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No more Netflix on Wii: Nintendo to end streaming on console in January

And it ran Wii, Wii, Wii, Wii all the way home.

Wii system

Some people still use their Wii to stream Netflix or Hulu on their TV.

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Nintendo just put another nail in the Wii coffin. Nintendo is shutting down all video streaming services for the console at the end of January, according to Netflix

Netflix's website lists Jan. 30 as the day support will end, with a representative confirming that date to CNET despite a previously reported customer service email posted to Reddit listing Jan. 31. The announcement on Netflix's website states:

"Unfortunately, Nintendo will suspend all video streaming services on Wii - including the Netflix Channel - after January 30, 2019 "

It looks like Nintendo is likely shutting down other streaming services for the Wii -- like Hulu and Amazon Video -- as well.

The Wii was a smash-hit in its heyday, selling over 101 million units. Although it's 12 years old, it's probably still floating around in plenty of homes -- and its ability to stream Netflix or Hulu has kept it relevant. 

My old Wii is still plugged in at my parents' house as a dedicated Netflix machine. But once Nintendo takes away streaming, it may be time to retire my Wii forever.

Nintendo will still let you stream video on your Wii U, 3DS or Switch. Netflix isn't on the Switch yet, but you can use YouTube or Hulu instead.

Nintendo didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

First published Nov. 12, 2018, at 9:29 a.m. PT.
Update 11:33 a.m. PT: Adds Netflix's confirmation that the end of the streaming will be on Jan. 30.

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