Who composed the music for the Wii Shop Channel

Wii Shop Channel

Main view after setting the purchase option
Main view before setting

The Wii Shop Channel is a game download channel and channels for the Wii. The channel launched simultaneously worldwide on December 10, 2006 and is also available in Wii mode on the Wii U. At the end of September 2017, Nintendo announced the closure of the Wii Shop Channel in 2019.[1] As of January 31, 2019, it is no longer possible to purchase new software. Software that has already been downloaded can still be downloaded.


In the Wii Shop Channel, both old classics for older systems ("Virtual Console"), such as Super Mario 64, as well as unique games that were only available in the Wii Shop (known as "WiiWare") could be downloaded. Additional channels such as YouTube, the opinion channel and the photo channel 1.1 update were also available. The credit could be topped up until March 26, 2018 with a Nintendo Wii Points Card (later Nintendo eShop Card) or a credit card (VISA and MasterCard), whereby € 1 was equivalent to 100 Wii Points. Content can also be downloaded directly to an SD card. New games were always added on Fridays, and no new content has been put online since 2012.


The development process of the Wii Shop Channel started very early, as this was Nintendo's first real attempt at digital distribution of games. Originally, the development team involved in the Wii Menu was supposed to design the Wii Shop Channel, but they were already too busy with the Wii Menu. Shigeru Miyamoto ultimately selected Haruhana from Nintendo EAD as designer, as none of the other projects could be dispensed with. The director Mizuki looked at numerous shop websites for the design, but they were all too crowded for him, so he commissioned a simpler design. Developing the design proved difficult as the data first had to be sent to the US, where it was then uploaded to the servers. Due to the time difference, the new design was usually only visible the next day.

The Wii Points were developed because Nintendo had problems with the legal situation in the different countries. In addition, many rating symbols and legal notices had to be studied and incorporated, ultimately the goal was to be able to read everything on a 15-inch monitor without any problems.

The demo version was still operated with the GameCube controller; the switch to the Wii Remote proved difficult for the development team. The background music was composed by Totaka (incorrectly written as "Totake" in the interview) and was added because music is playing in a shop and the users should feel like they are in a real shop. In order to increase the fun factor, an animation was added when downloading, in which Mario hits a block after 33% and hits the last block several times from 99% to 100%, a collected coin also stands for 1%.

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Action liaison assistant

The main menu of the "Connection Helper Action" in the Wii Shop Channel

In 2009, the "action connection helpers" started, in which Wii users were rewarded for helping other players to set up an Internet connection. To do this, both had to register their Wii Code in the Wii Shop Channel, whereby the person to be helped was not allowed to be online for longer than 30 days. Both received 500 Wii points each. If 10 people were helped, gold status was awarded and all NES Virtual Console games were received for free. Platinum status was awarded to 20 people and all NES, SNES and N64 VC games were received for free.

The liaison helper campaign ended on November 22, 2012.[2]


On September 29, 2017, Nintendo announced the closure of the Wii Shop Channel.[1] The exact schedule is:

  • March 26, 2018 at 10:00 p.m .: No more points can be added
  • January 31, 2019 at 7:00 am: You can no longer buy new software (including free software)
  • 2019: Complete closure, including deactivation of the software re-download function (further details to be announced)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword saved data update channel and the Wii U transfer software can no longer be used. The two (or three channels) are still available for download, even for customers who have never downloaded them. Wii download tickets are still redeemable.

As of 2020, the Wii Shop Channel is still online.


Active download - one coin stands for one percent, each jumped block for 33%
  • The current main view after the purchase options have been discontinued is the same design that was used when the Wii Shop Channel was started (minus the points button)[3]
  • In mid-March 2017, there was a bug where the channel's language would change after every click on a different page - including Spanish, English (US), Dutch and Japanese. Links also no longer led to their correct pages, but pointed to completely different ones.[4]
  • If Fire Mario is displayed on the download screen, "A" can be used to shoot fireballs
  • The animation in which Mario and Luigi swim is very rare, but according to Mizuki, this is not very well known
  • There are a total of six animations:
  1. Mario
  2. Luigi
  3. Fire mario
  4. Fire Luigi
  5. Super Star Mario is running through Kugelwillis
  6. Mario and Luigi are swimming
  • There used to be "warp zones" in the European version, which were visible after clicking on a smiley face. These were articles that provided some interesting background information on Virtual Console titles.[5]




Wii Shop Channel of iCONWii

This song plays on the Wii Shop Channel.

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