This is disappointing and even though I don’t play any of these games it’s upsetting. Mario Kart 8 isn’t even out yet, but Nintendo is killing online support for it’s previous version of Mario Kart. I know that cloud servers cost money to run and I get that it’s not always financially viable to leave the servers up and running forever, but it sure would be nice if multiplayer games never died. It’s so much fun plugging in the original Nintendo and playing those old games, and now since most games are online only we are going to have games that are no longer playable, it effectively bricks our old gaming systems once the games are no longer supported. I guess it would be nice in my mind if the games were peer to peer based so no central server was necessary. I have a feeling like a Bitcoin-esque control system where all systems in the network verify that your system isn’t hacked would work well.
As for how I deal with my legacy cloud applications? I keep the servers alive as long as possible, but sometimes you just have to remove the application and it just disappears from the web.