Hey, remember the Nintendo DSi? Released in 2009, it was the final update to Nintendo DS line and added some new features, like the ability to play downloadable games. As such, the DSi had its own digital store, the DSi Shop.
The Nintendo 3DS was launched two years later in 2011, so the DSi didn’t get much time to shine, and yet the DSi Shop remained rather resilient. Surprisingly, the DSi Shop is home to over 600 games, with the most recent having come out in early 2016. No, really. Nothing lasts forever though, as Nintendo has said they’re finally shuttering the DSi Shop at the end of March.
Here’s what Nintendo had to say about the shutdown last year:
“In early 2017 we plan to close the Nintendo DSi Shop, which has been available on the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems since 2009. We sincerely thank our loyal customers for supporting the Nintendo DSi Shop, and wish to ensure they can continue to enjoy Nintendo DSiWare. If you have Nintendo DSi Points to spend, or DSiWare you’d like to transfer from a Nintendo DSi system to a Nintendo 3DS system, you may want to do so at your earliest convenience, while the service is still available.”
You can’t buy new DSi points at this juncture, but if you still have some old ones kicking around, you can still spend them. You can also transfer your DSi games to a 3DS if you want. Oh, and don’t worry, most DSiWare worth saving won’t disappear, as the majority of it is available via the 3DS eShop.
It’s the end of an era most people thought had ended years ago! Maybe I’ll play some DSi classics like Cave Story and Shantae: Risky’s Revenge in memorial tonight. The DSi Shop closes on March 31.