Nintendo highlighted its decision to shut down the Wii U and 3DS eShops when it announced the time when gamers would no longer be able to use them.
While the Wii U may not be remembered as the best console Nintendo has ever made, and the company itself has even acknowledged the mistakes they made, there are still plenty of gamers using the system. this machine. The 3DS, too, is still loved by many Nintendo fans as it features some interesting and rare exclusive titles for the platform. However, games for both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are about to become a lot rarer as Nintendo has announced the time when they will be shutting down the eShops of older consoles.
Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that it was preparing to shut down the Wii U and 3DS eShops, making tons of digital titles no longer accessible on those platforms. Unsurprisingly, this decision has not been popular with the majority of fans, as it seems Nintendo is against the preservation of video games. Despite fan feedback, Nintendo hasn’t budged or wavered about this controversial decision, and recently even let the community know the date when it won’t be able to access eShops for the 3DS and Wii U.
March 27, 2023 will be the last day of operation for the Wii U and 3DS eShops, and from that date on, gamers will no longer be able to download their favorite titles from those platforms. For those who are considering buying physical game discs for Wii U and 3DS games, the prices of those titles will likely increase significantly after this date. This decision has been announced since February, but it still marks a sad day for owners of Wii U and 3DS.
Several measures have been put in place by Nintendo to prevent users from accessing the eShop. In May, players can no longer top up via credit or debit cards in eShops. As of August 29, 2022, gamers will not be able to fully fund their accounts on Wii U or 3DS in preparation for purchases to cease altogether. This decision by Nintendo has caused countless fans to demand that the Virtual Console, which has many Nintendo titles, must be brought to the Nintendo Switch.
This isn’t the first time Nintendo has shut down the eShop of one of their older consoles. In March, the Wii Shopping Channel and DSi Shop also randomly stopped working. Nintendo did not explain at the time whether this was a temporary operation closed for maintenance or a permanent termination. As for the Wii U and 3DS eShops, there’s no mistake and they’re already gearing up for store closures.
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