Nintendo has announced that it will close the Digital Wii U and Nintendo 3DS stores. This means that the games of both consoles will cease to be able to be purchased.
As of May 23, 2022, the option of adding funds to our ESHOP account of these two consoles will be eliminated using credit card, and on August 29, 2022, will stop being able to extend, also, Nintendo Eshop cards to add funds to our account. However, we can continue buying games if you add balance to our Nintendo Network account through Nintendo Switch.
The definitive closing of the stores, however, will take place in March 2023: from this date it will be possible to buy any title in the digital store, and the possibility of redeeming promotional download codes will also be eliminated. In addition, we can not download gifts or free-to-play games.
Nintendo affirms that the closure of both stores is “part of the natural life cycle of any product line”, and ensures that, at least during the near future, it does not plan to eliminate the possibility that users download the games they already had purchased
The closure of the digital stores of Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U will remove hundreds of titles from the sale that can not be obtained from any other (or that can be obtained, but they reach high prices in the hands of speculators). It is especially tragic in the case of Nintendo 3DS, whose broad catalog of exclusive becomes inaccessible for anyone who would not have previously obtained them.
Nintendo itself seemed to have foreseen the controversy and rejection that this decision would generate in the users, since it had added a segment in this regard on the page of questions and answers regarding the closing of the stores, which has later eliminated.
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The question prayed: “Once it is not possible to buy software at the Nintendo Eshop of Wii U and in Nintendo 3DS, there will be many classic games of past platforms that can not be purchased anywhere. Do you have to be available differently? No, why? Do not you have a nintending the obligation to preserve your classic games making them available for the purchase? ” Nintendo Dodge The question stating that the Nintendo Switch has the Nintendo Switch online catalog, with around 130 games available on it, and confirming that they have no more plans to preserve these titles.