Wii Shop Channel Coming to an End

Nintendo to shut down the channel in January 2019.

By Angela Marrujo. Posted 10/02/2017 08:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

After a long run, Nintendo will be shutting down the Wii Shop Channel on January 31, 2019. As of March 26, 2018, Wii and Wii U owners will no longer be able to add Wii Points to their account.

Users will still be able to re-download WiiWare and Virtual Console titles that they have purchased and transfer them to Wii U via the Wii System Transfer, but according to Nintendo this feature will also cease to work in 2019. Nintendo made the following statement about the closure of the Wii Shop Channel:

In 2019, we will close the Wii Shop Channel used on Wii and Wii U (the Wii Shop Channel is accessible on the Wii U via the Wii backwards compatibility feature), which has been available since December 2006. We would like to thank our loyal customers for supporting the Wii Shop Channel, and would like them to continue to enjoy software downloaded from the shop.”

So long as WiiWare and Virtual Console titles are stored in the memory of a Wii or Wii U they will remain playable on those consoles, but if they wind up being deleted it’s unclear how they will be able to be restored, if at all.

But what about the infectious, cheerful, and flat out amazing Wii Shop Channel music, you ask? Unfortunately, once the channel is gone its wonderful ditty will go with it, but with the power of YouTube we’ll still be able to enjoy it.

Source: GameSpot

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