The Nintendo eShop will stop on 3DS and Wii U from March 2023
The Nintendo eShop was originally launched the same year as the Nintendo 3DS in 2011. The eShop was the successor to the Wii Shop Channel and the DSi Shop, which have since been discontinued. Unfortunately, the Nintendo eShop will follow in their footsteps, at least for the 3DS and Wii U consoles. From March 2023, the Nintendo eShop will be closed for the 3DS and Wii U. Consoles that will be affected include Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, New Nintendo 2DS XL, Wii U Basic and Wii U Deluxe. The eShop shutdown on 3DS and Wii U does not affect Nintendo Switch players. The Switch eShop will continue to operate as normal.
What does this mean for 3DS and Wii U gamers? Without the eShop, you will no longer be able to make purchases through this service. In addition to games, you will also not be able to download free content, including game demos. It also affects passes, such as those in software like Wii Sports Club. You will also no longer be able to make purchases on platforms such as StreetPass Mii Plaza, Theme Shop, and Nintendo Badge Arcade.
From the end of March 2023, it will no longer be possible to make purchases from the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
More info: https://t.co/uGoxCcDZ70
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 16, 2022
The eShop for the 3DS and Wii U will officially close at the end of March 2023. However, it is important to know that before this date, some services will close before this date. From May 23, 2022, you will no longer be able to use a credit card to add funds to an account in the eShop on 3DS or Wii U consoles. From August 29, 2022, you will also not be able to use a Nintendo eShop Card to add funds to an account in the eShop on 3DS and Wii U consoles. However, you will still be able to redeem download codes until March 2023. Additionally, users who have linked their Nintendo eShop wallet Nintendo Network ID to their Nintendo Account Wallet can use the Shared Balance to make purchases on the 3DS and Wii U until March 2023. After that, purchases can only be made for the Nintendo Switch.
The announcement of the Nintendo eShop closing for the 3DS and Wii U isn’t too much of a surprise, as both families of consoles have been discontinued. The production of the Wii U ended in 2017 and that of the 3DS consoles in 2020. It’s always sad when a console reaches the end of its life, with the end of its services. However, even if the eShop closes, this does not mean the end of support for the 3DS and Wii U. You will still be able to redownload previously purchased games and DLCs, consoles will still receive software updates, and you will still be able to play . online games. Additionally, Nintendo has created a website featuring various 3DS and Wii U gameplay stats for nostalgic gamers.