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Nintendo To Cancel Weather, News, and Other Built-In Wii Apps In June 175

damn_registrars writes "Nintendo has announced that at the end of June it will be canceling the services of several of the channels that are built in to the original Wii, including the Weather, News, Everybody Votes, and Mii Contest. This will also affect the WiiConnect24 services, though should not affect the Wii shopping channel. They added: 'Exchange of Wii messages on the Wii Message Board, exchange of Mii characters on the Mii Channel and message/data exchange within some games will be disabled.'"
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Nintendo To Cancel Weather, News, and Other Built-In Wii Apps In June

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  • #dealwithit (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 12, 2013 @01:03PM (#43433493)

    this is the future of gaming if the publishers get their way.

  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Friday April 12, 2013 @01:06PM (#43433523)

    i had a wii years ago and after setting these up out f curiosity i never used these services
    the GUI for anything but gaming is pretty limited by the controller

  • Translation ... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Friday April 12, 2013 @01:07PM (#43433541) Homepage

    Since nobody actually uses these things, we're turning them off.

    Back when I had a Wii, in order to get these network services, you essentially had to set the device to never turn off. And that was something I deemed as pointless and a waste of power.

    And, really, who needs to get the weather and news on the Wii?

    But, somehow everybody seems to keep acting as if the game console is going to become your internet hub.

  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Friday April 12, 2013 @01:27PM (#43433763) Homepage

    Or, you know, people could still use it to, oh let's see ... play games?

    I doubt that the networking features are the most used aspects of these consoles.

  • by green1 ( 322787 ) on Friday April 12, 2013 @01:32PM (#43433807)

    I see various posts on here talking about how nobody used those features, or how this is normal EOL, or even berating Nintendo for doing this. But this is not an issue specific to the Wii, Nintendo, or even to consoles in general. This is the future of cloud based computing combined with locked down devices.

    As long as we allow the manufacturers of devices (whether it be a gaming console, a tablet, a phone, or even a desktop PC) to control what software we run and what services we connect to, we do not own the device. The manufacturer does, and they can (and have repeatedly proven they will) remove features at their whim.

    Unfortunately people haven't learned from the many, many examples in the past, and they keep lining up to thrown money at companies who are actively hostile toward their user base. Until that stops, nothing will change.

    If you want ANY feature on a device, you better be sure that you have enough control of the device, and of the service supporting it, that the manufacturer can't remove it, because if they can, they will. It's only a question of when.

  • by neurojab ( 15737 ) on Friday April 12, 2013 @01:55PM (#43434043)

    Outdated? You could still buy a new Wii through normal retail channels in 2012 (maybe you still can). Less than a year of support is the standard now? That's shameful. Not that I know anyone who uses a wii for news and weather, but still.

  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Friday April 12, 2013 @01:57PM (#43434059) Homepage

    None the less your point is an antiquated view of the current state and direction of consoles

    Not antiquated, just different from yours.

    I won't connect a game console to the internet, because that brings absolutely no benefit to me that I've been able to discover.

    The XBox and EA have shown me the future of network connected gaming consoles, and it involves advertisements and DRM.

    I don't play any on-line games because I don't want to, because I have no need to have my ass handed to me by a 9 year old, and because I only game a little.

    You can feel free to provide an advertising platform, an opportunity to monetize all aspects of game play, and have EA tell you how and when you can use your video game, not to mention the trove of personal information they probably tie to your online account.

    But they've already demonstrated that networking quickly turns into a negative feature. I'm not paying full price for a game and paying for my internet connection so they can put ads into the game console. I value my privacy and peace a little more than that. MS and EA already showed me that it's all about them and maximizing revenues, not giving me the best gaming experience.

    In fact, I don't believe a single one of my friends has their XBox of PS3 connected to their network. Either because they've got modded consoles, don't want to see ads, or don't play games online.

  • by neminem ( 561346 ) <neminem AT gmail DOT com> on Friday April 12, 2013 @02:35PM (#43434467) Homepage

    It's only a problem with software that doesn't live in your butt [] if that software requires you to phone in, or has an auto-update feature that you can't disable. Otherwise, while sure you might not have complete control over its behavior, you *can* at least guarantee that it will always have the *same* behavior... why I don't like software that silently auto-updates, instead of at least prompting.

Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people. -- F.M. Hubbard