Topic: Evidence that Nintendo are indeed merging the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops?

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I was supposed to open this topic much earlier, but I failed to do so due to my procrastination. In any case, here we are now.

So, October 17, 2013 brought quite a lot of content to the North American Nintendo 3DS eShop at the time. However, and I don't know how many of you noticed it too, what I didn't expect was a weird game entry that wasn't supposed to be there, either officially or even technically!

As you know, as far as North American 3DS owners are concerned at least, recently Nintendo added a few new permanent categories to the bottom scrolling page of the 3DS eShop, one of which is a category that promotes games for the Wii U. Of course, the only way to promote Wii U games on the Nintendo 3DS is by video content only, which isn't even saying a lot since the Nintendo 3DS cannot support HD visuals (I sure hope its future successor would though, similarly to the PlayStation Vita). Not to get too off-topic, on that faithful day as I browsed some Wii U game videos, scrolling to the end of the page gave me quite a surprise though! (Don't bother looking now if you haven't already - Nintendo long removed or hidden that thing.)

This is the thing I found:

As we all know, TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition is a Wii U download-only game that was released in the North American Wii U eShop on October 3, 2013, and there was no Nintendo 3DS version planned. However, yet there it was, an entry for that game, and the label even says it is categorised as a "Wii U Download Only" game! The entry even has the correct price and a displayed user rating, suggesting it was technically running live in concurrent with the Wii U entry or something. However, when I attempted to check out the game's page, I got this error message.


My apologies for the picture quality, for I was using an old digital camera with limited focusing. In any case, if the message is too blurry for you, it simply says, "This software is not currently available". In a way, this was to be expected.

In any case, the point is that this entry actually managed to exist for however brief a time. Could it be Nintendo accidentally leaked the fact they are currently in a phase of attempting to merge both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops in the background for a potential and exciting future update? I don't want to say that is exactly what it happening and let some hopes up, but I am saying that to keep in mind there is a good possibility that this is what could be happening, but of course, I cannot guarantee it, so what do I know? Still is a good find to spread around for those unaware of this mysterious entry. What do you guys think of this?

Edited on by HopeNForever

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isn't there even a WiiU page on the 3DS Eshop now?

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I think I've seen something similar before; someone had seen Wii U download-only software and maybe some Super Nintendo software in Nintendo eShop in the past, during maintenance again.

I always assumed Nintendo eShop was a single entity anyway; after all, Nintendo 3DS retail and download software can be accessed through the Wii U storefront, even if it can't be purchased.


Well, 3DS is supposed to get MiiVerse/Universal NNIDs later this year... wouldn't surprise me if they're already prepared!

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It could just be Nintendo allowing 3DS owners to see whats available on Wii U like Wii U owners can do for 3DS.

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i bet wiiU eshop and 3DS eshop are just running on the same servers.

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I wouldn't really call this "evidence" as sometimes glitches happen on the eShop. With that said, I will deny or ignore any "rumor" or "evidence" until an official announcement is made (if one is made)

Edited on by LzWinky

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