Before to the closing of both storefronts, a player has purchased every game available on the Wii U and 3DS eShops. Known for his popular content, Jirard “The Completionist” According to Khalil, the total collection included 1547 3DS titles and 866 Wii U games.
This amounted to 267 GBs of 3DS games, DsiWare, and DLC and 1.2 TBs of Wii U games. Khalil spent over a full year and $22,791/£18,715 on the entire collection. The Video Game History Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to preserving the history of video games, will receive the entire collection, according to Khalil, which was paid for by sponsorships.
The Wii U and 3DS eShops will no longer be open for game purchases starting on March 27. According to VGC study, after 3DS and Wii U eShop transactions finish, up to 1000 digital-only eShop games will essentially vanish forever.
The online service won’t terminate totally, Nintendo promised last year, even if no more transactions (including the downloading of free trials and content) will be allowed after March 27 of the following year.
Even after March 27, 2023, and for the foreseeable future, it will still be possible to redownload games and DLC, get software upgrades, and take advantage of online play on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Khalil worried that their bank would object to the large number of transactions, so they added money to their account using eShop credit cards. This required purchasing 464 eShop cards and using each one individually on each system.
The party encountered a problem, though, because the eShop would only let a single digital wallet carry $250 at once, which meant they would always have to buy games, then redeem cards, then repeat the process about 72 times. Khalil keeps jokingly saying, “This is why it’s ridiculous!” throughout the video.
Affordable Space Adventures, Amiibo Tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits, Chasing Aurora, Dr. Luigi, The Letter, Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge, Pokémon Rumble U, Pushmo World (Pullblox World in Europe), and Shut the Box are some of the more notable Wii U download-only exclusives that will vanish forever when the stores close.
The list of titles scheduled to be retired on 3DS is considerably longer. These include re-releases of several old games that have been upgraded for 3D, such as Nintendo’s 3D Classic series, which provided stereoscopic versions of games like Excitebike, Kid Icarus, and Kirby’s Adventure.
Eventually, the end of the last systems to support the Virtual Console service will also result from the shutdown of the Wii U and 3DS eShops. The only retro games given by Nintendo beyond this point will be those found on Switch Online’s various apps.