Nintendo eShop games delisted are now back

Earlier this week a number of DSiware titles were removed from the Nintendo eShop, including games such as Shantae: Risky’s Revenge and Powerful flip champions. It seems, however, that the majority of the missing games have now returned to the digital storefront. According to Delisted Games, more than 250 games have been removed in total, and now only five of them have yet to return: 5 in 1 Solitary, Digger Dan and Kaboom, Face Pilot: Fly with your Nintendo DSi camera!, Match!and Word Seeker 3. The games that have returned have been added back in batches, so it’s possible that those last missing titles will return as well.

The news should come as a relief to fans of DSi software, as well as those interested in preserving video games. While digital marketplaces such as the eShop have provided developers and publishers with a cheaper alternative to physical releases, it can also mean the game can be lost to time once it’s removed from the platform. ; a number of gamers prefer physical video game releases for this very reason. Prior to Shantae: Risky’s RevengeBack on the eShop, Limited Run Games shared the news of the game’s removal on Twitter, highlighting the fact that the publisher has made the game available on Switch and PS4 in the past.

The longest, Scott Pilgrim Against the World: The Game was a cautionary tale regarding the preservation of video games. The game was pulled from digital storefronts in 2014, and many fans feared it would end up being lost to time. Luckily, the game returns to current-gen consoles on January 14th, and a physical release is on the way from 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 wish to purchase these titles will have to do so digitally. With the 3DS line no longer in production, Nintendo’s focus remains solely on the Switch platform, and it’s likely these games could be delisted again in the future. Thankfully, fans now have a second chance to experience these games before that happens.

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Timothy C. Mayo