what?! so what's gonna happen to the pokemon servers? a lot of players are going to be wildly pissed if the servers shut down!
I'm willing to bet that the servers will stay up for a very long time. The Wii Shop was running for twelve years - if the 3DS eShop lasts that long, it's got at least another three. And even when the Wii Shop closed, the announcement came well over a year in advance.
I think it's good for business if they keep it running as long as possible because it will give consumers confidence that services for the Switch will likewise have great longevity.
Recall that the old Nintendo WFC shut down in part because the servers were out of Nintendo's control. They did not make that choice with the servers for the 3DS.
(On the other hand, they did shut down the SpotPass servers - but that was another time they partnered with outside entities and by the time they shut down, the local bus station was the only "official" place where I could still use SpotPass.)
I played with my 3DS a lot when I was in transitional housing, playing multiplayer in Mario Kart 7 was really fun. Now I'm gonna have to get that Metroid spin-off Federation Force, Triforce Heroes, Pokemon X and Y along with Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
I played a lot of Triforce Heroes earlier this year - I figured the quarantine conditions would lead to an uptick in the userbase, but it was still pretty difficult to find a team – especially a reliable one. I relied heavily on the kindness of the regulars in the Discord.
And I am still very disappointed I missed the last official USUM tournament and couldn't get my Shiny Tapu Koko participation prize. (They dropped that one out of nowhere.) It was just a little tempting to pay an outrageous price for a code on eBay.
And was there really anyone who liked Federation Force? It didn't seem that way.