Having sold over 100 million units worldwide, the Nintendo Wii ended up in quite a lot of folks’ media centers. Nintendo took advantage of the wide reach of the system by getting media companies to make dedicated apps, including the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and YouTube. If you still happen to be one of the Wii loyalists that still use the console to take advantage of these apps in glorious 480p, it looks like you will only have a few more weeks to do so.
Reddit user “gIitterboy” posted on the Nintendo sub-Reddit that he received an email from Nintendo, notifying him that all video services for the Wii will be terminated on January 31, 2019.
Unfortunately, Nintendo will suspend all video streaming services on Wii—including the Netflix Channel—after January 31, 2019. We hope you’ll soon enjoy an even better Netflix experience with additional features on a supported device. Please visit netflix.com/wii for our device list.
It turns out this email is legitimate, as visiting the URL mentioned at the end of this message will land you on Netflix’s official website which boldly announces that services for Wii soon be terminated:
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The fact that Nintendo itself has yet to make a formal public announcement about all this may go to show that the amount of Wii’s still making use of these apps is probably negligible at this point. That said, the January 30, 2019 deadline isn’t random. On that very same day, the Wii Shop Channel will also formally shut its doors. It’s effectively been dead for months already though, as earlier this year the ability to add currency to it was disabled. All of these closures seem to indicate that Nintendo will be pulling the Wii out of its network infrastructure completely on that date.
But, while we sing a final swan song for the little white console that could, its hotter, younger sibling is turning up the heat. The Switch just got a YouTube app of its very own, so it looks like Nintendo is taking the phrase “out with the old, in with the new” to heart.