The Nintendo Wii was a revolutionary console when it launched on November 19th, 2006. Aside from introducing motion control to home consoles, the Wii also included the Virtual Console, accessible via the system's Wii Shop Channel. After 12 years, the Wii Shop Channel is closing, along with access to the video-on-demand services like Netflix and Hulu on the console. Nintendo reminds everyone with any leftover Wii Points to use them before January 30th. Also, if you have any games you want to re-download in the shop, do so before that date.
The Wii Shop Channel was known for its charming music (it lives on in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) and the Virtual Console. The VC was monumental at the time because it was the first service to allow players to download retro Nintendo games. If you wanted to play Super Mario 64 or Pokémon Snap, but did not have a Nintendo 64, you could download them on Wii. It's a great concept that lives on in the Wii U and 3DS. The Wii Shop Channel also enabled players to download various channels for the Wii console, such as the Internet Channel and Everybody Votes Channel. Many players probably have fond memories watching videos on the Nintendo Channel.
Although some may have criticized the Wii for focusing more on the casual audience over the core gamer, the console nonetheless proved to be one of Nintendo's biggest successes. According to the company's sales data as of September 2018, the Wii has sold 101.63 million units. That's almost as much as the combined sales for the SNES, Nintendo 64, and GameCube. The Wii was the hot item in late 2006, selling out everywhere. Motion control was a new thing for home consoles, and it was something the Wii mostly excelled at. Nintendo's competitors would later attempt to emulate Nintendo's success with their own versions of motion control, but to far less success.
The Wii was home to a number of notable games. Two Wii titles are in Metacritic's top 10 highest rated games of all time. These two games are of course Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. We also got The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Kirby's Return to Dreamland. Super Smash Bros. Brawl also released and brought all the big Nintendo franchises together in a story-based adventure. Mario Kart Wii launched on the platform as well, and it is the highest selling racing game of all time, according to Guinness World Records.
With the Wii Shop Channel coming to a close, it appears the Wii will officially be looked at as a "classic" console in the near future. Love or hate it, one thing can't be denied: the Wii was a very important console throughout its run.