Nintendo announced in February the closure of the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U digital stores,…
Updated August 29th: Today the time has come and Nintendo is turning off an essential function in the eShop for 3DS and Wii U. At 12:00 a.m. German time on August 30th, it will no longer be possible to redeem credit cards for the two consoles.
Since credit cards have not been used for a long time, this is the last chance to load money onto your accounts again before the eShop is completely shut down in March 2023. So if you’re still missing a digital game in your collection, you should grab it now.
original message: It’s time to say goodbye to the 3DS and Wii U consoles. Nintendo announced earlier this year that the eShop for the two consoles will soon be shut down. Now the company is open Twitter reveal more details about the shutdown. This also includes the final date on which the doors of the eShop will close.
Nintendo is stopping purchases from the 3DS and Wii U Store
When will the eShop go offline? Purchase options in the eShop for Wii U and 3DS will be switched off as of March 27, 2023. It will also no longer be possible to download free content such as demo versions of games.
Other software titles affected include the following:
- StreetPass Mii Lobby
- desEsports Extrasshop
- Nintendo badge arcade
There is also one exception. Fire Emblem Fates will be discontinued a month earlier, on February 28, 2023. However, the game’s DLC will remain available until March 27, 2023. These include, for example, the storylines that are only available after playing through Chapter 6.
Here are our recommendations for titles you should get before the closure:
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After the shutdown of the eShops, you will still have numerous Switch titles:
Use eShop credit sensibly
What do I do with my remaining credit? If you still have credit for the eShop and want to buy a game for 3DS and Wii U, you should hurry. Because from August 29, 2022 it should no longer be possible to add new credit for Wii U and 3DS games. However, you can spend your existing credit and redeem download codes until March 27, 2023.
But don’t worry: The credit can still be spent on games in the Nintendo Switch eShop. If you miss the deadline, the credit will not expire automatically.
According to Nintendo, it should still be possible to re-download software titles that have already been purchased beyond March 27, 2023. This also includes DLCs and updates for the games. Even the possibility to play online with others should be preserved.
Which 3DS and Wii U games are you hoping to pick up before the closure?