Are the Wii, 3DS or DSi digital stores down in 2022?

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Bad news for anyone trying to redownload some old DSi games or Wii titles through each console’s respective store channels: Currently, players are reporting that both channels are down and have been for a few days now. Many now fear the channels won’t return, possibly locking up a lot of digital content that people owned and didn’t have the ability to download before the possible surprise shutdown.

Correction: This story originally confused 3DS and DSi. This has been corrected and the links and title have been changed to reflect the correction.

As spotted by Eurogamerit seems that since March 16 the official Nintendo DSi and Wii Shop Channels have been offline. If this shutdown is permanent and these stores never return, then they appear to have been closed without prior warning from Nintendo.

To be clear: you haven’t been able to buy anything from the Wii Shop Channel since 2019. And the DSi Shop stopped letting you buy content before that in 2017.

However, in either case, Nintendo has not announced any specific dates or plans for the complete closure of these stores. If they were in fact shut down for good, without warning, that’s bad.

The possible premature and unnotified closing of these stores is a big problem for many. Once (or if) these digital stores permanently close, you will not be able to re-download content that you have previously purchased from them. Many gamers would probably like a few months to download and install some of their favorite or hard-to-find DSi and Wii exclusives before the door is closed on the servers for good.

Kotaku contacted Nintendo about the stores being down for days and whether it plans to bring them back online.

On the news page announcing that Nintendo was ending support for the DSI Store, this is what the editor said about the futureI’m the one pointing out:

“The ability to re-download purchased content or transfer content to a Nintendo 3DS family system will continue after the Nintendo DSi Shop closes for an indefinite period. If you are considering transferring your DSiWare content to a Nintendo 3DS family system, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible while the service is still available.

And on the support page announcing its plans for the Wii Shop Channelyou can find a similar message, and Nintendo does acknowledge it will probably one day stop everything and once again, I insist:

“Nevertheless, for the time being, you can continue to re-download the content you have purchased or transfer such content from a Wii console to a Wii U console. Be aware that these features will eventually end at a later date.”

Still, it seems pretty shitty to completely unplug these stores without warning. It’s also possible that it’s just an extended downtime due to behind-the-scenes issues or technical issues that we don’t know about. If so, Nintendo has yet (as of March 20 at 3:15 PM EST) publicly acknowledged the outage or its cause.

Another interesting thing to note is that some gamers have reported the ability to still be able to download games and DLC through third-party tools like NUSDownloader. This seems to imply that the servers are still up to some degree, but the storefronts are down for some unknown reason.

Updated: 3/22/22, 3:47 PM ET: Nintendo has officially acknowledged the outage but did not provide any explanation.

“The Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are currently undergoing maintenance,” a spokesperson said. for the company says Kotaku in an email. “We will provide an update at a later date.

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