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Nintendo to end 3DS and Wii U eShop purchases in March 2023 (North America)

Nintendo to end 3DS and Wii U eShop purchases in March 2023 (North America)
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Nintendo has announced that the 3DS and Wii U eShop will be discontinued in North America effective “late” March 2023.

While you will still be able to redownload games and downloadable content, receive software updates and continue playing online after this date, purchases will not be possible.

Credit cards can no longer be used to add money as of May 23 2022 Nintendo eShop card money can no longer be credited to eShop accounts as of August 29 2022. However, download codes can still be redeemed even March 2023.

Here’s the full summary, courtesy of Nintendo’s official support page:

From Late March 2023However, it will not be possible to make purchases at the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. It will also not be possible to download free content, including game demos. Moreover, as this date approaches, the related services will stop working:

From May 23 2022However, it will not be possible to use a credit card to add money to an account in a Nintendo eShop on Wii U or a Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

From August 29 2022However, it will not be possible to use a Nintendo eShop Card to add money to a Nintendo eShop account on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family of systems. However, download codes will still be redeemable until Late March 2023.

Users who link their Nintendo Network ID wallet (used with the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems) to their Nintendo Account wallet (used with the Nintendo Switch family of systems) can use the shared balance to purchase content on any of these systems up to Late March 2023. After that, the credit can only be used to purchase content for the Nintendo Switch family of systems.

No changes are planned for the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch family of systems.

Changes to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will take effect at the same time in programs on these platforms where purchases can be made, such as the StreetPass Mii Plaza, Theme Shop and Nintendo Badge Arcade.

even after Late March 2023And, for the foreseeable future, it will still be possible to re-download games and downloadable content, receive software updates and enjoy online gameplay on the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

To celebrate the end of the eShop on the 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo launched a “My Memories” website, where you can take a look at your gaming history with these systems.

Thank you for supporting the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. While we hope you will continue to enjoy using these systems, we have taken this opportunity to set up a website where you can look back at your time with them via various gameplay stats.

You can also read our comprehensive FAQ about The official Nintendo support page.

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Nintendo previously removed eShop credit card support at Europe, Australia and New Zealand. And Japan ended its purchases last month.

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