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When will the Wii U eShop close down?

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Q3 2021 1 9.09%
 
Q4 2021 1 9.09%
 
Q1 2022 2 18.18%
 
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Q1 2023 or later 7 63.64%
 
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Sony recently closed the PS3 and PS Vita stores with the launch of the PlayStation 5. The PS4 store is safe for another 5-7 years, I'm thinking. Nintendo closed the DSi shop in March 2017, and the Wii Shop in January 2019. Before those closed, they had cut off dates the previous years to add points. Interestingly, I think the Microsoft Store on the Xbox 360 is still open for the time being, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

So when do you think the Wii U and 3DS shops will go? I think Wii U will go first, since the amount of Wii U units sold was far lower than the 3DS. I'd also wager the active user base of the Wii U is quite a bit lower, than probably not proportionally lower to the sales differences.

I honestly think the Wii U eShop will stop accepting funds in Q3/Q4 2021, and close in Q1 2022. That's really good for a commercial failure. For the 3DS eShop, I think it can survive another year or two past the Wii U. I think funds will stop being accepted in Q3 2023, and the eShop will shutter in Q1 2024. But it's just as likely those dates are a year earlier for 3DS.



Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 144 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

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I thought you could still purchase from the PS3 store through the PS3?



    

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BasilZero said:

I thought you could still purchase from the PS3 store through the PS3?

Wow, I look like a dummy now. But I think it means the PS3 Store is still closing soon, since you can only buy the games directly on the console now. But my question about the Nintendo platforms still stands.



Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 144 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

"Let go your earthly tether, enter the void, empty and become wind." - Guru Laghima

Wman1996 said:

Wow, I look like a dummy now. But I think it means the PS3 Store is still closing soon, since you can only buy the games directly on the console now. But my question about the Nintendo platforms still stands.

Assuming they use the same amount of time as the Wii store - 2024.

Edit: I'd say maybe Jan 2022.



    

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The PS3 and Vita stores are both still running and accessible through those respective platforms. Sony only de-listed PS3 and Vita content from the PS Store website. I think the reason was to cut down on clutter in the storefront to make room for the addition of PS5 content.



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When Nintendo stops making money from them.



Wman1996 said:
BasilZero said:

I thought you could still purchase from the PS3 store through the PS3?

Wow, I look like a dummy now. But I think it means the PS3 Store is still closing soon, since you can only buy the games directly on the console now. But my question about the Nintendo platforms still stands.

Don't scare me like that.



p0isonparadise said:

When Nintendo stops making money from them.

Pretty much. The Wii U lost Nintendo tens of millions of dollars, but that's very tame compared to most video game hardware. It's because Nintendo just about never sold the Wii U at a loss. If they did, it was a minor loss.

As long as Nintendo is making at least a few million a year from the Wii U eShop and its servers are cheap to keep up, it's worth it for them. I'm sure almost no one was buying things on the Wii Shop from about 2015 onward, but Nintendo still kept it open.



Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 144 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

"Let go your earthly tether, enter the void, empty and become wind." - Guru Laghima

The Xbox 360 eShop is still online because it's sorta- accessible on the Xbox One/Xbox Series S+X with BC titles.
I don't envisage it closing anytime soon, especially as BC titles continue to sell on the store.



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To be honest I don't think online stores should be closed. That is a ton of video games that will be lost forever, and it probably doesn't cost that much for Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo to keep them up indefinitely.