Nintendo to shutter Netflix, other streaming services on the Wii in January

The shutdown will come alongside the closure of the Wii Shop Channel

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Netflix on the Nintendo Wii is drawing near to its end.

According to the streaming company, Nintendo will “suspend” Netflix and other streaming services on the Wii after January 31st, 2019.

The shutdown will come alongside the end of the Wii Shop Channel. The Japanese gaming company will close it at the end of January as well.

Netflix sent out emails to customers and posted a notice on its website regarding the impending shutdown of its service on the 2006-era console.

If you still use the Wii for Netflix, the company also has a list of alternatives for you. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t have any solutions if you wanted to keep using your Wii. Instead, it hopes Wii users will “soon enjoy an even better Netflix experience with additional features on a supported device.”

Ultimately, if you’re retiring your Wii and looking for a new Netflix streaming device, you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Netflix is widely available now, and if your TV doesn’t have built-in support, you can get a streaming device for cheap.

It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a replacement Netflix streaming device. The hardest part will be retiring your Wii.

However, some video apps like YouTube are making their way to the Switch. Hopefully Nintendo will allow Netflix on the platform soon as well.

Source: Netflix, Reddit Via: Engadget