Nintendo 3DS game pulled from sale years after release

Nintendo has confirmed that disney Academy of Arts will be removed from the 3DS eShop on Tuesday, March 30. According to one of Nintendo’s official Twitter accounts, the game will no longer be available in Japan, and Nintendo’s website confirms the same for Europe. Nothing has been announced for North America as of this writing, but it seems likely that the game will be retired in all territories. No reason was given for the removal, but it’s possible it was a licensing issue between Disney and Nintendo. It’s impossible to say for sure, but those interested in purchasing the game will want to do so before it’s gone!

Nintendo’s Tweet can be found embedded below.

The announcement of the game’s removal from the eShop comes during a week where the focus has been on making the game available through digital marketplaces. Unfortunately, when games are removed from sale digitally, it’s much harder for fans to discover and experience them. Fortunately, disney art Academy received a physical release, so fans can always try to track it down if they miss the chance to get it digitally. The same cannot be said for many other games released on 3DS and DS platforms over the years.

Disney Academy of Arts launched on Nintendo 3DS in 2016. For those unfamiliar with Nintendo’s Art Academy series, it teaches gamers how to draw. True to its name, disney art Academy trained players to illustrate various Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Stitch, Woody, and more. There have been a number of different entries in the series over the years, but Disney Academy of Arts is the latest game in the series, so far.

Unless Nintendo decides to offer a concrete reason for the removal, fans will just have to speculate as to why. In the past, games were added to the eShop after being removed, so hopefully that proves the case this time around as well!

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