The '''Wii Shop Channel''' was the place Nintendo created to buy/download official software from the internet directly to your Wii. You could download lots of different content for your Wii, this includes new channels, [[Virtual Console]] games and WiiWare. The latter two could be purchased by either buying a points card at a retail store, or by entering your credit card into the channel. On January 31, 2019, the Wii Shop Channel was shut down. The shop can still be accessed, however, only the Wii U Transfer Tool and The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword Save Data Update Channel are downloadable.
Most of the software that was in the
Shop is still on Nintendo's servers, but the software is simply hidden from plain view, unless if they were already purchased by the user.
Whenever Nintendo released an anti-homebrew update, they often updated the Wii Shop Channel and made their servers incompatible with the older version, in order to convince people to update. However, [[WiiSCU]] can work around this.