Nintendo dates the closure of the eShop on 3DS and Wii U

This is the great fatality of the digital age: Nintendo has just formalized the upcoming closure of theeShop on its old consoles Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. There is only a little over a year and a few days left for players to do their last shopping and downloading on the online store of these two platforms.

It is therefore at the end of March 2023 (without further details) that the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops will close their doors. From this period, it will no longer be possible to buy games, DLC and any other type of content on these dematerialized showcases. Demos, games and software in free-to-play and free themes will also no longer be available for download, similarly for paid content from apps like Pokémon BankNintendo Badge Arcade or Mii StreetPass.

Closing in 2023 for 3DS and Wii U consoles

This closure will take place in several stages, and the first stage will begin this summer: it will no longer be possible to supply your wallet on both consoles with Nintendo eShop prepaid cards from August 29th. However, this will not apply to game codes, which can still be registered until the stores are finally closed. It will also (and fortunately) always be possible to redownload previously purchased content on its consoles, as well as download the various updates.

Obviously, this closure will not concern the Nintendo Switch eShop, which will logically always remain open. However, this is sad news for those who still wanted to get a few more years of service from their 3DS and Wii U consoles, but also for activists in favor of the preservation of video games.

The advent of all-digital thus imposes an invisible countdown on these games and other types of content, access to which is dictated by the opening of dedicated servers, dependent on the goodwill of manufacturers for whom the problems of profitability have more importance than those of archiving and maintaining their historical catalogue.

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