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The Video Game History Foundation criticizes Nintendo for its decision to close the Wii U and 3DS eshops

Nintendo’s decision to close the Wii U and 3DS eShops before March 2023 has led not only to fans expressing their frustration, but also to the Video Game History Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving history. video games.

In a scathing statement posted on the foundation’s official Twitter account on Thursday, Nintendo is accused of being “actively destructive of video game history” with its efforts to remove its legacy games from public access. The publisher is also accused of using its ESA membership to fund lobbying that prevents legal access to its games.


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“What we don’t understand is the path Nintendo expects its fans to play should they wish to play these games in the future,” the statement read. “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 statement goes on to claim that Nintendo is “preventing institutional work” to preserve its video games.

It’s understandable that Nintendo is shutting down eShops for its older consoles, but the outrage among fans is just as understandable, with Nintendo apparently trying its best to keep people from enjoying its older titles. Nintendo Switch Online’s selection of retro titles is paltry at best, titles dripping over several years, and the publisher continues to battle piracy when it will soon be the only viable option to experience some of its games only. digital.

Luckily, we still have just over a year to load digital titles onto Wii U and 3DS before the eShops close. This is also a reminder to download Pokemon Bank before March 2023 if you have an interest in transferring Pokemon between games on 3DS. The service is currently $4.99 per year, but the fee will be waived once the 3DS eShop closes. You’ll still be able to download Pokemon Bank later, but it’ll be a lot less hassle if you do it now.

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