Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop Discontinuation Dates Revealed

Nintendo has just announced when exactly the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops are being discontinued as well as new information about the process

Published: July 19, 2022 10:50 AM /


Fire Emblem Fates

For those of you who are still rocking a Wii U and a Nintendo 3DS, today is a sad day, with the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop discontinuation dates finally being announced after months of waiting. To start, on August 29th, 2022, users will no longer be able to use a Nintendo eShop card to add funds to an account on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops. On March 27, 2023, it will also no longer be possible to make purchases on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops. There's a lot to go over, so let's get into it, shall we?

What do I need to know about the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop discontinuation dates?

It's good to know that the dates come with a few extra details. For example, while users will not be able to add funds to an account via a Nintendo eShop card, it will still be possible to redeem download codes until March 27, 2023. Nintendo recommends that users use any funds left in their account balance by March 27, 2023, which makes sense. That also includes free content purchases such as game demos, so if there's literally anything at all that you want to play, get it now before it's too late.

Xenoblade Chronicles
Maybe play some Xenoblade Chronicles X before Xenoblade Chronicles 3 releases?

For some reason, sales of Fire Emblem Fates will end one month earlier on February 28, 2023. Maybe Nintendo is trying to hide its shame? Bad jokes aside, the DLC for Fire Emblem Fates will still be available to purchase until March 27, 2023, so if you're hankering for some Fire Emblem Fates, those are the dates that you need to remember.

It's also important to note that for the foreseeable future, it will still be possible to redownload games and DLC, receive software updates, and play games online on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. That will seemingly change at some point, so if you want to play Smash 3DS online, get your reps in before its eventually taken down.

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