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We at Nintendo sincerely thank you for your continued patronage of our company’s products. We would like to inform you that a portion of the network services offered through the Wii console will be discontinued starting June 28, 2013.

We apologize to those of you currently using these services, and ask for your understanding. The affected applications are as follows:

• Forecast Channel

• News Channel

• Everybody Votes Channel

• Nintendo Channel

• Check Mii Out Channel

• Data exchange between Wii friends on WiiConnect24*

*Wii message exchanges via Wii Message Board, Mii exchanges via Mii Channel, and exchanges of messages or data in some game titles will no longer be possible.

Following the discontinuation, the above services will not be available even if they are started up on the Wii menu. However, services other than those mentioned above, such as the automatic receipt of “Today’s Accomplishments” on the Wii Message Board and the Wii Shop Channel are unaffected and can continue to be used.

Source: Nintendo
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At least you'll keep your internet channel and shop no?
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^ Yes, at least the WiiShop and internet browser applications will still be fully functional.
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That's a shame, the News and Forecast channels were my favourites. :-(

I used to spend a lot of time viewing those, I found them more useful than watching television.
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Oh well my wii fried anyway and I'm onto gen 8 as fully as I plan to
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I'm not impressed with this. They are still selling Wii's for crying out loud. I would expect these services (maybe not Nintendo Channel) to continue for at least six months to a year AFTER they've discontinued the system.

For those just buying a Wii now, this is really an injustice. Not a huge injustice but I sure wouldn't be happy to buy a system and then discover promised features don't work.

I hope they don't discontinue Wii's online gaming next.
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True that. Injustice indeed. Why break down a good selling product by bits and pieces while the Wii has not been discontinued yet? I really don't understand Nintendo's marketing strategies sometimes. I think it's time to stand up, make a petition and send it off to their HQ PR.
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Mariokart Wii will have its online removed on July 25th in Japan. Why remove such a popular online game so soon?
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GLUP! Crying or Very sad It's my favourite!
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In the UK I don't even think you can still buy the original Wii 'brand new' from stores. A lot of retailers only stock the Wii Mini which of course has no online functionality whatsoever.

I'm just thinking out loud here but if Nintendo are cancelling the online features for Mario Kart Wii on July 25th maybe that's when they'll be announcing Mario Kart for the Wii U? :-)

Or maybe they'll announce it earlier at E3 in Los Angeles on June 11-13? :-D
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