Nintendo will shut down digital stores for Wii U and 3DS

Because of the Switch, it’s easy to forget that Nintendo used to peddle other consoles in the past. They’re still there, though. Despite the Switch’s popularity, Nintendo continues to sell digital games for past consoles like the Wii U and the 3DS. Well, only until a certain point. In 2023, Nintendo will shut down eShop purchases for both consoles families.

It’s the end of an era. Because Nintendo is more focused on the Switch, there isn’t a lot of reason to keep the past console’s digital stores up and running. In fact, shutting down old digital stores is part of a console’s life cycle. Now, it’s the Wii U’s and the 3DS’s time.

It’s a gradual end, too. Starting on May 23, users for either console can no longer add funds in the Nintendo eShop using a credit card. Then, on August 29, the store will stop accepting Nintendo eShop Cards to add funds for the consoles. Alternatively, users can still redeem download codes for games until next year. Likewise, users who link their Switch and older accounts together will be able to use shared funds until March 2023.

That said, starting late March 2023, buying digital games from the store will be impossible. Although, users can still redownload games they already purchased beforehand.

The 3DS and Wii U families include New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 2DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, Wii U Deluxe, and Wii U Basic.

SEE ALSO: Everything announced at Feb. 9’s Nintendo Direct

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