PSA: Fund your 3DS and Wii U digital wallets today before it’s too late

Enlarge / The end is coming for two of Nintendo’s digital storefronts.

Back in February, Nintendo announced plans to shut down the digital eShops on the 3DS and Wii U, two consoles that it said have “become less used by consumers over time.” After today, the first phase of that plan will go into effect, and players will no longer be able to use a credit card to add new funds to their eShop wallets.

Physical eShop gift cards, which can still be purchased at major retailers, will be redeemable until August 29. But today marks the last chance to add eShop funds directly without going through an outside retailer.

Players who add funds today (or who use funds in a linked “Nintendo Account wallet” as used on the Switch) will still be able to make purchases until “late March 2023,” Nintendo said. Purchases made before that cutoff will still be available to redownload “for the foreseeable future” as well, though demos and “free-to-start” games will no longer be downloadable after that date.

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