Nintendo decision Close both Wii U and 3DS eShops It may make commercial sense for the company, but for fans and enthusiasts of video game history disasteras feared Many of the games that get deleted disappear and are never seen again or made available again.
Why Game Archivists Fear 3DS/Wii U eShop Closure This Month
This excellent article from Ars Technica last week We dig deep into this whole tragedy. If you’re even slightly interested in this, I encourage you to read on.
Many of these games are tiny little indie stuff you probably haven’t bought or heard of in years, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth saving! , is a big and important release. The Legend of Zelda The Wind WakerFor example, the prestigious winner of “My Favorite Video Game Of All Time” will be legally and commercially unavailable once the Wii U eShop is closed.
To deal with this, or at least in one place on as few consoles as possible, YouTuber The Completionist sat down and spent almost a year of his life (328 days total) going through both libraries. I decided to buy my way. .
He’s done now and the stats are amazing. The man bought 866 Wii U games and 1547 3DS titles. This includes DSiWare, Virtual Console releases, and downloadable content. This adds up to 1.2 TB on the Wii U and 267 GB on the 3DS. Or, in 3DS purist reading, 2,136,689 blocks.
Over 460 eShop cards were used during the purchase, spending a whopping $22,791 in total. If you want to see how it all came together, the video below walks you through the entire process.
If you’re wondering how all this is going now, perfectionist says at the end of the video that he will donate everything he downloads to the Video Game History Foundation (although as an organization that has historically only dealt with physical media, Digital games presenting legal challengeswhat actual What happens to everything downloaded in the long term is still unknown).