In late March 2023 we'll wave a tearful goodbye to the Wii U and 3DS eShop, stores with some wonderful exclusives and excellent ports. It's certainly disappointing that they're closing, and we'll all need to get our downloads and purchases in order before they're gone forever.
Though we have 10 months before the stores close entirely, there is a deadline around the corner in North America. From 23rd May you'll no longer be able to add funds on the Wii U or 3DS eShop using your credit card; this actually happened in Europe way back in September 2019. If that is your main way to add funds and you're in North America, it'll be a weekend full of spending.
Regardless of region we all have until 29th August to redeem any eShop fund cards. The best option by far, though, is to link your Nintendo Account to the old Nintendo Network ID; that way all funds added to your Switch account will also be available on the Wii U and 3DS eShop.
We have a big ol' guide for all of this, which you can check out below:
We also put together lists with the best exclusives on each store, which you should consider picking up / downloading before next year's closures.
- 39 Best 3DS eShop Games You Should Get Before They're Gone Forever
- 23 Best Wii U eShop Games You Should Get Before They're Gone Forever
- 31 Best DSiWare Games You Should Get Before They're Gone Forever
So, if you're in North America and want to add funds on the 3DS / Wii U eShop using your credit card, now is the time.