Nintendo's stopping Wii U and 3DS Digital Game Purchases next year
Nintendo has given us a year of notice
Published: 16th February 2022 | Source: Nintendo |
Nintendo's ending new purchases on its Wii U and 3DS eShops in March 2023
Nintendo has today confirmed that after March 2023 it will be impossible to purchase new games or download free content (like demos) on their Wii U and 3DS eShops.
From March 2023 onwards, gamers will no longer be able to spend money on the Nintendo eShop on Wii U or 3DS devices. Users will not be able to add funds to their accounts, and free-to-play content and demos will no longer be available to download. That said, pre-purchased content will remain available to download from Nintendo's eShop.
Nintendo has confirmed that it will be possible to redownload games on Nintendo's 3DS and Wii U systems "for the foreseeable future". Software updates will also remain available to download, and the online functionality of these games will remain active.
Regarding these changes to their Wii U and 3DS eShops, Nintendo made the following comments, stating that they have provided gamers with this information "more than a year in advance".
Why is this happening?
This is part of the natural lifecycle for any product line as it becomes less used by consumers over time.
Why are you announcing this now?
We are providing this notice more than a year in advance of the end of purchases so users will have plenty of time to prepare.
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