Nintendo has shut down the online play function for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U, months ahead of the original date. The company was originally going to turn off the servers in April 2024, but has already pulled the plug just before Christmas Eve. However, as of writing some users may still have access as this is a gradual slow rollout, according to Jonathan Barrow, from Pretendo.

However, regardless of the date supplied by Nintendo – the date was never anything concrete, the company did specify that the online services for the 3DS and Wii U could be terminated “earlier than planned.” As of March 2023, the online eShops for the two consoles was also shuttered as was the Miiverse in 2017.