Nintendo DSi Shop
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The Nintendo DSi Shop is Nintendo's digital online store for downloading DSiWare games and applications on Nintendo DSi systems, and the handheld counterpart to the Wii Shop Channel. The store officially launched in 2008 in Japan and in 2009 worldwide, pre-installed on all Nintendo DSi systems since the system's launch. The Nintendo DSi Shop, along with the Wii Shop Channel, was succeeded by the Nintendo eShop, the digital store for all current Nintendo platforms.
The Nintendo DSi Shop service was officially closed on March 31, 2017. Preparing for this, the ability to purchase and redeem Nintendo Points for the shop ended on September 31, 2016. Between April 3 and September 29, 2017, in Japan, Nintendo allowed users to refund unused Nintendo Points, either by converting them to Nintendo eShop balance, transferring the monetary value to one's bank account, or receiving cash from select convenience stores.
Upon starting the Nintendo DSi Shop, the user is taken to the welcome screen. Here, the user can either enter the shop by tapping the "Start Shopping" button on the bottom of the screen, view the latest game releases and recommended titles, or look at store updates. On the Main Menu, the player can choose to view the DSiWare content, add Nintendo DSi Points to their account balance, view the shopping guide (a tutorial on how to use the store), adjust the store settings, or return to the DSi Menu or the welcome screen. One can also add DSi Points, view the shopping guide, and return to the Main Menu from any page on the store, using the three icons on the upper part of the touch screen.
DSiWare is organized into four categories, based on price: Free, 200, 500, and 800+. Alternatively, the player can look up specific DSiWare using a variety of criteria, including popularity, publisher, genre, or release date. In addition to this, the player can simply type in the software title to look it up. The player can tap on any searched software to be taken to that software's store page, where the user is given an overview of the game and can download that software onto the system for its given price using the button on the bottom screen, adding it to the system menu as a present that must be opened to start playing. The adding of Nintendo Points and downloading of software based on the ESRB rating can be restricted with the system's Parental Controls settings.
To add points to purchase software, the player can either redeem a Nintendo Points Card by entering the 16-digit number on the back of the card, or by purchasing points on the store itself using a credit card (either Visa or MasterCard). Users can purchase either 1000, 2000, 3000, or 5000 points at a time, though one's balance cannot exceed 20,000 points. Nintendo Points can only be redeemed on either the Wii Shop Channel as Wii Points or the Nintendo DSi Shop as Nintendo DSi Points, and, while Wii Points Cards can be redeemed as Nintendo DSi Points, points cannot be exchanged or shared between the two stores.
From the settings menu, users can view their system account activity, view the titles they have downloaded from the shop, and delete their account, which will delete all DSiWare on the system and all Nintendo Points on the account.
- A Message about the Nintendo DSi Shop. Nintendo (April 1, 2016). Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- Nintendo will offer refunds for DSi Points, Nintendo Points Cards in Japan. Nintendo Everything (September 16, 2016). Retrieved September 16, 2016.