DSi Exclusive Games Rearing Into Retail

By Spencer . February 18, 2009 . 2:45pm

disbox Nintendo of America’s DSi announcement also casually mentioned there is more to the DSi than the camera and DSiWare. In case you didn’t catch the blip here’s the skinny.


In addition to downloadable games, Nintendo DSi is able to play games made specifically for the system and sold at retail. The system can also play most Nintendo DS™ games, and will have access to a library of more than 850 titles originally made for that system.


A few months ago PM Studios told us they were working on making a DSi version of DJ Max Technika. Their plan is to give the Nintendo DSi release more features, but DJ Max Technika would work with a regular DS too. Hardware publishers can take advantage of on the DSi include the camera, faster network connections, the DSiWare Store, and storage space on an SD card.

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  • Roto13

    I can’t see many developers making games that only work with the DSi. I can see them making games that make optional use of the DSi features, though.

    • Yeah, like the old Gameboy games with optional color if you played it on a GBC. But I think we’ll see some real DSi exclusive software in the not too distant future.

      • jarrodand

        I expect it’ll play out just like GBC did. Cross-compatible games the first year or so, but by 2011 expect most games to be DSi only…

        • jj984jj

          Me too. I thought of another possibility though, if the rumors are true and PSP2 does launch by next year I think Nintendo will push DSi retail software full front to go up against it. Either way DSi is their way of easing everyone into their next system without alienating current users and all the 3rd parties that are supporting the DS right now.

          • jarrodand

            I wonder what the possibility is for repurposed “expanded” DS releases on DSi? We got that with GBC (Tetris DX, Link’s Awakening, Wario Land 2, DQ Monsters, etc) and Wii (New Play Control series, RE Wii Editions, etc), would people double dip for say something like a Mario Kart DSi with more content (additional tracks, drivers, karts, etc), better online options (WPA/2 support, full online course selection, ghost trades, dedicated tournaments, etc) and random “i” features (maybe camera support a la Mario Kart Arcade GP)?

    • Chow

      If Wii games are any indication, they’ll probably force the extra features no matter how intrusive it’ll be. ><

      • Happy Gamer

        lol yeah i was thinking the same thing. those “why use the wiimote for no reason” games.

        “to use your character, twirl your body holding the wiimote on top of your head”
        me: – -;;;;;

        • Chow

          Well, games where that’s the entire point like Wario Ware, I’m perfectly fine about it, because you get the game just for that. What I really hate is something like in Mario Galaxy, where they make you shake the controller to do a necessary move. Really stupid. Just map it to a damn button already.

      • Happy Gamer

        totally agree with u. wario ware was especially fun. especially when watching someone play lol.
        some of the more platform intensive games i think u should have an option to play traditionally. wouldn’t hurt really to implement it. nintendo might think it’ll start to sway the people away from the wiimote actions. im sure nintendo think about this alot.

    • Actually, considering most good games on the DS come from Japanese developers, I’m fairly certain you’ll start to see DSi-specific software soon. The system is doing great over in their home territory.

      The question is, has Nintendo specifically asked studios to make cross-platform DS/DSi games for the foreseeable future until the Lite is no longer available at retail?

      There’s also the other question which I think about a lot. DSi is supposed to have a little extra horsepower under the hood, which is used for its video/cam features. I wonder if there’s a way to harness this for games that don’t use the camera at all. Perhaps for ingame voice chat in games like PS0?

      • Roto13

        “Actually, considering most good games on the DS come from Japanese developers, I’m fairly certain you’ll start to see DSi-specific software soon. The system is doing great over in their home territory.”

        Even if the number of DSi systems in Japan ends up eventually being higher than the number of people with DS Phats and DS Lites, making a game specifically for the DSi will always be greatly limiting the potential market for that game. A regular DS game works on all three SKUs. A DSi-only game is limited to DSi systems.

        • daizyujin

          I think you have hit it on the button Roto13. A developer would have little reason to make a game exclusively for the DSi, at least at this point. Until Nintendo can “prove” the system is needed by showing us some improvement in the software, I would think it would be hard to impress 3rd parties. On the other hand, I would expect a sizable amount of 1st party games to force it on people.

        • JeremyR

          True, but at the same time, that’s also a selling point. People with DSis will want something to buy for it. So while they won’t sell to the regular DS market, they might very well sell to every single DSi owner (or at least a much higher ratio).

        • jarrodand

          Seems like a losing argument though. 70 million Game Boys certainly didn’t keep publishers from doing mostly GBC only games in short order… it really depends on how well DSi sells and builds it’s own base.

  • NintendoFangirl

    That. Frickin’. Sucks.

  • fairlynew

    I can see it happening.. DSi has better video,sound,faster processing, and better gfx rendering.. It has the potential for some games of its own! Now that I just got my DSi I want to see some exclusives!

  • Maximus

    The dsi has a larger ram (4x than the ds lite) ,two cameras, a slightly larger screen ,better online and built in internal memory (256mb default which can be increased to 2GB). Game developers have so many more options on the dsi that they will sooner or later adapt it in favor of the “old” ds’.

  • dsvsdsi

    What about the millions of people who have regular ds’s? Why would they buy dsi’s? If they made exclusives, some people might repel against them and just not buy it so nintendo would end up losing. The wisest choice for them is to make games that re compatible with all 3 ds’s and have extra features at the same time for the dsi. That way more people would get to see what they have to offer as special features and change their minds about buying one or the other…
    Am I right?

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