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Video Game History Foundation Calls Nintendo’s Shutdown of Wii U and 3DS eShops “Destructive”

The closing of these digital markets does not sit well with some.

On February 15, 2022, Nintendo announced the impending closure of the 3DS and Wii U eShops, marking the end of an era in mobile software and ending one of Nintendo’s first steps into the online storefront space. After removing the
appendix discussing Nintendo’s “responsibility to maintain historic properties” on its website, many fans and critics alike assumed this would be the last harsh word on the subject. Were they wrong? Enter the Video Game History Foundation, shouldering the immense burden of cataloging and preserving the movements of an industry bent on covering its tracks.

In a statement openly addressing Nintendo, the Video Game History Foundation acknowledged the company’s history of punishing game curators, saying, “What we don’t understand is the path that Nintendo expects from its fans, if they wish 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. Nintendo has made it clear that the termination of the 3DS and Wii U eShop is a business decision. Its behavior regarding its intellectual property, from lawsuits against ROM distributors to restricting legacy content to paid subscriptions, makes it clear that its business is about maintaining a new image with its new customers rather than fighting against the legendary canon of generations. of hardware and its fans.

Source: Video Game History Foundation Twitter Page