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April 12, 2013 2:57 pm

Nintendo terminating several Wii Channels in June

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Nintendo Japan has announced that in June it will bring several Wii channels to End of Life status.

There are seven channels that Nintendo plans to shelf, including the Weather Channel, Digicam Print Channel (Japan only), News Channel, Everyone Votes channel Everyone’s Nintendo Channel, and the Mii Contest Channel.

Nintendo will also be killing off the ability to send messages to friends via the Wii Message Board and in the games that supported it.

The channels will still remain on your Wii after this cut-off date but not be able to be used.

The Wii Shop Channel will still remain in service and the Message Board while not being able to message people will still be able to automatically receive the ‘events’ message which collects the total time you spent on games each day.

It’s sad to see these go, but with the Wii out of the picture now supporting these doesn’t make much sense anymore.

Does anyone have any happy memories of the Wii Channels? Back in the day some of them were pretty fun and interesting.

Source: Nintendo Japan


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  1. SpacwardPizza

    Oh good they aren’t killing the horoscope channel


  2. mikeeeey

    I used to love the Everybody Votes Channel and that fortune one.
    Sure, I don’t really use them anymore, but what about all the Wii owners that still do?
    I think they could’ve waited until at least next year to disable all of the free channels.. It’s still too early!


  3. MysticLegacy

    Everybody Votes was fun…although I seemed to predict the wrong crowd quite a bit..


  4. I’m surprised they’re killing these off so soon. Microsoft kept the original XBox online stuff going for a fairly long time, and it’s not like a lot of resources would have been going into these to begin with.


    • mikeeeey

      I’m pretty sure most of the supplied content was random/automated such as the data calculations for everyone votes and the silly fortunes, while other things were in a way run by the users such as certain questions to be asked in the polls and voting on Miis. The weather channel and news channel may have only had one or two people working on them and I really don’t think it would cost them a lot of resources to leave them running for another year at least.


  5. Milo

    This means, among other things, no more trading Friend Vouchers in Metroid Prime 3/Trilogy. So if anyone can give me 15 credits, add me at 7003-3127-8517-0623 and I’ll give you 15 back! Yes I just started playing this game now (Trilogy btw).


  6. Milo

    I’ve done a trade on another forum so I will no longer be checking and don’t need vouchers anymore. This means I also can’t help other PAL players in that way, but hopefully I can help you like this: if you find someone else with even only one credit, you can copy save files and send one at a time, backing up from the SD card each time until 15 have been sent, and they can do the same. Even easier, if you have access to another Wii or also if you have bought a WiiU, you should be able to copy the save file by SD card and send yourself the vouchers. Of course these tricks will apply to all regions, so there should be less frustration with finding trading partners this way. Also, someone on Gamefaqs has apparently uploaded a save file (NTSC, PAL is coming) which has the Green Credits unlocked, meaning you don’t even need to trade the vouchers (although it is a separate file).



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