Nintendo Dates 3DS and Wii U eShop’s Public Execution

The digital stores are going away next March.

Nintendo has finally put a date on its plan to close the 3DS and Wii U eShops, having previously only said it would be shutting down the digital storefronts in March of next year.

A new post on the company’s website says says the 3DS and Wii U eShops will go away completely on March 27. But between now and then, it will be losing some functionality. Earlier this year, it became impossible to use a credit card to add funds to these stores, but you could still use eShop gift cards to buy games and content. However, even that will be going away on August 29. After that, the only way you’ll be able to get anything on these shops will be to redeem download codes.

All that being said, if you’ve bought anything on the 3DS or Wii U eShops over the years, you’ll still be able to download those games and content for the foreseeable future.

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When Nintendo originally announced this shit move back in February, it included a Q&A that asked the question on everyone’s mind: is this not bad for video game preservation? The company’s answer to that question was to point to its Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass, which includes a handful of old games playable on Switch. None of which are 3DS or Wii U games, mind you.

While the eShop shutdown will have wide reaching effects on the availability of 3DS and Wii U games, it will also have some pretty notable ramifications for the Pokemon franchise, which has relied on the 3DS as a bridge for its cross-generational trading.