machine translation):
If you continue to use these devices, there is a risk of unauthorized access from the outside or infection of the connected terminal with a computer virus. For security protection, we ask that customers who are currently using the product stop using it immediately and switch to a commercially available network device.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
With the last batch of each of these devices shipping in 2010 and 2013 for the Connector and Adapter respectively, it is fair to say that the less-than-secure Wi-Fi networks facilitated by these devices are hardly going to bring Nintendo’s current online gaming scene to a complete standstill in 2022.
This being said, if you do happen to still use such a device for establishing a Wi-Fi connection for whatever reason (hey, it’s Wii Shop Wednesday, right?), we wholeheartedly recommend heeding Nintendo’s warning and suggest attempting to find a more secure network elsewhere. The last thing we want is for your, er, Smash Bros. Brawl tournament to be interrupted by unwanted third parties!
Do you still use one of these connection devices or perhaps you have never heard of them? Let us know in the comments!