According to a release from Nintendo, the company plans to shut down the Wii Shop Channel at the beginning of 2019. In addition, users will not be allowed to add more Wii Points to their account starting March 27, 2018.
Thus begins the phasing out of old, online Nintendo hardware. As Gematsu relays, users can still re-download purchased WiiWare and Virtual Console titles. The Wii System Transfer application, a tool to move content from Wii to Wii U, will also be available. Eventually, all of these services will come to a halt in operation. Owners can still play any purchased content afterward as long as their files aren’t erased from the system. Now, an ode to the Wii.