End of Nintendo eShop Wii U and 3DS sales at the end of March 2023

Nintendo will halt Wii U and 3DS Nintendo eShop sales at the end of March 2023, the company announcement.

Get Nintendo’s full statement and Q&A below.

Statement

From the end of March 2023, it will no longer be possible to make purchases in the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. It will also no longer be possible to download free content, including game demos. In addition, as that date approaches, related services will stop working:

  • As of May 23, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use a credit card to add funds to an account in Nintendo eShop on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems.
  • As of August 29, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use a Nintendo eShop Card to add funds to an account in Nintendo eShop on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems. However, it will still be possible to redeem the download codes until the end of March 2023.

Users who link their Nintendo Network ID Wallet (used with Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family of systems) to their Nintendo Account Wallet (used with Nintendo Switch family of systems) can use the shared balance to purchase content on any of these consoles until the end of March 2023. After that, the balance can only be used to purchase content for the Nintendo Switch family of consoles.

No changes are planned for the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch family of consoles.

Changes to Nintendo eShop on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will take effect simultaneously in the software on these platforms where purchases are possible, such as StreetPass Mii Plaza, Theme Shop and Nintendo Badge Arcade.

Even after the end of March 2023, and for the foreseeable future, it will still be possible to redownload games and downloadable content, receive software updates, and play online on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Thank you for supporting Nintendo eShop on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. While we hope you continue to enjoy using these systems, we have taken the opportunity to prepare a website where you can look back on your time with them via various game statistics. Please visit https://my -nintendo-3ds-wiiu-memories.nintendo.com/.

FAQs

Why does this happen?

This is part of the natural life cycle of any product line, as it becomes less used by consumers over time.

Why are you announcing this now?

We are providing this notice more than a year before the end of purchases so that users have enough time to prepare.

Will other services or functions of the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family of systems be discontinued, such as online play?

No further changes are planned at this time.

How long will it still be possible to redownload previously purchased content from Nintendo eShop for Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems? How long will these systems still support online play?

For the foreseeable future, it will still be possible to redownload games and downloadable content, receive software updates, and play online on the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

There are still Nintendo eShop cards at retailers that display the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS logos. What will happen to them?

  • These cards will continue to be sold at retail while supplies last.
  • All Nintendo eShop Cards can be used to add funds to a Nintendo Account balance for use on Nintendo Switch.
  • This can be done via Nintendo eShop on the system itself.

Once it is no longer possible to purchase software from the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, many classic games for previous platforms will no longer be available for purchase. anywhere. Are you going to make classic games available to own in another way? If not, then why? Doesn’t Nintendo have an obligation to preserve its classic games by continually making them available for purchase?

  • In our Nintendo Switch Online subscription plans, over 130 classic games are currently available in growing libraries for various legacy systems. Games are often enriched with new features such as online play.
  • We believe this is an effective way to make classic content easily accessible to a wide range of players. In these libraries, new and long-time gamers can not only find games they remember or have heard of, but also other fun games they might not have thought to look up otherwise.
  • We currently have no plans to offer classic content in any other way.

If someone visits the Nintendo eShop and wants to download something for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems after the end of March 2023, what can they do?

  • On both platforms, users will still be able to:
    • Redownload content they own.
    • Download existing software updates.
  • On both platforms, users will not be able to:
    • Buy any content:
      • On Nintendo 3DS, this includes paid content, games and passes in software such as StreetPass Mii Plaza, Theme Shop, Nintendo Badge Arcade and Pokémon Bank.
      • On Wii U, this includes passes in software such as Wii Sports Club.
    • Download demos.
    • Download free software.
    • Redeem a download code.
    • Add funds to their Nintendo eShop balance.
  • On Nintendo 3DS family systems, users will still be able to:
    • Download a small number of free themes from Theme Shop.

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