If you’re still an avid user of the Wii U and/or 3DS, then time is officially running out for you to amass your digital collection.
Nintendo UK has recently announced that it will soon be disabling the ability to add funds to a Wii U/3DS Nintendo Network ID via credit card. This will be effective as of “September 2019″—no specific day has been mentioned, however. That could indicate that this feature will disappear as of September 1, which is just a few days from the time of publication. It’s unclear how exactly this will affect eShop users in other regions.
Should we hit the panic button?
Even though Nintendo is removing this feature, hope still lingers in the form of eShop cards. They come in both digital and physical form, similar to that of cards for PlayStation Plus, Xbox Live, iTunes, etc. There’s been no word from Nintendo that these cards will no longer be produced, so you should still be able to use them for the time being.
Regardless, this news does not bode well for the future of the Wii U and 3DS eShops. If this is happening on a global scale, then concern is valid. The removal of the ability to add funds is what marked the end of the shutdown process of the Wii Shop Channel, which officially closed its doors earlier this year. So, in like manner, this may mark the beginning of the eShop’s curtain call on Nintendo’s last-gen systems.
In a way, this does make sense. While the Switch continues to sell strongly, the Wii U has been out of production since the beginning of 2017. 3DS production also seems to quietly be fading, as Nintendo only actively advertises the original 2DS and the New 2DS XL on its website these days. And while Nintendo insists the upcoming Nintendo Switch Lite will not fully replace the 3DS/2DS family, I’m sure we can all agree that’s likely going to happen by next year.
If you’d still like to add funds to your Wii U/3DS eShop account as of now, here are the official steps:
Ensure that the Nintendo Network ID (NNID) on your system is linked to a Nintendo Account.
- See here for more information on how to create a Nintendo Account.
- See here for instructions on how to link a Nintendo Network ID to a Nintendo Account.
Visit https://ec.nintendo.com/my/balance_add, select the payment method you would like to use and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.
Once you have added funds to your NNID this way, you can use them both on the Nintendo website and directly within Nintendo eShop on your system.