Starting in April 2017, Nintendo will offer its consumers in Japan multiple refund options for any unused Nintendo DSi Points they have.
Last March, Nintendo announced that their DSi Shop, a digital storefront home to hundreds of DSiWare games and applications, will be discontinued and no longer supported on March 31, 2017. Prior to the shop’s closure, users will no longer be able to add Nintendo DSi Points to their account via credit card purchase or Nintendo Points Cards after September 30, 2016.
However, those who have unused DSi Points will have a chance to recoup their potential monetary loss by choosing one of three options from April 3, 2017 to September 29, 2017.
First, consumers can have their unused DSi Points transferred to their Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop balance. Second, they can elect to have the DSi Points’ monetary value transferred to a bank account of their choice. Finally, they can choose to receive a cash refund from a convenience store such as Lawson, Family Mart, or 7-Eleven.
In addition, a refund process for unused Points from Nintendo Points Cards (Wii or Nintendo DSi) will be shared at a later date. Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe have not announced any refund options for their consumers.
Worth noting, the DSiWare library of games and applications still available for purchase from the Nintendo 3DS eShop, accessible via any Nintendo 3DS system including Nintendo 2DS. There has been no mention of that source of software being discontinued in the future.
The DSiWare service launched on Nintendo DSi on November 1, 2008 and for Nintendo DSi XL on November 21, 2009. It is Nintendo’s first digital storefront for any of their portable gaming systems.
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