The Video Game History Foundation did not spend kind words for Nintendoaccusing her of actively destroy there history of video games. The reason? The announcement of the closure of the Wii U and 3DS eShops in March 2023, which will result in the disappearance of a thousand digital-only games, some of which are exclusive to the two platforms, which in the future will not be legally playable in any way.
Video Game History Foundation, which, as the name implies, is involved in the preservation of video games, has posted a message on Twitter accusing Nintendo of not doing enough to ensure that the games it is about to take off the market are properly preserved.
Of course, the Video Game History Foundation understands the economic reasons behind Mario’s choice of house, but does not appreciate the behavior of Nintendo as a whole: “What we don’t understand is what Nintendo intends to do for those fans who want to play those games in the future. As a funding member of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Nintendo pays to also prevent libraries from providing access to those games legally. Not providing commercial access is understandable, but preventing institutions from working to preserve these games is actively destructive behavior for video game history.“
The message ends with an appeal to ESA and Nintendo to review their positions on this issue and to start working with existing institutions to find a solution.