A selection of DSiWare titles has been quietly deactivated from the Nintendo eShop. The deletion seems to be affecting titles released before the summer of 2011, which are currently no longer purchasable for the DS and 3DS platforms.
The vanishing titles were first spotted by Twitter user @ComeOutPunching, who noted the disappearance of WayForward platformers Shantae: Risky’s Revenge and Mighty Flip Champs!, Bandai Namco’s Mr. Driller: Drill Til You Drop, and Nintendo’s own Dr. Mario Express, among others.
The news also came as a surprise to Shantae co-creator and WayForward CCO Matt Bozon, who expressed his shock via Twitter. Fortunately, Risky’s Revenge remains available for purchase on Nintendo Switch, so that’s at least one game accounted for. As of this writing, no reason has been given for the titles’ removal – maybe a licensing expiration, maybe simply an error on Nintendo’s part – nor is it known whether further games will be removed from the digital storefront.