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February 2022 Retro Gaming Article


February 16, 2022 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Nintendo Wii U & 3DS eshops are closing in 2023, but funding restrictions occur much sooner

Nintendo Wii U & 3DS eshops are closing
Adding additional funds via credit card and Nintendo eShop cards will cease in mere months!
To the dismay of many, Nintendo announced the closure of the Wii U and 3DS eshops in March of 2023. At which time digital purchases will cease. The main downfall in this decision it the closure of the Virtual Console. Nintendo tried to point out all the NES and SNES games in the subscription on Switch, but owning is everything!

Nintendo Wii U & 3DS eshops are closing Tweet While disappointing, it give you the idea you have some time to round out your collection and buy additional games. Nope. the ability to add funds will stop in a few months!

On May 23, 2022 we will lose the ability to add funds to your eShop account via credit card. A few months later and the same will be true for adding funds via a Nintendo eShop card on August 29, 2022. You'll be able to use the shop up until March of 2023, but you can't buy more games without funds. Load up!

Funding options end in 2022!!
Nintendo says you will still be able to re-download games and DLC, but I'm not sure what the timeframe is for those exceptions. They have received a lot of negative feedback, but it is similar to the negativity when the Wii eShop closed - it din't change Nintendo's mind.

There are also concerns about video game preservation. what happens to exclusive digital games when the eShop closes? They simply vanish? The gaming industry has been around long enough to understand how vanishing games effect the overall business. Keeping favored games in the ecosystem seems to be relegated to the developer. If the developer wants to continue the game, they must port/update it for the latest systems. That burden seems a bit misplaced in some circumstances.

If you still want games for Wii U or 3DS, you may want to buy them sooner rather than later. The eShop is open for another year, but your ability to pay for games ends much sooner!

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