Wii News, Forecast channels shutting down

Nintendo discontinuing a series of original Wii channels and network services in June due to "very low participation rate."

A handful of original Wii channels and some network services are soon to be no more. Nintendo announced today that due to a "very low participation rate," the company has decided to discontinue the following applications beginning June 28, 2013.

· Forecast Channel
· News Channel
· Everybody Votes Channel
· Nintendo Channel
· Check Mii Out Channel
· Data exchange between Wii friends on WiiConnect24

Concerning the last point, Wii message exchanges through Wii Message Board, Mii exchange via Mii channel, and exchanges of messages or data in "some" games will no longer be possible come June.

Nintendo apologized to gamers using the services and said the move was necessary so the company could focus on an "even higher level of service" for the Wii U.

"We apologize to those of you currently using these services, and ask for your understanding," Nintendo said in a statement.

"In order to focus on the development of an even higher level of service for Wii U and other products, a portion of the network services offered through the Wii console will be discontinued."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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paulamirada2
paulamirada2

That's not right!  I feel Nintendo pulled a fast one on us, I don't care if I bought the WII 2 years ago, or 2 months ago, they should of told us they were going to be shutting our channels down.  We, the consumers paid our hard earned dollars to buy this.  We should be compensated, that's all there is to it.

smoort
smoort

I will miss nintendo channel the most. It was the place I could most easily find out about new games.

RegularGuy
RegularGuy

Very disappointed today to log on to see these shut down today.

The Wii news channel was a fast, nice looking, ad-free AP news reader and I'm disappointed to see it go. It became a nice part of my morning routine. I found a lot of great news articles with it for sure.

The weather channel music was great to have on in the background and I used to like surfing around the globe and seeing what the weather was like for all my friends.

Lets hear it if anyone knows some good alternatives for these services. 

Lots of people downing the Wii here. Sure... its not like xbox or ps3. No doubt. However it is a true gamer's system. The virtual console alone makes it worth the 80 bucks it costs to buy one used. Add that with Netflix and Amazon Prime, Super Smash and all the Mario games and you've got a great low cost entertainment system. 


johnnyauau
johnnyauau

That begs the question, what about Wii Shop? Why isn't that channel going to close after June 28, 2013? But then I hate to think what would happen to the system updates that's needed to get the Wii console for gamers who's new to the console. Anyway, as Jackie Chan said, before something new can begin, something old must end.

so_hai
so_hai

"...the Wii Channel Menu offers a simple interface, letting users pick games to play, get news or weather, view and send photos or even create playable caricatures of themselves to use in actual games. Additional functions allow users to redeem Wii Points and download classic games to Wii’s Virtual Console(TM)."

This is from the original press release. Those complaining about the substance of the channels now are six years too late. They never failed to deliver what they promised. For Nintendo, it must be like talking to the wall.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

The Wii channels -with the exception of news and weather - were meaningless and stupid. What was the point of the "Everybody votes" channel, anyway? We've had onkine console gaming since the Dreamcast and Nintendo still can't figure out how to make an enticing online service. Pathetic.

TTDog
TTDog

Not really the stuff pre-teens are going to be interested in... no surprises here.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Just about everyone I know with a Wii, has it sitting on a shelf collecting dust.  Apparently the novelty wore off.  In the end, horse power and 3rd party software win out.  RIP Wii

*in the distance Taps can be heard playing*

Sidian1626
Sidian1626

while neat features i still buy consoles for one reason...to play video games. while i have found netflix streaming useful my friggin dvd player can do that now so just stick to the games and enhancing THOSE features.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

You me to tell me that systems were NOT sold as an alternative to the weather channel? User - to - User Connectivity within game titles FAILING en masse on American shores? Friendship codes not catching on? Nintendo removing promised functions midway a system cycle? Another Nintendo system bricked due to lack of titles, especially new and 3rd party IP's. Publishers "skipping" the system when releasing muti-platform titles. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT????? what kind of ape society alternate universe are we living in? Someone call the timecops to check the timeline, cuz i think marty and doc f-ed it up somewhere!

