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PSA: Fund Your 3DS and Wii U Digital Wallets Today Before It's Too Late

PSA: Fund Your 3DS and Wii U Digital Wallets Today Before It’s Too Late

Zoom / The end of two of Nintendo’s digital storefronts is near.

Back in February, Nintendo Announce plans To close eShops digital stores on the 3DS and Wii U, two consoles it said have “become less used by consumers over time”. After today, the first phase of this plan will go into effect, and players will no longer be able to use a credit card to add new money to their eShop wallets.

Physical eShop gift cards, which can It is still purchased from major retailersIt will be refundable until August 29th. But today is the last chance to add eShop money directly without going through a third-party retailer.

Nintendo said players adding money today (or using money in a linked “Nintendo Account Wallet” as used on the Switch) will still be able to make purchases until “late March 2023”. Purchases made prior to this discontinuation will still be available for re-download “for the foreseeable future” as well, although “free to start” demos and games will no longer be downloadable after that date.

what we lose

The upcoming shutdown means that Nintendo will no longer offer classic games for direct purchase as part of the long-running Virtual Console program. It includes Over 300 titles on Wii U Selected from the NES, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, N64, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo libraries. Nearly 200 titles on 3DS Selected from the NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Gear libraries.

In a February FAQ, Nintendo noted that it offers more than 130 classic games as part of its Nintendo Switch Online membership and that “we currently have no plans to offer classic content in other ways.” this answer (Archive here) was removed from the company’s public FAQ within 24 hours of its publication.

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The closure would also mean the end of availability for hundreds of exclusive e-books that were never released on other consoles or on physical media of any kind. fans gathered List of over 700 eShop exclusive offers from 3DS And Nearly 200 exclusive offers for Wii U eShop It will not be available after this transition. A lot of critics were busy too Aggregation menus subordinate Best exclusive offers in eShop To check before they are gone forever.

Even some 3DS and Wii U games that have technically seen a physical release may be hard to come by on the cheap after the eShop shuts down. Second-hand prices are already going up Rare 3DS Cartridges Like Professor Leighton vs. Phoenix Wright And rhythm thiefeven while available in . format relatively cheap Downloads On the online store (for now). The same goes for Rare Wii U Disks Like Bayonetta 2 And Wee Sports Club.

Nintendo will likely see a slight increase in revenue from these online stores before they close as gamers continue FOMO And buy digital games while they still have the opportunity. Meanwhile, the groups maintain video games They scramble to make sure there are archive copies of these digital games It will be available to researchers in the future.

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