The Nintendo Spain account via Twitter has released an update on the termination of the Nintendo eShop service for Wii U and the hardware of the Nintendo 3DS family. In less than a year it will no longer be possible to buy games and DLC on consoles.
With a notice about the end of Nintendo eShop purchases on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, nintendo spain in Twitter says goodbye to the eShop of both consoles.
For example, funds cannot be added to any hardware after August 29, 2022. And purchases cannot be made after March 27, 2023, the time set for the closure since last February.
through the nintendo official website More information on this has been provided. As well as a new round of frequently asked questions with their personalized answers.
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“From the end of March 2023, it will no longer be possible to purchase from Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. You will also not be able to download free content, including trial versions“says the company.
“In addition, and as the date approaches, the functionality of certain related services will cease.“, which we leave you detailed right here:
As of August 29, 2022, it will not be possible to use a Nintendo eShop Card to add funds to a Nintendo eShop account on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS. However, it will still be possible to redeem download codes until the end of March 2023.
Those who link funds from their Nintendo Network ID (on Wii U and 3DS) with the funds associated with your Nintendo Account (in the Switch eShop) can use the shared funds to purchase content on any of these consoles until the end of March 2023.
After that date, funds can only be used to purchase Nintendo Switch content. “No Changes Planned for Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch“, they assure.
The changes in Nintendo eShop for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will take effect simultaneously on titles on both consoles that allow purchases; as the StreetPass Mii Plazathe theme store and nintendo badge arcade.
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“From March 2023 onwards, it will still be possible to re-download games and downloadable content, receive software updates, and enjoy online play on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems.“.
Of course, after that date they do not guarantee what may happen, but from then on whoever does not have those games purchased will no longer be able to enjoy them in their Wii and/or 3DS consoles.
“Thank you for supporting Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. We hope you continue to enjoy these consoles. In the meantime, we have taken this opportunity to prepare a web page where you can remember your best moments with these consoles through various statistics“.
You just have to visit this link for it, but this closure will mean the permanent loss of more than 1000 games. Something for which an organization for the preservation of video games criticizes Nintendo.
In the questions and answers section there are some dedicated to trying to resolve all possible doubts.
“Until when will it be possible to re-download previously purchased content from Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS? How long will these consoles support online play?“
- For the foreseeable future, it will continue to be possible to re-download games and downloadable content, receive software updates, and enjoy online play on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems.
“If I visit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS after the end of March 2023, what will I be able to do?“.
To which Nintendo responds that users of both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS consoles will still be able to:
- Re-download content they already own.
- Download existing program updates.
As an additional detail, the sale of the Fire Emblem Fates game will end a month earlier, on February 28, 2023.
Its additional content, including story branches accessible after finishing Chapter 6, will continue to be available until March 27, 2023.
Users of both consoles will no longer be able to:
- Purchasing any content, on 3DS, this includes paid content, games, and passes in programs such as the StreetPass Mii Plaza, the Theme Shop, Nintendo Badge Arcade and Pokemon Bank.
- On Wii U consoles, this includes passes on programs like Wii Sports Club.
- Download trial versions;
- Download games that allowed you to start playing for free;
- Redeem download codes;
- Add funds to your Nintendo eShop balance.
In the nintendo 3ds consolesusers will still be able to:
- Download a small number of free themes in the theme store.
Although good, all Pokémon Bank services will become free from March 2023.
These are the last months of his life Nintendo eShop on 3DS and Wii U.