Not 24 hours after announcing the imminent demise of the ability to purchase Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games through the eshop, Nintendo has revealed its revamped online store, which will allow users to purchase not just merchandise, but also digital and physical games directly through Nintendo.
The My Nintendo Store, which is online now in both the US and Canada, replaces the old version of the site that allowed for digital game purchases only as well as redemption of select digital and physical rewards with Gold and Platinum Points. That’s now expanded to include physical software and hardware sales. And yes, that includes the Switch OLED model as well as the regular Switch, Switch Lite, and Joy-Cons in various color combinations.
Notably, while digital game purchases still count directly toward your Nintendo Gold Points total, physical purchases must still be redeemed after you actually receive the game cartridge and put it in the Switch.
There’s also a selection of Nintendo merchandise available for purchase, alongside a new stock of physical My Nintendo rewards.
It’s notable that this is happening not even a full day after Nintendo announced it would be slowly shutting down the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eshops. Though the process isn’t expected to conclude until late March of next year, as early as May this year Nintendo is removing the ability to add funds to eshop accounts for either store. That means hundreds of digital-only games will soon be unavailable anywhere, a fact that Nintendo seemed rather indifferent about in its own Q&A on the subject. It also just removed all Wi U games from its website, likely as part of gearing up for the store update.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
Source: IGN Video Games All