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Digital application distribution platform for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo eShop[a] is a digital distribution service powered by the Nintendo Network for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family, and by a dedicated online infrastructure for the Nintendo Switch. Launched in June 2011 on the Nintendo 3DS, the eShop was enabled by the release of a system update that added the functionality to the Nintendo 3DS's HOME Menu.[2] It is the successor to both the Wii Shop Channel and DSi Shop. Unlike on the Nintendo 3DS, the eShop was made available on the launch date of the Wii U, although a system update is required in order to access it.[3] It is also a multitasking application, which means it is easily accessible even when a game is already running in the background through the system software, though this feature is exclusive to the Wii U and the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo eShop features downloadable games, demos, applications, streaming videos, consumer rating feedback, and other information on upcoming game releases.

A limited variant of the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS family was discontinued on July 31, 2020 for various Latin American and Caribbean markets,[4] as well as various Southeast Asia and the Middle East markets.[5] A limited variant of the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U was also discontinued at the same day for said Latin American and Caribbean markets.[4] As of that date, the ability to download, redownload, and update any software became unavailable, and games using the eShop were also affected.[4] Markets with full Nintendo eShop services for the Wii U and 3DS family (including North America, Japan, Europe, and Australia) are currently unaffected.

Features[edit]

The Nintendo eShop icon appears as part of the HOME Menu on the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Switch. It requires an Internet connection to access. Initially, the two versions of the Nintendo eShop between the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U were independent of each other. Whilst this remains largely true, after the implementation of Nintendo Network ID for the Nintendo 3DS, users that register the same ID account between both systems (currently at one time per console) could share certain data between both versions of the eShop, such as a combined funds balance, home address, saved credit and debit card information, wish list entries, and (formerly) linked Club Nintendo accounts. With the release of the Nintendo Switch version of the Nintendo eShop, the balance stored on a Nintendo Network ID can be shared or transferred to a Nintendo Account to be spent on the Nintendo Switch.

The eShop stores a record of all downloads and purchases, allowing users to re-download previously purchased software at no additional charge, provided the software is still available on the eShop. Downloads can be started immediately, or they can be queued up and be pushed to the console while it is not in use or when the eShop application is not running.[6] Users upgrading from a Nintendo DSi system can transfer their previous DSiWare purchases to the Nintendo 3DS, with limited exceptions, such as Flipnote Studio and the DSi web browser.[7] A December 2011 update enabled a similar feature allowing users to transfer their purchases between 3DS systems.[8] Before the implementation of Nintendo Network ID for the Nintendo 3DS in December 2013, only five transfers between Nintendo 3DS systems were permitted. The limit on system transfers has since been permanently waived.

Currency[edit]

Unlike the Wii Shop Channel and the DSi Shop services, which use Nintendo Points for purchases, the Nintendo eShop lists prices in the appropriate regional currencies, such as dollars and euros.[9] Accounts can be funded using either credit cards or prepaid cards purchased in stores.[10]

In China, the Nintendo eShop was released on December 10, 2019. However, the Mainland China version of the Nintendo Switch can only log in with a WeChat account, and the account can only be funded via WeChat Pay. In addition, purchasing downloadable content from other regions is disabled due to the lack of the ability to sign in with a Nintendo Account.

Multitasking[edit]

The Nintendo eShop can be accessed any time via the HOME menu screen, even when a game is already running. This feature, however, is only available on Wii U and Nintendo Switch. Background downloading is also possible via SpotPass while using any other application on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS, and while in Sleep Mode on Nintendo Switch.[11] Currently, 10 downloads can be queued at a time. The status of the downloads can be checked on the HOME menu under the "Download Manager". If notifications are activated, a pop-up message will appear in the top right corner of the screen to notify the user that a download is finished.

Ratings[edit]

The Nintendo eShop supports user reviews of games, applications, and other media. After an eShop title has been acquired and used for at least one hour, users can then submit a review consisting of a crescent range of one to five "stars", representing the title's quality. Users can also categorize games by age and gender, and as being suitable for either hardcore or casual gamers. The Wii U had Miiverse integration for user reviews on the Nintendo eShop.

Deluxe Digital Promotion and Nintendo Network Premium[edit]

Nintendo Network Premium logo

Main article: Nintendo Network

On September 13, 2012, during a Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation, Satoru Iwata introduced a new service called Deluxe Digital Promotion (North America)/Nintendo Network Premium (Europe, Australia, and Japan). It was a loyalty program similar to PlayStation Plus offered on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Gold on Xbox Live.

Consumers who purchased the Wii U Deluxe Pack in North America, or the Wii U Premium Pack in Europe and Japan, would receive a free two-year subscription to this service which lets Wii U owners receive points for each digital purchase.

