As of March 2023, Nintendo will definitively close the digital store for its Wii U and 3DS systems so it will no longer be possible to acquire content, try demos or download free add-ons for the consoles.
The closure will be carried out in a staggered manner, the interruption of the service will be from May 23, 2022, it will not be possible to use Nintendo eShop cards to add funds on WiiU or 3DS, the possibility of redeeming download codes will be left open until March 2023.
In the case of people who have a balance in favor of their account, it will be possible to add their Nintendo Switch account and thereby use the available credit so as not to lose it.
This decision was argued by Nintendo to specify that they are products that are used «less and less» and cataloged it as normal in the life of a service.
As for the classic Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 3DS games through the membership Nintendo Switch Online will offer more than 130 products cataloged as classics, the libraries will continue «growing» so in case any veteran player seeks to obtain the game legally, you can play it through that tool.
The Nintendo 3DS system was announced in 2010 and released in 2011; Counting with a great acceptance by gamers, managed to sell up to 77.49 million units in all the time it was on sale. It was discontinued in 2020, leaving in its wake games such as Mario Kart 7, Pokémon X, Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire and New Super Mario Bros 2, which were the best sellers in the history of the portable device.
The Nintendo Wii U was released in 2012 to be a competitor to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; was discontinued in 2017, with a total of 13,560,000 consoles sold.