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The 3DS and Wii U eShop services will be ending at the end of this month, meaning you’ve only got as much time to shop for all the digital games you can. YouTuber, streamer, and video game media personality Jirard “The Completionist” Khalil has taken this to the next level with the literal purchase every Game available on these platforms.
The driving force behind this idea was the preservation of video games – with the aim of “saving” all digital 3DS and Wii U titles before they are lost forever. It seems that the mission was successful, but it comes at a price, with the total purchases adding up $22,791. Here’s a bit about why he wanted this so badly:
“Lost media is very real as far as video game retention goes, ever since the industry started we’ve been at risk of losing games forever on a daily basis, so that’s important… it took way too much time and way too much money, but.” it was absolutely worthwhile for the sake of wildlife protection.”
Funds for this mission were raised with support from sponsors. And at the end, 866 Wii U And 1547 3DS games (including DSiWare, Virtual Console and DLC) were also purchased 464 eShop cards. The entire libraries added 1.2TB on Wii U And 267GB on 3DS.
Of course there was a lot from hurdles to overcome, from stores restricting the purchase of eShop cards, to Nintendo only allowing a certain amount of money in a digital wallet. Some games even had to be completed before the DLC could be purchased, making the whole process a nightmare at times.
The video documenting the entire journey is well worth a look, and 3DS and Wii U fans can now sit back and relax knowing that when services shut down on March 27, those games will have been saved. Thank you Jirard!
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When he’s not repaying a loan to Tom Nook, Liam enjoys sharing the latest Nintendo news and admiring his library of video games. His favorite Nintendo character used to be a guitar-playing dog, but these days he prefers to hang out with Judd the cat.