Wii Shop Channel Closes for Good Next Week

Wii Shop Channel Closes for Good Next Week

Points can be used for purchases, but can't be refunded or transferred to the eShop.

After 12 years of operation, the Wii Shop Channel is going off the air for good next week. If you have any leftover Nintendo points gathering dust after all these years, now's a good time to spend them as you won't be able to do much with them after January 30.

Nintendo announced in 2017 that the Wii Shop Channel would be coming to an end in 2019. It's been some time since the Wii was Nintendo's primary console, and both the Switch and 3DS handle digital purchases through the Nintendo eShop. As a result, Nintendo is shuttering not only the digital storefront, but also the Wii's digital video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

Last year Nintendo disabled the ability to redeem Points Cards in the Wii Shop Channel, but any leftover points can still be used for digital purchases until the Wii Shop Channel closes for good. Unfortunately, those points can't be refunded or transferred over to the eShop or your Nintendo Account, which is a shame since there are a lot of great games on the eShop.

Any digital purchases made on the Wii Shop Channel can still be played on the Wii or redownloaded onto the system, at least for now. Nintendo announced that eventually the redownload service will also come to an end, but that won't be happening next week. Wii Shop Channel content can also be transferred over to the Wii U, but not the Switch or 3DS.

The Wii Shop Channel was Nintendo's first digital storefront and it will be fondly remembered for its bangin' theme song (luckily it's available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate). I still remember my first digital purchase on the Wii was the Cave Story console release by Nicalis. Alas, the march of time continues and nothing digital can stay. At least not with the cost of server upkeep and all that.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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