Nintendo Begins Preparation for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Online Store Closure

The final stages of Nintendo’s planned shutdown of the 3DS and Wii U eShops begin as the company prepares for service maintenance.

While many gamers often focus on upcoming and present releases, preparing for titles launching in the near future, there is still a lot of love for games from the past, especially those that wow the gamer. For those who still enjoy gaming on older consoles, it can be disheartening to hear that companies are considering closing digital stores for these machines. Earlier this year, nintendo announced plans to close the Wii U and 3DS eShops.


This isn’t the first time Nintendo has closed a digital store. In 2019, the Wii Shop Channel was shut down, preventing players from digitally purchasing new titles for the console. Many fans have tried to protest the closure of the Wii U and 3DS eShops, but it looks like Nintendo won’t change its mind, as evidenced by the recent discovery of scheduled maintenance for the digital storefronts.

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During this maintenance, Nintendo is expected to go further with its phased plans to shut down the Wii U and 3DS eShops. As noted in a tweet posted by the video game company in July, after August 29, users will no longer be able to add digital funds to their accounts. However, it looks like Nintendo is giving players some extra time to add funds to their accounts, as maintenance won’t take place until August 30.

This then prepares the Wii U and 3DS eShops for their complete shutdown, which takes place on March 27, 2023. From there, Nintendo clarified that fans can still play games they have already downloaded online, and they will have always access to their game library to install titles. Software updates would also be available, but it seems that it depends more on the developers than on Nintendo. However, users will not be able to add new games through the digital storefronts.

Many fans and even some big names in the gaming industry have reminded gamers about the upcoming closure of popular eShops. Recently, the creator of Super Smash Bros. Masahiro Sakurai mentioned that the coming weeks and months will be a “last chance” for players to get their hands on some titles that they may not be able to play in the future after the shutdown.

nintendo will close the Wii U and 3DS eShops on March 27, 2023. Users will no longer be able to add new funds to their accounts after August 29, 2022.

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