June 2013 will mark the end of an era, as Nintendo prepares to shut down some of the original Wii channels and network services. The reason is what you might expect: they're not actually very popular.
Come June 28, numerous Wii channels and services will be discontinued due to "very low participation rate." The list of apps we'll be saying "goodbye" to are:
- Forecast Channel
- News Channel
- Everybody Votes Channel
- Nintendo Channel
- Check Mii Out Channel
- Data exchange between Wii friends on WiiConnect24
If you still use any of those services, then you're apparently a small minority.
In terms of messaging via Wii, the Wii Message Board, Mii exchanges through Mii channel, and other exchanges of messages/data through some games will also come to an end in June.
On the bright side, Nintendo states that they'll be focusing on an "even higher level of service" for the Wii U:
"We apologize to those of you currently using these services, and ask for your understanding. In order to focus on the development of an even higher level of service for Wii U and other products, a portion of the network services offered through the Wii console will be discontinued."