They have to leave shop channel open.
-To sell games; all Wiiware & VC is also compatable with the Wii U in Wii mode.
-It is home to important software fixes, like the Skyward Sword save file fixer.
-It is the only way to get the Netflix, Youtube, Hulu+ or Amazon Instant video streaming apps.
that still doesnt answer my question they dont have to leave it open, they can shut it down if they want. Does the Wii U not have the entire WiiWare and VC library on its network? And if they dont how does one transfer their games from Wii to Wii U? is it on a flash drive, what about data that is not transferable to that? Im asking cause i really dont know.
Is the SS update really on the store? I have the game but i never reached the part where it became an issue. Fair enough on the apps, but wouldnt most people have that stuff by now? Wouldnt they just use it on another device?
Sure they could shut it down if they wanted, Nintendo could also stop making video games if they wanted. The thing is, even though sales on the Wii Shop Channel are surely no more then a trickle at this point, they are still moving. That new game Retro City Rampage just released for WiiWare and moved a few thousand copies, I think that alone shows that people are still willing to use the service.
I'm not sure about the overlap between VC games that are available on both Wii & Wii U, but I'm almost positive the Wii still has many more games available. I think WiiWare is only available on Wii (or in Wii mode on a Wii U), meaning the Wii Shop Channle is the only place to get the few gems on the service.
The apps, yes people who will use them already have them, mostly, but if the Wii's memory needs to be reformated or if the channel becomes corrupted you need the Shop Channel to redownload it. The Wii is actually a great little video streaming device for smaller TV's & shouldn't be tossed just because it's old.