Members who bought games and apps through the Wii U Nintendo eShop would receive ten percent of the price back in the form of Nintendo Points, which could subsequently be put towards future online purchases on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop. The promotion was available through March 31, 2015.[citation needed]

The program was discontinued on April 1, 2015, and the URL just leads to a discontinuation message and the reader gets a URL redirecting to Nintendo's official website. The service was never fully implemented beyond its promotional period. The My Nintendo program features a similar concept for anyone who links their Nintendo Network ID to their Nintendo Account profile, where users can earn Gold Points via any Nintendo eShop purchase and redeem them for full downloads or discount coupons available.

List of available content[edit]

The following types of games, applications and media are available to download from the Nintendo eShop (or Wii Shop Channel in the Wii U's Wii Mode):

Content Free or Purchase Nintendo SwitchWii UNintendo 3DS family
Video Game Software
Download SoftwareFree and Purchase Yes
Retail titles Purchase Yes
Add-on Content Free and Purchase Yes
Patches/Update Data Free Yes
Demos Free Yes
Nintendo & Sega 3D ClassicsPurchase No Yes
Wii titles Purchase No Downloadable titles that use a backward-compatibility similar to Wii Mode No
WiiWare titles Purchasable with Wii Points in Wii Mode only (Transferable from Wii consoles for free) No Was available in Wii Mode only, now discontinued
(games already purchased can be redownloaded)
No
DSiWare titles Purchase
(Transferable from Nintendo DSi for free)
No Yes
Virtual Console
ArcadePurchasable with Wii Points in Wii Mode only Discontinued
(games already purchased can be redownloaded)
Was available in Wii Mode only, now discontinued
(games already purchased can be redownloaded)
Available through the Nintendo & Sega 3D Classics line-ups only
Famicom/NESPurchase Discontinued
(games already purchased can be redownloaded)
Yes Yes, but some NES titles are available through the Nintendo 3D Classics line-up only
Super Famicom/Super NESPurchase Discontinued
(games already purchased can be redownloaded)
Yes Available on New Nintendo 3DS models only
Nintendo 64Purchase No Yes No
Master SystemPurchasable with Wii Points in Wii Mode only No Was available in Wii Mode only, now discontinued
(games already purchased can be redownloaded)
Available through the Sega 3D Classics line-up only
Mega Drive/GenesisPurchasable with Wii Points in Wii Mode only No Was available in Wii Mode only, now discontinued
(games already purchased can be redownloaded)
Available through the Sega 3D Classics line-up only
PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16Purchase No Yes Available on Japanese systems only (only 4 titles available)
Neo GeoPurchasable with Wii Points in Wii Mode only No Was available in Wii Mode only (AES versions), now discontinued
(games already purchased can be redownloaded)
No
Commodore 64 (removed)
(North America and PAL region Systems only)
Formerly able to be purchased; removed in August 2013
(Purchased titles can be redownloaded)
No Originally available in Wii Mode only
(removed from Wii Shop Channel in August 2013,
but games already purchased can be redownloaded)
No
MSX
(Japanese systems only)
Purchase (Japanese systems only) No Yes No
Game BoyPurchase No Unavailable for purchase, select games available to be demoed through Super Smash Bros. for Wii UYes
Game Boy ColorPurchase No Yes
Game Boy AdvanceFree and Purchase No Yes Available through the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program only
Nintendo DS / DSiPurchase No Nintendo DS games only, via Virtual Console Nintendo DS and DSi games can be played on the 3DS through backward compatibility, and DSiWare is available to download from the Nintendo eShop.
Game GearPurchase No Yes
Picture
Screenshots taken from in-game footage Free HD 2D and 3D
Video
Game videos (including trailers, behind the scenes, interviews, commercials, and promotional videos)Free HD HD and SD 2D and 3D
Video walkthroughs Free HD HD and SD 2D and 3D
Other
Apps and servicesFree and Purchase Yes

Download software[edit]

Main articles: List of Wii U games, List of Nintendo 3DS games, and List of Nintendo Switch games

Nintendo 3DS Download Software logo

An extension of the WiiWare and DSiWare series of downloadable software, these titles have been specifically created to utilize the capabilities of the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, respectively. These can be applications, videos, or games.

Retail titles[edit]

Main articles: List of Wii U games, List of Nintendo 3DS games, List of Wii games, List of Wii games on Wii U eShop, and List of Nintendo Switch games

The majority of Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Switch, as well as select Wii retail software titles are available to download via the Nintendo eShop. The first of these titles was New Super Mario Bros. 2, which launched on the Nintendo 3DS eShop alongside its retail release in August 2012.[12] A system update in March 2013 allowed players to transfer save data from a physical version of a game to a download version.[13]

Download-only titles[edit]

Any video game company, notably independent video game developers, may publish their games via the Nintendo eShop as download-only software for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch. Various titles, which may be sold as retail games in some regions, might be released as download-only software in others for various reasons, such as cost-effective localisation.

