Earlier in the week, a number of DSiware titles were removed from the Nintendo eShop, including games such as Shantae: Risky’s Revenge and Mighty Flip Champs. 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 were removed in total, and now just five of those have yet to return: 5 in 1 Solitaire, Digger Dan & Kaboom, Face Pilot: Fly With Your Nintendo DSi Camera!, Match Up!, and Word Searcher 3. The games that returned were added back in batches, so it’s possible that these last missing titles could eventually return too.
Even better news today! Now the majority of DSi titles are back on the 3DS eShop in North America. I updated our post again with the small list of games that AREN’T back up yet https://t.co/lbdCwhGp4y https://t.co/lvVTT7Ogoe
— Delisted Games (@DelistedGames) January 8, 2021
The removal of those titles took everyone by surprise, including the developers of some of the games. The co-creator of the Shantae series, Matt Bozon, took to Twitter to comment on what the disappearance meant for Shantae shortly after it happened.
Gotta say, I’m extremely grateful for this service. It helped put Shantae back on the map, and further opened the doors for us to self-publish 🙂 Risky’s Revenge will live on, “forever physical” thanks to @LimitedRunGames ! https://t.co/lfIjIuU9lJ
— Matt Bozon (@MrBozon) January 4, 2021
The DSiWare hosted on the 3DS shop includes everything from obscure indie games to major titles like Shantae: Risky’s Revenge to bizarre licensed games like Chuck E. Cheese’s Arcade Room. It’s important to preserve all these games, especially in dire times when Chuck E. Cheese is streaming Fall Guys to make ends meet.