PS3 and PS Vita like Wii U and 3DS: how long will the Sony stores remain online?

PS3 and PS Vita like Wii U and 3DS: how long will the Sony stores remain online?

PS3 and PS Vita like Wii U and 3DS

Just a few days ago, Nintendo officially announced that over the next few months the ability to purchase games on the eShop of Nintendo Wii U and 3DS systems will be removed. This move by the Kyoto company also triggered a post by the Video Game History Foundation, which accused the Kyoto company of being destructive to videogame history. But it doesn't stop there, as it seems Sony could also follow Nintendo's example with its PS3 and PS Vita consoles.

Photo credit: Last year Sony had already announced that it would close the digital stores of its older consoles, but many enthusiasts did not take the news very well. head back to the Japanese company. Now, as Pushsquare's editors are pointing out, if we go back to Jim Ryan's words, nowhere is it said that the digital stores of PS3 and PS Vita will remain online forever.

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Photo credit: Despite Ryan's words and the commitment to keep the PS3 and PS Vita stores online indefinitely, the Pushsquare editorial team is keen to remember that Sony has never promised to preserve these platforms indefinitely. , so sooner or later, inevitably, we have to expect that they will go offline and put our hearts in peace.

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Nintendo to Close Wii U, 3DS Digital Stores in 2023


The Wii U and 3DS eShops will close next year.

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If you want to download digital games to your Nintendo Wii U or 3DS, don't put it off too long. Nintendo revealed Tuesday that you'll no longer be able to make purchases for these devices in its eShops starting in 'late March 2023.'

You also will no longer be able to add funds to your account in these eShops via credit card starting May 23, 2022 -- or do the same with a Nintendo eShop gift card as of Aug. 29, 2022. Download codes will still be redeemable until late March 2023.

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Nintendo's online statement originally included a suggestion that people who want to play its older games in future should get a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online, according to Kotaku, and that Nintendo currently has 'no plans to offer classic content in other ways.' The part has since been removed from the Q&A section.

Switch Online lets you access a library of retro games from the Nintendo 64, SNES, NES and Sega Genesis, but you have to connect to the internet once a week to authenticate your subscription. By contrast, the Wii U and 3DS let you buy individual games from a wider range of systems (like the DS and various Game Boys) and the eShops' closure will remove access to 1,799 titles, according to IGN.

The Wii U holds the distinction of being Nintendo's worst-selling console, with 13.56 million units sold. By contrast, the Switch has sold more than 100 million units. The 3DS was more successful, with 75.94 million units sold but is still the company's least popular handheld. The DS was its most popular handheld, with 154.02 million units sold.

Sony was planning a similar shutdown for digital stores on PS3, PS Vita and PSP last year, but fan outcry pushed the company to partially reverse that decision by keeping the PS3 and Vita stores open.



This is why I'm pretty good at Mario Kart 8.


On the positive side, Nintendo also added a website feature allowing you to look at your Wii U and 3DS play history.  

I spent 172 hours playing my Wii U, across 23 different games. Mario Kart 8 was my most-played title, at 68 hours. I spent 270 hours on my 3DS, on 64 different games. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D was my main game, at 33 hours.



A slightly obscure Resident Evil spinoff was my top 3DS game.


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