Popular streaming platform, Netflix, recently sent a mail to all its subscribers stating Nintendo is shutting down all video streaming services on the Wii console. That’s probably the last nail in the Wii coffin. According to the mail, the deadline for this has been given as January 30th, 2019.
The announcement on Netflix’s website states: “Unfortunately, Nintendo will suspend all video streaming services on Wii – including the Netflix Channel – after January 30, 2019.” Reports suggest that other streaming services like HULU and Prime Video will also be not used on the console. The Nintendo Wii first came into the market in 2006 and slowly became one of the most popular video game consoles. Nintendo had sold over 100 million units of the Wii. Moreover, its ability to stream videos on Netflix kept the console pertinent.
However, after the introduction of Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s XBOX, the sales of Wii dipped majorly. Nintendo started phasing out channels in 2013. Moreover, Nintendo had also announced earlier this year that they are shutting down the Wii Shop Channel. This portal was used to download games on the console however this also will be suspended by January 2019.
Nintendo will still let you stream video on your Wii U, 3DS or Switch. Netflix isn’t on the Switch yet, but you can use YouTube or Hulu instead. Youtube was only launched in the past week while Hulu arrived late last year. The Wii which is almost 12 years old now has become more or less obsolete. The 7th-gen model competed with the PS3 and the XBOX 360. However, the consoles now have far greater upgrades to their names.
You now have just two and a half months to enjoy Netflix on your Wii before you have to start using another device. That is obviously if you still own one.
By Abhishek Aggarwal