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Nintendo Shutting Down Many Wii Online Services

Nintendo Shutting Down Many Wii Online Services

Sad times ahead for Wii users who aren't planning on upgrading to a Wii U. While the Wii managed to gain Amazon Instant Video streaming capabilities after the Wii U was announced, it now looks as if things are sliding downhill from here on out. As consoles (and software / hardware of any description, really) begins to age, OEMs traditionally phase things out as the user base contracts. But you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone in the gaming community that would describe the original Wii as "old."


That said, Nintendo has made the decision to take a number of Wii Channels offline starting June 28th. The Forecast Channel, News Channel, Everybody Votes Channel, the Check Mii Out Channel will all be going dark at that point, while Wii Message Board and data exchange are slated to not be far behind.

The bigger question here, however, is whether or not this is a trend. Sony kept many PS2 services alive for some time, but the PS3 is a far more advanced and connected console. We'll be watching to see how fast the PS3 fades from Sony's memory once the PS4 hits the market. It'd sure be a shame to see online support end in haste, but then again, it takes a lot of resources to keep those things humming along.
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Welp

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I don't believe those channels were ever very popular, and they don't add much to the Wii experience. In fact, the entire online aspect of the Wii has always been one of its weak points. The only thing I ever really accessed on the Wii was the Wii Store to download games. I doubt they'll be closing that any time soon.

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SDonaldson:

I don't believe those channels were ever very popular, and they don't add much to the Wii experience. In fact, the entire online aspect of the Wii has always been one of its weak points. The only thing I ever really accessed on the Wii was the Wii Store to download games. I doubt they'll be closing that any time soon.

That is pretty much all I have heard about Wii online stuff. Of all the people I know that connected their Wii it was to get games not watch channels. I'm sure they can see how many devices are connected vs the Wii U and when that hits certain numbers im sure they will start shutting it all down.

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