Nintendo Announces Wii U & 3DS eShop Discontinuation



Nintendo announced that as of late March 2023, it will no longer be possible to make purchases in Nintendo eShop for the Wii U system and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. It will also not be possible to download the content, including game demos. This is important information for people who are still playing games on their Wii U and/or Nintendo 3DS.

  • As of May 23, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use a credit card to add funds to an account in Nintendo eShop on Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
  • As of August 29, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use a Nintendo eShop Card to add funds to an account in Nintendo eShop on Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. However, it will still be possible to redeem download codes until late March of 2023.

Users who link their Nintendo Network ID wallet (used with Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems) with 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 until late March 2023. After that, the balance can only be used to purchase content for the Nintendo Switch family of systems.

Nintendo states that no changes are planned for Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch family of games.

According to NintendoLife, Nintendo’s Wii U was launched on November 18, 2012, in the United States. Which means it is now (nearly) a ten year old system. NintendoLife described this way:

“With its blocky GamePad controller and HD visuals – a first for Nintendo at the time – the Wii U soon appeared in Europe on 30th November and in Japan on 8th December the very same year. Customers could opt for either a ‘Basic’ white set with 8GB of memory, or a ‘Premium’ black set with 32GB of memory and a copy of either Nintendo Land or ZombiU.”

A quick look at Wikipedia shows that the basic Wii U was discontinued in Japan in June of 2015. Anticipating the release of the console’s successor, the Nintendo Switch, a hybrid video game console, Nintendo had planned to diminish production of the Wii U. Nintendo formally announced the end of its production on January 31, 2017.

The Nintendo Wiki says that the Nintendo 3DS was released on February 26, 2011 in Japan, on March 25, 2011 In Europe and UK, on March 27, 2011 in North America and Canada, and on March 31, 2011 in Australia.

Nintendo is making it possible for people who have a Wii U and/or a Nintendo 3DS to redownload content they own, and to download existing software updates after March of 2023. However, users will not be able to purchase any new content on those devices or download demos.


One thought on “Nintendo Announces Wii U & 3DS eShop Discontinuation

  1. Very interesting article, I wonder what their future platforms will look like, any plans for any new systems to be released? Need to find an old 8bit NES / super nintendo and n64

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