servb0ts
servb0ts

This really disappointing,  I go to Wii news Daily just to listen to the Catchy groovy music, an see whats going on in the world.  :-( I'm very bumed out >.<

Rod90
Rod90

I say f*** you Nintendo.

bdixon76
bdixon76

"Lack of participation rate" Kind of like Wii sales. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

freddy1976
freddy1976

I own a 360, PS3, Wii and a Wii U. The Wii channels were ok but not something that was used every day. The Wii and 360 were used the most out of all the systems with the Wii U replacing the Wii now. The PS3 was only used for Netflix and to play Bluray and music. The Wii U has replaced the PS3 for watching Netflix now.Netflix with the game pad as a remote or watching on the game pad is awesome!

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

I think that possibly Nintendo's Wii U will have its next big chance after may 21 with Nextbox details. Maybe after the next MS flick people people will then know which console they would want to choose. And if MS has 'Always on connection' then the Wii U looks even better for a second console. I don't expect or think the Wii U will be able to amaze me graphics wise as I'am getting bored of the PS3 graphic limit and not having Cinefx at the least. Wii U is more of the same with a better polish on games. Looking forward to PS4 already.. 

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

As long as people are making idiotic comments I would like to say no one every played a single game on the X360 or PS3 just watched movies.  All the game sales and accessories sold were coincidences.

so_hai
so_hai

Some these channels were up for as longer than some entire console lifespans. This is not a failure by any stretch of the imagination.

fanirama
fanirama

The problem with the Wii is it is basically a 20min gimmick. The imprecise air mouse novelty wore off after 20min. So although lot of people bought the console, very few continued buying games for it but continued buying more games for Xbox360 and/or PS3. (survey among my friends). So it gathered dust. Also, look at the top Wii games - all Marios or Zeldas or Metroids. There is only so much people can take - Mario, Super Mario, Super Duper Mario, Mario Galaxy, Mario Super Galaxy etc. etc. Ridiculous. No real innovation whatsoever. It just feels like Call of Duty every year or Madden every year.

With low game attach rate and lack of interest and nothing new in Wii U to excite gamers, of course, it isn't doing that well. Again it will have the same Marios and Zeldas in the hope that people will buy it. But fewer will. 

I smell a Sega Dreamcast here. (although Dreamcast was actually good)

TheRaiderNation
TheRaiderNation

I hardly used the Wii to play Wii retail games or use any of the channels. In fact, I'd say 70% of my time spent on the Wii was playing games from the virtual console or gamecube games. 

grove12345
grove12345

Nintendo shutting down game development due to low participation rate. Come on guys.

so_hai
so_hai

@ChiefFreeman Show us where the channels failed to deliver what they promised, then maybe your spiteful remark won't look so redundant.

greek5
greek5

@Gravity_Slave My PS3 collects just as much as dust as my wii does. My PC on the other hand, sparkles like a diamond :)

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@racerxgundam  

What are you talking about this is the end of the Wiis life cycle thats why its treated like a lame duck console.  ^_^;

Nekator
Nekator

@bdixon76 yeah, thought the same, this phrase describes the whole console... but no wonder, they worked hard for it.

silvergol
silvergol

@freddy1976 I prefer smartphone,laptop,PS3,PC >Wii U.

PS3 is far superior to Wii U,Wii U is not PS3/Xbox 360 replacement neither now or never!.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@hatieshorrer I made allot of coincidences then :)
Dont listen to idiotic comments...they coming from ppl who feel they have to defend they console of choice in every article just to feel better.
I dont own a WiiU(nor had the Wii) but i hope the WiiU gets more attention when the Nintendo releases their most wanted IP's.
I said it in another article:The day Nintendo releases a true 2D sequel to Super Metroid,i will jump into the Nintendo boat again.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@so_hai 

which console lifespan are you referring to might I ask?  Not the Playstation or Xbox.

