Wii, DS titles no longer listed in Nintendo.com’s library
Wii U webpage also removed
Don’t look for Wii or DS games on Nintendo’s website anymore.
No, seriously — you won’t find them there.
The “seventh generation” games, including digital-exclusive WiiWare and DSiWare releases, are no longer searchable in Nintendo.com’s Game Store library. It looks like the company has been doing some spring cleaning or digital housekeeping.
Which makes some sense with the end of all Wii online capabilities earlier this year, and the webpage in question being explicitly labeled the “Game Store.” (Although the URL uses “game-guide,” which also implies it’s supposed to be something not unlike a reference library.)
Wii and DS titles are no longer searchable on the site, and the systems no longer appear as options in the search filters for Nintendo’s online game selection. (Wii U and 3DS still do.)
DSiWare games, however, should still be available through the 3DS eShop, and some ported Wii and DS titles should still be available from the Wii U’s eShop. And, Wii U remains a searchable category on the website; so does 3DS, even though game releases for that relatively newer portable system have ground to a near-halt with the Switch ascendant as a hybrid portable and console.
But, listings may represent different versions or editions of these games ported over for the Wii U or 3DS, successors to the original Wii and DS/DSi hardware.
Also apparently scrubbed from Nintendo’s website: the page dedicated to the eighth-generation Wii U console.
The Wii U has a Wii emulator and can play both Wii discs and digital downloads, but the Wii Shop Channel storefront closed its virtual doors for good in January so if you didn’t buy the Virtual Console or WiiWare games on your wish list before then, it’s too late.
The DSi Shop shut down in 2017. More than an outlet for downloadable games, DSiWare has become an entry point to allowing hacking and modifying of the hardware in newer 3DS systems.
It’s a shame that Nintendo’s seventh-gen games aren’t even archived publicly and officially for reference, but then earlier titles from the GameCube, Nintendo 64, Super NES and Nintendo Entertainment System eras also got de-listed at some point, even though many NES titles are making their way back via a members-only Nintendo Switch Online library that bundles classic games with access to online multiplayer.
While it’s not exactly like they’re erasing history, it sure feels a lot like it as it makes it harder, if not impossible, to acquire some games. It would be different if everything digital that they took away from older systems was available in some other form somewhere else, but that isn’t the case. As with so many things, it now falls largely to the fan community to curate this legacy and do what “Ninten-don’t.”
It’s worth noting we learned of this development via reddit’s r/nintendo within a day of a fan-developed Commodore 64 port of the NES’ original Super Mario Bros. getting squashed by Nintendo. It’s by no means the first time something like that has happened.
Pictured at top: The Hylian hero Link from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Twilight Princess originally appeared on the GameCube and then Nintendo Wii before being remastered for Wii U. At the time of this posting, the Wii U version remains available: https://amzn.to/2GDcp9N (Promotional images courtesy of Nintendo)