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If you’re having issues connecting to the Wii Shop Channel, there’s a reason for that. Nintendo has said that the service is experiencing technical difficulties. It’s unclear when the store’s problems will clear up. We only know that service has been impacted since around 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET last night.

Nintendo announced last week that the Wii Shop Channel will be closing for good in 2019. Perhaps the store has been reloaded in recent days as people try to spend their last points and prepare for the end in advance by redownloading software.


It’s the end of an era for Nintendo, as the Wii Shop Channel is announced to be closing in 2019. This was the first notable store built in to a Nintendo console.

Following up on the news about the closure, Nintendo published an official FAQ about the Wii Shop Channel’s end. The company comments on why it will no longer be supporting the store, among other topics. You can read the full FAQ below.

Just in case you had any doubts that the Wii Shop Channel’s closure would be limited to Japan, Nintendo of Europe has posted a notice on its website that essentially confirms that the news applies to all regions.

You’ll no longer be able to add points after March 26. Nintendo will then close off the ability to purchase content and download channels after January 31, 2019. It all ends with the Wii Shop Channel’s full closure and disabling of redownload functions sometime in 2019.

Here’s the full announcement:

Wii Shop Channel ending in 2019

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Nintendo just announced the Wii Shop Channel service will be ending on January 31st, 2019. You are able to add funds to the channel until March 27th, 2018. You will no longer be able to buy games through the Wii or the Wii U after this date.


Nintendo’s maintenance schedule was updated today with four different periods. Online play, downtime for all shops, and maintenance involving passes on Switch have been added.

Here’s the full schedule:

This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows;

Switch Retail

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – €59.99 (available Friday)
Pokken Tournament DX – €59.99 (available Friday)

Switch Download

ACA NeoGeo Art of Fighting – €6.99
SteamWorld Dig 2 – €19.99
Thimbleweed Park – €19.99

A few new games out came out this week on the various eShops. If you’re interested in checking out what’s new in screenshot form, take a look at the gallery below.

A few new games out came out this week on the various eShops. If you’re interested in checking out what’s new in screenshot form, take a look at the gallery below.

This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Switch Retail

LEGO City Undercover – $59.99

Switch Download

ACA NeoGeo Alpha Mission II – $7.99
Graceful Explosion Machine – $12.99
Vroom in the Night Sky – $9.99

Switch Demo

Just Dance 2017

All of Nintendo’s digital shops will be down for several hours of maintenance at the start of April. This includes the Switch, Wii U, and 3DS eShops along with the Wii Shopping Channel and DSi Shop.

Nintendo’s maintenance schedule is as follows:

– 1 PM PT (April 3) – 5 PM PT (April 3)
– 4 PM ET (April 3) – 8 PM ET (April 3)
– 9 PM in the UK (April 3) – 1 AM in the UK (April 4)
– 10 PM in Europe (April 3) – 2 AM in Europe (April 4)


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