Fans Cut Forlorn Figures as Nintendo Highlights Crucial Points to Deal With Wii U and 3DS eShop Closures

Published 07/19/2022, 12:30 PM EDT

A doomed day for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS users, as the franchise announced the locking of its e-shop from 2023. The Japanese giant just put out its official statement, confirming fans about being unable to add funds or buy new games after March 27. After all, Nintendo released these consoles years back, so they want fans to upgrade to their latest items. 

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Apart from this, the Japanese jewel also mentioned Fire Emblem, and they will pull out the game one month before doomsday. So, if you are one of those still using Wii U or 3DS, you only have a few months left to play your favorite games. 

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Nintendo finally breaks disappointing news for its Wii U and 3DS community

For the past few days, rumors swirled around the internet claiming the Japanese gaming company closing its e-shop for Wii U and 3DS. However, the franchise released no official statement but a few hints.

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But now, Nintendo has released two official letters talking about the closing of its e-shop in 2023. Here’s what they said, ‘Updates on the discontinuation of #eShop for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family systems: – As of 29/08/2022, it will no longer be possible to add funds. – As of 27/03/2023, purchases will no longer be available.’

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Apart from this, the franchise also urged its fans to use every penny in their Nintendo 3DS or the Wii U e-shop balance. After all, they did not want their users to lose out on the ability to purchase content, as they were pulling it out after Monday 27 March 2023.

Nintendo also spoke about account linkage as they mentioned the Network ID funds. They claimed that users who linked their e-shop to the Switch shop could share their funds and buy titles on either platform until 2023. Post that, fans can only use their funds to buy off things on Switch. 

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What are your thoughts about this? Are you satisfied with the company’s decision? Let us know your valuable opinions in the comments section.

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Atharv Phadke

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Atharv is an eSports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Journalism from Mumbai University, Atharv has a keen eye for writing engaging content. He enjoys all kinds of games but thoroughly follows FPS games such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends and Fortnite.

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