As we know, the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U digital stores will be closing soon, which means that hundreds of games can no longer be purchased, as they will be in potential trouble (at least until remastered versions are released on more current consoles).
With the aim of expanding his library and preserving these games, the YouTuber decided to buy all the games that are available in these console stores.
Famed content creator Gerard “The Completionist” Khalil has taken the full slate of games listed on the soon-to-shut eShop, with a total of 866 games on Wii U and 1,547 games on 3DS.
That equates to 1.2TB of games on the Wii U and 267GB of games on the 3DS, DsiWare, and DLCs. The entire set cost Khalil $22,791 and took him nearly a year to complete.
from March 27thYou will no longer be able to purchase games from the Wii U or 3DS eShop. As evidenced by VGC’s analysis, up to 1,000 digital games will disappear forever once in-store transactions are closed.
Last year, Nintendo confirmed that while no further transactions (including downloading free demos and content) could be made after the closing date, this caused the online service to not shut down completely.
Khalil used eShop gift cards to add money to his account because he was afraid his bank would flag the large number of transactions. This means 464 eShop cards are purchased and redeemed one by one on each system.
However, the group ran into an issue where the eShop would only allow one digital wallet to store $250 at a time, meaning they would have to constantly buy games, redeem cards, and repeat the process about 72 times. “That’s why this is stupid!” Khalil jokes throughout the video.
Some of the hottest downloadable Wii U exclusives that are expected to disappear forever when stores close include Affordable Space Adventures, Amiibo Tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits, Chasing Aurora, Dr Luigi and The Letter, Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge, Pokémon Rumble U, Pushmo World (Pullblox World in Europe), and Shut the Box.
On the 3DS, the list of games that are set to disappear is even longer. This includes enhanced 3D re-releases of many classic games, including the Nintendo 3D Classic line, which has featured versions of games like Excitebike, Kid Icarus, and Kirby’s Adventure.
Finally, the closure of the Wii U and 3DS eShops will also mean the end of support for the Virtual Console service. When that happens, the only older games Nintendo makes available will be those available through the various Switch Online apps.
Do you dare to spend all that money on games?
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