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Nintendo EShops Closure

 

March 24, 2022 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Nintendo has announced that its 3DS and WII U eShops will both cease operation in March 2023, leaving no alternatives for players to acquire the many digital only titles and no path for game preservation in the future. It is, in a sense, understandable as nobody could expect Nintendo to keep these stores online forever as they present a snowball of cost into the later years of life. The longer these stores remain open will mean less sales year-on-year, and higher operational costs in the form of security measures and server infrastructure.

This is not the first time we have seen a console company attempt to close an online store. In 2021 Sony announced it would close the online store for PS3 and PS Vita, after substantial kickback from the community though, the decision was overturned, and the online stores stayed functional. Considering the still existing player base for the 3DS and WII U, it is doubtful that Nintendo will overturn this decision like Sony did before. Much to the displeasure of many gamers, the 3DS and WII U online stores will close in March 2023. However, they can still play roulette for real money online instead.

Efforts are being made to preserve gaming history, including digital only games for the 3DS and WII U, but it is also doubtful that a brand like Nintendo would let anybody distribute any of their past games, whether Nintendo is still selling them or not.


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