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Thread: Wii Shop Channel shutting down at beginning of 2019

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    Wii Shop Channel shutting down at beginning of 2019

    https://www.nintendo.co.jp/support/i...2017/0929.html
    Thank you very much for your continued patronage of our products.

    We have decided to gradually terminate " Wii shopping channel " that you can use with Wii and Wii U (within Wii compatibility function), which started in December 2006, as described below.
    You can add points until March 2018 and you can spend them until January 31st 2019. They also say they'll refund unused points, but this is Japan so we don't know if that'll carry over to other regions.



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    Sad times..
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    Nintendo are stupid for not having Miiverse on Switch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy View Post
    Nintendo are stupid for not having Miiverse on Switch.
    It would have been used very much.
    Now that you mention it, I will kinda miss Miiverse. Sure, it was stupid and just downright toxic at times (Smash Bros. Community, anyone?), but you generally could get help if you got stuck at a certain point in a game. They did kind of throw the baby out with the bathwater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy View Post
    I haven't used it since 2011/2012, so... :P
    If you're not using it then it's okay then. My bad!
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    For some reason I thought they already shut it down last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenSaucer View Post
    For some reason I thought they already shut it down last year.
    That was some sort of online service for a bunch of their online games like MKWii.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahhhhyle View Post
    That was some sort of online service for a bunch of their online games like MKWii.
    I just thought the Wii Shop was part of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahhhhyle View Post
    That was some sort of online service for a bunch of their online games like MKWii.
    Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. It used servers operated by GameSpy and when that shutdown in 2014, Nintendo decided to shut down all Wii and DS online multiplayer as well instead of migrating it to either another service or their own servers.

    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenSaucer View Post
    For some reason I thought they already shut it down last year.
    You might be thinking of the DSi Shop that has been in the process of shutting down since last year. It stopped accepting new purchases in March and, unless I missed the news, is pretty much only open for redownloads right now. It, like the Wii Shop Channel, is planned to be shutdown completely.
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    Sad news. I actually didn't know it was still up, I thought all Wii internet services were discontinued when Nintendo Wifi was.
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    Surprised to see it was still up.
    I guess that in a lot of areas like maybe south america the Wii is still being used as people's every day console.
    But then again I just assumed those who were were pirating the software.
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    There are a lot of Wiiware games you can't get anywhere else unless you pirate. I have bought a ton of games on the service, and would have bought more were they made available. They would do weird stuff like release Golden Axe on the on Genesis, than two weeks later release the arcade version, with no discount or bundle option or anything.

    Why the hell hell would I buy almost the exact same game a couple of weeks apart?

    Anyways, I might still buy the original Sin and Punishment, and I think it's Wonder Boy 6? That was never released in NA but an English language version is available on the service. I wonder if this is leading up to a Switch VC?
    Lunkhead.

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    Interestingly, this is also happening not too long after the Dolphin devs made it accessible from the emulator. Probably not related, but pretty sucky for the Dolphin devs who made it possible lol.

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