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Wii Shop Channel closing down in 2019

May its song live on forever


In 2019, the Wii Shop Channel and its iconic music will come to an end.

A statement from Nintendo says that Wii owners will be able to purchase content from the Wii Shop Channel until Jan. 30, 2019. At some point after, Nintendo will close “all services related to the Wii Shop Channel, including redownloading purchased WiiWare, Virtual Console titles, and Wii Channel, as well as Wii System Transfer Tool, which transfers data from Wii to the Wii U system.”

Wii owners will be able to add Wii Points, the shop’s currency, until March 26, 2018. Nintendo recommends Wii owners spend their points, re-download software and transfer games well in advance of the 2019 closure.

The Wii Shop Channel launched in 2006 alongside the Wii. The digital store predated Nintendo’s eShop, which is available for Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo’s Wii Shop Channel music will live on elsewhere, including in this 10-hour loop, should you need it.

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