It's been a little over 6 years since Nintendo released the Wii gaming console upon the world, selling over 100 million units in that time.
However, with the introduction of the Wii U, how they connect their customers with the internet and each other has changed. Because of this, they are reportedly cutting ties with a few of the channels that were staples of the original console’s UI.
According to BitGamer, the channels included in the shutdown are the Nintendo Channel, the Forecast Channel, the Mii Contest Channel, the News Channel, Everybody Votes, and the message boards. All data exchanged through WiiConnect 24 will be shut down as well. How this will affect games that make use of that data remains to be seen.
Here is what Nintendo had to say about the changes, ‘We at Nintendo sincerely thank you for your continued patronage of our company’s products. We apologize to those of you currently using these services, and ask for your understanding.’
Expect these changes to take place June 2013.