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The 3DS and Wii U eShops are shutting down at the end of this month, which means you’ve got plenty of time to grab every digital game you can. YouTuber, streamer and video game media personality Girard “The Perfectionist” Khalil took it to the next level by literally buying it each one the game is available on these platforms.

The main driving force behind this idea was video game preservation – with the goal of “rescuing” every digital 3DS and Wii U title before it was lost forever. The mission seems to have been a success, but it came at a price as the total purchases amounted to 22,791 USD. Here’s a little about why he wanted to do it so badly:

“Media loss is very real when it comes to saving video games, since the industry has been born, we’re at risk of losing games forever every day, that’s why this is important…it cost too much time and too much money, but it was totally worth it to save the game” .

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

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

The video that documented the entire journey is well worth watching, and 3DS and Wii U fans can now rest easy knowing that these games have been preserved after the March 27 shutdown of services. Thank you Girard!