First Nintendo ceased all transactions in the 3DS and Wii U eShop. Then they shut down the shop itself. The final step is nigh: the machines will breathe their last this spring, as Nintendo shuts down the servers for all online functions for the 3DS and Wii U. Death comes for everything eventually, even the machines.
Nintendo’s latest abrupt, out of nowhere announcement in a history of abrupt, out of nowhere announcements came in the middle of last night. A statement was released from them that said they now have plans to shut off the online support for the majority of Wii U and 3DS titles by next April. Or earlier: “If an event occurs that would make it difficult to continue online services for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software, we may have to discontinue services earlier than planned,” they said.
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).
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Last night on Nintendo’s Japanese website, the craziest thing happened. The Wii U release schedule was updated for the first time in a long time, and it listed two games coming to the Virtual Console marketplace the following day: Banjo-Kazooie and Blast Corps (under its original name Blast Dozer).
Attention those of you still using the Wii U, whoever you might be: you have just a few months left to upload your original level creations to Super Mario Maker. Nintendo announced this week the upload ability will be removed from the game on March 31, 2021 (there’s that March 31 date again…)
Last year VBlank Entertainment released Shakedown Hawaii, their sequel to the nutty 80s-themed Retro City Rampage…a top-down shooter adventure modeled after the first GTA game and flavored with endless 8-bit gamer in jokes. Shakedown Hawaii, released in 2019, is more of the same but with more options.
When the Wii U was discontinued one year ago, we warned you they were only going to become more scarce from there, and that it was the perfect time to either buy one (if you didn’t own one) or buy a complete-in-box sealed unit (for investment purposes). Now’s the time to either cash in on that investment, or kick yourself for not listening to us.
We know when Battle Princess Madelyn is coming out! Casual Bit Games’ long-in-development sidescroller will at last be ours December 6.
Nintendo has been exemplary at making Switch ports for all the great games people without a Wii U may have missed out on (i.e. everyone). Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker and Pokken Tournament have all been transferred to the Switch, and soon New Super Mario Bros. U will join the list. There are now more exclusives that have been ported vs. those that haven’t, but the Wii U still holds a few titles yet to make the jump.
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2017 was the year Nintendo pulled the plug on most Wii U-era services, including the console’s exclusive social media hub known as Miiverse. With the loss of the server might have come the erasure of thousands of crazy, mindless posts and drawings — but have no fear, the obsessive archivists of the Internet have come to your rescue.