If you want to download digital games to your Nintendo Wii U or 3DS, don't put it off too long. Nintendo revealed Tuesday that you'll no longer be able to make purchases for these devices in its eShops starting in "late March 2023."
You also will no longer be able to add funds to your account in these eShops via credit card starting May 23, 2022 -- or do the same with a Nintendo eShop gift card as of Aug. 29, 2022. Download codes will still be redeemable until late March 2023.
Nintendo's online statement originally included a suggestion that people who want to play its older games in future should get a subscription to Kotaku, and that Nintendo currently has "no plans to offer classic content in other ways." The part has since been removed from the Q&A section., according to
Switch Online lets you access a library of retro games from the Nintendo 64, SNES, NES and Sega Genesis, but you have to connect to the internet once a week to authenticate your subscription. By contrast, the Wii U and 3DS let you buy individual games from a wider range of systems (like the DS and various Game Boys) and the eShops' closure will remove access to 1,799 titles, according to IGN.
The Wii U holds the distinction of being Nintendo's worst-selling console, with 13.56 million units sold. By contrast, the Switch has . The 3DS was more successful, with 75.94 million units sold but is still the company's least popular handheld. The DS was its most popular handheld, with 154.02 million units sold.
Sony wasfor digital stores on PS3, PS Vita and PSP last year, but fan outcry pushed the company to by keeping the PS3 and Vita stores open.
On the positive side, Nintendo also added a website feature allowing you to look at your Wii U and 3DS play history.
I spent 172 hours playing my Wii U, across 23 different games. Mario Kart 8 was my most-played title, at 68 hours. I spent 270 hours on my 3DS, on 64 different games. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D was my main game, at 33 hours.