The YouTuber spent more than $22,000 buying every Wii U and 3DS game digitally before the Nintendo eShop closes next week.
As I mentioned VGCAnd The complement has uploaded a video Sharing the endeavor, which took 328 days to complete. Including DSi Ware, Virtual Console and DLC, the project saw the purchase of 866 Wii U games and 1,547 3DS games.
The completed project, which totals a Wii U with three external hard drives and a 3DS with four micro SD cards, will be donated to the Video Game History Foundation to preserve digital displays that will cease to exist when stores close March 27. .
The Completionist spent $22,791 spread across 464 eShop cards, which combined to 1.2TB of Wii U games and 267GB of 3DS, translating into 2,136,689 items (Nintendo’s data measurement system).
Those staggering numbers were just half the battle for The Completionist, as older Nintendo eShops don’t run as smoothly as the Switch version. The program is snappier, slower, search functionality is limited, and even adding money can get complicated.
There are restrictions on buying eShop gift cards to prevent scams etc. which meant that the competitors team had to visit a large number of different stores to get the required amount. The eShop also has a $250 cap, which means they can only add so much at a time before they have to start buying games.
Top 10 Wii U games
Additionally, only about ten games can be purchased at a time before the 3DS forces users to download them, and it also restricts total spending per day. DLC on the 3DS must also be purchased in-game, as some games require partial or full completion before any additional content can be purchased.
The Competionist explains every bump in the video, but needless to say, the process wasn’t easy.
For those who still have a Wii U or 3DS, be sure to buy anything left on your wishlist before March 27th. IGN has compiled lists of the best Wii U games, which include Super Mario Maker and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and the best 3DS games, which include Fire Emblem Awakening and Bravely Default.
Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance journalist for IGN and UK news editor. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.