Will the day ever come when a piece of Nintendo Wii news is actually something to celebrate? Or even spark a little optimism in the console’s future?
Maybe…but not today.
Nintendo has made the announcement that five Wii channels are to be discontinued in June, as a result of what they themselves refer to as “very low participation rate” in terms of Wii customers.
As such, June 28th this year marks the official expiry date of the Wii’s Everybody Votes Channel, Forecast Channel, Nintendo Channel, News Channel and also the Check Mii out Channel…turns out not many folk are really bothered about seeing Miis.
In addition to the above, Nintendo will also be sealing the lid on the data service that connects Wii friends via the WiiConnect 24 service, which means that as of the same June date various messaging services like the Wii Message Board will see their untimely demise.
It all adds up to quite the depressing picture – the death of what were supposed to be some of the console’s most user-centric services that instead paint a picture of a console that’s quite frankly on borrowed time.
Nintendo did however apologize for any inconvenience caused and stated that the reason for the withdrawal of the Wii services was to afford 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,” the statement read. “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.”
The one slightly encouraging thing to come out of all of the above therefore is the way in which Nintendo at least appears to be pulling out all…or at least some…of the stops in order to help the ailing Wii U crawl out of its slump and make some progress. On the other hand, their efforts could potentially see a good deal of current Wii users feel a little shunned and do little for overall faith in the brand.