According to a video from Impact Game Studio, they claim that come 1st of April 2022, Nintendo will apparently stop accepting submissions for the Wii U and 3DS eShop. According to a message they received, “We hereby wish to inform you, that it has been decided to cease the acceptance of submissions for new Nintendo 3DS / Wii U titles for eShop release by the end of the current fiscal year (effective from 1st April 2022). These new titles should be lotcheck approved latest within 3 months after the submission deadline.”
It’s not surprising that if this is true, a notice would have been sent this early. While it is less than a year to the 1st of April, 2022, it still gives developers time to either finish up what they’re working on or change their plans before it is too late. The message also states that the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops will continue to remain active and that patches will still be accepted.
We have to say that it’s actually pretty impressive that Nintendo has kept the eShop open for this long, especially for the Wii U which is no longer in production. Then again, if Nintendo’s business model is anything like Microsoft’s, chances are they probably make most of their money through games rather than hardware anyway.