Update: Just as mysteriously as their sudden removal, some of the DSiWare games that were recently taken down from the 3DS eShop have now returned.
As reported by DelistedGames, a handful of the missing titles reappeared on the North American eShop yesterday (see below). It's only a small portion of those that vanished – apparently over 250 games were removed in total – but it's better than nothing. Perhaps more will return over the coming days?
Delisted DSiWare games that have now returned:
101 MiniGolf World
Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ
Plants vs Zombies
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge
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Original Article (Mon 4th Jan, 2021 13:30 GMT): Nintendo has reportedly removed a number of DSiWare titles from the Nintendo 3DS eShop, without offering any warning to fans that the games would be disappearing.
The takedowns were first spotted by Twitter user @comeoutpunching, who reports that "all DSiWare games released before mid-May 2011 have been deactivated." Games that are no longer able to purchase include Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, Asphalt 4: Elite Racing, Aura-Aura Climber, Dr. Mario Express, Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop, and many more.
At the time of writing, the takedowns appear to be hitting North America the hardest; Delisted Games reports that most of the titles removed in that region are still available to buy in Europe.
Viewing any of the affected games in the eShop presents players with a message that reads, "This software is currently unavailable." Considering the fact that Nintendo hasn't yet issued any statement regarding the disappearing games, it's possible that this is a temporary error that will be resolved – we'll make sure to update this story with more info as and when we have it.
In the meantime, it probably wouldn't hurt to download any DSiWare games from the 3DS eShop while you still can, just in case. This digital age is a scary one!