The closure of the 3DS and Wii U Nintendo eShop in March 2023 has an immediate effect on the Pokémon franchise. From The Pokémon Company they have clarified what the future of the Pokémon Bank will be. Once closed, the app will make all its features free.
When the time comes, no new downloads of the app or the Poké Transporter will be allowed. You will only be able to download it again if your profile has already downloaded it before. If you have the Pokémon Bank installed you will be able to use it without any type of limit and even the transfer to Pokémon Home will be maintained. At the moment the company stresses that they do not have a specific date to end the free service.
Why is the Nintendo eShop for 3DS and Wii U closing?
The Japanese firm has not shared the reasons that led them to make the decision. What is clear is that from March 2023 you will not be able to acquire new content in any of the existing models of both console families:
- Nintendo 3DS
- Nintendo 3DS XL
- Nintendo 2DS
- New Nintendo 3DS
- New Nintendo 3DS XL
- New Nintendo 2DS XL
- Wii U Basic
- Wii U Deluxe
As with the Pokémon Bank application, you will still be able to download all the content that you have acquired with your profile over the years, both games and DLC. The software update will remain active, as will online play of supported titles.
Some functions will stop working throughout the present 2022. By clicking on this link you can find out the details. At FreeGameTips we have reviewed the 15 essential titles from their catalogs that you can purchase before completing the closing. BoxBoxBoy, Liberation Maiden, Picross 3D: Round 2, Wario Land 4, and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap are just some of the examples featured.
References: The Pokemon Company | Serebii
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