Best 3DS And Wii U DLC You Should Get Before The eShops Close Forever

So. The 3DS and Wii U eShops are closing. You probably guessed that from the title. The full shutdown will take place on March 27, 2023, with some games already unavailable before then. The full report on the closure can be found here:

Of course, you can still add funds with 3DS and Wii U eShop cards until August 29th, and if you link your Nintendo account to your Switch account, you can add funds until March 2023, so there is no big rush, depending on how you want to add money. We also have a guide with a bonus discount for this:

We also have a guide to the best Wii U, 3DS and DSiWare Exclusive games you should have:

But of course many games in the 3DS and Wii U eShops have downloadable content, which will also go down with the SS eShop if it goes down. So we put together yet another List for you, this time just for the free and paid DLCs you can snag on the Wii U and 3DS eShops. It is not exhaustive list, but it covers the things we think are best – and we hope you find something of interest!

Okay, let’s make the list…

Fantasy Life (3DS)

Fantasy Life (3DS)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: level 5

Release date: October 24, 2014 (United States of America) / 09/26/2014 (UK/EU)

Costs: £7.19 / €7.99 / $8.99

Of all the DLCs you can get on 3DS, Fantasy Life is perhaps the best value. Origin Island – which can only be accessed once you’ve purchased the DLC, completed the main story, and reached level 50 – adds six new areas, new characters, enemies, and materials to craft new weapons, a whole host of new stories, and a bunch of new characters. In short, it doubles the length of the game – and adds co-op!

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Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)

Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: monolith soft

Release date: December 4, 2015 (United States of America) / December 4, 2015 (UK/EU)

Costs: Free

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Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U doesn’t have any paid DLC (all Japanese DLC is included by default in the western version), but there are optional downloadable packs that improve the game’s performance and fix things like texture pop-ins and adding of HD textures. They’re worth grabbing for anyone with a disc copy of the game, but be aware that they’re quite large in terms of file size, so feel free to skip them if you’d rather just have more games.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice (3DS eShop)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice (3DS eShop)

Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom

Release date: 08.09.2016 (United States of America) / 08.09.2016 (UK/EU)

Spirit of Justice features three paid DLC chapters – two are facetious, 30-minute stories and the third is a full case. You can play any of these once you complete the first case of the game. Here is a summary of each:

Phoenix Wright: Stupid attorney

Costs: $3.99 / £3.59 / €3.99

Phoenix must prove Pearl Fey is Princess Rayfa to buy more time for a rescue. It’s pretty straightforward and only gives you two pieces of evidence to provide during your trial. This also comes with a 3DS theme.

Apollo Justice: Imbecile Lawyer

Costs: $3.99 / £3.59 / €3.99

Another short story, Apollo must go head to head with Piano Gavin to argue that Princess Rayfa can stay in America for one more day. Not quite as straightforward as Phoenix’s mini-case, but it has more evidence and more action. Comes with a 3DS theme.

Turnabout time traveller

Costs: $5.99 / £5.39 / €5.99

This DLC episode is a full-length case and takes place during a wedding gone wrong. With many interesting characters and the return of Larry Butz, this episode is worth the price for anyone who likes the Ace Attorney games – it’s one of the best cases in Spirit of Justice.


Costs: $0.99 / €0.99 / £0.89

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You can also buy outfits for the three main characters, Phoenix, Apollo and Athena. Phoenix disguises itself as Fauxnix contender Furio Tigre, Apollo as a schoolboy (perhaps meant as Ryunosuke Naruhodo), and Athena as Tres Bien’s waitress, Maggey Byrde.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Two Destinies (3DS eShop)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Two Destinies (3DS eShop)

Publisher: Capcom

Release date: October 24, 2013 (United States of America) / October 24, 2013 (UK/EU)

Costs: $5.99 / €4.99 / £3.99

Similar to Spirit of Justice, Dual Destinies features an additional case available as DLC. It’s called Turnabout Reclaimed and it’s one of the best cases in the game where Phoenix has to… defend an orca. This DLC episode also includes an additional outfit – Phoenix’s “Nostalgic Sweater” with the big heart on the front from Turnabout Memories.

Players can also download a costume pack that includes Phoenix’s original suit, Apollo’s casual outfit, and Athena’s Themis Academy uniform.

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (3DS)

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (3DS)

Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: India Zero

Release date: July 3, 2012 (United States of America) / July 6, 2012 (UK/EU)

Costs: $0.99 / €1.00 / £0.90 each

Theatrhythm features a ton of downloadable songs from previous Final Fantasy games, so it’s a good idea to snag any that you enjoy while you still can. There are 52 total titles that can be purchased separately for 99 cents — or you can buy them all for a total of $51.48. There’s a full list on the Final Fantasy wiki if you want to window shop!

Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)

Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: intelligent systems

Release date: February 19, 2016 (United States of America) / May 20, 2016 (UK/EU)

Costs: $19.99 / £17.99 / €19.99 for each path

The third campaign for Fire Emblem Fates, epiphany, is only available as digital DLC or as part of a very limited physical print edition. So it is best to download it from the eShop. It adds a new story to the game that awaits you to choose a side birthright and conquest in the main story, but Revelation has player choice instead no Side. This story offers more insight into the events of Birthright and Conquest, and if you can’t get enough Fire Emblem then it’s an excellent buy.

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You can also buy the game Not Get — Birthright or Conquest — as DLC for the same price as Revelation. Players who play through two or all three ways will also receive bonus in-game content.

You can also download map packs. Here is an overview of their prices and content from Serenes Forest:

Map pack 1

Note: Can be purchased as a whole for $17.99 / £16.19 / €17.99 which comes with an additional 10,000G.

DLC Reward difficulty Costs
Before awakening Brand of Exaltation, Brand of Heroes (first time), Pebble (unlimited) Free
A gift from Anna Target or witch sign (first time) N / A Free
Boo camp experience (unlimited) $2.49 / £2.29 / €2.49
beach brawl Special illustrations ★★ $2.49 / £2.29 / €2.49
Ghostly Gold money (unlimited) $2.49 / £2.29 / €2.49
Melee in the museum Weapons (unlimited) $2.49 / £2.29 / €2.49
Royal royals Various stat boosters (first time), Dread Scroll, Ebon Wing (unlimited) ★★★★ $2.49 / £2.29 / €2.49
Hidden Truths (1 and 2) Fell Brand, First Blood (unlimited) ★★★ $4.49 / £4.09 / €4.49
Vanguard Dawn Vanguard Token (Unlimited) ★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
Anna on the run Anna (first time) $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
Ballistic Lightning Visor (unlimited) ★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
witch trial Witchmark (unlimited) ★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.9

card pack 2

Note: Can be purchased as a whole for $17.99 / £16.19 / €17.99 which comes with an additional 10,000G.

DLC Reward difficulty Costs
Another gift from Anna Boots and Paragon (first time) N / A Free
I: In endless dreams Skilltaker and Lucktaker (unlimited) ★★★ $0.49 / £0.49 / €0.49
II: Worlds collide Magictaker (unlimited) ★★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
III: The changing tide Power Gatherer (Unlimited) ★★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
IV: Sacrifice of the Light Defender (Unlimited) ★★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
V: Endless twilight Speedtaker, Resistancetaker (unlimited) ★★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
End: Lost in the Waves Point blank (unlimited) ★★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99

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