The Nintendo Wii Shop is finally back
The Nintendo Wii Shop has made a comeback after being offline for months. The Wii Shop is one of Nintendo’s most instrumental innovations. Prior to the Wii, there weren’t many online components on previous Nintendo consoles and there was certainly no such thing as an online store for players to access. The Wii Shop was unfortunately emptied in 2019, ensuring that no one could buy any more games there, but it remained active so that players could continue to download games they had previously purchased. That said, the app has been down for months on the Wii for “maintenance,” but it’s had no real explanation as to why it’s being maintained and when or if it will return at all.
Well, without any notice, Nintendo relaunched the Wii Shop earlier this week. The store’s return was noticed by GameXplain, which helped fans rejoice in the return of their purchased games. Of course, fans still can’t purchase games, so this is only a tool for those who already own their titles. Although a number of Wii games have made their way to the Wii U or Nintendo Switch, there are still many games that are only available through the Wii, including some Virtual Console games. That said, fans shouldn’t hold their breath to access it forever. Nintendo has said that the Wii Shop will one day completely disappear, taking all undownloaded games with it. While that might be disappointing, it’s unavoidable for these types of digital stores given what it takes to maintain servers and licenses for something a minority of gamers still access.
Nonetheless, we can still enjoy the Wii Shop for now and bask in its glory until Nintendo decides to officially kill it once and for all. Music from the Wii Shop has become popular on the internet, making its way into countless videos and parodies over the years. His legacy is sure to live on after his passing.
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