The 3DS and Wii U eShop services will be shutting down at the end of this month and that means you only have so much time left to buy as many digital games as you can at Nintendo’s older stores. YouTuber, streamer, and gaming media personality Jirard “The Completionist” Khalil has taken this to the next level by literally buying each game available on these platforms.
The main driving force 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 successful, but it comes at a price, as the total amount of purchases adds up to $22,791 USD. Here’s a bit of why Khalil wanted to do this so badly:
“Lost media is very real when it comes to game preservation, ever since the industry began we’ve been in daily risk of losing games forever, so that’s why it’s important…it took too much time and too much money, but it was Absolutely worth it for the sake of game preservation.”
Funding for this mission was raised with the support of The Completionist’s sponsors. And in the end 866 WiiU and 1547 3DS games (including DSiWare, Virtual Console and DLC) were purchased with 464 electronic store cards. He complete the libraries occupied 1.2TB on Wii U and 267GB on 3DS.
Of course there was a lot There are plenty of hurdles to overcome, from stores limiting eShop card purchases to Nintendo only allowing a certain amount of funds per digital wallet. Particular games even had to be completed before DLC could be purchased, which made the whole process a nightmare at times.
This work means that 3DS and Wii U fans can now rest easy knowing that all these digital games were saved when the store services closed on March 27th. Thank you Jirard! The video documenting the entire journey and even featuring a 3DS game recommendation from our very own Nintendo Life video producer Zion Grassl is well worth a look.