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NIntendo Co., Ltd. is a multinational developer and publisher of software and video games headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 1889, Nintendo has focused on games and toys since the 1960s, moving toward electronic games in the 70’s. Today they are best known for flagship franchises including Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Animal Crossing and unique hardware innovations like the Nintendo DS and Wii.


Nintendo Wii Shop shutting down January 30th, 2019

Nintendo Support announced on September 29th the beginning of the end for all online services on the Nintendo Wii. The first milestone is March 25th, 2018 which is the last day to purchase points or redeem points cards on the Nintendo Wii Shop channel. Just ten months later on January 30th, 2019 the ability to purchase WiiWare titles, Virtual Console games, and Wii Channels will be removed. No dates were given but the notice also points out that in the future the ability to redownload this content or transfer it to a Wii U will also be suspended.

This makes January 30th, 2019 one of the biggest dates in Delisted history. Besides nearly 250 Virtual Console titles that span decades of video game history, the date will also see the delisting of hundreds of WiiWare games, many of which aren’t available anywhere else.

I’m not sure I’ll ever have the time or energy to add a page for every one of those games but there will eventually be a Nintendo Wii Channel page to collect the names of the extinct exclusive titles if nothing more. For now, dates have been added to the Watch List calendar.

Miiverse, Wii U Chat shutting down November 7th Worldwide

Nintendo confirmed today what intrepid dataminers have suspected since July: the Nintendo Miiverse service is shutting down. On November 7th, 2017 at 10:00pm Pacific Time the Miiverse service will be discontinued on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS handhelds, and on the web. The Wii U Chat service which enabled voice and video messaging between consoles is also being shut down alongside the Miiverse.

In their FAQ support page Nintendo explains the decision: “We started the Miiverse service in 2012 along with the launch of the Wii U system because we wanted to provide a space where users could share their feelings about games with each other. Thanks to users’ support throughout the years, we think we were able to achieve that goal. We decided to end the service at this time because,  among other reasons, many users are shifting to social networking services.”

Nintendo will also provide a means for users to download their Miiverse posts after the service ends through the http://miiverse.nintendo.net site. Users won’t be able to save comments and replies but a few weeks after the November 7th deadline, users who register at the Miiverse site will be emailed a unique URL to download their original posts.

A full list of 112 effected titles across the Wii U and 3DS is available here but Nintendo addressed several titles in more detail:

  • Super Mario Maker (Wii U): Users will still be able to share levels, but will no longer be able to comment on them.
  • Splatoon (Wii U): Miiverse posts will no longer display in Inkopolis Plaza or the game’s stage maps.
  • Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, Nintendo 3DS): The Miiverse stage will still be playable, but Miiverse user posts will not display in the background. Players will also be unable to post replays to YouTube/Miiverse, share stages or create tournaments.
  • Mario Kart 8 (Wii U): Players will not be able to upload game-play videos to YouTube since they also post to Miiverse at the same time. The tournament function will also not be available.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U): In Xenoblade Chronicles X, the BLADE report feature will no longer be available.
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U, Nintendo 3DS): While users will still be able to play Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars and complete all 88 levels in the main game, the Community feature will be discontinued, preventing players from sharing levels and receiving additional Stars. As there will be a limit to the number of Stars that can be obtained, not all objects may be unlocked from the Workshop. Further info.

More details and more answers can be found at the Nintendo Support announcement and FAQ pages. The shutdown date has been added to the Watch List and calendar.

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Unfortunately there isn’t much. After the previously announced deadline of March 31st the only thing left on the DSi Shop is the 3DS Transfer Tool and your purchase history. If you would like to keep your DSiWare games accessible re-download them or transfer them to a 3DS as soon as possible. This ability will also be retired at some point but Nintendo has not yet given a specific date.

You can look back at the DSi Shop in action with my previous post and this YouTube playlist recorded before the deadline. This gives us a historical view of what was available directly on the DSi up to its end and can be compared to the current offerings on the 3DS eShop.