While many Nintendo fans first experienced a handheld digital storefront with the 3DS eShop, Nintendo tested out the concept years beforehand on its final DS iteration – the DSi. Unfortunately, today, March 31st 2017, the DSi’s Shop is closing after eight years of service.

This means all Points must be redeemed on the service ASAP, and for safety’s sake it might be best to download purchased games to the system while you can.

If you have a DSi and want to spend your remaining points we have a few recommendations below. It’s also worth noting that many of these are available on the 3DS eShop too, if you want to check them out there.

First up is Pictobits/PiCOPiCT, pictured above. A game from skip Ltd., the developers of Chibi Robo, this little puzzler has you tap blocks as they fall and match colors. You slowly build an image of classic NES characters, and the remixed music alone is worth a purchase.

Next we have SteamWorld Tower and Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, which are both noteworthy for essentially kicking off popular indie franchises that continue to this day, even if the latter was a belated sequel to a Game Boy Color game. If you’re a fan of either franchise it’s worth looking back at their roots.

Then there’s WarioWare: Snapped which, while disappointing compared to the series’ pedigree, is an interesting take on the microgame formula. It’s definitely a piece of bizarre Wario history that’s worth checking out if you haven’t already. Fans of the series can also grab independent downloads of the Pyoro and Paper Plane minigames found in the first WarioWare, too.

That’s just a small selection of DSi greats – we didn’t even touch on Aura-Aura Climber, Dark Void Zero and Mighty Flip Champs. Have you got any DSiWare favorites you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Tom Brown

Always excited to see something a little bit different, Tom is ready to report on games of all shapes and sizes, whether they be wonderful or weird (or, better yet, both.) Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.

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  1. BDK says:

    Mighty Milky Way!

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  2. Leo says:

    The BEST DSi game is Star Ship Defense!!!
    That game looks awful, but is a BLAST to play.

    Rating: 5
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  3. OMC says:

    I still could add points yesterday morning with my credit card, it probably has to do with my location, though. I purchased them from Mexico.

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  4. OMC says:

    Snapdots is really fun too and a good replayability, you can improve your times, number of steps and unlock the “wisdoms”. Zoonies is also a nice Mario&Wario-like game, very overlooked.

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  5. Kai says:

    Don’t forget about Bomberman Blitz! Easily one of my favorite pick-up-and-go dsiware games! Classic Bomberman all the way!

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