PSA: There are a few days left to buy 3DS and Wii U games on the eShop with a credit card
Everything that has a beginning has an end, and the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop sunset is about to begin. As announced by Nintendo in mid-February, the eShops of these consoles will close at the end of March 2023. Although they are still almost a year old, the closure of these stores will be gradual, and the first of the changes announced by the Kyoto-company will take place in A few days.
The First Steps to Nintendo eShop Discontinuation on 3DS and Wii U
As Nintendo announced at the time, on Monday, May 23, 2023, users of these console families will no longer be able to purchase titles with their credit card. Starting that day, users will need to make separate purchases and redeem Nintendo eShop physical cards to add funds to their account and be able to purchase games as well as DLC.
This method of card purchase will continue until August 29, 2022. After this date, it will no longer be possible to use eShop cards to add funds. Credit stored on accounts will be available until March 2023, when New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 2DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, Wii U Deluxe and Wii U users Basic (all models of both console families) will no longer be able to make purchases in Nintendo eShop.
What will happen to content already purchased on 3DS and Wii U?
It will be possible to continue downloading games, demos and DLC previously purchased on Wii U and 3DS. All previously purchased content, as well as updates, can continue to be downloaded as normal after March 2023.
The closure of the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops will also mark the end of the Virtual Console service system, which first appeared on the Wii. With this shutdown, you will lose access to a number of retro titles, which are so far not available on current Nintendo Switch services. In addition, a large catalog of games will also become inaccessible, as well as digital exclusive titles on both consoles.
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