Be warned: Nintendo 3DS and Wii U going offline forever starting next week

Be warned: Nintendo 3DS and Wii U going offline forever starting next week

The last days of the 3DS are upon us (Picture: Nintendo)

Almost all online play will be impossible starting from Monday on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, so hurry up if you have unfinished business.

Last year, Nintendo announced that it would end its online services for 3DS and Wii U software in April 2024, months after shutting down the eShop for both consoles.

That day is now almost here, with the switch-off date being Monday, April 8, at midnight UK time. After that, it will be impossible to access the internet in all but two apss.

Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter are not affected by the online services shutting down (though this could change in the future) but they’re not games, just a means to store and transfer pokémon.

The termination of online services, and no eShop, means no buying digital games, no online co-operative or multiplayer options, no internet rankings, and no data distribution.

However, all games and their offline modes will still be playable after the services switch off, Nintendo has confirmed in a FAQ.

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

SpotPass will also no longer be available, but StreetPass will still be active, as it ‘uses local communication between Nintendo 3DS family systems’ and not online features.

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As for games from publishers other than Nintendo, owners are told to ask them directly if those titles will be taken offline or not.

The FAQ page confirms the affected formats as the New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 2DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, Wii U Deluxe, and the Wii U Basic.

Hands up if you’re still playing the first Splatoon on Wii U (Picture: Nintendo)

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