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Wii U and Nintendo 3DS online eShop purchases ending in March 2023

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Wii U Console (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Nintendo is ending support for digital purchases on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
  • Starting in May 2022, users won't be able to add money using a credit card.
  • Digital purchases will be closed entirely at some point in March 2023.

Support for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS digital purchases will be ending in March 2023, Nintendo confirmed on Tuesday. There isn't an exact day given, with Nintendo simply stating that support will be ending in "late March."

As part of this update, Nintendo also confirmed that users will no longer be able to add money to their eShop account on the Nintendo 3DS or Wii using a credit card starting on May 23, 2022. Further on, as of August 29, 2022, players will no longer be able to add money using Nintendo eShop gift cards.

Even after support for new digital purchases ends in March 2023, players who have already bought something will continue to be able to download it, at least for the forseeable future. Online support for any Wii U and Nintendo 3DS multiplayer games will also continue to be available past March 2023, at least for now. The Nintendo Switch eShop is still unaffected, so players can of course go on buying digital games for their Nintendo Switch uninterrupted.

Samuel Tolbert
Samuel Tolbert

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance gaming writer who started working for iMore and its sister sites Windows Central and Android Central in July 2019. He handles news, previews, reviews, and exclusive original reporting, and has also been featured on TechRadar.

With a background studying engineering before he shifted his focus to gaming journalism, he's skilled at identifying technical advantages and disadvantages provided by different hardware. If he’s not writing something, he’s off playing video games, spending time with his pets, exercising, or reading. He's also fond of trying to draw things with his iPad.

1 Comment
  • This is why I don’t trust an all digital console when the console is still playable and can’t play new games without already owning them or have them downloaded to your console