Nintendo is said to have already started planning to retire from the Wii U and 3DS. The Japanese company is said to have started sending emails to game developers telling them that it will not soon be accepting new games for the eShop for these two devices as of April 1, 2022.
On March 3, 2017, the Nintendo Switch was released worldwide, a hybrid console that replaces not only the Wii U, the unloved main console, but also the 3DS, one of the world’s best-selling portable consoles (75 million copies in nearly 10 years in business). In four years of operation, The Switch has sold over 84 million units. And this will continue as a new version will be available in October OLED switch.
So what happens to old Nintendo consoles? Of course they will retire. The 3DS hasn’t been produced since September 2020. And Nintendo has stopped making the Wii U 2017. Obviously, the big game publishers have stopped creating new titles there. However, owners of both consoles continue to connect to online services, includingElectronic shop That independent developers have been introducing new titles until recently.
There will be no more new games on Wii U and 3DS eShop
If they can still do it today, it won’t be so soon. A YouTube channel called Impact Game Station has posted a video claiming that Nintendo (particularly the European subsidiary) has started sending a message to all game designers registered with the eShop. Wii U eShop. This date is April 1, 2022 Which coincides with the start of the Nintendo fiscal year 2022/2023.
In this message, Nintendo will specify that This date does not apply to sending patches and updates. This means that games will be guaranteed to maintain after April 1, 2022 (thankfully for all the new features that could arrive by then). So Nintendo will not close the eShop, but its content will not change anymore. This ad is relatively reliable, as Nintendo has begun removing certain services from the Wii U and 3DS eShop, in particular Credit card payment. We are just waiting for an official announcement. In the meantime, find the video in question below.
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