Nintendo announced in February that it planned to stop Wii U and 3DS eShop purchases in March 2023. However, the sunsetting process is rolling out gradually throughout 2022. The lights begin to go out on Monday, May 23, when players lose the ability to add eShop funds. using credit cards.
If you recently turned on your 3DS or Wii U, you’ve probably received a notification reminding you that your stored credit cards will soon become useless. You’ll still be able to add money using Nintendo eShop Gift Cards – this option won’t go away until August 29. But if you want the convenience of using your own payment methods without heading to the store, this weekend is your last chance to unleash one last spending spree. Nintendo did not specify on Monday the exact time when credit cards will be deactivated.
Keep in mind that even after the credit card and gift card options disappear, players can link their Nintendo Network ID Wallet (used for 3DS/Wii U stores) with their Nintendo Account Wallet (used to purchase Switch games). The combined balance of both wallets can be used to purchase software on all three platforms. Once August passes, this will be the only method of purchasing 3DS/Wii U games until the March deadline. Thereafter, the remaining funds can only be spent on Switch purchases.
As a reminder, you will still be able to play 3DS/Wii U games online and redownload purchased games, DLCs and updates after March 2023. Nintendo says this will remain the case for the “foreseeable future”.
For more information, visit Nintendo Questions and answers support page for the shutdown process.