According to an analysis carried out by VGC, we learn that with the closure of the 3DS and WiiU eShop around 2,000 games will be lost, of which 1,000 available only in digital versionwhich therefore it will not be possible to recover in any way, unless ports are made for Nintendo Switch.
As previously reported, in March 2023 the 3DS and Wii U eShops will close their doors and therefore it will not be possible to buy games after that date. However, in reality the times are much tighter: already from 23 March 2022 it will no longer be possible to make purchases with a credit card and from 29 August it will no longer be possible to add funds with eShop cards.
As VGC reports, with the closure of the eShop for old Nintendo consoles, approx 450 games for Wii U and 600 for 3DS available only digitally, therefore without a retail version. To these are added another 530 titles for Virtual Console, of which 350 are not available (at least not yet) with the Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
Among the exclusive digital-only Wii U games that will be lost forever are Affordable Space Adventures, Amiibo Tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits, Chasing Aurora, Dr Luigi, Pokémon Rumble U, Pullblox World and Shut the Box. While among those for 3DS we find, among others, Dr Mario: Miracle Cure, Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, Nintendo Pocket Football Club, PokéMon Link Battle, Pokémon Picross,
In short, it is a real one piece of videogame history which will be lost forever, leading to the question of whether Nintendo has a duty to somehow preserve the 3DS and Wii U eShop games.