Nintendo DSi XL Released … DSiWare Takes Another Hit

Nintendo Games
Image courtesy of VGBlogger

I know I haven’t talked much about the recently released Nintendo DSiXL … well, that is because it is a DSi that is bigger, and I already did a DSi Review last year. There have been plenty of other reviews, but today from GameStop there was some news that should make owners of existing DSi systems take pause if they are considering buying an ‘upgrade’:

You cannot take your DSiWare purchases with you.

This isn’t entirely a surprise. Last fall Nintendo confirmed that DSiWare games / software are locked to the physical handheld you buy them on. They did that when introducing the new color DSi systems to make sure people realized that if they wanted to continue with Asphalt 4 racing or other DSiWare titles they’d have to buy them again.

From the article:

Sunday’s launch of the DSi XL raised the prospect of Nintendo might offer some sort of solution to let players transfer their DSiWare content to the larger-screen model or download it again for free. No such luck, according to a Nintendo of America representative.

“No, the games and applications are specific to each system, not each user,” a spokesperson told GameSpot.

Gamers have become very used to digital downloads being locked to an account rather than a piece of hardware: PC gamers using Steam can re-install an infinite amount of times across loads of computers, but can only play while they have an active account logged in; PSP gamers can re-download on up to 5 different systems; XBOX360 systems can re-download so long as you are logged into your XBOX Live account … and so on.

But as one friend said to me “well, good thing most of the DSiWare is crap anyway, so it is no big loss if you can’t get back to it”. While the quality argument might be true – and likely the sales numbers correlate well – this is not something that is going to be popular with customers as Nintendo hopes to keep their DS juggernaut rolling!

Source: GameStop via VGBlogger

About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!