Nintendo announces end of Wii U and 3DS support on Nintendo eShop

Nintendo has announced that support for 3DS and Wii U eShops will end in 2023, although online functionality will remain for the foreseeable future.

Support for 3DS and Wii U eShops will end in 2023, nintendo announced, preventing people from adding currency to their accounts and buying new games. These changes will not affect the Nintendo Switch eShop infrastructure, and the 3DS and Wii systems will still retain online functionality for the foreseeable future.

The Nintendo 3DS only managed to sell half the units of its predecessor, but it was still an important system for a number of reasons. The Wii U’s failure to find an audience means the 3DS has supported Nintendo for years. The 3DS has hosted a number of popular Pokemon games, brought the Super Smash Bros. franchise to handhelds and brought Nintendo into the digital age in a way the DS/Wii never did. All good things come to an end, and for the 3DS/Wii U, that end was the Switch. According to Nintendo’s latest financial report, the Switch has outsold the Wii and PS1, making it one of Nintendo’s best-selling systems of all time. The meteoric momentum of the Switch left the 3DS and Wii U in the dust, and it was only a matter of time before Nintendo started closing up shop for those systems.


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Nintendo presented the schedule for the end of the 3DS/Wii U eShops in a post on the official site Nintendo of America Twitter page, which is further explained on Nintendo’s official website. 3DS/Wii U eShops will gradually lose support over the next year, preventing people from being able to purchase games (including free games) and adding currency to their accounts. The eShops will officially close at the end of March 2023, when “Nintendo eShop purchases will no longer be possible for Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

It’s worth mentioning that these systems will still have online play for the foreseeable future. Many people still use Pokemon Home to export Pokémon from the 3DS era to the other Pokemon games, so it helps to keep these services alive. The schedule set by Nintendo indicates that fans will no longer be able to add currencies to their 3DS/Wii U accounts starting May 23 and Nintendo eShop Cards will no longer be redeemable on August 29. Users can link their old accounts to their Switch. , in order to move their currency to this system. It is expected that people will still be able to redownload the games they already own, even after the eShops close.

The success of the Switch (and the fact that most of the best Wii U games have been ported to the console) means that the era of the 3DS and Wii U is coming to an end. There have been a number of rumors about the 3DS and Wii U eShops being shut down, so this announcement comes as no big surprise. Fans have just over a year to make their plans and buy the remaining games they want, before they can’t add any more money to their accounts.

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The 3DS and the Wii U Nintendo Online Store will close in March 2023.

Source: Nintendo of America/Twitternintendo

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