Nintendo will shut down the Wii U and 3DS eShops in March 2023, and in a now-deleted Q&A piece stated there are at present no plans to supply “basic content material” exterior of Nintendo Change On-line memberships.
The corporate will start stripping market assist from each platforms later this 12 months, explaining that as of Could 23, 2022, it can not be doable to make use of a bank card so as to add funds to an account within the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U or 3DS.
From August 29, 2022, customers may also be unable to make use of a Nintendo eShop Card so as to add funds to their eShop accounts on each platforms, though it can nonetheless be doable to redeem obtain codes till March 2023.
Nintendo added that Wii U and 3DS house owners will nonetheless be capable of redownload video games and DLC, play on-line titles, and obtain software program updates after March 2023, and described the shuttering as “a part of the pure [console] lifecycle.”
“As of late March 2023, it can not be doable to make purchases in Nintendo eShop for the Wii U system and the Nintendo 3DS household of techniques. It should additionally not be doable to obtain free content material, together with sport demos,” reads a assist web page.
“Customers who hyperlink their Nintendo Community ID pockets (used with Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS household of techniques) with their Nintendo Account pockets (used with the Nintendo Change household of techniques) can use the shared stability to buy content material on any of those techniques till late March 2023. After that, the stability can solely be used to buy content material for the Nintendo Change household of techniques.”
Curiously, Nintendo tried to pre-empt the sport preservation query in a now-deleted Q&A piece that noticed the corporate clarify why it will not be making basic titles obtainable in different types.
“Would not Nintendo have an obligation to protect its basic video games by frequently making them obtainable for buy?” requested the corporate in a somewhat combative self-interrogation, a screenshot of which was shared on-line by Kotaku reporter Ethan Gach.
“Throughout our Nintendo Change On-line membership plans, over 130 basic video games are at present obtainable in rising libraries for numerous legacy techniques. The video games are sometimes enhanced with new options similar to on-line play,” got here the response.
“We predict that is an efficient approach to make basic content material simply obtainable to a broad vary of gamers. Inside these libraries, new and longtime gamers can’t solely discover video games they keep in mind of have heard about, however different enjoyable video games they won’t have thought to hunt out in any other case.
“We at present don’t have any plans to supply basic content material in different methods.”