Nintendo has announced their plan to close the Nintendo DSi Shop next year, which will see Nintendo DSiWare content become unable to purchase beyond 31st March 2017.
The digital storefront has been available on Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL since it launched in November 2008, and had allowed users to buy Nintendo DSiWare games and applications – eventually building a catalogue that sat at more than 350 titles.
Those with Nintendo DSi Points left to spend, Nintendo DSiWare to re-download, or to transfer everything across to a Nintendo 3DS, you can do so while the service remains available.
Nintendo DSi Points may still be added until September 30th 2016, with Nintendo warning “that the ability to re-download Nintendo DSiWare games will stop at some point.” But, most Nintendo DSiWare will continue to be sold in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo provides clarification on the decision in their discontinuation FAQ, their reasoning being: “Now that customers have shifted to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and Nintendo eShop, we plan to focus our efforts in those areas. As such, the Nintendo DSi Shop will close in 2017 after eight years of operation. We sincerely thank our loyal customers for supporting the Nintendo DSi Shop on both Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems. Note that most Nintendo DSiWare will continue to be sold in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS family systems.”