Last year, Nintendo announced it would shut down the services that power the majority of its 3DS and Wii U handheld consoles, which would impact many features including online co-op play, player ratings and more. It has now been announced that the shutdown will take place on April 8, 2024. .
Users who continue to interact with 3DS and Wii U consoles should take a look at Nintendo’s support page. It states that users have until March 11th to have unused credit in the online store balance linked to their Nintendo Network ID and have until March 11th to spend it or link the wallet to their Nintendo Account in order to use this credit for can spend on purchasing content on the Nintendo Switch. It is noteworthy that even if the user does not have a Switch console, the user can create an account in order to link a wallet with funds to it.
Let’s remember that a few months ago Nintendo announced that in April 2024 the Internet services of the 3DS and Wii U would be turned off. While users can still use StreetPass’s local link feature as well as Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter, the SpotPass features will no longer work. Note that the Nintendo Wii U was one of the company’s most prolific consoles in history: about 13 million copies of the Wii U were sold over the entire period, and the 3DS sold 75 million units between 2010 and 2020. As Nintendo said last fall, while the shutdown of the 3DS and Wii U services would mean the end of online gaming on those consoles, “For the foreseeable future, you will continue to be able to download updates and re-download previously purchased apps and other content.”.