Last February, Nintendo announced that it would close the eShop compatible with the 3DS and Wii U consoles from March 2023, but the closure would actually take place in stages. While the store itself will be around for a while, today is the last day you can add funds to your Wii U or 3DS wallets.
“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 Nintendo 3DS family systems.“says Nintendo’s Q&A page about the upcoming shutdown.
The page points out that you can still fund the eShop wallet with credit cards. nintendo store until August 29, at which point they will also stop working. Game codes will remain redeemable until March 2023. After that, the eShop will be gone forever, but your money doesn’t have to go with it.
Nintendo notes that you can link your Network Nintendo ID wallet (used for the Wii U and 3DS) with your Nintendo Account wallet (used for the Switch) to continue making purchases on the Wii U and 3DS until 23 of March. After that date, the balance that you have left in the wallet of Wii U Y 3DS It will only be available for purchase on Switch.
Nintendo’s announcement to close the Wii U and 3DS eShops was poorly received by fans and game historians alike, who accused Nintendo of backing lobbies that impede game preservation. In addition, a former Nintendo of America employee has revealed that the company had been studying strategies to close the eShop since 2014, giving its consoles at least 10 years of full operation.