3D Classics[edit]

Main article: 3D Classics

3D Classics are a series of NES/Famicom, ArcadeSega Mega Drive/Genesis and Sega Master System/SG-1000 games remade with added 3D functionality and updated features, although the overall graphics retain their original art style and appearance. These titles are exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Add-on content[edit]

Add-on content includes downloadable content (DLC) or microtransactions to augment existing titles, the addition of new features, and patches. This content can both be free to download or purchasable. Add-on software can be added to both downloadable and physical games, and be purchased either individually or via in-game stores.

Demos[edit]

As of December 6, 2011, a system update upgraded the service to feature downloadable demos of retail games and eShop games.[6] Developers have the option to limit access to demos, such as limiting the number of plays available to the user.[6] When the number of plays reaches zero, the demo cannot be opened. The first paid demo was released in Japan on August 4, 2011,[14] and free demos were further released in Japan on December 27, 2011[15] and in North America on January 19, 2012. As of December 9, 2013, Nintendo Network IDs were implemented onto the Nintendo 3DS, becoming required for downloading free demos from the eShop.

Software updates[edit]

Software updates, more commonly known as patches, have been available on both Nintendo 3DS, since April 25, 2012,[16] and Wii U, since November 18, 2012,[17] via a system update. These system updates gave the ability to patch downloadable titles, as well as retail games, through both the Nintendo eShop and HOME Menu. These patches have the main purpose of fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs and improving usability or performance. Patches can also be downloaded while using other applications via the systems' Download Manager.

Virtual Console[edit]

Main article: Virtual Console

Virtual Console (バーチャルコンソール, Bācharu Konsōru), sometimes abbreviated as VC, is a specialized section of the Nintendo eShop online service that allows players to purchase and download games and other software for Nintendo's Wii U and Nintendo 3DS consoles.

Wii U[edit]

The Wii U uses the Wii U Menu and Nintendo eShop to access and purchase Virtual Console titles, respectively. Virtual Console games on the Wii U can be suspended and users can also create save states anytime. The GamePad is only compatible with these titles through Off-TV Play.

Currently, select titles from the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DS libraries are available for purchase on the eShop. Most of the Virtual Console library available on the original Wii is also available on Wii U, but only through the implementation of the console's "Wii Mode" and Wii Shop Channel, to access and purchase Virtual Console titles. Wii Virtual Console games cannot be controlled using the Wii U GamePad, albeit the current versions of the system software support displaying Wii Virtual Console games on the GamePad screen as if playing any other Wii game.

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

The Nintendo 3DS uses the Home Menu and Nintendo eShop to access and purchase Virtual Console titles, respectively. Virtual Console games on the Nintendo 3DS can be suspended and users can also create save states anytime.

Currently, titles from the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance (For Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors only) NES, SNES (New Nintendo 3DS exclusive), Sega Game Gear, and Turbografx16 (Japan only) are available for purchase on the eShop.

Twenty free NES and GBA games are available to 3DS owners who became eligible in the Ambassador's program (users who logged onto the Nintendo eShop before August 12, 2011, and did not format their eShop details). Special features in this interpretation of the Virtual Console allow players to create Restore Points, temporarily saving the game state for use later, and the optional ability to view games in their original resolution accompanied with special borders or templates.

GBA Ambassador games like Nintendo DS and DSi games and DSiWare can be displayed at their original screen resolution but don't support: Sleep Mode (Certain GBA games can be put into sleep mode by button combinations or in menu options), Restore Points, Home Menu functionality, SpotPass, StreetPass, Multiplayer, and Auto Brightness (New Nintendo 3DS models only).

WiiWare[edit]

Main article: WiiWare

WiiWare, for the Wiivideo game console, has been available for the Wii U since launch day when an update added support for the Wii Shop Channel's library of WiiWare games. Unlike the Nintendo 3DS, WiiWare software is only available for download on the Wii U through Wii Mode, not the Nintendo eShop. Similarly to using Wii software on the Wii U, WiiWare can only be played in its original resolution, via Wii Mode, and Wii U Home Menu functionality is disabled whilst WiiWare software is being played. There are over 450 downloadable games available in North America as of October 2012[update]. Initially all titles, with sole exception of LostWinds, were made available on the Wii U. LostWinds had since been patched and made available for transfer and purchase on the Wii U.[18] It was discontinued in January 2019.

