Random: YouTuber spends almost $23,000 to buy every 3DS and Wii U eShop game

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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 video game media personality Jirard “The Completionist” Khalil has taken this to the next level by literally buying every game available on these platforms.

The main driving force behind this idea was video game preservation – aiming to “save” every 3DS and Wii U digital title before they are lost forever. It looks like the mission was successful, but it has a price that the total number of purchases add up to $22,791. Here’s a little about why he wanted to do this so much:

“Lost media is very real when it comes to video game preservation, since the industry started we run a daily risk of losing games forever, that’s why this matters… it cost way too much time and way too many people money, but it was absolutely worth it for wildlife conservation.”

The funds for this mission were raised with the support of sponsors. And finally, 866 Wii U and 1547 3DS game (including DSiWare, Virtual Console and DLC) was purchased with 464 eShop cards. That whole the libraries took hold 1.2TB on Wii U and 267 GB on 3DS.

Of course there was a lot of hurdles to overcome, from stores restricting eShop card purchases to Nintendo only allowing a certain amount of money in a digital wallet. Some games even had to be completed before the DLC could be purchased, making the whole process a bit of a nightmare at times.

The video documenting the entire journey is well worth a look, and fans of the 3DS and Wii U can now relax knowing that these games have been saved as the services shut down on March 27th. Thank you, Girard!

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