Aside from the initial success of console sales (people really didn't understand what they were buying, just as long as it said Nintendo on the box), the Wii was a huge failure when it came to putting up competition in the next gen arena.

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

@fanirama My 200+ hour Xenoblade and almost 400 hour Monster Hunter Tri files say otherwise. Gimmick? Try picturing playing Wii Sports without motion control then dare to say if it's any better or the same. Also Red Steel 2 was nothing short of a revelation to me. Too bad it didn't last too long. Nintendo, use the server investments of those Wii Channels to fund Red Steel 3!

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@fanirama  

Denial is a funny thing.

The X360 and PS3 would be even bigger failures then the Wii.

Calling the Wii a failure doesnt change the X360 and PS3 saling fewer consoles and fewer games.

so_hai
so_hai

@fanirama Your comment reads as if the Wii itself were being discontinued 2 months after launch... These are channels on the console that were never meant to be more than supplemental material to the games.

Besides, the Everybody votes channel was up for six whole years - longer than the Dreamcast itself was even supported.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@TheRaiderNation I owned three Wii games. Darkside Chron, Umbrella Chron, and Mario Galaxy. Everything else I did with it was  GameCube or VC or pirated.

so_hai
so_hai

@grove12345 Wish-thinking won't make it happen. Microsoft and Sony have to do it on your behalf.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@silvergol 

Goes back a little longer than four years.  Nintendo has been riding its own iconic coat tails for two decades.  The only thing that the Wii had was motion sensors. My outdoor patio spotlight has a motion sensor....

freddy1976
freddy1976

@silvergol @freddy1976 Sorry for getting you so upset. I was just stating what is used in my household and what is not and the playstation gets turned on about once a month and the X-box and Wii  U are on everyday. Sorry again if that upsets you.

so_hai
so_hai

@Gravity_Slave The Gamecube (6 years), the N64 (6 years), Xbox original (5 years)  and so on.

If it's so easy to fool stupid consumers, as you make out, it makes you wonder why other companies can't emulate this easily and drive Nintendo out...

The Wii may not have impressed you, but it was commercially successful, even if technically behind. Nobody out there is saying the Wii is a technical wonder.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@hatieshorrer @fanirama Based on what, sales? Solely on sales. You're stupid if you think the systems failed in any other aspect compared to Wii. Wii is a novelty item, like I said. It is a gimmick. It has very low quality ports, few first party titles, terrible motion controls, terrible accessories and "Use the right controller" minigames. It is solely for multiplayer with three other friends but they forgot that the point of cramming 3 other players onto the same TV was to actually have it be fun - none of the games are fun. If you are entertained by Mario Party, Warioware, or any of that shit, you are dumb.

VXXXJesterXXXV
VXXXJesterXXXV

Just an FYI there was a Dreamcast game called Gun Lord released in June of last year.....

silvergol
silvergol

@hatieshorrer @Nekator @bdixon76 These consoles were slowly in they 1st year, but after Nintendo get lost time, they get these numbers 70millions each.

if Nintendo would have did really take serious the bussiness they sales would be much more smaller.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@Grenadeh  

Over half of what you said is true for the PS2 and PS1.  Will you now admit those consoles were bad.

so_hai
so_hai

@SIDEFX1 @hatieshorrer Technically superior consoles like these (as we constantly hear) OUGHT to outlive the Wii by a very long time. But nobody would dare predict that to be true.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@SIDEFX1 @hatieshorrer 

Good point the X360 and PS3 lasted longer and still cant catch up to the Wiis life time sales.  Those consoles must be terrible.

so_hai
so_hai

@VXXXJesterXXXV Yes that's interesting for sure. The Dreamcast community is alive, but the console is still discontinued

VXXXJesterXXXV
VXXXJesterXXXV

Yeah, I googled to confirm. May be another game this year coming out too. Dreamcast doesn't get much, but a new game still seems to pop up now and then.

I miss the Dreamcast, such a great console.