Nintendo announced today that the online marketplace for the DSi handheld, the first handheld online store to be offered from Nintendo, will be taken out of operation. Any remaining Nintendo Points you want to use in the DSi shop should be spent by September 30 of this year; they will expire afterward.
Before you panic and start buying all the titles you can afford to save, Nintendo is giving you this notice WELL in advance: an entire year. The DSiWare store will cease to be on March 31, 2017. This shouldn’t mean the majority of DSi titles will go extinct either. Most DSi games are also available on the 3DS eShop, and should continue to be.
The DSi was the most advanced model of the original Nintendo DS, and sported features that would later be used in all models of the 3DS such as a camera lens. Its CPU was twice as fast as the original DS’s and it had four times the RAM, but very few games were released that took advantage of these features. They had little time to — the first 3DS was introduced to the market a year after the DSi was!
It’s because of the DSi that Nintendo fans (including me) are suspicious of the New Nintendo 3DS being an unnecessary handheld introduced to keep sales steady while the next generation is still being worked on. The new machine’s lack of exclusive games would seem to support this, as the DSi held the same pattern.