Last week, after ending 3DS and Wii U eShop sales, Nintendo announced that it would extend the period for code redemptions to make up for some of the technical difficulties.
The new date has been extended to April 4, 2023 in Japan, meaning that extra time to redeem codes has now also expired here in the West. This marks the end of the ability to purchase or obtain new digital software in any form on these online stores.
This is the message that now appears in the 3DS version of the game, when trying to redeem a code (via Twitter):
“Error Code: 011-3279 – Download codes can no longer be redeemed for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Thank you for playing Nintendo 3DS!”
When Nintendo originally announced that it would be extending the code redemption period, a lot of indie developers started giving away their remaining eShop codes for free. While you can no longer purchase new games or redeem codes, you will still have access to existing downloads.