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Nintendo Discontinues Several Online Wii Services

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compl3x    6,252

The Wii U is out so that means Nintendo is starting to phase out the original Wii. Starting in late June, several of the Wii's online services will be discontinued, so say goodbye to the Wii's News channel and Everybody Votes. We also hope you're not getting your weather reports off your console.

Nintendo released the following statement:

We at Nintendo sincerely thank you for your continued patronage of our company?s products. We would like to inform you that a portion of the network services offered through the Wii console will be discontinued starting June 28, 2013. We apologize to those of you currently using these services, and ask for your understanding.

Here's what will be going down on June 28:

  • Forecast Channel
  • News Channel
  • Everybody Votes Channel
  • Nintendo Channel
  • Check Mii Out Channel
  • Data exchange between Wii friends on WiiConnect24

This all means that Wii message exchanges via Wii Message Board, Mii exchanges via Mii Channel, and exchanges of messages or data in some game titles will no longer be possible.

How often did you use some of these services? Have you fully transitioned over the the Wii U?

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Nefarious Trigger    6,774

That's quite a quick death for these systems!? The Wii is still being sold brand new in stores and now with defunct systems. Surely a year or so would make more sense. Damn Nintendo!

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Geoffrey B.    1,414

I wonder if they are going to push an update that will remove those channels from the console.

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theyarecomingforyou    9,094

Taking a page right out of EA's playbook. Not a good move.

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compl3x    6,252

Do people even use any of those services though?

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Eric    1,514

Do people even use any of those services though?

I used the news and weather channels occasionally but it's quicker to turn on the TV or just use a web site. The rest were pretty meh to me.

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bane7378    16

Do people even use any of those services though?

Can't say I have ever used any of those services. I'm sure there are some but I would imagine that the majority of people that would use services like those do so on the 360/PS. Wii has never been considered a hardcore gaming system as far as i'm aware.

Unfortunately a lot of the moves that Nintendo have made has lost me as a customer. I won't be buying a Wii U to replace my Wii. The price point of the Wii U doesn't seem rational to me considering the limited value you get over the Wii. I would rather pay just a little more for an Xbox or PS if I'm going to be spending $300 on a Wii U. Wii U just isn't competitive when you look at the price/features in my opinion.

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Blackhearted    512

No big loss since those apps aren't really anything that many people use.

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Louisifer    612

I'm guessing the current usage for those services are stupidly low right now.

I'll bet that 90% (if not more) wont notice any difference, and those that do can probably use it as an excuse to get their parents to get a Wii U to keep them quiet over the summer holidays. (nice timing by Nintendo there)

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