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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

CAPCOM PUBLISHER SALE March 2023: 3DS eShop $3 Games

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Your LAST chance. Ever.

Remember: On March 27, 2023, the Nintendo eShop virtual storefronts on the Wii U and the 3DS will close and you will not be able to purchase new games through any method. As of right now, you can purchase games for the Wii U and 3DS via and/or adding funds to your connected Nintendo Switch wallet.

CAPCOM Publisher Sale March 2023 Nintendo eShop 3DS games $3 Ace Attorney Monster Hunter
This is the CAPCOM PUBLISHER SALE that the publisher referenced in last week's Spotlight.

Every 3DS game CAPCOM has on sale right now, which includes various Monster Hunter, Resident Evil, and Ace Attorney games, is only $2.99. With sales like these, even Detective Dick Gumshoe can buy these games. And as of right now, the only other place you can readily buy Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney–Dual Destinies, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney–Spirit of Justice are on... mobile platforms, and I'd never recommend going near those things. On the 3DS, they are unfortunately digital download-only. But I would recommend the fourth, fifth, and sixth mainline Ace Attorney titles before the vast majority of other games, if not any other game on the 3DS. They (and the other Ace Attorney games... look at Ace Attorney Turnabout Collection at 50% off on the Nintendo Switch) are the top games in the adventure genre. At $3 each... that's ridiculous value for games that will last you several tens of hours each.

Note that the 3DS games aren't in sale in Europe. Too bad. Switch games are, though.

Also of note is that after Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin got a permanent MSRP reduction to $40 from $60, it is now 50% off as well, which brings its price to $20. I think that's interesting. (And a great, worthy price point that you should think about.)

Still, Monster Hunter Stories 2 will be available for future purchases for quite a while to come. The Ace Attorney games on the 3DS, and videogames on the 3DS and Wii U in general... won't be. My recommendations are Ace Attorney, which will be on sale until they're no longer purchasable. Don't miss out. ...And get Pocket Card Jockey on the 3DS while you're at it. Sad to say, but there's nothing on the Wii U that I'd really urge you to go for in 2023.

Also, you'll want to buy those Ace Attorney games several days before the 27th, because Dual Destinies and Spirit of Justice both have a DLC case (that is worth the purchase price, which right now is greater than the price of $3 for the whole game) that requires playing the game a little bit to be able to buy and access. Chop chop! Get to it!

If you want Ludwig to discuss more details about why Ace Attorney is so wonderful and more than worth $3, ask him for an explanation in the comments section. If you already have the games, maybe go talk about what last-weeks purchases you're making.

The games in the March 2023 sale are the deepest discounted they've ever been. Just compare to the January 2023 sale.
The next sale came a month later. No 3DS games anymore.


  1. I finally bought dillons rolling western and yo Kai watch 3. Haven’t played the latter but man is Dillions rolling western hard. If only because it requires you to always be on your toes and do everything quickly. I guess that’s the appeal though.

    I wonder if the ace attorney games are going to get an even bigger discount the day before or the day that the eshop closes. I mean, why not right? The last 24 hours of the eshop should be crazy.

  2. I've got all the Ace Attorney games again (but I'd gladly re-buy them if they get a newer release, Capcom), but I have a list of 15 games I want to pick up before the eShop shuts down.

    1. 3DS list:
      The 3 Parascientific Escape games, each on sale for $2 (another publisher besides Capcom actually has a final 3DS sale, amazing)
      Yo-kai Watch 3
      Dragon Quest VIII
      Dementium: The Ward
      Lords of Magna
      The Denpa Men 3 (considered getting all three, but unless there's a super sale, some things had to be cut from the list)
      Animal Crossing New Leaf
      The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

      Wii U list:
      Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
      Trauma Team
      Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
      Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs (considered the first game too, but people seem to like it less)
      Golden Sun: The Lost Age

    2. Regarding Oracle of Seasons, are you that opposed to a Nintendo Switch Online subscription you'd rather buy it on the 3DS than get access to it on NSO (when it becomes available later this year)?

    3. Buying Oracle of Seasons on the 3DS: for $5.99 I'll have it forever.
      Getting it through NSO: for $3.99 I can play it for a month, or for $19.99 I can play it for a year.

      Plus, I already have Oracle of Ages on the 3DS. It just feels right to have them as a set.

    4. If it felt so right when you got Oracle of Ages, why didn't you get Oracle of Seasons a long time ago? :x

    5. Because I got Oracle of Ages as a Club Nintendo reward when it was ending.


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