DSiWare[edit]

Main article: List of DSiWare games and applications

DSiWare, for the Nintendo DSihandheld game console, has been available for the Nintendo 3DS since June 2011, when an update added support for the Nintendo eShop service which contains most of the DSi Shop's library of DSiWare games. With a few exceptions for certain games or applications such as Flipnote Studio and the DSi Internet Browser, the majority of existing DSiWare software is available for download on the Nintendo 3DS through the Nintendo eShop. Similar to using Nintendo DS software, DSiWare can be optionally viewed in its original resolution and Home Menu functionality, SpotPass, StreetPass, Auto Brightness (New Nintendo 3DS only) and 3D Functionality is disabled whilst DSiWare software is being played. There are over 550 downloadable DSiWare games available in North America as of January 2016.[19] DSiWare games and software on the Nintendo eShop are largely priced near-identically as on the original DSi Shop. Online functionality has been defunct in DSiWare titles due to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service ceasing operations as of May 20, 2014.

Video services[edit]

The Nintendo eShop offers a wide range of video streaming applications, which correspond to third party streaming services. Some of these services' applications are only available for download on Nintendo 3DS because every Wii U ships preloaded with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video applications.[20] These streaming services are available independently from Nintendo Network services.

Additionally, some videos can either be downloaded to the system's memory through SpotPass. On the Nintendo 3DS, many of these videos are offered in autostereoscopic 3D; on the Wii U, only 2D high definition videos are available. The exact content available varies by region.

Content Free or Subscription Nintendo SwitchWii UNintendo 3DS
Video services integrated within Nintendo TVii
(cancelled in PAL regions; discontinued in North America)
Hulu(Japan and United States only)Subscription No Yes No
Amazon Prime Video(United States only)Purchase
(Optional Amazon Prime subscription available)
Yes
NetflixSubscription Yes
TiVo(DVR service officially announced but never released)Purchase No Yes No
Standalone video services
Netflix (Discontinued on 3DS and Wii U as of June 30, 2021)Subscription No Yes
Hulu (Japan and United States only; Discontinued on 3DS and Wii U as of February 20, 2019)Subscription Yes
Prime Video (North America and Europe; Discontinued on Wii U as of September 26, 2019)Purchase
(Optional Amazon Prime subscription available)
No Yes No
LoveFilm(Europe only; discontinued in favor of Amazon Video)Subscription No Yes No
YouTube(Discontinued on 3DS as of September 3, 2019)Free Yes
Nintendo Video(discontinued in all regions;
content remain available via North American eShop)
Free No No Yes
YNN![21](Japan only)Subscription No Yes No
Nico Nico(Japan only)Free Yes
Crunchyroll(North America and Europe only)Free and Subscription No Yes No
Funimation(North America, Europe, and Oceania only)Subscription Yes No No
Tencent Video(Tencent Nintendo Switch units in Mainland China only)Free and Subscription Yes No No
Online Shows
Nintendo Direct conference videos Free Yes
Nintendo eShop NewsFree No Yes
Other video services
Short Films Free and Purchase No Yes Yes
Other services
InkyPen Subscription Yes No No
Izneo Subscription Yes No No
Napster (Europe only)Non-free|Subscription No Yes No
Watchup Free No Yes No

Canceled Services:

Nintendo Unleashed (Official Nintendo Magazine)[edit]

Not to be confused with Nintendo TVii.

Nintendo Unleashed was a video gaming online magazine published by Future Publishing for Nintendo Network. It is produced by the team behind the Official Nintendo Magazine and features video reviews and previews and footage of upcoming and recently released Nintendo games. Episodes are released monthly on the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo Channel and YouTube where users can watch all the latest news, reviews and previews of Wii, Wii U, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and Virtual Console games. The show's original name and format was called "Nintendo TV".[25] The show ended sometime in 2014 before the Official Nintendo Magazine ceased publication.

Nintendo Show 3D[edit]

Nintendo Show 3D was a video gaming online show produced by Nintendo and hosted by Jessie Cantrell. It featured video previews and footage of upcoming and recently released Nintendo 3DS retail and digital game titles. Episodes were released every two weeks on the Nintendo eShop free of charge. This series was exclusive to North American Nintendo 3DS consoles.[26] Nintendo Show 3D released its last episode on March 28, 2013,[24] two years after the North American release of the original Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo eShop News[edit]

Japan exclusive news video conferences hosted by Satoru Iwata.[27][28]

Short films[edit]

The Nintendo eShop offers a wide range of downloadable video content for the Nintendo 3DS. These videos are mostly offered in 3D and are downloaded right to the system's storage. To produce and distribute these short films, Nintendo has partnered with companies such as Breakthru Films, Black Box Productions, Atlantic Productions, Ka-Ching Cartoons and DreamWorks Animation.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^Nintendo eShop (ニンテンドーeショップ, Nintendō īShoppu)

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Wii U eShop Games to Buy Before the Service Shuts Down

By Ramon Hara

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The fate of the Wii U eShop looks grim after Nintendo announces new changes, so there are games all players should get before it's too late.

