Nintendo’s Wii Shop Channel Will Be Shutting Down In 2019

Nintendo is a bit of an odd company in which some of their ideas seem to be the product of forward thinking, but yet there have been some instances in which the company has been slow to adopt newer technology or features that its competitors have embraced, like the Wii Shop Channel which marked the first time that Nintendo embraced the digital game distribution method.

However given that the focus is currently on the Nintendo Switch, we guess all good things must come to an end as Nintendo has officially announced that the Wii Shop Channel will be shutting down in 2019, or to be more specific, it will be shutting down on the 31st of January, 2019. We suppose this still gives gamers a little over a year to adjust to things, but if you still plan to keep using the service, note that adding funds will only be allowed until the 27th of March, 2018.

This means that after that unless you have any funds remaining in your account, you won’t be able to purchase games for either the Wii or the Wii U via the Wii Shop Channel. Of course physical purchases will still be possible assuming you can still find copies of the game you want, but the digital distribution method will be coming to a close.

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Nintendo Thinks The Switch Can Match The Wii’s Sales

The Nintendo Wii is one of Nintendo’s best-selling consoles in recent times, which is why when the Wii U was launched, many had expected it to build on the success of its predecessor. However we all know how that story ends, but it seems that Nintendo thinks that they can redeem themselves with the Switch.

According to a Q&A during Nintendo’s recent financial results briefing (via MCV UK), Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima expressed his belief that the Switch has the potential to match the sales of the Wii. “And if our sales go according to our plan this fiscal year, we will be able to see Nintendo Switch gaining the momentum in which it can approach relative parity with Wii afterwards.”

He adds, “The truth is we want to raise the installed base of Nintendo Switch up to the same level as Wii.” So far the Switch has been doing pretty well for itself and has managed to rack up close to 3 million units sold since it was released. Recently it was suggested that it could even outsell the Wii U within its first year which wouldn’t be too difficult considering that the Wii U’s lifetime sales was around 13 million.

For those wondering, the Wii’s lifetime sales is at 101.63 million so clearly it looks like Nintendo has a long way to go. However with many major games having yet to be released and upcoming holiday shopping seasons, there are still plenty of chances for the Switch to play catch up.

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Ubisoft Believes Nintendo Switch Will Have Same Impact As The Wii

nintendo-switchWhen the Nintendo Wii was launched, it was an odd console but it worked and gamers took to it. This led to Sony and Microsoft coming up with motion-based gaming solutions of their own. Then came the Wii U which was the successor to the Wii and in many ways was supposed to be an improvement, but unfortunately it was anything but.

Then came the Switch which is Nintendo’s latest efforts and is meant to right the wrongs of the Wii U, but will it? So far the general consensus is pretty optimistic and many hands-on reviews of the console have painted it in a positive light, and it seems that they’re not alone as Ubisoft is heaping a ton of praise onto the console.

According to Ubisoft’s managing director of its French studios, Xavier Poix, “The Wii attracted a very large audience – including kids and families – because it offered, on one hand, the motion controls, allowing for intuitive interactions with the console and on the other hand games with a strong social component. These aspects gave us the opportunity to develop Rabbids and Just Dance, for example. The Switch will probably have a similar impact, thanks to the mobility offered by the console.”

Ubisoft has so far announced several games for the console such as Just Dance 2017, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition, and Steep to Switch. This is also not the first time Ubisoft has praised the console as in the past, Ubisoft execs have also proclaimed how the console will redefine gaming. Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen, but with a release set for the 3rd of March, we guess we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

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Shigeru Miyamoto Reveals Why Nintendo Pursued Motion Controls

Mr. Miyamoto shares his thoughts behind the creation of Wii motion controls in episode 3 of @UnlockedTVShow. https://t.co/WXMQRtv12v pic.twitter.com/3VK4gVZ3Me

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) December 16, 2016

While companies like Sony and Microsoft were pursuing more traditional console designs and gameplay, Nintendo decided to do something different with the Wii by introducing motion controls. This opened up the door to a whole bunch of different games and gameplay styles, which also helped the Wii become a success.

That being said, why did Nintendo opt to go down this path instead of more traditional designs? In the latest episode of the Unlocked TV Show, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto explained why Nintendo decided to introduce motion gaming. According to Miyamoto, he saw how controls became more complex and complicated, and how there was a drop in the number of people who wanted to get into gaming because of the complexity.

This led to Nintendo creating motion controls presumably in hopes that the intuitive nature of the controls and ease of use would encourage gamers to hop on board. We suppose it’s fair to say that Nintendo had their fair share of success with the Wii, leading other companies like Microsoft and Sony to introduce their own brand of motion gaming with the Kinect and PlayStation Move respectively.

However we guess you guys know that the Wii U unfortunately did not manage to maintain the success, leading to many calling it a flop. However Nintendo’s next-gen console, the Switch, looks particularly promising and hopefully that will bring some of the glory back to the company that they used to enjoy back in the day.

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Wii U Will Not Be Able To Replicate Wii’s Success, Admits Nintendo

Wii U Will Not Be Able To Replicate Wiis Success, Admits NintendoThe Nintendo Wii U is definitely not the hottest selling console at the moment. In fact Nintendo had recently slashed sales estimates of the Wii U by 70% and if you thought that it was prime for a price cut in order to generate sales, like what Nintendo did with the 3DS handheld console, you might recall that Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata stated that they would not be doing that. In fact Iwata is pretty adamant about not cutting the price of the Wii U and has recently reiterated the point, stating that Nintendo will be maintaining the device’s current RRP, and that he believes it is never too long for the console to succeed. (more…)

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