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Nintendo discontinuing various Wii online services

Support for multiple features ceasing in June

Nintendo has announced plans to discontinue various Wii online services on June 28.

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While it will continue to operate services like the Wii Shop Channel and 'Today's Accomplishments' on the Wii Message Board, the following Wii Channels will go offline.

  • Nintendo Channel
  • News Channel
  • Forecast Channel
  • Everybody Votes Channel
  • Mii Contest Channel
  • Data exchange with Wii Friends*

* Exchange of Wii messages on the Wii Message Board, exchange of Mii characters on the Mii Channel and message/data exchange within some games will be disabled

"We at Nintendo sincerely thank you for your continued patronage of our company's products," the platform holder said. "We apologise to those of you currently using these services."

Wii launched in November 2006 and Nintendo released its successor, Wii U, last year. The ageing console recently got a hardware refresh in the form of Wii Mini, which offers no internet connectivity options or GameCube support. Lifetime Wii hardware sales stood at 99.38 million units as of December 31, 2012.

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