Nintendo is closing the 3DS and Wii U eShops next year
Nintendo announced that they will close the 3DS and Wii U eShops in late February 2023. Although the announcement was expected for some time, Nintendo has confirmed that they will not “offer classic material in other ways,” a massive blow to games preservation.
Nintendo announced several details, which confirmed that there would be a gradual reduction in the number of games they sell. First, customers won’t purchase any games using their credit cards after May 23, 2022, or with eShop Cards after August 29, 2022. You can add funds to your account through the official Nintendo site.
Nintendo is closing the 3DS/Wii U eShops Next Year.
Players will still download previously purchased 3DS or Wii U games until March 2023. Nintendo claims that certain games can still be accessed online for a time, but it’s unclear how long.
The 3DS was released in February 2011 and the Wii U on November 18, 2012. Although neither was the first success Nintendo had hoped for, both were eventually a considerable success. Unfortunately, this is not true for the Wii U. It was one of the most popular consoles in Nintendo’s history.
Now is the best time to buy 3DS or Wii U games or Virtual Console titles for retro gaming. We will keep you informed about the closing of these shops and any modifications.