NINTENDO announced in February that the online store for the 3DS family and WiiU consoles will be closed.
In a Twitter thread published today by Nintendo UK’s official account, the company announced dates when support for the consoles will be removed.
Nintendo had previously announced that owners of 3DS and WiiU consoles will no longer be able to buy games from March.
However, the final deadline of March 27, 2023 has now been officially set uncovered.
After this date, players will not be able to purchase new software for their 3DS family or WiiU consoles.
This includes purchases made through the StreetPass Mii Plaza, Theme Shop, Pokémon Bank and Nintendo Badge Arcade.
Demos, free-to-play games, and free themes will also no longer be available for download as of March.
However, the company has assured fans that software purchased for these consoles as of this date and “for the foreseeable future” will continue to be available for download or re-download.
This includes any DLC purchased through the store.
However, this is not the deadline for all eShop activity as some features will close earlier in the run-up to the full shutdown.
Starting August 29, 2022, players will no longer be able to add funds to their 3DS and WiiU Nintendo accounts.
That means if fans want to buy a game after the end of August, the money must already be in their account.
There is a way around this.
Those who have already linked their 3DS or WiiU account to their Switch account can still make purchases using their shared wallet.
There is one more date that Nintendo 3DS fans should definitely put in their diaries.
As of February 28, 2023, Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and Birthright will no longer be available for purchase.
All DLC for the game can be purchased until the end of March, but the base game is required to use this.
So far, this is the only game that has had an earlier deadline announced.
Nintendo has announced that it will continue to allow software updates after March, which will continue to be available on the eShop.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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