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Topic: Q: Can you still download purchased digital games after 3DS eshop is cancelled?

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Grampybone

Hello,
I don't have a 3DS but who knows what the future brings. I read about 3DS/WII U eshop purchasing will end in early 2022. So I was thinking to buy the 3DS Zelda's before they shut it down.

But how does Nintendo handle purchased digital downloads? Can I still download them from Nintendo's eShop, even when they end the 3DS/WII U store? I'm used to Steam where you get to keep download access to the purchased game even when it's removed from the store.

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Grampybone

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Silly_G

No.

As the shop is how you access your downloads in the first place, once it's gone, so are your purchases.

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TowaHerschel7

@Silly_G Wii Shop games are still downloadable, so probably not. Nintendo will likely delist all games, but keep the my downloads tab available to redownload previously purchased games.

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TowaHerschel7

@Grampybone Also purchasing won't end, you'll still be able to use eShop cards for awhile longer, but probably that too will end before the end of 2023.

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Silly_G

@TowaHerschel7 : I just checked and... I stand corrected! I had no idea.

I transferred my Wii U to a fresh console prematurely, then.

Nintendo have stated on their support page that the Wii Shop will eventually be terminated entirely, but they haven’t given a window yet.

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