Nintendo is shutting down Wii Shop Channel in 2019

James Marshall
October 3, 2017

Nintendo has officially announced that it will be shutting down its in-built Wii Shop Channel on its Wii consoles in 2019. The Wii sunset back in 2013 with its multiplayer shutting down shortly after in 2014, but Nintendo still kept these apps, virtual console games, and the important transfer tool which brings Wii data over to the Wii U, completely available.

Owners of the Wii are still allowed to add the shop's currency, Wii Points, until March 26, 2018.

The Nintendo Wii U was a rather disappointing device with lack of support from the company and expected games seemingly not released on that console, thus making the Wii Shop Channel a rather tiresome place for fun and games. In a statement by Nintendo on the support section of their website, the Wii Shop can be accessed "Until January 30, 2019".

There, Nintendo explained that after the closure of the Wii Shop Channel, players will have the option to re-download the titles of their purchase history.

The shutdown will mark the end of an era. The digital store was the precursor to Nintendo's eShop which caters to the 3DS, Wii U and Nintendo Switch.

Speaking of classic Nintendo games, what about the Nintendo Switch's virtual console? Unfortunately, the company hasn't revealed if they are planning to take this route or not. So after that unless you have any funds remaining in your account, you won't be able to purchase games for the Wii or the Wii U via the Wii Shop Channel. The song is among the best system music created for a console and fans will surely miss it. "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".

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