Nintendo announced this week that it was shutting down the eShop for the 3DS and Wii U, and well…it caused an uproar online.
So what about now that around 2,000 games will no longer be purchasable on the 3DS and Wii U digital storefronts? There is apparently not much to do from a consumer point of view. Either buy the digital games you want from these libraries now, or run the risk of not having a “Nintendo-approved” way to access them in the future.
It’s gotten to the point where the Video Game History Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, celebrating and teaching the history of games – has now released its own statement about the closure of old Nintendo’s digital stores.
Her statement acknowledges how she understands the “commercial reality” of the situation on Nintendo’s side, but notes how it leaves fans with few options to move forward if they want access to certain titles. And while not providing commercial access is considered “understandable”, preventing institutional work to preserve titles is “actively destructive to video game history”.
He also takes aim at Nintendo for actively funding lobbying that prevents places like libraries from being able to provide legal access to these games. Here is the statement in full:
“While it’s unfortunate that people can no longer buy digital 3DS or Wii U games, we understand the business reality that drove this decision. What we don’t understand is the path Nintendo expects from its fans. they want to play these games in the future. 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. commercial is understandable, but preventing institutional work preserving 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 work with institutions existing to find a solution.
As you can see above, towards the end Nintendo is encouraged to “rethink” its stance on these issues and work with existing institutions to find a solution. This statement has already generated many likes at the time of writing.
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