Cierre de Nintendo 3DS, Wii U Stores, mata la propiedad de juegos clásicos

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en el post Titulado «Wii U y Nintendo 3DS eShop descontinuado»Nintendo acaba de anunciar que en marzo de 2023 dejarán de funcionar los escaparates online de ambas plataformas.

Pero en la práctica, los cierres comenzarán mucho antes que eso:

A partir del 23 de mayo de 2022, ya no será posible usar una tarjeta de crédito para agregar dinero a una cuenta en una Nintendo eShop en la familia de sistemas Wii U o Nintendo 3DS.

A partir del 29 de agosto de 2022, ya no será posible usar la Tarjeta Nintendo eShop para agregar dinero a una cuenta en una Nintendo eShop en la familia de sistemas Wii U o Nintendo 3DS. Sin embargo, los códigos de descarga seguirán siendo canjeables hasta finales de marzo de 2023.

En cuanto a las personas que juegan y disfrutan de los juegos que ya tienen, Nintendo dice:

Incluso después de finales de marzo de 2023, en el futuro previsible, aún será posible volver a descargar juegos y contenido descargable, recibir actualizaciones de software y disfrutar de juegos en línea en Wii U y la familia de sistemas Nintendo 3DS.

All of this is expected stuff. The 3DS is 11 years old this year and the Wii U ten, so digital store closures were always going to happen sooner or later. What’s shitty about these closures in particular, though, is that both shopfronts offered users the ability to purchase and then own many of Nintendo’s greatest ever titles, something you’re now largely unable to do ever since the company switched to a subscription model with Nintendo Switch Online.

The company saw this coming. When the blog post was first made, an associated FAQ had the following exchange:

Once it is no longer possible to purchase software in Nintendo eShop on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, many classic games for past platforms will cease to be available for purchase anywhere. Will you make classic games available to own some other way? If not, then why? Doesn’t Nintendo have an obligation to preserve its classic games by continually making them available for purchase?

Across our Nintendo Switch Online membership plans, over 130 classic games are currently available in growing libraries for various legacy systems. The games are often enhanced with new features such as online play.

We think this is an effective way to make classic content easily available to a broad range of players. Within these libraries, new and longtime players can not only find games they remember or have heard about, but other fun games they might not have thought to seek out otherwise.

We currently have no plans to offer classic content in other ways.

“We currently have no plans to offer classic content in other ways” is an incredibly shitty thing to read, because under zero circumstances is a subscription-based model an acceptable substitution to actually owning a game.

Especially wild, then, is the fact that not long after publishing this, Nintendo wiped that particular section of the Q&A from its site. Ve y compruébalo ahora y «¿No está Nintendo comprometida con la preservación de sus juegos clásicos al ponerlos constantemente a la venta?» parte se ha ido.

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