Nintendo hasn’t supported the 3DS with any new content for several years now, and the Wii U was abandoned the second the Switch showed up. When the Wii’s eShop was shut down, many fans wondered how long the Wii U’s shop had left, as it was a far less successful console. Looks like now we know. The shop, and everything in it, has been given a March 2023 expiration date. The 3DS’s eShop will be shut down at the same time, despite there still technically being a model on the market (you can find a cheap 2DS at Walmart or Target if you hunt for it).
One of the strongest arguments fans of physical media commonly use is that it’s the fate of digital media to disappear. The counter-argument is often “well, physical media disappears too, because nature reclaims it,” but this process is of course much slower than pushing a big red “erase” button or unplugging a server.
Nintendo has announced that they have officially halted production on all existing models of the 3DS. It’s the end of several eras….not only this particular handheld’s nine-year run, but the end of the DS line as well as the end of Nintendo’s line of dedicated handhelds that stretches back over thirty years.
It would be easier to cover what ISN’T on sale this evening as Nintendo just launched a gigantic eShop sale. The discounts are mostly for the Switch, but there are also some offerings for 3DS owners. The nice thing about the below list is that you have some time to look it over…most of these prices will remain in effect for one week, until December 4.
One day after Best Buy revealed their Black Friday video game sales, Wal-Mart unveiled theirs. Here’s what their circular tells us.
This year’s Black Friday video game sales from Target, console-wise, are similar to what we saw offered from Best Buy yesterday. This is typical — most retailers will cut the prices of big-ticket items comparatively close to one another. Let’s see what we can get.
If anything signals that Nintendo is running away from their Wii U era as fast as possible, it’s this: Miiverse is about to be shut down. The unique social messaging service was created for the Wii U gamepad and later ported to 3DS. The move was confirmed for Japan yesterday, and confirmed globally today.
There seems to be a race as of late between the various game makers as to whom can create the most expensive “collectors edition” version of the games they sell. We’ve had a few overly expensive releases here, but the practice started in Japan, and they’ve topped us already. This obscenely decadent Ace Attorney bundle isn’t THE most expensive game package the island nation has produced, but it’s pretty high up there.
There’s growing outrage today from Nintendo fans about the recently revealed functionality of amiibo in Metroid: Samus Returns, coming soon to 3DS and 2DS.
One of the biggest surprises of E3 yesterday was when Nintendo unveiled Metroid: Samus Returns, a remake of Metroid II from the original Game Boy, but being rebuilt for the Nintendo 3DS. Now, Nintendo has released a dev diary detailing even more about the game.
We must be getting closer to E3 if the leaks are becoming more frequent. This week two previously unknown titles — one for 3DS, the other for Switch — were discovered and uncovered. Nintendo has yet to officially announce either of them.