|Digital Release:||Nintendo DSi
November 1, 2008
Nintendo DSi XL
November 21, 2009
|Delisting:||March 31, 2017|
|Available On:||Some titles available on other Nintendo platforms, PC, and consoles.|
|Links:||Nintendo Support announcement
Nintendo News announcement
On April 1st, 2016 Nintendo announced plans to close the Nintendo DSi Shop on the Nintendo DSi and DSi XL, also referred to as DSiWare. The announcement revealed a two-part timeline: the ability to add funds would end on September 30th, 2016 and the ability to make purchases would end on March 31st, 2017. The announcement further stated that the ability to re-download DSiWare titles would end “at some point” but no further information has been revealed as of October 2017.
After March 31st the DSi Shop contained only the 3DS Transfer Tool to download, information about the closure, and the ability to browse and download previous purchases. This can be seen in our recording made just a few days after the closure took place.
At the time of the original announcement in April Nintendo’s support FAQ revealed a handful of non-transferrable titles:
Pre-Loaded DSiWare/Applications (games that came on the system) will not be transferred to the Nintendo 3DS family system. This includes titles like: Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math, and Photo Clock.
If you purchased these titles separately via the DSiShop, they will transfer normally during the system transfer process.
All DSiWare games currently available will be transferable from the Nintendo DSi to the Nintendo 3DS family system, with the following exceptions:
Nintendo DSi Browser
Real Soccer 2009
Real Soccer 2010
The only explanation given for the closure came from NIntendo’s support FAQ page which offered only that “among other things, doing so allows us to focus our resources on current and upcoming products and services.”
As the DSi Shop was a separate service from the concurrent Nintendo eShop for 3DS, Wii U, and Switch, it was likely shut down as a cost saving and consolidation measure. The DSi Shop was only available on DSi and DSi XL units and would have been less widely accessible than its sibling services on the Nintendo Wii. Thus it was likely the first of Nintendo’s services to be shut down.
On September 29th, 2017 Nintendo would announce a similar roadmap leading to the closure of the Wii Shop Channel for the Nintendo Wii.
DSi Shop Titles
As of our recording in January 2017, there were 135 DSi Shop titles available for sale in North America. Due to earlier delistings, this figure does not represent the total number of games and apps released on the Nintendo DSi since its launch. We have previously posted 10 individual delisted DSiWare titles but for the time being no more game pages will be added. Rather, the list below will link to our existing game pages and we suggest using Wikipedia’s extensive list of games and applications to find specific titles.