The end of an era for Wii U and 3DS

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Nintendo eShop end purchases for Wii U and 3DS family “as of late March 2023”

My Nintendo 3DS & Wii U Memories artwork

The end of an era on Nintendo eShop is now on the horizon as Nintendo announces it will be terminating purchases for the Wii U and 3DS family by late March next year.

“We thank you for supporting Nintendo eShop on Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.” while it links to My Nintendo 3DS & Wii U Memories that lets you see what you played on the platforms.

  • Nintendo Wii U discontinued production January 2017
  • Nintendo 3DS family includes the 3DS XL and 3DS LL

Free but gone: For those using Pokémon Bank the service will go free when the Nintendo 3DS eShop goes offline in March 2023, but so will the opportunity to download it, unfortunately.

’No preservation’: Nintendo has stated it “currently has no plans to offer classic content in other ways,” referring to a question about preserving Wii U and 3DS classic games.

Campaign: Fans are already trying to rally to get Nintendo to reverse this decision, much like a successful campaign that stopped Sony pulling the plug on the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.

Endangered: Games set to disappear include Go! Go! Kokopolo, Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D, the Rabi Laby series, Fluidity Spin Cycle, Tokyo Crash Mobs, Divergent Shift (DSiware), Art Style: Zengage (DSiware), Snapdots (DSiware), Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent?! (DSiware) and the list is likely to grow as more tally up digital only releases.

What was the name of the commercial PlayStation emulator that almost made it to Dreamcast?

a) bleem!
b) MAME
c) Connectix Virtual Game Station
d) PCSX-Reloaded

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen update out now

Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.5 quick platform overview chart

CD Projekt RED has finally released Patch 1.5, the long-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 next-generation upgrade for Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5.

The upgrade includes ray-traced local light shadows, native achievement support, and two new graphics modes to pick between; Performance and Ray Tracing.

Haptic fun: The PlayStation 5 version also adds DualSense controller support. The full list of changes is available on the official website.

5-hour trial: Only one graphics mode will be available on Xbox Series S, and it will be locked to 30FPS in 1440p with dynamic resolution scaling. You can try out a 5 hour free game trial on both consoles.

Super Mario RPG director wants a sequel to be his final game

Chihiro Fujioka interview with MinnMax

Ben Hanson of MinnMax has interviewed game designer Chihiro Fujioka, talking about the Japanese game maker's career and his work on games like Super Mario RPG.

They talk about his hopes for a Super Mario RPG 2 to be his final game, the early days of the studio AlphaDream – most famous for the Mario & Luigi games – and their unreleased projects.

Rocking on: Fujioka is currently a member of a progressive rock/metal band called Earthbound Papas led by legendary Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu.

Swansong: He also worked on Fantasian with Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi at Mistwalker, around the time AlphaDream finally shut down in 2019.

Some top sales picks from IndieGala

IndieGala store front

Another day, another horde of discounted games at IndieGala. We begin with Ary and the Secret of Seasons at £6.99 (-80%) and Warhammer: Chaosbane – Slayer Edition for £8.74 (-75%).

Trailblazers at £4.49 (-85%), Styx: Master of Shadows at £2.49 (-90%), Blood Bowl 2 – Legendary Edition for £5.39 (-80%), and WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship for £3.74 (-85%).

What was the name of the commercial PlayStation emulator that almost made it to Dreamcast?

The case for PS1 emulator bleem!

ANSWER: bleem!

Emulation is an important part of videogame history, and perhaps the number one way it is kept alive as older hardware and formats become unavailable. Most emulators are open source, freeware, or built into products like retro game collections – but did you know there was a commercial PlayStation emulator for PC?

Bleem allowed gamers to enjoy PlayStation games in higher resolution on PC, and the developers even tried to launch the emulator for Dreamcast. Sony was none too pleased, sued Bleem Company – and lost! Unfortunately, the legal costs were too much for Bleem Company to bear, and the Dreamcast version died along with the business.

It's always a shame to hear about platforms ending official support, especially when games get lost to time, and as we move into the digital age it's something that's going to be happening more frequently. The video games industry should do more to preserve its history, after all, accessibility is essential for any medium. We'd love to hear our readers thoughts on this too. 

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!