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Published: Sat, September 30, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Nintendo Will Close the Wii Shop in January 2019

Nintendo Will Close the Wii Shop in January 2019

The closure of these key services is proof that Nintendo is gearing up to embrace the Switch fully, and that the hybrid will be the centerpiece of its future plans (although it says it'll support the 3DS for a few more years).

A statement from Nintendo says that Wii owners will be able to purchase content from the Wii Shop Channel until January 30, 2019.

Nintendo notes you will be able to add Wii Points, the currency required to purchase games on the Wii Shop channel, through March 26, 2018.

Specifically, the closure is set for January 31, 2019.

To be clear, the Wii Shop Channel is a Nintendo Wii phenomenon, and was the primary vehicle for purchasing Wii games similar to the eShop now. The service originally launched back in December 2006. You can now transfer most Wii software to a Wii U, using the provided transfer tool, but Nintendo warns that capability will be removed at some point in the future.

The functionality that allows users to purchase WiiWare and Virtual Console titles and transfer them to the Wii U (called the Wii System Transfer) will also cease in 2019, although the exact date is unknown. As of writing, the latest numbers put the consoles sales at more than 101 million worldwide. After that point, users will no longer be able to buy titles or applications from the channel for the Wii or Wii U.

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