Several days ago, Nintendo made the announcement on its Japanese Twitter account that it would no longer allow players to add funds via credit card on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop in Japan starting early next year. Although the company didn't explicitly say it is permanently closing shop for the 3DS and Wii U, it appears to be an inevitability at this point.

While the 3DS did see some success during its prime, the same can't be said about the Wii U. Unlike its predecessor, the Wii U barely made a dent in the video games industry and became a massive failure for Nintendo. However, while the Wii U did fail to become a commercial success, it still hosts some noteworthy Nintendo games that players may not be able to access anymore should the company decide to shut down its digital store.

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Rayman Legends

Released in 2013, Rayman Legends is the direct successor to 2011's Rayman Origins. It serves as the fifth main entry in the Rayman series, and Rayman Legends for the Wii U received positive reviews from fans and critics due to a gameplay design that fits the console well. Although Rayman Legends also made its way to other platforms, players should still experience it on the Wii U where it takes advantage of the console's gamepad.

Rayman Legends carries over the gameplay mechanics of Rayman Origins, allowing up to four players to make their way through various levels. Apart from the main characters, Rayman Legends also saw the return of Murfy the greenbottle, who made his first appearance in Rayman 2: The Great Escape. The story of Rayman Legends takes place one century after Rayman Origins.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Another notable Wii U game players should purchase before the eShop goes away is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Serving as a remaster of the GameCube game, The Legend: Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is a must-play on the Wii U. This remastered version adds native 1080p resolution, an alternative lighting engine, and several gameplay changes.

It is also one of the first Legend of Zelda games to be released on the Wii U, joined later by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - though that game is best suited on the Nintendo Switch. The story of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker sees Link celebrating his coming of age when a giant bird drops Tetra onto Outset Island. After Link rescues Tetra from monsters, the bird snatches away his sister Aryll and Tetra agrees to help Link search for his sister.

Pikmin 3

It is no doubt that Pikmin 3 is one of the most revolutionary entries in the Pikmin series thanks to its reimagined mass-action strategy gameplay. In Pikmin 3, players control three explorers and a wide variety of Pikmin in a struggle for survival. The game also introduced more Pikmin types, off-TV play, and downloadable content. Shortly after its release in 2013, Pikmin 3 received positive reviews thanks to its innovative gameplay, stellar graphics, and improved level design.

In 2015, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto released a cryptic statement suggesting that a Pikmin 4 was nearing completion. As such, fans of the franchise waited with bated breath for an announcement trailer to drop at any moment, but nothing has happened ever since. As a result, it remains unclear what the status of Pikmin 4 is, especially since Nintendo is keeping itself busy with other franchises. However, a new Pikmin game is not impossible, and Nintendo may just be keeping it at bay.

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Mass Effect 3 Special Edition

Players looking for a mature game on the Wii U should consider picking up Mass Effect 3 Special Edition. It is worth noting that Mass Effect games typically don't release on Nintendo consoles, which is why Mass Effect 3 on the Wii U is a rare game to have. Serving as the third and final installment in the original Mass Effect trilogy, Mass Effect 3 is set six months after the events of Mass Effect 2. After its release, Mass Effect 3 received glowing reviews for its art direction, the roster of characters, emotional depth, improved combat, and voice acting. However, despite its critical success, some fans didn't take the game's ending.

Bayonetta 2

In 2014, Nintendo and Platinum Games released Bayonetta 2, the sequel to the popular action-adventure hack-and-slash game Bayonetta. Originally released for the Wii U, Bayonetta 2 introduced much-needed improvements from the first game, especially in its combat system. As such, Bayonetta 2 received critical acclaim from both fans and critics. Bayonetta 2 takes place on the fictional mountain of Fimbulventr and the town of Noatun. The game saw the return of characters such as Rodin, Lika, and Enzo, alongside new friends.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong is one of Nintendo's oldest franchises, which is why keeping it relevant and fresh must be a difficult task. In 2014, Nintendo released Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a direct sequel to 2010's Donkey Kong Country Returns. In the game, Donkey Kong and his family must traverse five islands to save their home, Donkey Kong Island, after it is frozen by the Snowmads.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze received mostly positive reviews upon release thanks to its innovative level designs, smooth gameplay, and soundtrack. However, one element of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze that received mixed reviews is its level of difficulty, which became a barrier to entry for players trying out the franchise for the first time. Despite this, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is one of the best entries in the franchise so far, and is definitely a must-have for Wii U players.

