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Nintendo ending online support for 3DS and Wii U software in 2024

Both consoles will lose online play and other functionalities in April 2024.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

October 4, 2023

1 Min Read
The Nintendo 3DS family of consoles

Nintendo will be discontinuing the online services for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software next year. The company explained online support will be axed in "early April 2024" but neglected to provide an exact date.

"Online play and other functionality that uses online communication will end for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software. This also includes online co-operative play, internet rankings, and data distribution," wrote the company on the Nintendo of America website. "We will announce a specific end date and time at a later date."

Notably, 3DS and Wii U owners will still be able to download update data and redownload purchased software from the Nintendo eShop after online support has ended.

Nintendo said it may have to discontinue services earlier than planned "if an event occurs" that scuppers its current plans.

"We sincerely thank players for using the online services of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software over a long period of time and apologize for any inconvenience," continues the post.

In a brief Q&A, the company reiterated that players will still be able to play offline and use features and game modes that don't require online communication after the shutdown. It also pledged to preserve online support for Pokémon Bank, but noted that its position could change "at some point in the future."

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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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