A few days after the definitive closure of the Nintendo eShop on WiiU and 3DS, a youtuber has decided to embark on an expensive preservation mission: buy all the games on sale on the two stores to avoid them being lost forever.
Jirard “The Completionist” Khalil, frightened by the prospect of no longer being able to freely buy all the software that made the history of the two Nintendo consoles, decided to cut the bull’s head and buy them all, absolutely all. The rescue mission was successful, but it required a rather high price, both in terms of money, $22,791 to be exactand in terms of time, since numerous problems arose during the enterprise that required a lot of patience to solve.
“Lost media and game preservation are very real issues, we are in danger of losing games forever since the industry started, that’s why it’s such a big issue…it cost a lot of time and money too much money, but it was absolutely worth it for the sake of video game preservation“said The Completionist.
The youtuber raised all this money thanks to the support of his sponsors, thus managing to buy and download 866 Wii U games e 1547 3DS games (including DSiWare, Virtual Console and any DLC) using 464 eShop Cards. The entire Wii U library weighs 1,2 TBwhile that of the 3DS adds up to a total of 267 GB. As we said, there were many problems that arose during the enterprise: some shops, for example, limited purchases of eShop Cards, while Nintendo placed a limit on the amount of funds that could be loaded into a single wallet. Several games, on the other hand, required to be completed before DLC could be purchased. At some point, the memory of the 3DS also filled up due to the large number of game icons.
In short, it wasn’t easy: the whole process is documented in detail in the video documentary made by The Completionist, which we have also attached at the top of this news for your convenience. The youtuber, after this feat, will donate its consoles and storage devices to the Video Game History Foundation, which will take care of preserving the two libraries in their entirety forever. He also announced that the new edition of Preserved Play, an event that raises funds to donate to the non-profit foundation, will take place on April 15 and 16, 2023.
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