Nintendo has announced the closure of digital stores for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. This means that games on both consoles will allow you to buy.
From May 23, 2022, the option to add funds to our eShop account will be removed from these two consoles using a credit card, and on August 29, 2022, you will also be able to cancel Nintendo eShop Cards to add. funds in our account. However, we can continue to purchase games and add balance to our Nintendo Network account through Nintendo Switch.
The permanent closure of the stores will however take place in March 2023: from this date, you will no longer be able to purchase any titles in the digital store, and will also eliminate the possibility of canceling promotional download codes. Also, you won’t be able to download demos or free games.
Nintendo says the closure of the two stores is “part of the natural life cycle of any product line”, and assures that, at least in the near future, it does not plan to eliminate the possibility of users downloading the games that they have already bought.
The closure of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U digital stores will eliminate the sale of hundreds of titles that cannot be obtained any other way (or which can be obtained but may fetch higher prices in the hands of speculators). It’s particularly tragic in the case of the Nintendo 3DS, whose vast catalog of exclusives proves inaccessible to anyone who hasn’t obtained them before.
Nintendo itself seems to have foreseen the controversy and resentment that this decision will generate among users, since it added a section on the questions and answers page regarding the closure of stores, which was later removed.
Want proof that Nintendo won’t take responsibility for keeping games in print? This is the NOW DELETED question and answer from their own FAQ. The answer to whether it’s their obligation to keep games available is “we sell old stuff on Switch so that’s fine.” pic.twitter.com/x2sB7evtIx
– Frank Cifaldi (unlicensed).nes (@frankcifaldi) February 16, 2022
The question was: “Once it is no longer possible to purchase software from Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, there will be many classic games on past platforms that you cannot purchase anywhere. somewhere else. Would they be available in another way? No, why? Doesn’t Nintendo have an obligation to preserve its classic games by making them available for purchase?” Nintendo answered the question by confirming that the Nintendo Switch has the Nintendo Switch Online catalog, with approximately 130 games available, and confirming that it no longer intends to keep these titles.