Every 3DS and Wii U eShop Game We’re About to Lose Forever

As time marches on, the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are both slipping farther into the past. With recent news regarding these shops being closed in certain regions, as well as card payments being discontinued in 2022, it's worth noting how many titles we'll lose forever that are currently only available on these platforms.

Every 3DS and Wii U eShop Game We're About to Lose ForeverThe success of the Nintendo Switch has overtaken the company’s previous offerings. Since the release of the Game Boy in 1989, Nintendo has long practiced the “Two-Punch Strategy” with their hardware: offering both a home console as well as a handheld platform simultaneously. The Switch combined these two long-standing revenue streams into one killer console, and naturally focus has been turned towards the future.

As attention and resources have shifted towards the future, the state of the eShop on 3DS and Wii U is crumbling. The service was closed in some countries in June of 2020, and Nintendo of Japan has announced that these storefronts will end credit card purchases in January 2022. When these services become unavailable, players won’t just be unable to download or purchase titles; there’s a large number of titles that will cease to exist.

These are games that aren’t available on any other storefront and were not given physical release. This doesn’t count Virtual Console titles, as those can be found for original hardware. When the 3DS and Wii U eShops are officially dead, these games will be, too. You can stock up on titles now, while there’s still time.

Wii U & 3DS eShop Ending Credit Card Purchases in 2022 (Japan)

It is currently unclear when these changes may be made in North America and Europe, as this most recent announcement seems to pertain only to Japan. Still, the writing is on the wall, and it doesn’t hurt to prepare. Too many times, as digital services are being sunset, preservationists and archivists scramble to save what they can before access is terminated. Backing up titles now will save time in the long run, and show developers that their work is appreciated enough to be saved.

Without further ado, the titles most at risk for the Nintendo 3DS:

These are the most at-risk titles for the Wii U:

This is the most up-to-date and complete list I’ve been able to compile. A number of titles have already been delisted in recent years, either by Nintendo or the developers themselves. But as it stands, the aforementioned games are ones that can still be saved.

What do you think about these titles? How many have you played?

Do you think there is value in preserving every game, or should the community make careful choices about what is saved?
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Updated July 26, 2021: Added the tragically overlooked Pocket Card Jockey.

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