Nintendo eShop feature will be discontinued soon

After announcing earlier this year that Nintendo eShop support on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family systems would end in March 2023, Nintendo has begun to phase out some of the eShop’s associated features. One of those features will be retired on May 23, marking the first phase of the shutdown plans Nintendo outlined each time it made its announcement. From that day on, Wii U and 3DS owners will no longer be able to fund 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 detailing the various steps that will lead to the total shutdown of Nintendo eShop on the Wii U and 3DS platforms. The first step is to end credit card usage on those devices.

“As of May 23, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use a credit card to add money to an account in Nintendo eShop on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems,” the support site said.

With the ability to deposit funds on those platforms that are soon to be removed, the only way to add funds to the eShop via a Wii U or 3DS is to use a physical Nintendo eShop card. That will work until August 29 when that option is also removed, but even after that you can still use download codes to get stuff 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 the console generations to buy things on the 3DS or Wii U.

“Users who link their Nintendo Network ID wallet (used with Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems) to their Nintendo Account wallet (used with the Nintendo Switch family) 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 Nintendo Switch systems.”

By March 2023, purchases and free downloads will be completely discontinued on the 3DS and Wii U systems, so make the most of it while you can as the various eShop futures continue to decline.

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