A YouTuber Goes on a Spending Spree of $23,000 to Purchase All eShop Games for the 3DS and Wii U.
The 3DS and Wii U eShop will be shutting down at the end of this month, which means there isn’t much time left to buy all the digital games you might find on Nintendo’s old storefronts. Youtubers, streamers, and video game media personality Gerard Khalil “The Complementary” Taking this to the next level by literally buying it all The game available on these platforms.
The main motivation behind this idea was video game preservation – with the goal of “saving” all 3DS and Wii U eShop titles before they are lost forever. The mission was a success, but it comes at a price, as the total amount of purchases $22,791. Here’s a little bit about why Khalil wants to do it so badly:
“Media loss is a very real thing when it comes to preserving video games, since the industry began we have been at risk of losing games forever, and that is why it is important… This costs a lot of time and money, but it was definitely worth it to preserve the game.”
Funds for this mission have been raised with the support of The Completionist’s sponsors. In the end, 866 WiiU And 1547 3DS games (including DSiWare, Virtual Console, and DLC) purchased with 464 eShop cards. the complete Libraries have taken 1.2 TB on Wii U And 267 GB on the 3DS.
Of course there was a lot Obstacles to overcome, from stores restricting the purchase of eShop cards to Nintendo allowing only a certain amount of funds per digital wallet. Certain games even had to be completed before DLC can be purchased, which sometimes made the whole process a nightmare.
This work means that 3DS and Wii U fans can now rest easy knowing that all those digital game saves were saved when the Store services were shut down. March 27th. Thanks, Gerd! The video documenting the entire journey is worth watching, and it even has a 3DS game recommendation from our very own Nintendo Life video producer, Zion Grassl.
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