Reminder: 2 weeks left before the blocking of eShop 3DS and Wii U cards

There are approximately two weeks left until eShop Cards can no longer be used to add funds to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U digital stores.

Nintendo has already removed credit card support from North American console stores (the feature has been removed in Europe back in 2019), and from August 29, 2022, it will also no longer be possible to use eShop cards.

The restrictions come as Nintendo seeks to eliminate digital stores entirely by March 27, 2023, after which users will no longer be able to purchase games at all, even with existing sales.

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Between August 29 and the final closing date, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to add credit card funds to their account for use on the 3DS and Wii U stores.

After this point, some of the Wii U and 3DS eShop library will still be available as physical releases or through other systems. However, as revealed by the VGC analysis, up to 1,000 digital-only eShop games will disappear forever.

Some of the most notable downloadable exclusives on Wii U are set to disappear forever, including Affordable Space Adventures, Amiibo Tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits, Chasing Aurora, Dr Luigi, The Letter, Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge, Pokémon Rumble U, Pushmo World (Pullblox World in Europe) and Shut the Box.

On 3DS, the list of games destined to disappear is even longer. These include 3D-enhanced re-releases of a number of classic games, including Nintendo’s 3D Classic line, which featured stereoscopic versions of games like Excitebike, Kid Icarus and Kirby’s Adventure.

Finally, the closure of the Wii U and 3DS eShops will also mean the shutdown of end systems to support the Virtual Console service. Once that happens, the only retro games provided by Nintendo will be those available on the various Switch Online apps.

Reminder: 2 weeks left before the blocking of eShop 3DS and Wii U cards

At the time of publication, approximately 350 retro games released on 3DS and Wii U in the west are unavailable to play on Nintendo Switch, including over 100 Game Boy system games, 40 TurboGrafx-16 games, 30 DS games and 35 Wii games. .

For the full list of games disappearing from 3DS and Wii U eShops, read VGC’s analysis.

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