Users of the Nintendo 3DS, as well as Wii U, shall eventually be unable to buy eShop products using credit cards. At 11 & 9 years old, correspondingly, the systems are being phased out by both Nintendo and the gaming industry as a whole.
For 3DS & Wii U eShops, Nintendo confirmed in February this year that all online purchase methods will be discontinued by March of 2023. As an aspect of the sunsetting procedure, several payment methods will be unavailable on specified days all through the course of the following year. Credit & debit cards, actual Nintendo eShop Cards, and finally, the Nintendo Network ID wallet are all examples of this. As a result, the first phase of the sunsetting phase is just around the horizon.
On May 23, credit & debit cards would no longer work in the 3DS & Wii U eShops, according to Nintendo Everything. With little over a week left, customers who wish to add credit to their accounts in order to make a transaction from either shop may do so. After the 23rd of May, funds contributed to a user may still be used on both eShops, but further funds cannot be debited to credit nor debit cards.
The termination of Nintendo eShop Cards on August 29th will be the last stage towards the sunsetting of both the 3DS as well as Wii U eShop. Then after the date, all remaining prepaid tickets will be deactivated, however, access keys for games and material will still operate. Linking your Nintendo Account wallet to the 3DS and Wii U’s eShops with your Nintendo Network ID purse will allow you to use your shared value till March 2023. Wii U and 3DS owners may continue to play online, download videogames plus DLC, and receive software patches beyond March 2023, according to Nintendo.
In spite of the fact that service shutdowns are unavoidable for all online services, this condition nonetheless raises concerns about the conservation of video games.