Nintendo eShop functionality will soon be retired
Following the announcement earlier this year that support for the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS consoles would end in March 2023, Nintendo began removing some of the features associated with the eShop. One of these features will be retired on May 23, and marks the first step in the shutdown plans Nintendo outlined each time it made its announcement. On that day, Wii U and 3DS owners will no longer be able to add funds to their accounts on those platforms via credit card payments.
For those who may have missed the initial announcement, details have been shared on a page on Nintendo’s support site which lists the various steps that will lead to Nintendo eShop shutting down completely on Wii U and 3DS platforms. . The first step is to end the use of credit cards on these devices.
“As of May 23, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use a credit card to add funds to an account in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems,” said the support website mentioned.
With the ability to fund your wallet on these soon-to-be-removed platforms, your only method of adding funds to the eShop via a Wii U or 3DS will be with a physical Nintendo eShop Card. This will work until August 29, when this option will also be removed, but even after that you can still use download codes to acquire items on your systems.
Or, if you have a Nintendo Switch and your various accounts and logins are properly linked, you can use the wallet balance shared between console generations to buy things on the 3DS or Wii U.
“Users who link their Nintendo Network ID wallet (used with Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family of systems) with their Nintendo Account wallet (used with Nintendo Switch family of systems) can use the shared balance to purchase content on any of these systems until the end of March 2023,” Nintendo said. “After that, the balance can only be used to purchase content for the Nintendo Switch family of consoles.”
By March 2023, free purchases and downloads will be removed entirely on 3DS and Wii U systems, so enjoy while you can, as various eShop futures continue to wind down.