The time we have all feared has finally come. Today, January 30, 2019, the Wii Shop Channel shutters after more than a decade since its debut. Content from the Virtual Console and WiiWare can no longer be purchased after this date.
Game preservation? What’s that?
The writing has been on the wall for some time. Nintendo themselves announced back in 2017 that the Wii Shop Channel would be shutting down eventually. In fact, the channel began its death rattle on March 26, 2018, when users could no longer add points to their account in order to purchase games.
If you had the foresight to add points to your system, you still have some time to spend them before they disappear into the internet void. Some great Virtual Console games can still be obtained, like Rondo of Blood or Sin and Punishment. On the WiiWare side, Konami’s Rebirth series is a definite must-have. These games include Gradius Rebirth, Contra Rebirth, and Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth. Old school gaming at its finest!
Of course, this news is a blow to video game preservation. Even though gamers have time to move games from their Wii to their Wii U as long as they have been downloaded, this service is going away at some point, too. As technology advances, gaming history should get easier to catalog, not the reverse. If Nintendo is wondering why people pirate their games, well, here’s a perfect reason.
Are any of you players sad to see the Wii Shop finally die? Will you all dance along to the infectious theme song of the service one last time, with tears in your eyes? Let us know in the comments, along with any fun stories you have regarding your time with the shop!