After announcing earlier in the year that support for the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems would end in March 2023, Nintendo began ending some features associated with the eShop. One of these features will be discontinued on May 23 and marks the first phase of shutdown plans that Nintendo outlines whenever it makes its announcement. On that day, Wii U and 3DS owners will not be able to add money to their accounts on those platforms via credit card payments.
For those who missed the initial announcement, details have been shared within a page on the Nintendo support site that lists the various steps that will lead to the complete shutdown of the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and 3DS platforms. The first step is to end credit card use on those devices.
“From May 23, 2022, it will no longer be possible to use a credit card to add money to an account in a Nintendo eShop on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family of systems,” Support site She said.
With the option to fund your wallet on those soon-to-be-removed platforms, your only way to add money to your eShop via the Wii U or 3DS will be to use a physical Nintendo eShop Card. This will work until August 29th when that option is removed as well, but even after that happens you’ll still be able to use download codes to get stuff on your systems.
Or, if you have a Nintendo Switch and your different accounts and logins are properly linked, you can use the console’s intergenerational wallet balance to buy things on your 3DS or Wii U.
“Users who link their Nintendo Network ID wallet (used with the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems) to their Nintendo Account Wallet (used with the Nintendo Switch family of systems) can use the shared credit to purchase content on any of these systems until late March 2023,” Nintendo said. After that, the credit can only be used to purchase content for the Nintendo Switch family of systems.
By March 2023, free downloads and purchases will be completely discontinued on 3DS and Wii U, so take advantage of them while you can as eShop futures continue to fade.