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Nintendo killing news, weather, and other built-in Wii apps on June 28th

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Nintendo Wii Stock 1020
Nintendo Wii Stock 1020

Nintendo has announced that it will end service for several of the Wii's built-in online apps on June 28th. The list includes the News, Weather, Everybody Votes, Mii Contest, Digital Camera Print, and Nintendo channels, as well as WiiConnect24 services such as messaging and exchanging system data. Other services, including the Wii Shop, will continue.

The apps were already unavailable in the Wii U's backwards compatibility mode, and it's not a big surprise to see them go; Nintendo is understandably focused on reviving the fortunes of the newer console. However, the announcement was made by Nintendo of Japan — there's as yet no word on whether the channels will be removed elsewhere.