Nintendo 3DS & Wii U eShops to close permanently in 2023

You’ll lose access to a huge library of games, when the 3DS and Wii U eShops close

A 3DS and Wii U console are pictured with unhappy faces on them

Nintendo announced that it’s closing access to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops on March 27, 2023, so digital purchases of the huge library of 3DS, DS, Wii U, Wii, GBA, NES, SNES, N64, and NeoGeo games across both platforms will no longer be possible. From August 29, 2022, it will no longer be possible to add funds.

While you will no longer be able to purchase games, Nintendo confirmed that players can still access and redownload already purchased digital software for the foreseeable future. Meaning any purchases you have already made or make before March 2023 are safe. Nintendo also confirmed that online servers will remain active for the foreseeable future as well, so players can still access online lobbies for games like Super Smash Bros for 3DS & Wii U, even after the 3DS & Wii U eShop closure.

Luckily, Serebii has confirmed that Pokémon Bank will become free to all users to combat this, so players can still access older generations of their monsters for now. You won’t be able to download the app after the cutoff though, so make sure you have it on your system before then if this is a concern. Finally, Nintendo has created a portal where players can check their stats on 3DS and Wii U to look back at their memories. Which games did you play the most?

Check Nintendo’s announcement for the full details, and make sure you have all the games you want to be purchased, bought and downloaded before they are lost forever.

While it’s sad to lose a large part of Nintendo history, you can cheer yourself up by looking at our guide to the very best new Switch games that will be bringing serious fun to the Nintendo Switch in 2022.