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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.
In related news, Reggie Fils Aimé, the former Nintendo of America CEO who retired in 2019, has talked about what his last few days at the company were like.