Wii Shop Channel Closes After 12 Years

 Wii Shop Channel Closes After 12 Years

Nintendo switches focus to the Nintendo eShop as all digital Wii support is suspended

Following a reminder posted to Nintendo's official website, the Wii Shop Channel has closed its digital doors after 12 years.

The gaming giant Nintendo has closed the Wii Shop Channel after 12 years of trading, turning its focus to the newer and more popular Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo eShop is a successor to the aforementioned Wii Shop Channel, and Dsi Shop respectively, bringing all digital Nintendo purchases together on one unified sales platform.

Nintendo announced the closure back in 2017 in a post to their newswire, in which they detailed the specifics of the store ending service.

"We plan to end all services related to Wii Shop Channel, including the purchase of WiiWare and Virtual Console software, downloads of Wii Channels, and use of the Wii U Transfer Tool, which transfers data from Wii to Wii U."

The ability to add points to the Wii Shop Channel was suspended on the 26th of March 2018, with the store finally closing its doors for good on the 31st of January 2019. Nintendo also suspended video-on-demand services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu. The ability to re-download software was also said to be removed "at a later date".
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