Today marks the start of the end of the 3DS and Wii U eShops. With Nintendo detailing the end of support for these digital stores.

Nintendo will begin preparations this May 23rd with the removal of using credit cards to add funds to the Wii U and 3DS eShop. On August 29th all eShop prepaid cards will become unusable.

As for those with games purchased using the shops, Nintendo will allow players to redownload the games even after the cut-off date. However, you cannot purchase new games through the digital store.

If someone visits Nintendo eShop and wants to download something on Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family systems after late March 2023, what will they able to do?

  • On both platforms, users will still be able to:
    • Redownload content they own
    • Download existing software updates
  • On both platforms, users will not be able to:
    • Purchase any content
      • On Nintendo 3DS, this includes paid content, plays and passes in software such as StreetPass Mii Plaza, Theme Shop, Nintendo Badge Arcade and Pokémon Bank.
      • On Wii U, this includes passes in software such as Wii Sports Club.
    • Download demos
    • Download free-to-start software
    • Redeem a download code
    • Add funds to their Nintendo eShop balance
  • On Nintendo 3DS family systems, users will still be able to:
    • Download a small number of free themes from Theme Shop

This means that digital-only games will become inaccessible such as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies or Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. Physical games are likely to rise in cost due to the removal of digital options.

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Adam is a Senior Staff Writer for GAW with over 15 years of experience in writing and is completely obsessed with video games. He holds a BA from Brooklyn College and lives in NY.