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Nintendo recently announced they will no longer be allowing certain payment methods in the 3DS and Wii U eShops in early 2022. The digital storefronts are not closing just yet though. When that eventual full closure will take place is still anyone's guess, but it's clear that things are beginning to move in that direction.

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Many Wii U games have not made it to the Switch, especially for fans of some of Nintendo's earlier consoles. The Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and even the original Wii all have fantastic games available on the Wii U eShop but no representation on the Nintendo Switch. Players may wish to experience some games on their Wii U that would be hard, or in some cases impossible, to come by otherwise.

10 Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars Is Already An Elusive Classic

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars has always been a highly sought-after title, even back in the 1990s with its original debut on the Super Nintendo. The Wii U eShop release is one of the easiest ways to play the game in modern times. It's also by far the most affordable option available today.

Players looking to experience Mario's debut RPG have limited choices. The original Super Nintendo cartridge is pricey in today's market. It was also one of the 21 games on the Super NES Classic Edition console, which today goes for two to three times its debut price. Once the Wii U eShop closes, unless the game comes to Switch someday, only expensive options will remain.

9 Shin'en Multimedia's Fast Racing Neo Will Disappear, And Most Of Nintendo's F-Zero Franchise Will Fade Into History

Nintendo's F-Zero franchise has gone long forgotten by the company, but the majority of the games from the series are actually available on the Wii U's eShop. It has F-Zero X from the Nintendo 64, and both F-Zero: Maximum Velocity and F-Zero: GP Legend from the Game Boy Advance. None of these are easily playable elsewhere on modern hardware, and the Switch only has the original F-Zero game from the Super Nintendo.

Shin'en Multimedia's Fast Racing franchise is a spiritual successor to the F-Zero games. They have an excellent entry on the Wii U called Fast Racing Neo that will be gone when the eShop closes. Fortunately, at least there's a new entry in the series on Switch called Fast RMX.

8 Players May Want To Experience Metroid Fusion, Metroid Zero Mission, And Metroid Prime Trilogy On Wii U While They Can

To play the physical cartridge versions of Metroid Fusion and Metroid Zero Mission on a TV, players would need a GameCube console and a Game Boy Player adapter, which is expensive on its own. The games are pricey too. The Wii U versions make this a much easier task and are more affordable.

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Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii has always been somewhat rare. It goes for as much as some older consoles for the physical version now. Losing the relatively affordable digital release from the Wii U eShop will make the physical version even more coveted.

7 Wii Sports Club Has A Physical Version, But The Price Is Already High

There's a physical version of Wii Sports Club that was released, but it already commands a hefty price tag online. When the Wii U eShop closes, the physical version will likely only become more expensive. At least in this case players still have access to the original Wii Sports game, though it has a few drawbacks compared to Wii Sports Club.

For one thing, Wii Sports Club is in HD, and the visual upgrade is a nice improvement. The online features that were included for Wii Sports Club were not available in the original Wii Sports either. The likelihood of any of the Wii Sports franchise games coming to the Switch seems slim.

6 Rhythm Heaven Fever Risks Being Relegated To Obscurity

The Rhythm Heaven franchise is a wacky, niche rhythm game series from Nintendo. The Wii entry, Rhythm Heaven Fever, is available on the Wii U eShop. The game has been expensive for a long time in its physical version due to having a low number of discs printed originally.

When the Wii U eShop eventually closes, losing access to the digital version of Rhythm Heaven Fever will only make the price of the physical version increase further. Unless Nintendo has plans to make a new entry in the franchise for the Switch, the series seems poised to fade quietly into history.

5 The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD & Twilight Princess HD Still Haven't Made It To The Switch

Both of these celebrated entries in the Zelda franchise have other versions available. There are physical copies of both games on the Wii U in addition to the eShop versions. The original versions of the games are also available in physical form for the GameCube and Wii consoles.

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However, only the Wii U versions are in HD, and the improvements made to the HD remasters go beyond just the visuals. While the prices of the physical versions are still reasonable for now, all that may change when the games can no longer be obtained digitally. Zelda games are very popular, and demand will remain high.

4 Pandora's Tower Barely Made It Out Of Japan The First Time Around

Pandora's Tower was part of the fan campaign Operation Rainfall a decade ago in 2011. Along with Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story, these games almost didn't get an English translation and release. It was thanks to the immense fan support that Nintendo was swayed.

Physical copies of the original release on Wii are pricey and not too easy to come by. The likelihood that the game would get any more attention after the Wii U eShop closure is slim. It may be a worthwhile game to consider while it's still affordable and available digitally.

