Nintendo Ceases Online Play for 3DS and Wii U

Changes Implemented By Nintendo Ahead of Announced Shutdown in April 2024

In a move anticipated since Nintendo’s earlier announcement, the company has now restricted new users from accessing online features on both the 3DS and Wii U gaming consoles. Originally slated for “early April” 2024, this decision was seemingly implemented quietly in late December 2023, as reported in a comprehensive blog post on Pretendo.

As of late December 2023, new users attempting to engage in online play on the 3DS or Wii U are met with error codes ‘006-0303’ and ‘106-0303,’ respectively. These codes signify a disconnection from the servers, indicating that new accounts are no longer synchronized with Nintendo’s online infrastructure. This move is part of Nintendo’s broader strategy to conclude “online play and other functionality” dependent on online communication for these legacy consoles.

The gaming community was taken aback in early December when Super Mario Maker players began experiencing a disruptive ‘Error Code 106-0502’ while attempting to engage with the game’s servers. This unexpected development raised concerns among enthusiasts, prompting a closer examination of the situation and its potential implications.


The specific nature of the ‘Error Code 106-0502’ remained a point of curiosity and frustration for Super Mario Maker players, as it hindered their ability to seamlessly connect to the game’s servers. Users, both new and existing, found themselves grappling with this issue, leading to a collective sense of uncertainty and inquiry within the gaming community.

While these changes mark a significant step towards the planned shutdown of online services for 3DS and Wii U in April 2024, existing users are currently unaffected. The upcoming cessation of these services has prompted discussions within the gaming community about the evolving landscape of Nintendo’s online ecosystem and the implications for players who still engage with these classic platforms. As the gaming industry embraces newer technologies and platforms, Nintendo’s decision reflects the company’s focus on shaping the future of its online gaming infrastructure.