R.I.P. Wii - Online Wii Services Going Down, Marking the End for Wii

The Wii U has been out for several months now so Nintendo decided it was time to say goodbye to a few Wii features. Mainly those that cost money--well they are free to you but they cost Nintendo money. Since Nintendo was selling the Wii U at a loss, they probably wanted to do this a long time ago because you know having all those servers powered on 24/7 fetching you your weather and news surely racks up the bill.


We at Nintendo sincerely thank you for your continued patronage of our company’s products. We would like to inform you that a portion of the network services offered through the Wii console will be discontinued starting June 28, 2013. We apologize to those of you currently using these services, and ask for your understanding.
- Nintendo

Wii Online Services Going Away...
Check Mii Out Channel
Data exchange between Wii friends on WiiConnect24
Everybody Votes Channel
Forecast Channel
News Channel
Nintendo Channel

In my opinion Nintendo could have gotten rid of them sooner. This is only very sad news to the 3 people who actually used these Wii channels on a daily basis.

Will Netlfix, The Internet Channel, or The Wii Shop Channel still work?
You'll be happy to know that channels like the Internet Channel and Netflix will still work as normal after June 28 take-down. They will likely stay up for a while. It is likely the Wii Shop Channel will also stay up since it makes money by letting you buy Virtual Console games. The Wii U also still does not have Virtual Console games for sell yet. This means Nintendo will leave it up for the regular Wii to avoid causing further panic to its absence on the Wii U.