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Nintendo Makes It Clear that Piracy Is the Only Way to Preserve Video Game History

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:42 pm

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After more than a decade online, Nintendo will be shutting down the company’s Wii Shop Channel this Wednesday. Nintendo removed the ability to purchase in-store currency (Wii Points) last March, and starting January 30, users will no longer be able to purchase any WiiWare or Virtual Console games from the service.

On its surface, the company’s move is easy to brush aside as the natural, evolutionary demise of a service tied to an aging console. Especially given Nintendo gave customers plenty of time to spend any remaining Wii Points long before the storefront was shuttered. But the day Nintendo pulls the plug on the Wii Store Channel should be a strong warning those who care about video game preservation, and any consumer who uses a digital store: We often don't truly own products we buy digitally, and when one of these digital stores go down, piracy is often the only way to preserve its history.

As it stands, even after the store officially closes, Wii users will be able download any past titles they’ve purchased and downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel, provided they can fit them on either the Wii’s internal storage or an additional SD card. However, Nintendo said that in a yet unknown point in the future, the company will close all services relating to the Wii Shop Channel, "including the ability to redownload WiiWare and Virtual Console games, as well as the Wii System Transfer Tool, which transfers data from Wii to the Wii U system."

That means that if the games users bought from the Wii Shop Channel are not already downloaded, or if whatever storage device users put them on is destroyed, they'll lose them for good. Users could buy the games again from the Wii U's Virtual Console, and they might be able to get them from Nintendo's new subscription service on the Switch, but they'll have to pay for it.

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Postby leoleus19 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:03 pm

Piracy won't happen if they just keep on making past titles available for purchase or play. This is why I love how they port old titles as collection or bundle for Nintendo Switch.
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