/Nintendo Shuts Down Online Servers For 3DS And Wii U

Nintendo Shuts Down Online Servers For 3DS And Wii U

3DS and Wii U
Image: Damien McFerran / Nintendo Life

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced it would end “online play and other functionality” for the 3DS and Wii U in April 2024.

We’re now at the exact date of the shutdown, so this is it! The online services for both of these systems will be discontinued – marking the end of Nintendo’s Network generation. Existing eShop funds can also no longer be merged to Nintendo Accounts.

Nintendo: “Online play service for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software ended…Thank you very much for your long-term patronage.”

Nintendo originally announced this shutdown back in October 2023 but didn’t lock in a date until January of this year. The exact dates of the shutdown were slightly different across regions and for the US, it took place on 8th April 2024.

You can learn more in our guide here on Nintendo Life. Nintendo also has a Q&A page about the shutdown. Certain services like Pokémon Bank for the 3DS could still be available after other online services end. As for other services for software from “other publishers” there may also be some exceptions.

This follows on from Nintendo’s closure of the 3DS and Wii U eShops last March, with purchases no longer possible.