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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards just debuted on Nintendo Switch Online, and we now have a look at how this version compares to the N64 original and Wii U Virtual Console release courtesy of GameXplain. Switch vs. N64 is shown first, followed by Switch vs. Wii U.

Like all Nintendo Switch Online classics, Kirby 64 now has the highest resolution possible. And while Wii U made things darker, the brightness is more true to the original on Switch.

The time has almost come for major changes on the 3DS and Wii U eShops, as both stores will be ending support for credit cards in just a few days.

Back in February, Nintendo announced that it will be ending digital purchases on the two systems next March. As part of that, a few different steps are planned. The first step is that as of May 23, 2022, users will no longer be able to use a credit card to add funds to an account. Then on August 29, it will no longer be possible to use an eShop card to add funds. Download codes can still be redeemed until late March 2023.

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Mario Golf debuted on Nintendo Switch Online today, and GameXplain has now put together a graphics comparison that includes Wii U and N64. We first get to see how things stack up between Switch and N64 before moving over to Switch and Wii U.

It’s clear that Mario Golf produces the clearest image on Switch. For one thing, the resolution the highest. The action was also much darker for the Wii U Virtual Console release, which has been fixed this time around.

One of the big pieces of Nintendo news this week concerns the eShop, as in one way, the digital store will be ending on both Wii U and 3DS. Starting in late March 2023, it will be closing down for business on these platforms. New purchases will no longer be possible.

Many Wii U and 3DS games have made their way over to Switch, but a ton have also stayed behind. That means a lot of hidden gems will be left behind without a way for new players to get their hands on them once March 2023 rolls by.

With that in mind, we want to hear about some of your top picks that you’d suggest Wii U and 3DS owners should pick up. Are there any particular games you feel flew under the radar? Let us know in the comments below.

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Nintendo has announced that it will be putting an end to eShop purchases for Wii U and 3DS in late March 2023. It goes without saying, but Switch is not impacted at all by the move.

On May 23, 2022, users will no longer be able to use a credit card to add funds to an eShop account on Wii U and 3DS. Then on August 29, they won’t be able to use an eShop card to add funds. Redeeming download codes will still be possible until late March 2023.

Here’s some additional information from Nintendo:

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It’s Christmas day, so you know what that means: an outage for the Switch, 3DS, and Wii U eShops with all of these digital stores currently down for some.

December 25 tends to be one of the busiest days of the year for the eShop. With so much gift giving taking place, new systems are booting up and connecting online for the first time. Others are merely browsing the eShop to purchase and redeem digital games.

It’s time for the latest North American Nintendo Download report for the week of December 16, 2021. The latest releases include Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Dungeon Munchies, Let’s Play! Oink Games, Timelie, and more.

Here’s the full lineup:

Nintendo has added to its maintenance schedule, and a few more sessions are lined up for the next couple of weeks. There’s only one period planned for next week, but even more for the following week.

Here’s the full maintenance schedule as things stand now:

Rumor has it that Nintendo is less than a year away from accepting submissions for games on the 3DS and Wii U eShops.

Impact Game Station claims to have received an email, likely from a developer, that outlines plans for the end of new titles. The supposed deadline will go into effect on April 1, 2022, which is when Nintendo’s next fiscal year starts. Developers are advised to have their projects “lotcheck approved latest within 3 months after the submission deadline.”

The full notice reads:

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At the start of next year, credit cards will no longer be supported on the 3DS and Wii U eShops – at least in Japan. Nintendo just announced that this aspect of the service will be discontinued on January 18, 2022. Other prepaid IC cards will be impacted as well.

All other aspects of the 3DS and Wii U eShops will remain functional. System owners can still buy games, download already-purchased titles, and more. Payment can be done through other means like Nintendo’s official eShop cards and by linking a Nintendo Network ID to a Nintendo Account on Switch and having a shared balance across devices. Nintendo’s website also supports credit cards.

Nintendo has not yet said if there will be any changes to credit cards in other territories.

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