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Nintendo Wii Shop Channel to be shut down on January 31, 2019

Nintendo Wii Shop Channel to be shut down on January 31, 2019

Written by Brayden — 29 Sep 2017

Nintendo has announced that the Wii Shop Channel will be shut down on January 31, 2019.

You will no longer be able to add Wii Points to your account from March 27, 2018.

Purchased WiiWare and Virtual Console games will still be available to download and will also be transferable to the Nintendo Wii U via the Wii System Transfer but these will also be shut down at some point in the future.

The Wii Shop Channel is home to several Final Fantasy games.

Square Enix released the Famicom/NES (Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy III) and Super Famicom/SNES (Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI, Mystic Quest) games on the Virtual Console.

The WiiWare service also saw the first English release of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.

But the biggest loss is a pair of WiiWare exclusive titles: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord.

The two titles were quite well received with My Life as a King in particular receiving a Metascore of 80/100 on Metacritic while My Life as a Darklord received a Metascore of 73/100.

The scenarios for both games were headed by Motomu Toriyama as he worked with two of his writers in Nanako Saitoh (who is currently working on Final Fantasy Brave Exvius) for My Life as a King and Sachie Hirano (who is currently working on Final Fantasy XIV) for My Life as a Darklord.

While they also feature art by Yasuhisa Izumisawa with Toshiyuki Itahana supervising.

Hopefully this isn't the end for these two games.

Source: Gematsu