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Nintendo to End Wii U, 3DS eShop Sales in March 2023

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If you’ve been dying to pick up a few more games from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops, you’ll want to get on that soon. Nintendo announced plans to discontinue online shops for both systems, and it will no longer be possible to make purchases starting in late March 2023.

The beginning of the end actually kicks off this May. As of May 23, 2022, players will no longer be able to use a credit card to add funds in the eShop on Wii U and 3DS. Then, starting August 29, Nintendo eShop Cards won’t be able to add funds to an account on either system.

If you still have download codes sitting around, you’ll be able to use those and download free content from the shops until the end date of late March 2023.

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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.

No changes are planned for Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch family of systems.

The changes to Nintendo eShop on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will simultaneously take effect in software on these platforms where it is possible to make purchases, such as StreetPass Mii Plaza, Theme Shop and Nintendo Badge Arcade.

Even after late March 2023, and for the foreseeable future, it will still be possible to redownload games and DLC, receive software updates and enjoy online play on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.