If you still have Wii Shop points, spend 'em while you can. On January 30, it will no longer function.

Along with this any video-on-demand services will stop functioning on the Wii.

This brings up a topic we've discussed a lot on the Cheerful Ghost Roundtable, and now on Cheerful Ghost Radio. When will digital games be preferable to physical? For me, it's when I can have some guarantee that I can come back 20 years later and play these games.

Nintendo has gotten much better about their online services in recent years but they still aren't quite as straight-forward as their competitors were even last generation. But that said, we don't know when Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo will shut down the ability to download old games, or even our beloved Steam (praise Gaben) may go under at some point.

I don't know what the ultimate answer is for this. It's easier with PC-- with enough bandwidth, hard drive space, and redundancy you could keep playing PC games forever. It isn't so easy with consoles due to how they have different methods of DRM and storage access.

I had a lot of fun with the Wii Shop and some crazy games I wouldn't have played without it, and it's sad to see it go.