It’s been a heck of a ride, Wii Shop! Today marks the final day the Nintendo Wii’s digital marketplace was open before being discontinued. We’ve known the final date for some time, but it still stings that such an iconic storefront is leaving for good.
Since launching in December 2006, the vast market space featured hundreds of Virtual Console titles, some good and lots of bad WiiWare games, and Wii Channels. Back then, with the use of points, I’d spend money on as many interesting titles as I could find and to this day still hold a sweet spot for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King and Excitebike: World Rally.
I’ve had fond memories with the Wii over the years. In much simpler times, things were less hectic in my daily life and some fond memories were created during some great play sessions with friends and family.
On March 26, 2018 Nintendo ceased the option to purchase or redeem any Wii Points which was the currency used to buy gamesin the Wii Shop. Any leftover points were allowed to be used until the final date.
If anything, we got some of the best menu music in any digital space. It’s so good in fact, that there’s dozen of memes about how well the music blends into other genres: