Updated Nintendo eShop Closure Guide: 3DS and Wii U Shutdown Dates
The news is finally out for Nintendo fans: **the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS and Wii U will be shutting down** in the coming months.
This will make it impossible to download new games, updates or DLC, purchase games on the digital storefront, or re-download already owned content for these systems. Therefore, it is important to know the exact dates of the eShop shutdown to ensure that you can get the most out of your 3DS and Wii U before this happens.
3DS Shutdown Date
The shutdown for the 3DS eShop will **occur on July 22, 2022**. From that point forward, it will be impossible to download new games or purchase any digital content on this system. Updates and DLCs may still be available, but only for games that have already been purchased.
Wii U Shutdown Date
The shutdown for the Wii U eShop is set to **occur on January 31, 2023**. From that point forward, purchasing games, updates, or any other digital content will be impossible. Similar to the 3DS, updates and DLC should still be available for any previously purchased games.
What to Do Before the Shutdown
With this closure on the horizon, there are few things you should consider doing in preparation for the shutdown.
1. Purchase games before the shutdown
Take the time to browse both eShops to see if there are any games you’ve been meaning to download while they are still available. There are many great titles available on both the 3DS and Wii U stores that you may miss out on once the stores are closed.
2. Download already purchased games
If you have any games you have owned in the past but hadn’t downloaded yet, make sure to do so before the eshop shutdown. This will ensure you still have access to it in the future.
3. Consider backing up your data
If you want to make sure you have a permanent copy of your purchased games, you should consider backing up your console data. This will allow you to keep playing them even after the eShop has fully shut down.
4. Check for any discounted games
With the shutdown, there are sure to be sales on many games in the store – if there is anything you want, now may be the time to buy.
The Future of Nintendo Gaming
The closure of the eShops for both the 3DS and Wii U marks an end to an era of Nintendo gaming – however, this is not the end of Nintendo’s legacy. Players can still purchase games physically, and the Nintendo Switch eShop is still up and running. Plus, a new Nintendo console is undoubtedly on the horizon.
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Summary: As the closure of the Nintendo eShop on 3DS and Wii U draws near, it is important to know the exact shutdown dates. The 3DS eShop will be shuttering on July 22, 2022, while the Wii U eShop will be closing down on January 31, 2023. Fans should make sure to download all purchased games and consider backing up their console’s data before the shutdown. While this marks the end of an era, Nintendo’s legacy continues through physical game purchases and the continued operation of the Switch eShop. #TECH