Attention Nintendo fans, this is your final reminder that the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores will be closing on Monday, March 27th. This means that this weekend is your last chance to purchase any games that are exclusive to these systems.
Although Nintendo confirmed the closing date in July of last year, it's been quite some time since then. After Monday, both stores will remain accessible for existing customers to download any previously purchased games or DLC. However, new games will no longer be available for purchase.
So, what games will we potentially lose access to? Digital Foundry has already covered the Wii U store and highlighted the games that are worth saving before the shutdown. These include the Zelda HD remasters, platformers like Yoshi's Wooly World and Kirby: Rainbow Curse, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Fast Racing Neo, and more.
On the 3DS store, there are the likes of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, the Boxboy! series, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, and more. Additionally, the Virtual Console offers plenty of old Game Boy and DS games that you can purchase. It's uncertain if we will see these games on the Switch anytime soon.
Last year, Nintendo commented on its duty to preserve classic games, although the response was later removed from the Q&A section. The company mentioned that over 130 classic games are currently available in growing libraries for various legacy systems under Nintendo Switch Online membership plans, and they often come with new features such as online play. While there are no plans to offer classic content in other ways, new and long-time players can still find games they remember or have heard about, as well as other fun games they might not have considered before.