This Weekend Is the Last Chance to Buy Wii Shop Games

This weekend marks your final chance to add points to your Wii Shop account and purchase games before the channel begins its first steps towards closing.

on March 24, 2018 1:39 PM

Last year, Nintendo announced that the Wii Shop Channel would be closing Thursday, January 31, 2019. It also announce that, starting on March 26, 2018, users will be unable to add points to their Wii Shop accounts, which effectively makes this weekend your last opportunity to add points to your account and purchase games.

It’s been a long time coming, but the Wii Shop will finally begin the first steps of closing its doors. While Nintendo has assured us that WiiWare and Virtual Console games that users have already purchased will still be available for a limited time, Wii owners should definitely look to transfer their games to a Wii-U as soon as possible to prevent any losses. Additionally, if there’s any games you’ve had your eye on in the closing channel, now is the time to buy. While most purchasable titles are available on both the Wii and Wii-U, there are a number of them that are exclusive to the Wii, making it your last chance to own them if you see any that strike your fancy.

The closing of the Wii Shop marks the end of the first digital store for Nintendo. While it will be replaced and outclassed by the Switch’s  direct monetary transactions rather than a point system, it’s important to remember where we started. The Wii Shop may have been a somewhat rough around the edges system for purchasing games, but it paved the way for Nintendo to continue to improve their digital storefront systems in the years that came.

Goodbye, Wii Shop Channel. I’d light a candle for you in remembrance, but it’s illegal for me to do that in my dorm room.

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Emily Hobbs is a Staff Writer at Dualshockers. When she's not writing articles, she's also a senior Computer Information Systems with a Forensics focus major at Stevenson University, where she bonded with her roommates freshman year via Dark Souls and Outlast, as all true friendships should begin. She enjoys any kind of game except for the ones she doesn't, and a good RPG or horror game can make her day.