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Nintendo To Discontinue 3DS And Wii U Online Services In April

Nintendo has announced it will discontinue the 3DS and Wii U online services on April 8 at 7 PM ET.

The affected devices include the New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 2DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, Wii U Deluxe, and Wii U Basic. Online co-op, internet rankings, and data distribution are affected.

You can find more information about badges for decorating the Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu using Nintendo Badge Arcade here.

Online services for Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will remain available but will likely be taken offline in the future.

Will I still be able to play offline even after online services end?

Yes. Players will still be able to use features and game modes that do not require online communication.

Will any online services still be available even after online services generally end?

It will still be possible to use online services for the following software but that may also end at some point in the future.

  • Pokémon Bank
  • Poké Transporter

Are you also ending online services for software from publishers other than Nintendo?

With some exceptions, online services will end for all Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software. Please contact publishers for information about the online services for their software.

Will it still be possible to download update data or purchased software?

For the foreseeable future, it will still be possible to download update data and redownload purchased software and downloadable content from Nintendo eShop.

When online services end, will StreetPass and SpotPass no longer be available either?

StreetPass uses local communication between Nintendo 3DS family systems, meaning that it will still be available even after online services end. However, because SpotPass uses online communication, SpotPass features will no longer be available.

For example, you will be able to use StreetPass in StreetPass Mii Plaza, which is pre-installed on Nintendo 3DS family systems, but you will no longer be able to use features that use online communication (such as receiving new panels in Puzzle Swap).

Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account Merge Funds Discontinuation

As of March 11, 2024, 10:00 p.m. PT, it will no longer be possible to combine the Nintendo eShop fund balance between a Nintendo Network ID and a Nintendo Account.

If you have an unused balance in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U, linking your Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo Account and merging your wallets will allow you to use your balance to purchase digital download titles, DLC, content passes, and other similar items for Nintendo Switch after March 11.

Keep in mind that you can create a Nintendo Account and merge the funds even if you do not own or use a Nintendo Switch system at this time.