Wii U, Nintendo 3DS eShop closing March 2023

Get what you want from the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and 3DS – while you still can … Nintendo touts expanded ecommerce options while choking off access to more classic video games

Nintendo 3DS If you head to Nintendo.com starting today in the U.S. and Canada, you might notice a new tab at the top: My Nintendo Store, a new online shopping destination where you can buy physical and digital games, hardware, merchandise, exclusive products and more. It features exclusive products and officially licensed merchandise from Nintendo and its partners, with orders $50 and over (not including tax) coming with free standard shipping. Digital versions of games can also be purchased at the store and downloaded directly to your Nintendo Switch system.

These purchases in the My Nintendo Store are tied to your Nintendo Account, so members of the free My Nintendo rewards program will automatically earn 5% in My Nintendo Gold Points on eligible digital purchases. Those points can then be used toward future eligible digital games or DLC.

That’s the neutral-to-good news on the Nintendo ecommerce front. Here’s the bad news: In just over a year, older Nintendo video game systems will be cut off from consumers, ad the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U console and Nintendo 3DS portables shuts down for good.

“We currently have no plans to offer classic content in other ways,” reads the recent announcement from Nintendo, which points gamers instead to its Nintendo Switch Online subscription service that includes access to a curated selection of NES and Super NES titles (and its more expensive cousin, Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which offers N64 and SEGA Genesis titles for a hefty upgrade). The problem with this is that it leaves out an entire catalog of content that was unique to the Wii/Wii […]

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