[Update 1/11/21 - 10:07 AM]
It looks like the hundreds of titles that were delisted is now down to just five:
5 in 1 Solitaire
Digger Dan & Kaboom
Face Pilot: Fly With Your Nintendo DSi Camera!
Word Searcher 3
This list is interesting because Face Pilot is from Nintendo while three of the other titles on this list are from Digital Leisure, which has other titles available on the eShop. Delistedgames expects to see "all but Digger Dan" back on the eShop sooner rather than later, as Digger Dan had been delisted before the recent issue.
Original story below
It appears that Nintendo is in the midst of a purge of their Nintendo DSi titles, with more than half of the games for the Nintendo DSi delisted. Essentially, the games themselves are still downloadable if they are previously bought, but newcomers can no longer buy hundreds of Nintendo DSi titles.
These games include Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Dr. Mario Express, Mr. Driller, and The Oregon Trail. Nintendo of America has apparently purged almost all DSi titles that are over ten years old, with those from 2010 and older now gone save for five titles that have been kept alive through either oversight or exemption. These titles are Art Academy: First Semester (September 2009), Art Academy: Second Semester (September 2009), Game & Watch: Donkey Kong Jr (April 2010), Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon (October 2009), and Sudoku (Electronic Arts, October 2009).
PSA to 3DS gamers and DS fans: all DSiWare games released before mid-May 2011 have been deactivated on the eShop, including the classic Shantae Risky’s Revenge! Luckily I got it on my DSi before that shop shut down. Grab from those still for sale while you can! Recs in thread.. pic.twitter.com/lVcawxTq8e— 😎 Come Out Punching (@comeoutpunching) January 2, 2021
Interestingly, most tiles are still available in the EU at the moment, but the situation is still a little murky as enterprising users are trying to discover what exactly has been removed and what is still available. At Delisted Games, they pointed out that Nintendo did not give gamers an advanced warning like they did for the Wii Shop Channel and DSi Shop in 2017. As for the reasoning behind this decision, it was pointed out that perhaps "Everything from before mid-May 2011 was possibly housed on older, separate servers and as a move towards cost-saving or data consolidation Nintendo of America made the decision to pull the plug." Of course, that's just a theory, so take it with a large grain of salt.
As for what's been removed at the moment there's apparently over 250+ games gone now, but here's a small list:
Other DSi games no longer for sale, gone but not forgotten:— 😎 Come Out Punching (@comeoutpunching) January 2, 2021
- Asphalt 4
- Aura Climber
- Mighty Flip Champs
- Escapee GO!
- Dr. Mario Express
- Mr. Driller
- Soul of Darkness
- Legends of Exidia
- Spin Six
- The Oregon Trail
- Glow Artisan
We've reached out for comment and we'll update this article the moment we receive word back from Nintendo. Until then, stay tuned to TechRaptor for more updates.
What do you think of this news? Do you have any DSi titles? If you do, what are your favorite titles? Let us know in the comments!