Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop shutdown erases a chunk of gaming history

In case you haven’t already read about it, the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops are not long for this world. You have until May 23, 2022 to add funds from a credit card; you have until August 29, 2022 to redeem gift cards; you have until March 2023 to redeem any codes. After that, if you want a 3DS or Wii U game, you’d better be able to find a physical copy.

From a practical standpoint, this may not seem like the most earthshaking issue. The Wii U is 10 years old; the 3DS is 11 years old. You can’t buy either system new anymore, and neither system has had a major game release in years. Nintendo has put all of its apples in the Switch basket, and has even ported over a lot of underrated Wii U fare, such as Bayonetta 2 and Hyrule Warriors.

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