The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Online Services Are Officially Shutting Down in April 2024
In a significant announcement, Nintendo confirmed the cessation of online services for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in early April 2024. This encompasses online play, functionality, and communication, impacting both legacy systems and the New Nintendo 3DS, including the Xenoblade Chronicles 3D port.
Once the online support vanishes, online co-op play, internet rankings, and data distribution will become relics of the past. Nintendo plans to unveil the precise shutdown date at a later juncture. It’s worth noting that any unforeseen events hindering service continuation could prompt an earlier closure.
An exception amidst this shutdown is Pokemon Bank, which will persist. However, Nintendo has cautioned that its support may eventually meet the same fate. Nevertheless, post-shutdown, players can still enjoy features and game modes reliant on local communication, such as StreetPass.
Regrettably, SpotPass, dependent on online services, will become inaccessible. On a brighter note, the ability to download updated data and redownload purchased software and DLC from the eShop will remain intact.
This year has witnessed a series of closures, with Nintendo shutting down the 3DS and Wii U eShops earlier, and Microsoft announcing the impending closure of the Xbox 360 Marketplace in July 2024. As the gaming landscape evolves, these transitions are a reminder of the ever-changing digital realm.