Nintendo Shutters Some Wii Online Services, Would Really Like You to Buy a Wii U
Nintendo sure would love it if you went out and bought a Wii U, their shiny console which is still warm from the factory. Particularly because it’s a product they’re still supporting. It’s actually best if you don’t even look at the older ones. They don’t really count anymore. In fact, Nintendo is shutting down a some of the Wii’s online services — you don’t use those anymore, right? They seem to assume not.
In their announcement, Nintendo specified that the following channels would be getting axed starting June 28:
- Forecast Channel
- News Channel
- Everybody Votes Channel
- Nintendo Channel
- Check Mii Out Channel
They ask for your understanding, even though they’re not saying why. Could it be that the Wii itself is on the endangered species list? These aren’t particularly important functions — dead wood, perhaps — or this could be the first nudge in forcing their Wii customers to consider their latest and greatest products and services.
As a way of coping with this loss, I think Nintendo would suggest you grab yourself Wii U, because that’ll surely always be around.