Nintendo has announced when to expect 3DS and Wii U Online Stores close in the West and in Japan.
Stores for both systems will close permanently on March 27, 2023 in the West and on March 28, 2023 in Japan.
As the dates approach, purchases and downloads of free content, including game demos, will no longer be possible. As the dates approach, some related services will stop working.
It’s already not possible to use a credit card to add funds to your Nintendo eShop account on Wii U or 3DS family systems, and starting August 29th, you will no longer be able to use your eShop card to top up any stores. However, download codes will be available until the eShop closes.
If you’ve linked a Nintendo Network ID wallet to a Nintendo Account wallet, you can use your shared balance to purchase content for those systems until March. After that, the balance can only be used to purchase Switch content.
The changes to the 3DS and Wii U stores will not affect your ability to re-download games and DLC, receive software updates, or participate in online games on 3DS and Wii U.
Earlier this year, Nintendo said that shutting down the eShop for these systems was part of the “natural life cycle for any product line” as it becomes less used by consumers over time.
The 3DS was released in 2011, followed by the 3DS XL and 3DS LL in 2012. The 3DS family of systems sold more than 75.9 mln units throughout the service life.
The Wii U was the successor to the very popular Wii and was released in late 2012. 13.6 million units were sold.