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Nintendo to end eShop support for Wii U and 3DS systems in March 2023

In the world of Nintendo, the sun is slowly setting on the Wii U and 3DS consoles as the gaming company looks to the bright and sunny future with the Switch. In late March 2023, gamers can no longer purchase software through the Nintendo eShop for the New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 2DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, Wii U Deluxe, or Wii U Basic systems.

To ease the transition, on May 23rd, 2022, Nintendo will phase out the ability to use credit cards to add funds to accounts on the Wii U or 3DS. This will then expand to include Nintendo eShop Gift Cards starting on August 29th, 2022. Download codes will continue to work into the March 2023 time period.

However, anyone who has a Nintendo Network ID linked to their Nintendo Account can share funds up until the end of March 2023, after which the remaining balance will only work in the eShop on Switch consoles.

Since this only affects the eShop, players can still re-download any previously purchased games and DLC, software updates, and continue to play games online.

This does not impact eShop use on the Nintendo Switch, Switch Light or Switch OLED models.

The Nintendo Wii U was first launched on November 18th, 2012, preceded by the Nintendo 3DS on March 27th, 2011.

Source: Nintendo

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