Yesterday, it was revealed that the digital stores of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will reach their definitive next March 2023. Although this means it will be impossible to download hundreds of games, not everything is lost. By means of a statement in the official account of Japan, Pokémon Bank confirmed that he will leave aside his subscription, and will become a free application in March 2023.
Pokémon Bank is an application that allows you to store up to three thousand creatures pocket in the cloud, and can be connected with all series games in 3DS, as well as Pokémon Home in Switch and mobile. Once the digital wii U and 3DS stores come to an end, you will not have to pay to access this service . However, this only applies to those who have downloaded this application, as it will be impossible to do this in March 2023.
Although this sounds like a positive response, the official communiqué has pointed out that eventually this service will also come to an end, although The Pokémon Company has not yet determined when it will happen . Similarly, for the moment this information comes from the Japanese account, and currently there is no similar response in the West, but this could change at any time.
On related topics, you can learn more about the closure of the Wii U and 3DS ESHOP here. Similarly, Nintendo has no plans to offer a classic game service beyond the online switch.
The closure of the Eshop in Wii U and 3DS is something very sad, since certain digital experiences will become inaccessible for many players. At least applications like Pokémon Bank will be alive any longer, let’s hope that more news is given in the coming days.