Several Wii Servers Shut Down As Expected

On Friday, Nintendo shut down a number of Wii servers, right on time based on the announcement made back in April. The loss of these servers effectively makes the following channels useless: the Nintendo Channel, News Channel, Forecast Channel, Everybody Votes Channel, and Check Mii Out Channel.

The ability to exchange data with Wii friends is also now nonfunctional. This channel’s closing will also affect the Wii messages on the Wii Message Board, exchange of Miis on the Mii Channel as well as message and data exchange within some games.

The Wii Shop Channel is not going to be affected by the servers shutting down and is not planned to go offline anytime in the near future. Wii U owners will still be able to access it from their consoles as well when they are in Wii mode.

Nintendo apologized to people still using these services in their official announcement back in April. They also thanked Wii owners for their continued patronage of Nintendo products and services.

With Wii U having been out for almost a year now, and Wii beginning to age out, it is likely that more service cancellations will roll out in the future.

Source: CVG

  • Alsonic_Ze_Hedgehog

    worst case scenario: ‘We’re sorry, but you can no longer use the Wii Shop Channel. Sincerely, Nintendo :3′

    • Isaac Ness

      homebrew time, my friend! :D

      • http://crackedbrain.wordpress.com/ CrackedBrain

        Fuck yeah! Homebrew Channel is still functional!

      • krishna moorthy

        can you download homebrew for wii motion plus? where can you download it?

        • Ryan Sukhu

          google my friend or just search a tutorial video on youtube there not that hard to find.

        • Stone Mellow-Grumps Perry

          if you have a newer wii you can’t softmod it

    • Lemmy Koopa

      I will cry when that day comes

    • Luke Gelheiser

      They’d probably give us a bit of warning before doing that. Just think of how popular Virtual Console is.

    • Doogity

      Unlikely. So long as anyone is buying anything that won’t be transferable to the Wii U, they’ll keep it open.

  • Mrgaful

    Well, they didn’t close the Wii Shop Channel, so it doesn’t affect me at all

  • KraZy4Krash

    I got a little sad when loading up the channels, seeing they didn’t function, then noticing that we still can’t delete the forecast and weather channels. Throwing them to the right-most screen is not something I should need to do…

    Can no longer see our total play times on the Nintendo Channel, which sucks too.

    • Ghabulous Ghoti

      Darn. How many hours have I logged into my games?

      800+ for Brawl, I know that much.

      • KraZy4Krash

        Well, Brawl is the fabulous exception. It has the time logged in the data section of the game. That’s the only game whose time I care about, so it doesn’t matter too much, the Nintendo Channel. I’ve dedicated time to Brawl over 4 different consoles, from 40 hours on one to over 800 on another. I should be at about 1500 total hours over these four consoles.

        • Franklin Howell

          You sir, are a champion among men. I only have like 70-80 hours into brawl.

          • Ghabulous Ghoti

            NOOB.

            • Franklin Howell

              For Brawl yes i am a noob, i only got the game this year. For melee i have about 700 hours, and i have no idea how long ive played ssb64

              • Ghabulous Ghoti

                I was just teasing :P

                • Franklin Howell

                  Oh :o , I could never connect for online play for brawl, so that’s why i didn’t play much, i cant wait to get the new ssb, hopefully the online capabilities work better.

        • Ghabulous Ghoti

          Impressive. I reached 750 hours last January when I finally got the last trophy, after 3 years of playing the game, so I don’t have an exact number now, but time restrictions has prevented me from playing as much as I’d like.

          • Franklin Howell

            Nintendo can surely make an impressive game. That fans can play for that long without getting tired of it.

  • Julian Delarosa

    Long as I can keep using the internet browser, I’m happy

  • avalpsychicguy

    I hope they eventually get rid of the need for the Wii Menu on the Wii U. All they need to do is finish upgrading all the Wii’s VC games. As for WiiWare titles, they just need to make them accessible via the Wii U menu, and put them on the Wii U’s eShop. A major system update could do that, and make Wii disc games accessible through the Wii U menu as well. Maybe they could even make Wii disc games and WiiWare titles playable using the Gamepad as a TV! (Using it as a controller in cases where a Classic Controller is usable). It wouldn’t take much, really. To be honest, it could really improve the Wii U’s reputation. And besides, the 3DS doesn’t need a “DSi Menu” to be able to run DSiWare titles and DS games. Why should the Wii U need a “Wii Menu”, once all the VC games are upgraded?

    • Luke Gelheiser

      I have to agree with you, switching between the two modes can get a bit annoying

    • Jelle Knibbe

      Major update? Yeah, 2gb of update, SO I don’t uave any memory to download friggin’ things from the EShop!

      • KingDerpy

        You could easily just get a flash drive, and if you have the Premium Wii U with the 32G it’s really no problem considering Nintendo games take up very little space.

      • avalpsychicguy

        I seriously doubt it would take up that much memory for an update like that. Besides, if 2 GBs fills up your hard drive, you SERIOUSLY need an external drive. At least a flash drive, man.

        • Jelle Knibbe

          Basic pack only has 3gb effectively, SO Nintendo basically forces me to buy a hard drive. Try thar from a 12-year old’s allowance, a sister blaming stuff on you and taking your money and inability to use paypal because mom. 250gb should’vr been there, Nintendo…
          Sorry.

    • KraZy4Krash

      Phasing out the Wii Mode is something that definitely needs to be done.

  • J-Whitt

    As long as Netflix continues to work for me, I’m happy. All one of my Wii games works offline and I never used the Miis, so it’s no loss to me.

  • Mrgaful

    Does this affect online play? Like let’s say… Goldeneye?

    • Franklin Howell

      I think that’s up to that game’s company.

  • Joshua

    I hope they don’t phase out Netflix for a while… I have a 3DS, but it’s nice having it to myself while my little sister watches Netflix on the Wii.

    • CChaplin

      Netflix is a third-party application, so Nintendo can’t / wouldn’t shut down their servers. Not to worry :)

  • Angestic

    So does this mean that they will not be able to fuction FOREVER or will they be fixing this..?

    • krishna moorthy

      I think they are shutting it down on purpose so that people will upgrade to the wiiU. I hope not though…

    • Luke Gelheiser

      They’re down for good. It’s the beginning of the end for all of Wii’s online capabilities.

  • krishna moorthy

    WHY WHY WHY!?!?!?

  • KingDerpy

    This was expected? Why is it news lol.

  • RockyAlboa

    Makes me think of what would’ve happened in 8 years time from now if microsft continued with their original always connected plan for the xbone and eventually had to shut down servers so people could no longer go online and play their games

    • Luke Gelheiser

      Only they weren’t timely about it. The original Xbox servers were supposed to go down at midnight that night, but I remember playing Halo 2 with my friends until just after 5 AM before we could no longer connect to the servers.