Nintendo Prepares For 3DS & Wii U eShop Closure With Scheduled Maintenance

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This week is pretty significant in the world of Nintendo – with the Japanese company previously announcing it would “no longer be possible to use a Nintendo eShop Card to add funds to an account on Nintendo eShop for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS”.

This will take effect “as of” 29th August 2024, and it seems Nintendo has now taken the next step towards this. The ‘NinStatusBot‘ Twitter account reveals maintenance has now officially been scheduled for early next week around the same time:

Consider this a reminder then to add eShop card funds to the 3DS and Wii U eShops while you still can. Updates for both of these eShop storefronts will be entirely discontinued on 27th March 2024. After this, purchases will no longer be available, but you’ll still be able to download your existing library.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai recently reminded fans about these same closure dates, mentioning how this would be the “last chance” for everyone to get any games they really want, that may not be ported to other platforms in the future.

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There are still some workarounds when it comes to adding funds, which you can read more about in our extensive guide:

How are you feeling about the eShop closures? Have you got everything you want at this point? Will you be making any last-minute purchases with your funds? Leave a comment down below.

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