Nintendo may be ending production of 3DS and Wii U eShop games

Wii will miss U

A recent rumour implies that Nintendo is a short time away from phasing out 3DS and Wii U eShop games, according to an email from a developer.

According to a report from Nintendo Everything, a source claims to have received a memo detailing the end of submissions for the 3DS and Wii U eShops. The deadline is allegedly April 1, 2022.

The full email, supposedly received by Impact Game Station, reads:


“We herewith wish to inform you that it has been decided to cease the acceptance of submissions for new Nintendo 3DS / Wii U titles for eShop release by the end of the current fiscal year (effective from 1st April 2022). These new titles should be lotcheck approved latest within 3 months after the submission deadline.

The Nintendo 3DS / Wii U eShops will remain active and submissions of patches will still be processed until further notice. Please take these deadlines into consideration in your planning for upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Wii U digital releases.

Thank you very much for your understanding and continuous support on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U consoles during the past years.”

The email, said to come from Nintendo Of Europe, seems to imply that Switch games will be the focus going forward, with only one Wii U game being released this year, and seven on the 3DS.

So far, Nintendo has not officially announced anything, and this remains a rumour.


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