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Nintendo closing multiple Wii online services

Nintendo will discontinue multiple Wii online services on June 28. While the company will still operate the Wii Shop Channel and 'Today's Accomplishments' on the Wii Message Board, support will be dropped for various multimedia, entertainment and communication functions including the exchange of Wii messages on the Wii Message Board, the exchange of Mii characters on the Mii Channel and message/data exchange within some games.

Support will also be ceased for the Nintendo Channel, News Channel, Forecast Channel, Everybody Votes Channel and Mii Contest Channel.

The platform holder said: "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."

Last December, six years after the original console launched and almost later, Nintendo released the Wii Mini in Canada. The new model, which offers no internet connectivity options or GameCube support, launched in the UK in March.

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6 comments

  • brickman409 - April 13, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    these channels were kind of cool when they first came out, I liked how on the nintendo channel you could download demos from your wii to your DS. It was sort of a makeshift way to make the system more modern. But alot of the channels were just mildly interesting for a couple of minutes.
  • JarkayColt - April 12, 2013 3:10 p.m.

    I like how this article reminded me that these things actually existed. Haha. I suppose that's slightly ironic.
  • Connor Sheridan - April 12, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    Aw man, my girlfriend loves Everybody Votes. At least my 75 percent prediction accuracy will remain unsullied for the rest of time...
  • J-Fid - April 12, 2013 7:24 a.m.

    What I liked about the Nintendo channel is that it tells you how many times you played each game. When I looked at how many times I used the News Channel, it said 1. I don't think any of these will really be missed.
  • GR_SophiaTong - April 12, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    I'm curious to see how many people still use them, especially the casual gamers who bought a wii and aren't likely to upgrade to a Wii U anytime soon.
  • J-Fid - April 12, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    Something tells me most of them won't even notice. Using my sisters as examples, they never touch the console more than once a year if even that. My older sister got a Wii as a gift from her boyfriend years after I already got one (and was just playing 5 minutes ago). She will play it for a few (like 3) days a year and that's it. She treats video games as a quick fad, which is how most non-gamers view them. I did a report a couple of years ago on if the sudden increase of casual gamers buying consoles could create a second industry crash (I even cited an article from this site!). During my presentation, I polled how many people bought a gaming console from this past generation, and how many of them stilled played their consoles on any kind of basis. Plenty bought, NONE still played. To them the Wii was nothing more than a fad, and any chance of keeping them interested is futile. It also doesn't help that the WiiU is so horribly advertised. Back to these channels, I don't even use any of these channels and I Wii almost every day! The only decent one was the Nintendo channel, which I only used to see how many hours I played each game.

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