Wii Shop Channel
|Wii Shop Channel|
|End date||WW: January 30, 2019|
|Service provided||Digital store|
|Accessible by||Wii, Wii U|
The Wii Shop Channel is the digital storefront for downloading digital content for the Wii console. The service launched worldwide alongside the hardware in November 2006. In 2012, the Wii Shop Channel service was succeeded by the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, which has since been implemented for the Nintendo Switch.
In late 2017, due to shifting focus to the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo announced that the Wii Shop Channel service will be discontinued on January 30, 2019. To prepare for this, the ability to add Nintendo Points to a Wii Shop Channel account will be disabled on March 26, 2018, and all services related to the shop, such as the Wii System Transfer Tool and the ability to redownload software, will be disabled later. In Japan, Nintendo will refund any unspent Wii Points starting in February 2019.
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Upon starting the shop, the user is taken to a welcome screen, which shows a series of recommended titles and recent news, with the option to access the main menu at the bottom. From the main menu, the user can view Virtual Console titles, WiiWare titles, and Wii Channels, as well as add Wii Points to their account. From the "Account Activity" menu, the user can view all software they have downloaded. The "Titles You've Downloaded" menu allows users to view a list of downloaded software that can be redownloaded. Finally, on the "Settings and Features" menu, players can access number of settings such as entering the code for a Wii Download Ticket, linking a Club Nintendo account, adjusting gift settings, and deleting the Wii Shop Channel account.
Wii Points can be added to a user's account by selecting the "Add Wii Points" option on the main menu, or by selecting the current total displayed on the bottom of the screen. Points can be added either by redeeming a Nintendo Points Card, or by purchasing them directly from the shop using a credit card (either Visa or MasterCard) in increments of 1000, 2000, 3000, or 5000. A user's account cannot exceed 20,000 points at one time. While Nintendo Points can be added to either a Nintendo DSi Shop or Wii Shop Channel balance, points cannot be swapped between the two shop accounts, and cannot be transferred to another system.
- Wii Shop closure announcement. Nintendo (September 29, 2017). Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Wii Shop Channel Discontinuation Q&A. Nintendo Support. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- 「Wiiショッピングチャンネル」終了 のお知らせ. Nintendo Support (September 29, 2018). Retrieved March 25, 2018.
- Heads Up: The Wii Shop Channel Wallet limit is only 20,000 points or $200 maximum. ResetEra (March 25, 2018). Retrieved March 25, 2018.