Nintendo Is Shutting Down The 3DS and Wii U Online Services
It has been announced by Nintendo that, as of April 2024, the online services provisions for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U will be shut down forever – but it may happen earlier. It was stressed in a press release this morning that ‘if an event occurs that would make it difficult to continue online services for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software, we (Nintendo) may have to discontinue services earlier than planned.’
That effectively means that Nintendo could drop the shutdown bomb on fans of these legendary platforms without too much notice, which is quite unfortunate. On March 28th, the Nintendo eShops for the Wii U and the 3DS were sunsetted – and now the online services are set to follow.
End of an Era
For some, this news won’t cause them to lose any sleep. After all, the Wii U was the worst-selling Nintendo console of all time, even if it was relatively innovative when it was released. Before it was discontinued in 2020, the Nintendo 3DS had racked up around 75 million sales, and that really was a fan-favourite console. It had a decade-long shelf life that saw it outlive some other, popular platforms, but all good things come to an end, right?