Goodbye Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. What’s the big picture?

This week, Nintendo announced that it would be shutting down its eShop on Wii U and 3DS for March 2023, news that has garnered quite a bit of comment from fans, despite both consoles having been out of the market for five and a half years respectively. two years.

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The permanent shutdown will begin in May of this year, when both stores stop supporting credit cards stored in consoles and subsequently stop accepting card codes. Therefore, the only way to acquire games before the total shutdown will be with accumulated credit.

Similarly, Nintendo said that “for the foreseeable future” DLCs and games will be re-downloadable and consoles will continue to be supported with updates. However, new content cannot be purchased, so if you accidentally delete a game, you can recover it.

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Although some Wii U games are ported to Nintendo Switch like Bayonetta 2 or The Wonderful 101, some features could limit the gaming experience. different angles of play, an issue that can be very difficult to adapt to the current Nintendo console.

As for 3DS games, something similar happens. Beyond the 3D effect that the console offered us (remember that this option caused dizziness among users and the creation of a 2DS), the use of a dual screen could involve some problems when porting games on the Nintendo Switch.

Exclusives you have to try before leaving

Before the eShop closes on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U, we want to let you know about a few exclusive titles that will be hard to revisit:

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Fates

The famous lawyer video game series had its stake in the 3DS. This visual novel took advantage of the 3D advantages of the console to be able to offer quite spectacular graphics and also took advantage of the console’s dual screen to offer incomparable gameplay.


This fun puzzle game was released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2011. The gameplay is very simple: push blocks to get on stage and save as many children as possible. The challenge lies in the different possibilities of moving the blocks since they do not move one by one. Thanks to the 3D advantages of the laptop, the gameplay has been taken to another level by being able to “peek” through scenarios to complete all levels.

A game reminiscent of Catherine but with a plus cute.

Fluidity: Spin cycle

This puzzle game takes advantage of all the advantages of the Nintendo 3DS because to play it you have to use the gyroscopes. The idea is simple: take water from point A to point B. However, the game is complicated because there are many traps that will prevent you from reaching your goal. To this must be added the fact that in several levels you must change your “character” from a liquid state to a solid or gaseous state in order to overcome them.

Fatal Frame: The Black Water Maiden

One of the few cult horror video game franchises is Fatal Frame, and the Wii U had its own version. Using the controller added to the action on our TV made gameplay one of its appeals. Although this game received a physical release in Japan (quite hard to get these days) and currently has a port for Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4, the US version for Wii U could only be downloaded through the eShop.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

This game takes advantage of the multi-screen advantages of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, so much so that it was one of the few cross-play games between the two platforms. Although this game exists in its physical version for Nintendo 3DS, the Wii U version is only available in its eShop.

Do you still play with your Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo Wii U? What other exclusive titles from these eShops do you recommend? Share your answers and suggestions in the comments of our social networks.

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