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Nintendo is closing its 'limited' Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops in a handful of Caribbean and Latin America countries.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

April 28, 2020

1 Min Read

Nintendo is closing its 'limited' Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops in a handful of Caribbean and Latin American countries including Ururguay, Paraguay, Jamaica, Ecuador, Argentina, and the British Virgin Islands. 

Those limited stores give console owners access to a few basic functions like game code redemption, but will now be closing on July 31, 2020. 

Once they've been shuttered, users in affected regions will no longer be able to redeem download codes, redownload software, or access software updates. 

As such, Nintendo is advising that people redownload any previously downloaded 3DS and Wii U software from the eShop, and ensure said software has been fully updated. It also warned that any software that relies on eShop access may cease to function.

The Japanese company didn't offer a reason for the spate of shutterings, simply explaining that it "constantly re-evaluates" its business and makes decisions based on a variety of factors. It also wouldn't confirm whether it planned to open full Nintendo eShops in the affected regions.

We've taken the liberty of posting the full list of affected regions below. You can find out more about the closure over on the Nintendo Americas support website.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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