Nintendo has announced that for the next year, the company will be shutting down Nintendo eShop give Wii U system and Nintendo 3ds system family.
According to the company, as of the end of March 2023, it will no longer be possible to make purchases. Furthermore, as this date approaches, related services will cease to function.
This means that on May 23, 2022, you will no longer be able to use your credit card to top up your account in the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS line of systems.
And as of August 29, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use the Nintendo eShop Card to top up accounts in the Nintendo eShop for these systems. However, it is still possible to redeem the download code until the end of March 2023.
Users who link their Nintendo Network ID wallet, used with the Wii U and 3DS, to their Nintendo Account wallet – used with the Switch – can use the shared balance to purchase content on any any of these systems until the end of March 2023. After that, the balance can only be used to purchase content for the Nintendo Switch.
Don’t worry, though: even after the end of March 2023 and for the foreseeable future, it’s still possible to download games and DLC, receive software updates, and participate in online play on the Wii U and series Nintendo 3DS system. So that’s good news.
Nintendo says closing the eShop for these systems is part of the “natural life cycle of any product line,” as it gets less and less used by consumers over time.
The Wii U is the successor to the hugely popular Wii, and was released in late 2012. It sold 13.6 million units.
The 3DS was released in 2011 and was followed by the 3DS XL and 3DS LL in 2012. The 3DS system line sold more than 75.9 million units during its lifetime.
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