If you still want to buy games like Pokémon X and Y digitally on your Nintendo 3DS, you should do so soon, because in a few weeks it will no longer be possible.
Why can’t you buy the games anymore? On March 27, 2023, Nintendo will shut down the eShop on the 3DS and Wii U.
The eShop is the go-to place to purchase games digitally on Nintendo consoles, similar to the PS Store on PlayStation consoles.
With the shutdown of the eShop on 3DS and Wii U, it will no longer be possible to make purchases on the affected platforms. This also means that games that are only playable on the 3DS, for example, will no longer be available digitally from now on.
74% of all Pokémon games are no longer available digitally
Which Pokémon games will then no longer be available for purchase? The shutdown of the eShop on 3DS and Wii U hits some Pokémon series games. These include some titles from the main series as well as some spin-offs:
- Pokemon X and Y
- Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
- Pokemon sun and moon
- Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
- Detective Pikachu
- Pokemon Rumble World
- Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Portals to Infinity
- Super Pokemon Rumble
- Pokemon Rumble U
Also removed are the Gen 1 and Gen 2 classics Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver and Crystal, as well as the Nintendo DS games Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky and Pokémon Ranger.
The 3DS trailer for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is up YouTube the most watched trailer of a Pokémon game and has 76 million views:
The games Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Fire Red, Leaf Green, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Black, White, Black 2, White 2, all of which appeared as part of the main series, are no longer available for digital purchase.
As Twitter user Phil Salvador points out, after the eShop was shut down on 3DS and Wii U, a total of 74% of all Pokémon games are no longer available.
Pokémon GO and Switch games will remain
Which games can Pokémon fans still buy then? Pokémon fans who want to buy their games digitally will therefore only have a very limited selection of titles available from March 27th.
Almost 25% of all Pokémon games will still be available digitally. These include the latest titles on the Nintendo Switch:
- Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee
- Pokemon Sword and Shield
- Pokemon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus
- Pokémon Crimson and Crimson
- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
- Pokemon Tekken DX
- New Pokemon Snap
- Pokemon Unite
The mobile hit Pokémon GO is also still available and regularly brings events and updates. In March there are again 4 dates that players should not miss.
Pokémon GO: 4 mandatory dates in March 2023 that you shouldn’t miss