Here’s when the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops will close
Nintendo has given specific dates for the closure of the 3DS and Wii U eShops.
As revealed earlier today on July 19, the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop will permanently shut down next year on March 27, 2023. Nintendo originally set the target for March 2023 when it announced announced the store’s closure earlier this year. , so it’s good to know that we finally have a solid date to move on.
Updates on #eShop shutdown for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family consoles:- As of 08/29/2022 it will no longer be possible to add funds.- As of 03/27 /2023, purchases will no longer be available. More details: https://t.co/XUEf0YZIxCJuly 19, 2022
In just over a month, however, we will no longer be able to add funds to the 3DS or Wii U eShop. On August 29, anyone not using either storefront will be unable to add currency, whether by gift card or otherwise, at the storefronts of either platform, then now would be a good time to redeem any unused gift cards you have lying around.
However, there is a saving grace to this news. Even after storefronts close permanently on both platforms next March, you’ll still be able to re-download all previously purchased games, as well as receive software updates and use online features for all games on both. systems.
Nintendo also announced that, for some reason that is still unclear, sales of Fire Emblem Fates will end a month earlier than the eShop closings, ending sales on the 3DS on February 28, 2023. There’s no specific reason for this, although Nintendo adds that you’ll still be able to purchase any downloadable content associated with the game until the following month, March 27.
As we pointed out when the closure of both storefronts was announced earlier this year, this is a major blow to the preservation of games, especially on a platform as massive as the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo said at the time that it had “no plans” to preserve the affected games, and as Edge Magazine wrote at the time, we are losing a crucial link to the past.
Here is our list of must-haves 10 games to download before the Wii U and 3DS eShop closes.