In early April of next year, Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS game systems will no longer be supported by online services. All internet support, including multiplayer games and other capabilities, will be essentially disabled by this.
“As of early April 2024, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software will no longer support online gaming and other internet communication-dependent features. We appreciate your ongoing interest in our goods, Nintendo said on X (formerly Twitter).
In the shape of Pokémon Bank, Nintendo has decided to make one exception. It will still be able to access online services, but that support will eventually end. Additionally, Nintendo has made it possible for customers to download their eShop purchases. According to Nintendo in their Q&A, “for the foreseeable future, it will still be possible to download update data and redownload previously purchased software and downloadable content from the Nintendo eShop.”
Players will no longer be able to play online as a result of the loss of online support, however this does not affect their ability to play their games offline, including local co-op multiplayer and other single-player games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Additionally, because the physical versions of the vast library of 3DS and Wii U titles will still work, you can always seek for them if you want to play them. But since this support ceased in March of last year, it would not be able to purchase new titles via the eShop. Simply told, you must purchase a physical copy of a game like Pokemon Sun if you want to play it on a Nintendo 3DS system.
The 3DS was retired by Nintendo in 2020, and it has already been almost three full years. In 2017, the same year that the Nintendo Switch was released, the Nintendo Wii U, which was the Wii’s successor, was discontinued.