first_imgWe’re living in a world of next-generation Nintendo products. The 3DS has made the standard DS a device of the past, and the Wii U and its tablet companion have made the Wii and its prowess at casual bowling and tennis a distant memory. Nintendo realizes this, and has decided to shut down most of the Wii’s integral online services at the end of June.The services to get the ax include the Nintendo Channel — a channel dedicated to Nintendo-based news — the Forecast Channel, and the News Channel. Along with the more news-based areas of the Wii, Nintendo is also shutting down the Everybody Votes Channel, which posts various simple questions every day and allows Wii users to vote on an answer, then returns a somewhat detailed breakdown of how everyone voted. The Mii Contest Channel will also close, which allows users to upload their Miis into various contests that have specific criteria.Nintendo will also be severely limiting data exchange with Wii friends, which includes exchanging messages on the Wii Message Board, exchanging Miis on the Mii Channel, and data exchange within certain games.When the switch is flipped on June 28, if you can’t live without those online services, you’re going to have to hope someone revives them through the infamous Homebrew Channel.Nintendo will still grant a few online services a lease on life, such as the Today’s Accomplishments announcements on the Wii Message Board, as well as the Wii Shop Channel, but the rest of the closures signify an official changing of the Nintendo guard. Granted, the Wii U hasn’t exactly sold well since its release, but maybe now that you can’t access core online features on the Wii, you’ll purchase a Wii U. Just kidding, we know you didn’t access any online Wii features in the first place, which is probably why Nintendo is shutting them off only five months after the Wii U released.last_img

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