When the debate is generated between the physical format with the digital ** there is always an incontestable fact; And is that having a tangible title we can play whenever we want within many years. With digital games we do not have that certainty and facts like the one that we are going to tell you, this time starring Nintendo, it is a good example.
The Japanese firm has announced the Closure of the Online Eshop of Wii U and 3DS . In this way, both digital merchants will cease their operations and we will not be able to acquire a title from there anymore. Definitive blackout will occur next March 2023, so we still have little more than a year to enjoy the service.
The firm has also indicated two dates that will mark this progressive closure of the 3DS and Wii U digital stores.
- A from May 23, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use a credit card to add funds to an account in Nintendo Eshop in Wii U or the Family of Nintendo 3DS. Systems.
- A from August 29, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use a Nintendo ESHOP card to add funds to an account in Nintendo Eshop in Wii U or the family of Nintendo 3DS systems. However, it will still be possible to redeem download codes until the end of March 2023.
If you have digital games already downloaded on the console and, for whatever, you have to format your systems, you can always download both games and DLC even after the stores have closed, as long as you have acquired it before the date of closing, of course.
“Even after the end of March 2023, and in the foreseeable future, it will be possible to download games and DLC, receive software updates and enjoy the online game on Wii U and the family of Nintendo 3DS_”.
Nintendo 3DS is eleven years old while Wii U has 10, so they are closures that, not to be foreseen are less sad. Many users still use the shop windows of both systems to be able to acquire classic games of the Japanese mark that is more complicated or expensive to achieve otherwise. Now, especially since Nintendo passed to a subscription model to have hand in its classic catalog , it is more complicated to complete the collection with titles that have marked many childhood.
We will also see how the community reacts. Last year, PlayStation announced the closure of the digital stores of PS3 and PS Vita and reacted by reculing and killing some aspects after the complaints of the users. In the coming days we will see if this is a definitive goodbye to the Wii U and 3DS ESHOP or no.