Nintendo is shutting down the eShop for Wii U and 3DS in the coming weeks which means if you own the gaming hardware, you won’t be able to purchase new games for it and will only be able to access what you already own. It is sad news for the platforms given the huge success of the 3DS and well, sort of successful Wii U.
In an attempt to purchase every single game on both the Nintendo Wii U eShop and the Nintendo 3DS eShop, YouTuber Jirard “The Completionist” Khali went and bought every single game on both platforms. This includes 866 Wii U games and 1547 3DS games in total.
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The entire journey totalled 1.2TB of Wii U games and 267GB of 3DS games, DSiWare and DLC for the system. In total, it cost The Completionist $22,791/ £18,715 / R420 072. That is almost half a million rands worth of digital content.
The good news is that he now owns that content and even when the story shuts down, he’ll be able to play the games without an issue. However, Khali doesn’t plan on actually playing these games. Instead, he said he raised money to purchase the entire eShop collection on both platforms through sponsorships and will be donating the completed collection to the Video Game History Foundation. This is an organization dedicated to preserving the history of video games.
Nintendo plans on shutting down the eShop on 27 March making it impossible to purchase games for the Wii U and 3DS. However, users can still access their purchased library and re-download their content whenever they want to.
Nintendo will likely support the software through remasters and ports in the future. But you’ll likely need to purchase the same games over again in order to enjoy them.