Nintendo issued a statement reminding 3DS and Wii U owners that they only have until March 2024 to transfer their unused balance to their Nintendo Accounts. This time limit is a continuation of Nintendo's ongoing process of phasing out support for the legacy systems.
Nintendo released the 3DS in 2011, with the Wii U launching in 2012. The former was met with an overall positive reception and was generally regarded as an upgrade to the earlier Nintendo DS handheld. However, the Wii U's release was more divisive, with reviewers criticizing the console's lack of focus, subpar hardware for an 8th-generation console, and lack of third-party support. Still, the Wii U was also praised for its affordability, backward compatibility, gaming lineup, media features, and lacking subscription fees for its online services. However, both platforms were rendered obsolete by the launch of the hybrid Nintendo Switch in 2017.
Nintendo already announced its plans to discontinue the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop, ending all sales at 5:00 PM Pacific/8:00 PM Eastern on March 27, 2023. Nintendo will continue to support online play, provide software updates, and allow users to re-download content they already own for the foreseeable future. However, they will not be able to make any new purchases. Anyone who still has money left in their eShop has until March 2024 to merge their eShop and Nintendo Account wallets. Otherwise, they may lose access to their remaining balance.
Reminder: As of 3/27/2023, purchases on #eShop for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be discontinued.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 16, 2023
Until March 2024, you can merge your unused Nintendo eShop balance to your Nintendo Account, so that it can be used on #NintendoSwitch.
More details: https://t.co/TzvgiIV2O5
Users can merge their accounts through their Nintendo Switch system or by visiting accounts.nintendo.com. This will allow them to use their balance to make purchases in the Nintendo Switch version of the eShop. Note that doing so requires players to have or create a Nintendo Network ID on the Wii U and 3DS. They will also need to create a Nintendo Account if they do not have one already. 3DS and Wii U users do not need to own a Nintendo Switch before making their Nintendo Account.
Nintendo's decision to phase out its legacy consoles is not new, announcing in March 2022 that it plans to shut down the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Nintendo also shut down some of the systems' online features, including disabling the 3DS and Wii U's image-sharing function last October. Nonetheless, many fans are still not happy with the decision, with several expressing their dissatisfaction in their responses to Nintendo's latest tweet about the3DS and Wii U eShop closure.
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