Nintendo’s customer service Twitter account for Japan has issued a reminder that it will be ending credit card and prepaid card support for the 3DS and Wii U next month on January 18th, 2022 at 9am Japan Standard Time. The company previously announced these changes for 3DS and Wii U users in Europe, Australia and New Zealand back in 2019.
Translation: “Credit cards and electronic transfers (e.g. PASMO and SUICA) will no longer be usable on the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS Series and Wii U after 9am on Tuesday, January 18th next month. If you want to add more money to your balance after this period, please use a Nintendo eShop Card.”
If you have a Nintendo Network ID and have it linked to your Nintendo Switch, funds added to the Switch will also transfer over to the 3DS on the same account.
This is unfortunate, as the 3DS is still widely used around the world, especially in Japan, but it seems like Nintendo is trying to move away from past consoles to put more energy and focus on the Nintendo Switch.
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