3 The Three Game Boy Advance Entries In The Castlevania Franchise Will Become Scarce

The Nintendo Switch has the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, which does a respectable job of gathering and preserving many of the early Castlevania franchise games. But the Game Boy Advance entries are not included in the bunch. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance are especially pricey in their physical versions these days.

Players will lose easy access to key entries in F-Zero, Metroid, Castlevania, and other popular franchises with the eventual Wii U eShop closure. The only choice for many of these games will be to track down expensive physical copies and old hardware. The Wii U is one of the best ways to enjoy these titles affordably in a modern fashion on larger screens.

2 Sin & Punishment Fans Will Have To Import The Japanese Original

The original Sin & Punishment game for the Nintendo 64 was never released outside of Japan. It wasn't until the Wii that it came to the virtual console of the Wii Shop Channel as a digital download. The Wii U continues to offer it on its eShop today as well.

A sequel was made on the Wii called Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, and it is also available digitally on the Wii U eShop. When the Wii U eShop closes, it will be impossible to play the original game outside of importing a copy of the Japanese version.

1 EarthBound Will Return To Being Extremely Rare And Coveted, And EarthBound Beginnings Will Be Gone

For many fans, losing access to these two games would be the most devastating part of the Wii U eShop closure. EarthBound flew under the radar for many players back on the Super Nintendo, but over time it grew into a cult classic. The original physical cartridge version is one of the most expensive games from the system today.

It was highly requested on the Wii's virtual console, but Nintendo didn't release it digitally until 2013 on the Wii U. Its prequel, EarthBound Beginnings, never made it out of Japan originally. It was also released for the first time worldwide as a Wii U digital title. When the eShop closes, EarthBound returns to being prohibitively expensive, and EarthBound Beginnings will disappear altogether.

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Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop May Close Permanently In 2022

Nintendo of Japan announces a big change for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops, possibly signaling the digital stores closing in 2022.

The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops could close permanently sometime in 2022 if the company’s latest announcement is anything to go by. The Nintendo DS, which the 3DS line succeeded, is still Nintendo’s best-selling console and one of the best-selling consoles of all time, second only to the PlayStation 2. Even though the 3DS did not sell as well as its predecessor, becoming the lowest-selling Nintendo handheld console, it was still a popular handheld that sold over 70 million units.

Unfortunately, the Nintendo Wii U wasn’t as successful as the. The successor to the massively popular and industry-changing Wii failed to sell, although it did host some pretty good first-party titles, and Nintendo discontinued the device in 2017. On the bright side, the company took many of the concepts of the Wii U and improved on it to come up with the Nintendo Switch, one of the fastest-selling consoles in recent memory.

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On its official website, Nintendo of Japan announced that the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops will no longer allow users to add funds via credit card or e-money card starting January 18, 2022. The announcement currently only applies to Japan, but the company could very likely do the same for other regions. According to the announcement, any remaining funds in either of the respective eShops after the aforementioned date may still be used as is. Once support for credit cards and e-money cards has ended, users will only be able to add funds for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops via Nintendo prepaid cards or by linking their Nintendo Network ID with their Nintendo account.

This change may mean that Nintendo is simply discontinuing whatever separate payment infrastructures it had in place for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops and is centralizing where players are able to add funds to purchase content for the two older consoles. On the other hand, it could potentially mean something more in the future as the announcement also mentions certain features being disabled due to the change, including disabling the filter of the Nintendo 3DS’s internet browser as well as the subscription services of titles such as Karaoke JOYSOUND for the Wii U.

While Nintendo of Japan’s announcement doesn’t directly mention the shuttering of the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops anytime soon, it still isn’t an impossibility. Sony just recently fully closed the PSP's digital store and almost closed the stores for both the PS3 and PS Vita, too, so it isn’t unprecedented for a console manufacturer like Nintendo to eventually shutter the older consoles' online stores. But given that it took Sony almost 17 years to close the PSP store, users of both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U may not have to worry anytime soon.

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Nintendo Cutting Support For The 3DS And Wii U Eshops Is Ridiculous

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Nintendo has announced its intention to cut credit card support for the 3DS and Wii U eShops in January 2022.

Two, six, and ten. Those are the numbers of mainline Pokemon, Zelda, and Mario games that are currently available to download on Switch, respectively.

Obviously this doesn’t include Super Mario 64, Sunshine, or Galaxy, all of which were temporarily playable on Switch prior to the removal of Super Mario 3D All-Stars a few months ago. All in all, it’s a fairly poor selection of iconic entries from three of Nintendo’s most illustrious flagship series - at least we’ve always been able to play the rest on older machines.

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What’s that? Not anymore, you say? Do explain.

