If you've bought a brand new DSi and connected to the DSiWare Store, you should have noticed that you were given 1,000 DSi points, completely free of charge. If you have any sense of taste, you probably haven't spent them yet. Nevertheless, time is running out for the offer, as DSi systems sold after October 5 will not be including the freebie. (The offer officially expires on October 5 at 11:59pm PT.)
Nintendo sent out a warning titled, "Clock is ticking on free DSi points offer." This is ironic since the DSiWare Store has about four downloadable clocks on it. If you still have your points, don't worry. Nintendo has confirmed that the points on your system will last forever if they have to, and won't be expiring along with the offer.
This is good news for me, since I'm saving those 1,000 points for something truly brilliant, if it ever comes. I know there are a handful of decent titles on DSiWare (obligatory Mario vs. Donkey Kong mention), but it's mostly garbage, especially in the West. Maybe if North America gets that Shmup and Tingle game, I'll be interested. Until then, those points are staying right where they are.
Clock is Ticking on Free Nintendo DSi Points Offer
Time is running out to get free downloadable games and applications for your Nintendo DSi™ system. Anyone who buys a Nintendo DSi system and connects it to the Nintendo DSi Shop by 12 p.m. Pacific time on Oct. 5, 2009, will automatically receive 1,000 Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be redeemed for a variety of games and applications.
Users can purchase additional Nintendo DSi Points in the Nintendo DSi Shop in increments of 1,000 for $10 or via a Nintendo Points Card™ sold at retail locations in increments of 2,000 at a suggested retail price of $19.99.
Nintendo DSi Points do not expire. Nintendo DSi owners who have already received their 1,000 points can hold onto them for as long as they wish. Software in the Nintendo DSi Shop is available at four price points: free, 200 points, 500 points and 800+ points.
The Nintendo DSi Shop is already home to a mix of fun and entertaining downloadable software. In all, more than 35 games and applications are now available. These include:
- Paper Airplane Chase™ (200 Nintendo DSi Points)
- Art Style™: PiCTOBiTS™ (500 Nintendo DSi Points)
- Dr. Mario™ Express (500 Nintendo DSi Points)
- Guitar Rock Tour® (500 Nintendo DSi Points)
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Minis March Again! (800 Nintendo DSi Points)
Additionally, Nintendo DSi owners can download free applications like the Nintendo DSi Browser, which lets users surf the Internet (with wireless broadband access) or Flipnote Studio™, which allows people to create animations using images they draw by hand or import as photos from the Nintendo DSi camera album. With a system update, Nintendo DSi owners can also share photos taken on the Nintendo DSi cameras with friends on Facebook.