Any owners of Nintendo’s Wii console who still have their system connected to the internet received a Wii Message Board notification from Nintendo recently, urging them to purchase their latest console, the Wii U. Nintendo has been concerned that there is some confusion in the marketplace: They believe, according to their latest investor conference call, that some are confused as to what the Wii U is, that it’s merely an upgrade to the Wii, and not a whole new system. This attitude is reflected in their latest advertising campaign in North America, which shows real families playing the Wii U. The ads go to great length to explain that this is a new system, and it has many new, desirable features such as the Wii U Gamepad.
Wii Message Board notifications from Nintendo have been used in the past to alert users to system firmware updates or new channels available to download from the Wii Shop Channel. They have, to my personal recollection, never been used to advertise new products for purchase.
The original Nintendo Wii is losing several features this June. Specifically, all channels requiring network connectivity except the Wii Shop Channel will stop working, and any titles using features that rely on WiiConnect24, such as Elebits or Metroid Prime Trilogy, will see those features cease to function. The Wii Message Board also uses WiiConnect24, which means users will receive no more messages, except for daily play notifications.