The 3DS and Wii U eShop services are shutting down at the end of this month and that means you only have so much time left to buy all the digital games you possibly can. YouTuber, streamer and gaming media personality Jirard “The Completionist” Khalil took this to the next level quite literally by buying each one game available on these platforms.
The main driving force behind this idea was video game preservation – with the goal of “rescuing” every digital title from 3DS and Wii U before they are lost forever. It seems that the mission was successful, but it comes at a price, with the total amount of purchases $22,791 USD. Here’s a little about why he wanted to do it so badly:
“Lost media is very real when it comes to video game preservation, since the industry started we run the daily risk of losing games forever, that’s why this is important… it cost too much time and way too much money but it was absolutely worth it for game preservation .”
The funds for that mission were obtained with the support of sponsors. And finally, 866 Wii U and 1547 3DS games (including DSiWare, Virtual Console and DLC) were purchased with 464 eStore cards. The whole libraries have taken over 1.2 TB on Wii U and 267GB on 3DS.
Of course, it was a lot of hurdles to overcome, from stores limiting eShop card purchases to Nintendo only allowing a certain amount of funds in a digital wallet. Some games even had to be completed before the DLC could be purchased, which made the whole process a bit of a nightmare at times.
The video documenting the entire journey is well worth a watch, and 3DS and Wii U fans can now rest easy knowing that these games were saved when the services shut down on March 27th. Thank you, Girard!