Game history

The Video Game History Foundation criticizes Nintendo for eShop closures

The Video Game History Foundation has expressed concern over the closure of Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS digital stores.

In a post shared on Twitterthe nonprofit said it understood the “business reality that drove this decision”, but criticized Nintendo for not allowing its earlier catalog to be retained.

“As a paying member of the Entertainment Software Association, Nintendo actively funds lobbying that prevents even libraries from being able to provide legal access to these games,” the message reads.

“Not providing commercial access is understandable, but preventing institutional work to preserve these titles on top of that is actively destructive to video game history. We encourage ESA members like Nintendo to rethink their stance on this issue and to work with existing institutions to find a solution.”

Nintendo announced last week that the Wii U and 3DS eShops would close after March 2023. Players will no longer be able to purchase new games after that date, but titles users already own can be redownloaded.

In our latest This Week In Business column, we looked at how Nintendo’s decision to unplug its old game stores runs counter to the company’s focus on its own history.