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 got that from the title. The full closure will be on the 27th March, 2024, with some games becoming unavailable even before that. We’ve got the full rundown on the closure here:

Of course, you can still add credit with 3DS and Wii U eShop cards until August 29th, and if you link your Nintendo account to your Switch account, you can add credit until March 2024, so there’s not a massive rush, depending on how you want to add funds. We’ve got a guide for that too, with a bonus discount:

We’ve also got a guide to the best Wii U, 3DS, and DSiWare exclusive games you should get:

But, of course, many games on the 3DS and Wii U eShops have downloadable content that will also sink with the SS eShop when it goes down. So, we’ve compiled yet another list for you, this time, just for the free and paid DLC that you can nab from the Wii U and 3DS eShops. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it covers the stuff we think is best to get — and we hope you find something of interest!

Alright, let’s get listing…

Fantasy Life (3DS)

Fantasy Life (3DS)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Level-5

Release Date: 24th Oct 2014 (USA) / 26th Sep 2014 (UK/EU)

Cost: £7.19 / €7.99 / $8.99

Out of all the DLC you can get on 3DS, the Fantasy Life one is perhaps the best bang-for-your-buck. Origin Island — which can only be accessed once you’ve purchased the DLC, finished the main story, and reached level 50 — adds six new areas, new characters, enemies, and materials to make new weapons, a whole bunch of new story, and a bunch of new characters. In short, it about 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: 4th Dec 2015 (USA) / 4th Dec 2015 (UK/EU)

Cost: Free

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Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U doesn’t have paid DLC (all of the Japanese DLC is included by default in the Western release), but there are optional downloadable packs that improve the performance of the game, fixing things like texture pop-ins and adding 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 you can 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: 8th Sep 2016 (USA) / 8th Sep 2016 (UK/EU)

Spirit of Justice offers three paid DLC chapters — two are jokey, 30-minute long stories, and the third is a full case. You’ll be able to play each of these once you’ve finished the first case of the game. Here’s a summary of each:

Phoenix Wright: Asinine Attorney

Cost: $3.99 / £3.59 / €3.99

Phoenix has to prove that Pearl Fey is Princess Rayfa in order to buy more time for a rescue operation. It’s quite hands-off, and only gives you two pieces of evidence to present during your trial. This also comes with a 3DS theme.

Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney

Cost: $3.99 / £3.59 / €3.99

Another short story, Apollo has to go toe-to-toe with Klavier Gavin to argue that Princess Rayfa should be allowed one more day in America. Not quite as hands-off as Phoenix’s mini-case, but does involve more evidence and more action. Comes with a 3DS theme.

Turnabout Time Traveler

Cost: $5.99 / £5.39 / €5.99

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

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Cost: $0.99 / €0.99 / £0.89

You can also buy outfits for the three main leads, Phoenix, Apollo, and Athena. Phoenix dresses as Fauxnix pretender Furio Tigre, Apollo as a schoolboy (perhaps meant to be Ryunosuke Naruhodo) and Athena as the waitress from Tres Bien, Maggey Byrde.

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

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

Publisher: Capcom

Release Date: 24th Oct 2013 (USA) / 24th Oct 2013 (UK/EU)

Cost: $5.99 / €4.99 / £3.99

Much like Spirit of Justice, Dual Destinies has an extra case available as DLC. It’s called Turnabout Reclaimed, and it’s one of the best cases in the game, in which Phoenix has to defend… an orca. This DLC episode comes with an extra outfit, too — Phoenix’s “Nostalgic Sweater”, with the big heart on the front, from Turnabout Memories.

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

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (3DS)

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (3DS)

Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: indies zero

Release Date: 3rd Jul 2012 (USA) / 6th Jul 2012 (UK/EU)

Cost: $0.99 / €1.00 / £0.90 each

Theatrhythm has a ton of downloadable songs available from past Final Fantasy games, so it’s a good idea to grab all the ones you like while you still can. There are 52 tracks in total, which can be purchased separately for 99c — or you can buy them all for a total of $51.48. There’s a full list available 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: 19th Feb 2016 (USA) / 20th May 2016 (UK/EU)

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

The third campaign for Fire Emblem Fates, Revelation, is only available as digital DLC or as part of a very limited edition physical printing. So, your best bet is to download it off the eShop. It’ll add a new story to the game, which expected you to pick a side between Birthright and Conquest in the main story, but Revelation instead has the player choosing no side. This story offers more insight into the events of both Birthright and Conquest, and if you can’t get enough Fire Emblem, then it’s an excellent purchase.

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You can also purchase the game you didn’t get — Birthright or Conquest — as DLC for the same price as Revelation. Players who play through two or all three paths will get bonus in-game content, too.

You can also download map packs. Here’s a run down of their pricing and contents, from Serenes Forest:

Map Pack 1

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

DLC Reward Difficulty Cost
Before Awakening Exalt’s Brand, Hero’s Brand (first time), Pebble (unlimited) Free
A Gift from Anna Sighting Lens or Witch’s Mark (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 Funds (unlimited) $2.49 / £2.29 / €2.49
Museum Melee Weapons (unlimited) $2.49 / £2.29 / €2.49
Royal Royale 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 Brand (unlimited) ★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
Anna on the Run Anna (first time) $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
Ballistician Blitz Sighting Lens (unlimited) ★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
Witches’ Trial Witch’s Mark (unlimited) ★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.9

Map Pack 2

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

DLC Reward Difficulty Cost
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: Realms Collide Magictaker (unlimited) ★★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
III: The Changing Tide Strengthtaker (unlimited) ★★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
IV: Light’s Sacrifice Defensetaker (unlimited) ★★★ $1.99 / £1.79 / €1.99
V: Endless Dawn 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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