Nintendo to discontinue majority of Wii online functionality this summer
Nintendo will be shutting down select Wii online services on June 28 of this year, the company announced today. The blackout will affect five of the system's “channels,” as well as data exchange, such as in-game messaging on some games and trading Miis on the Mii Channel. The five channels, as named by Nintendo, are:
- Nintendo Channel
- News Channel
- Forecast Channel
- Everybody Votes Channel
- Mii Contest Channel
“Wii Channels are the main gateway for a variety of easy-to-use, interactive multimedia, entertainment and communication functions,” Nintendo wrote in the announcement. “We at Nintendo sincerely thank you for your continued patronage of our company’s products… We apologise to those of you currently using these services.”
The Wii Shop and “Today's Accomplishments” on the Wii Message Board will continue to be supported. The question is how many of these features were still being used by Wii owners, and how many of those owners are interested in moving over to the Wii U. The Wii was a fanastically popular console, often besting the sales of the competiting consoles combined.
The Wii is clearly on the way out; now Nintendo has to convince players to move into its latest console.