Although Nintendo Switch has been Nintendo’s main console for years, the company has still kept the Eshops of Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS for those who indulge in nostalgia and download games for those consoles. From March 2023, this is a thing of the past. As the company announced on Tuesday, it is then no longer possible to buy games over the Wii-U- or Nintendo-3DS eShop. Even before the virtual charging doors officially close there, fans of popular consoles must be set to serious changes.

The most popular games for Nintendo Switch

1st place

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Pokémon legends: Arceus

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  • Known formula reloaded
  • High recognition value

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  • Game world and graphics remain far behind the technical possibilities
  • Structure of the Pokédex sometimes monotonous and lengthy

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47, 70 €

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place 2

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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44, 95 €

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Just Dance 2022

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34, 95 €

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Mario Party Superstars

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  • Proven game principle
  • Genial Mini Game Collection

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  • Only five playboards
  • Only ten game figures

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44, 95 €

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5th place

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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – Deluxe Edition

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56, 03 €

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Rank 6

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

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39, 99 €

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

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49, 95 €

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8th place

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FIFA 22: Legacy Edition

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24, 99 €

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Place 9

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Just Dance 2021

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24, 95 €

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Mario Kart live: Home Circuit

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67, 49 €

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Complete list: Most popular games for Nintendo Switch

May 2022: That’s just the beginning

From May 23, 2022, it is no longer possible to use credit cards for charging eShop credit for the Wii U or the 3DS, so Nintendo. Good three months later, on August 29, the use of a Nintendo eShop gift card for charging the credit is no longer possible. At the end of March 2023 eliminates the possibility to redeem download codes. Also, the use of credit on the Nintendo Wallet account (provided that you have linked the Nintendo Switch account to the older Nintendo Network ID account) to buy Wii U and 3DS content is then history.

Part of the natural life cycle

Nintendo does not pull the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS completely out of traffic. Already purchased software and DLC (free additional content) can be downloaded after the end of March 2023, software updates and online game functions are still available. By contrast, demos and free programs fall away from the end of March 2023. Nintendo explains that the “part of the natural life cycle of each product line” is. To celebrate the end of the eShops on the 3DS and the Wii U, Nintendo has set up a reminder site on which you can review your game history with the respective devices.