No more eShop for the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS?
Time passes and the eShops of older consoles start to close slowly... After 10 and 9 years of good and faithful service, the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS seem to have reach retirement.
At least this is what the Youtube channel IGS - Impact Game Station has claimed. Apparently, Nintendo informed various developers that it will be impossible from April 1st 2022 to submit new games on the eShop of both consoles.
The website Nintendo Everything confirmed these allegations by sharing the message the Japanese company sent to the developers:
"We herewith wish to inform you that it has been decided to cease the acceptance of submissions for new Nintendo 3DS / Wii U titles for eShop release by the end of the current fiscal year (effective from 1st April 2022). These new titles should be lotcheck approved latest within 3 months after the submission deadline. The Nintendo 3DS / Wii U eShops will remain active and submissions of patches will still be processed until further notice. Please take these deadlines into consideration in your planning for upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Wii U digital releases. Thank you very much for your understanding and continuous support on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U consoles during the past years." Kind regards, Nintendo of Europe – European Publisher Business
As stated above, it will still be possible to submit updates and patches of existing games. However, developers have now less than a year to deploy new titles on the Wii U and 3DS eShop.
As a reminder, those are just rumours and nothing has been made official yet. Still it seems very likely that the era of the Wii U and the 3DS is coming to an end...