On March 27, the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops closed forever and a large number of games are no longer available for purchase. Due to this, some sectors of the community are confused with what can now be done in stores, and what we will do is clarify the main doubts.
A few days have passed since the closure of the eShops and it is no longer possible to buy games, a situation that caused several users to say goodbye to them in a creative way. However, not everything came to an end and the stores continue with options to use on your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Keep reading the article to find out about them.
Why were the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops closed?
Fans continue to wonder why Nintendo shut down stores for its retro consoles, affecting millions of its active gamers. However, the company clarified that this action is part of the life cycle of any product, so they wanted to give the notice a year before so that the community could make their purchases.
Will the same happen to Nintendo Switch? Yes, although we are far from that happening. As Doug Bowser himself has said, the hybrid console can still perform strongly for years to come.
What happened to the funds I had in my Nintendo Network ID?
Don’t worry, you can still link a Nintendo Network ID to a Nintendo Account so your funds appear in the Nintendo Switch eShop to use on your next purchases.
Beware though, as you have until March 2024 to link your Wii U ID and Nintendo 3DS ID to your Nintendo Account. After this date, your funds will be lost.
Link your account before it’s too late
I have a code to download a 3DS/Wii U game, does it still work?
Although initially the option to download games with a code would be closed on March 27, Nintendo decided to give users a new opportunity due to the saturation of stores in recent days.
Thanks to this, any gamer with an unused code for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS will be able to redeem it. Even when? You better use it before it loses its value next Monday, April 3 at 7:00 PM Central Mexico time.
This is where you can redeem the code on Wii U
What can be downloaded in the eShops?
The stores on the old platforms no longer allow you to make purchases, but they let you perform other actions involving the games you once got.
The entire catalog of your purchases is still available even if you have deleted it, so all you need to do is turn on your Wii U or Nintendo 3DS, go to the eShop and search for your previous downloads to get back what you like, including the DLC.
Your DLC are safe
Will the games keep updating?
Another point that has caused a lot of confusion is whether players were required to update their games before the stores closed. The good news is that this was not the case and the patches are still available for download without any problems.
In addition, there is a possibility that more updates will be released by the development teams.
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Can I still play online on Wii U and 3DS?
This has been one of the most frequently heard questions these days, because if anything keeps Nintendo consoles alive, it is their ability to play online. Best of all, the answer is a resounding yes.
Wii U and 3DS users can take advantage of the online options of each of their compatible games, this because the online servers operate independently and were not affected by the closure of the stores.
Despite this, the situation with this issue can change at any time and it is advisable to take advantage of the online game with your friends and family while you can.
There is no excuse to stop playing
What happened to free-to-play on Wii U and 3DS?
The closure of the stores no longer allows you to download any game that you have not obtained before, regardless of whether it was paid or free-to-play, so if you did not add it to your catalog before March 27, it will no longer be possible to do it.
On the other hand, if you have the different free titles downloaded to your console, such as Team Kirby: Clash Deluxe, Pokémon Rumble World, Metroid Prime Blast Ball, IronFall: Invasion and Stretchmo, among others, you will be able to use them and take advantage of their offline or online modes, depending on the case.
However, an exception to this point is Nintendo Badge Arcade, which seems to have closed its service and does not allow you to obtain more badges (where it was charged $21.59 MXN for each game), so you can only see your collection and have your first test Free, in case you’ve never played it.
It seems the game is dead
Is Pokémon Bank free?
One of the few good news with the farewell to the Nintendo 3DS eShop specifically is that Pokémon Bank, a paid application until recently, is now officially free to use.
With this situation, it is not known until when it will be available, all trainers will be able to use the application at no cost, so you better take advantage and manage your Pokémon as soon as possible.
You can still count on your best allies
The eShop has a gift for you
Finally, users of Nintendo’s portable console noticed that the eShop left a couple of gifts. We are referring to 2 themes for the 3DS menu: “Dots and Stripes – Yellow and White” and “Stars – Black and Gold”.
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It is worth mentioning that these themes were obtained in exchange for $0.99 USD (approximately $18 MXN), but, fortunately for gamers, they can now be downloaded for free to decorate the console.
As you can see, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS can still offer hours and hours of fun with the games you once downloaded (and even with those that you can buy in their physical version), so you better not forget them and keep taking advantage of them. its unique possibilities.
These are the free themes
Will you still be using Nintendo’s retro consoles? Tell us in the comments.
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