Nintendo of Japan has announced that it is removing some payment methods from the discontinued Nintendo 3DS and Wii U early next year. According to Nintendo’s announcement, neither the 3DS nor the Wii U will support credit card payments after January 18, 2022. While that’s a big step, it’s not as bad as it is. it seems at first glance.
After all, support for purchases on 3DS and Wii U doesn’t end entirely, just the ability to add funds using a credit card. In a post on Nintendo of Japan’s support site, the company confirms that after January 18, 2022, users will still have different ways to add funds to their 3DS or Wii U consoles and purchase games from the eShop .
First, owners of 3DS and Wii U will be able to load their accounts with cash using Nintendo Prepaid Cards, which are not going anywhere. 3DS and Wii U users can also create a Nintendo Account, link their Nintendo Network ID (NNID) to it, and purchase games from the Nintendo website using a credit / debit card, card, or eShop or PayPal prepaid card.
Finally, Nintendo says that users who own a Nintendo Switch can link their NNID to their Nintendo Account, load funds using a Switch console, and then spend that money on 3DS or Wii U. Users also have the option. charge their Nintendo accounts. with funds using a credit card on Nintendo’s website, then using that balance to purchase new 3DS and Wii U games.
So, this isn’t the end of all payment support for 3DS and Wii U, but it’s a step in that direction. For now, it looks like this has only been confirmed for Nintendo of Japan, but other regions tend to follow NoJ’s lead on things like this. As of this writing, Nintendo of America hasn’t said anything official about its social media accounts, but we’ll be keeping an eye on the company to see if that changes.