26 Jul 2021 10:54 AM +00:00

Nintendo Rumoured To Be Shutting Down Submissions For Wii U And 3DS Games

Nintendo Switch continues to see the company bounce back from the Wii U generation, as the OLED version will see its release this fall.

Amidst the Switch's success, it appears the time of the Wii U and 3DS may have come, with both consoles appearing to be nearing their ends.

Read More: Opinion - Do I Really Need a Switch OLED?

Nintendo Rumoured To Be Shutting Down Submissions For Wii U And 3DS Games

A rumour from the YouTube channel, Impact Game Station indicates that the Nintendo eShop will no longer be accepting new submissions for games by developers as of 1st April 2022.

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The channel "received a message from someone", lending support to this claim. The full message reads:

We hereby wish to inform you, that it has been decided to cease the acceptance of submissions for new Nintendo 3DS / Wii U titles for eShop release by the end of the current fiscal year (effective from 1st April 2022). These new titles should be lotcheck approved latest within 3 months after the submission deadline.

The Nintendo 3DS / Wii U eShops will remain active and submissions of patches will still be processed until further notice.

Please take these deadlines into your considerations in your planning for upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Wii U digital releases.
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Thank you very much for your understanding and continuous support on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U consoles during the past years.

Kind regards,
Nintendo of Europe - European Publisher Business

Even though this submissions deadline is a rumour with the veracity of the email remaining a mystery, it would be no surprise if there were true.

The Wii U severely underperformed while the 3DS was released a decade ago. And with the ongoing success of the Nintendo Switch, devoting resources to the Switch would make perfect sense financially and creatively.

Yet, it will be interesting to see if the Switch's upcoming portable system competitor in the Steam Deck will impact Nintendo in any way.