There are still people who want to buy games on Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS eShops despite the fact that the Nintendo Switch is the company’s primary console. On Tuesday, Nintendo announced that the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops will no longer be able to be used to buy games and other content in March 2023.
Until that date, Nintendo will be gradually altering eShop purchases.
After the end of March 2023, you won’t be able to purchase Wii U and 3DS content with money in your Nintendo Wallet account (assuming you’ve linked that Nintendo Switch account with the older Nintendo Network ID account).
“REDOWNLOADING GAMES AND DLC WILL STILL BE POSSIBLE IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE”
The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS aren’t going away completely. The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family of systems will still be able to download games and DLC, receive software updates, and participate in online play even after late March 2023, Nintendo has stated. Since late March 2023, free demos and starter software will no longer be available.
Both in the United States and Japan, Nintendo
When it comes to a product’s “natural lifecycle,” Nintendo says it’s just a matter of time before it fades into obscurity. You should be aware, however, that these changes mean that you have a limited amount of time to purchase Virtual Console games on both platforms. That library is smaller than what is available on the Virtual Console, even though Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions include a lot of classics.
“Many classic games for past platforms will cease to be available for purchase anywhere” was included in Nintendo’s first support article about the changes. According to the response, “we currently have no plans to offer classic content in other ways.” However, soon after it was published, that section was removed from the support article.