29 September 2017 - 16:18

The Nintendo Wii Shop Channel is shutting down after 13 years

Make sure you transfer all of your purchases.
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It's been a long time coming, but now it's official—Nintendo is closing down the Wii Shop Channel as of Jan. 31, 2019.

There's still quite a bit of time left for you to continue adding Wii Points to your account and make purchases with the Wii's virtual storefront, however. In fact, you can add new Wii Points to your account up until March 2018 to pick up those last-minute purchases.

If it's not the shop itself you're concerned about and more about the purchases you already made, fear not. You can redownload any older games purchased via the Virtual Console and transfer them to your Wii U. That feature will be going away in 2019 as well, so if you went crazy on the Wii Shop and need to restore all those games, you'll want to hop on it quickly.

The Wii Shop Channel has been open for business since December 2006, so it's definitely a bit of a somber time for Nintendo fans, even though we've known the console was dying for some time now.

"We would like to thank our loyal customers for supporting the Wii Shop Channel, and would like them to continue to enjoy software downloaded from the shop," Nintendo said about the shop's impending closure.

If you end up transferring your data and restoring previously downloaded purchases, make sure you hang on to them, since it's not exactly clear what happens to your purchases after you can no longer transfer or access the Wii Shop Channel.

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