March 30, 2023

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Random: YouTuber spends nearly $23k buying every 3D game and Wii U eShop

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The 3DS and Wii U eShop are closing at the end of this month and that means there’s only so much time left to buy all the digital games you can buy at Nintendo’s old storefronts. Youtubers, streamers, and video game media personality Gerard Khalil Taking this to the next level by literally buying it all The game available on these platforms.

The main driving force behind this idea was video game preservation – with the goal of “saving” every 3DS and Wii U eShop title before they are lost forever. The mission was a success but it came at a price, as the total number of purchases amounted to $22,791. Here’s a little bit about why Khalil wants to do this so much:

“Lost media is a very real thing in terms of video game preservation, given that the industry is starting to take a daily risk of losing games forever, which is why this is so important… definitely worth it for game preservation.”

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 I dealt with libraries 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 in the digital wallet. Some games even had to be completed before purchasing the downloadable content, which made the whole process a nightmare at times.

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The video documenting the entire journey is worth a look, and now 3DS and Wii U fans can rest easy knowing these games were saved when the services shut down on March 27th. Thanks, Gerrard!