Nintendo Shutting Down The Wii Shop Channel in 2019

Nintendo Shutting Down The Wii Shop Channel in 2019

If you're looking to buy Wii games online, your time is now limited.

Nintendo announced today that the Wii Shop Channel will be no more in 2019. The company's Japanese arm posted the news this morning, translated via Gematsu. The Wii Shop Channel is the only digital store available on the platform, so once it's gone, users will only be able to buy physical games.

Owners will no longer be able to add Wii Points to their accounts starting March 27, 2018 at 4:59AM JST (3:49PM EST/12:59PM PST). Nintendo will then shut down the Wii Shop Channel completely on January 31, 2019 at 14:59 JST (1:59AM EST/10:59PM PST).

If you've already purchased content, you will still be able to redownload that content onto your Wii; this is just the loss of purchase ability. Wii System Transfer to the Wii U will also continue to work. Nintendo added that these services will also be shut down at a later, undisclosed date. After that point, what you have on your system or in physical copy is what you have on your Wii.

Are you prepared?

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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