The timing is impeccable, even by Nintendo’s standards.

Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they’ve been chewing over. Today, Damien discusses the less-than-ideal timing of Nintendo’s announcement regarding its 3DS and Wii U eShops…

Nintendo has just announced that it will be closing the Wii U and 3DS eShops in 2023, shutting off access to countless digital exclusives across both systems. On one hand, this isn’t all that shocking; it’s perhaps naive to expect Nintendo to keep digital storefronts alive on platforms that are no longer its main focus, but on the other hand, the Japanese giant just sent hacker Gary Bowser to jail for three years for enabling piracy on its Switch console – as well as getting him to cough up $4.5 million to Nintendo of America as restitution, and a further $10 million as “monetary relief”.

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