Nintendo has confirmed that credit card support on Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS e-Shops would be dropping soon in the region of Japan.
Nintendo has now confirmed that customers in the Japan region will not be able to top up their Wii U or 3DS eShop balance using credit cards on January 18th, 2022. Nintendo announced it via Twitter and related blogposts.
Credit card support for both of these e-Shop had already been dropped in several regions – including Europe, Australia and New Zealand last year. However, customers will still be able to shop games digitally using other payment methods, so at least the shops are not closing down completely.
Considering that the 3DS and Wii U are almost 10 and 9 years old respectively, it’s not so much of a surprise that Nintendo would discontinue continued support for these devices. Particularly more, since Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console combining the best of both worlds. Following the incredible success of the Nintendo Switch, the Kyoto giant announced an OLED model of the console drop later this year.
A notice of “Limit the use of credit cards and electronic cash for transportation in the Nintendo 3DS series and the Nintendo eShop in Wii U” has been posted. https://t.co/hlGGJIZu3B
– Nintendo Support (@nintendo_cs) July 20, 2021