One of the most important news of last week was that Nintendo announced that it will close the Wii Shop Channel, so players of the console will not be able to purchase digital content for Nintendo Wii. For many, this news has been a sour one, so Nintendo decided to explain why it made this decision.
Through the support site of Nintendo of America, the company explained that this action is related to the fact that its consumers are now on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS. The company also took the opportunity to thank all the players who used the service.
“Now that customers have shifted to Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS family systems, we plan to focus our efforts in those areas. As such, the Wii Shop Channel will close in 2019 after over twelve years of operation. We sincerely thank our loyal customers for supporting the Wii Shop Channel on their Wii systems. Please note that content downloaded on the Wii Shop Channel can be transferred to a Wii U system using the Wii System Transfer Tool,” the company stated on the website.
There, Nintendo explained that after the closure of the Wii Shop Channel, players will have the option to re-download the titles of their purchase history. Unfortunately, this option will not be available forever, and Nintendo will share more details about it later.
As it was reported earlier, the Wii Shop Channel will close its doors on January 31, 2019, so after this date, Wii and Wii U players will not be able to use it to purchase digital content. Please note that as of March 26, 2018, it will not be possible to purchase Wii Points in any way.