Earlier this week, a number of DSiware titles were removed from the Nintendo eShop, including games such as Shantae: Risky’s Revenge and Mighty flip champions. However, it seems that most of the missing games have now returned to the digital showcase. According to Delisted Games, a total of more than 250 games have been removed and now only five of them have not yet returned: 5 in 1 Solitaire,, Digger Dan and Kabum,, Face Pilot: Fly with your Nintendo DSi camera!,, It matches!, and Word finder 3. The returned games have been added back in batches, so it’s possible that these last missing titles will eventually be returned as well.
The news should be a relief for fans of DSi software, as well as for those who are interested in preserving video games. While digital markets such as eShop provide developers and publishers with a cheaper alternative to physical versions, this could also mean that the game may be lost over time once removed from the platform; Many gamers prefer physical versions of video games for this very reason. Before Shantae: Risky̵
For the longest time, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game it stood as a warning story about the preservation of video games. The game was removed from the windows of digital stores in 2014 and many fans worried that as a result it will be lost in time. Fortunately, the game returns to the consoles of the current generation on January 14 and the physical edition is on its way to Limited Run Games.
It seems unlikely that publishers like Limited Run Games will offer similar physical versions of any of the DSiware games that are now back, so fans who want to purchase these titles will have to do so digitally. As the 3DS line is no longer in production, Nintendo’s focus remains solely on the Switch platform, and these games may be removed again in the future. Fortunately, fans now have a second chance to check out these games before it happens.
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