One of the non-gaming features of the Nintendo Wii that was often crowed around years ago is the selection of channels available from the console's menu that would allow players to use the Wii remote to read news, check the weather, vote on poll questions, and interact with the community. Now that Nintendo is focusing on the Wii U has its flagship console, the company has turned off the News, Forecast, Everybody Votes, Nintendo, and Check Mii Out Channels for the original Wii. Attempting to access them now displays an error message stating that the service in question has ended and thanks users for their participation. Circle of life and all that. Coffee With Games has more information.
While we used the Forecast Channel, Everybody Votes Channel, Check Mii Out Channel, and News Channel, none of them were used anywhere near as much as the Nintendo Channel in our house, and some of them hadn't been used regularly in years. The Nintendo Channel was by far my favorite Wii Channel and not just because of the data, but also because Nintendo started things like Nintendo Week on it and it provided a good way to watch trailers of new games coming out as well.
These channels were the product of an odd era when Nintendo knew that people wanted more from their devices, but missed how new technology was about to change the ways that we consume information. It's been years since I used any of the Wii channels now that news and weather data is more readily available via my iPhone. Everybody Votes was a neat novelty that grew stale quickly and I've never been much of a fan of customizing multiple Miis. The Nintendo Channel was worthwhile when it offered downloadable Nintendo DS demos, but those were few and far between even when the service was at its peak. I can't say I'll miss the channels, but it's always sad when functionality is removed from a device.