Nintendo has announced that as of January 2022, credit card support for the 3DS and Wii U eShops will be shut down. Essentially, if you want to be able to play Wii U or 3DS games after that date, you’ll need to either a) buy them digitally beforehand and have the memory necessary for storing them, b) purchase pricey physical copies of the games, c) circumvent the lack of credit cart support using bureaucratic money circulation techniques, or d) emulate them, which is illegal. That last point makes the closure of the 3DS and Wii U eShops particularly ironic.

If you’ve got Nintendo Switch Online, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with the NES and SNES libraries available to subscribers. In order for these games to run on Switch, they must be emulated - while emulation via third parties is illegal, Nintendo is obviously allowed to run its own games based on software designed to replicate its proprietary hardware. The DS was capable of playing GBA games, but that was facilitated by hardware as opposed to emulation tools. Nintendo’s emulation efforts only truly began in earnest with the Wii, which went on to influence the software we see being used by the 3DS and Wii U. As evidenced by previous transferability across generations, this should technically be readily adaptable for the newer, fancier, and more powerful Switch, although we’ve yet to see it adopt anything beyond a machine that was discontinued 18 years ago.

Put it this way: you can’t play Ocarina of Time on Switch. You can’t play Pokemon Red & Blue, nor can you boot up the much newer Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. As I mentioned earlier, Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy were there for a while, but they’re gone. Mario has admittedly enjoyed relative comfort on the Switch compared to Pokemon and Zelda, but there are still quite a few games missing - games that could be played on one of the consoles Nintendo is ditching support for. I mean, the Wii U is a bona fide Zelda machine. The Switch has Breath of the Wild, Link’s Awakening, the recently released Skyward Sword HD, and three NES Zeldas, one of which is the highly contested Zelda 2.

In isolation, all of these things seem like minor grievances, but if you combine each issue and examine the collective whole in context, it quickly becomes ridiculous. Also, this is before we even talk about other Nintendo series like Metroid, F-Zero, Super Smash Bros., Kirby, Earthbound, and so on. Nintendo has, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most impressive oeuvres in gaming history - so why does it seem as if it doesn’t care?

I’m not an expert. The people making these decisions are much smarter than I am and obviously have a more nuanced understanding of what works both commercially and in terms of maintaining what is probably the single most ubiquitous brand in video games. But to me, it just seems as if it’s all in service of yet another anti-consumer gimmick. The limited availability window for Super Mario 3D: All-Stars was an anti-consumer gimmick. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light was an anti-consumer gimmick. Hell, even the Switch OLED, which retails for an extra $40 despite minimal improvements, is, ultimately, an anti-consumer gimmick.

When we see Nintendo culling support for its second and third-most recent platforms, both of which are the immediate predecessors of each of the Switch’s hybrid forms - home console and handheld - it’s like Sony saying, “Sorry buds, you can’t buy PS4 games anymore.” If you think I’m exaggerating, the PS4 came out in 2013, one year after the Wii U. It genuinely is like consciously choosing to ditch a platform that was current-gen until very recently.

The sourest part about all of this is that Nintendo actively denounces emulation, which, sure, it’s not legal. If you own the copyright to games and you want them to be purchased via the correct channels, you have every right to enforce that - but they’re not even purchasable, for the most part. Once credit card support goes for Wii U and 3DS, your only option will be to hunt down extremely expensive physical copies of games. You can’t get them digitally and they’re not on Switch - not yet, at least.

The only partially refreshing thought I’ve had about this entire fiasco was, “Maybe Nintendo is going to finally get that N64 classics library,” or, as I’d personally prefer, a whole host of Game Boy games. I mean, the Wii U virtual console supports games right up to and through the DS era - given the fact both the NES and SNES emulators exist on Switch, hoping for N64, GBA, and DS doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch.

Or does it? It’s all so unpredictable right now. Zelda got nothing for its 35th anniversary. Donkey Kong’s 40th was basically ignored. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Pearl were announced alongside Legends: Arceus for the series’ 25th birthday, but aside from that there was radio silence in terms of preservation efforts for the series’ existing games. The technology is there for these titles to come to Switch, and I know for a fact people would pay close to full price for a relatively untouched Emerald, or Crystal, or Black. But no - the only way to play these games for the foreseeable future is to drop top dollar on elusive, archaic, unsupported machines before forking over extortionate amounts of cash for secondhand games that are probably devastated by dust.

Nintendo is probably my favourite video game company of all time, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to go to bat for an organisation that is so insistent on burying its own legacy. The Wii U and 3DS being left behind with no tangible way for the games locked to those consoles to persevere through to newer hardware is shocking. For a studio with so many beloved games, it’s weird to see how hellbent it is on making sure nobody ever gets to play them.

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