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Nintendo’S Dsiware Service May Include Gameboy and Gba Games

by Alisha K.

Saddened over the loss of the GBA slot in Nintendo’s new DSi? Fret not, young gamer; if this particular rumor bears sweet, juicy fruit, you just may be able to download all those old Nintendo handheld games via the DSiWare service–or at least some of them.

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The rumor surfaced at a recent preview event held at a few select GameStop stores around the country which allowed Club Nintendo members in the U.S. to get their hands on the DSi in advance of its April 5 release date. According to reports, “at first,” only first-party Nintendo games from the GBA and Game Boy will be available for download in the DSiWare service. If true, this addition to DSiWare could expand the new handheld’s appeal overnight.

Some doubt that such an addition to the download service is possible, or even probable if it is possible, but the DSi is considerably more robust than the DS, so only time will tell.

[Kombo via Joystiq Nintendo]

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Comments (6):

  1. lifestream says:

    that’s great. if there is Golden Sun 1 and 2, I’d definitely download them. (hope this is true)

  2. Grimspoon says:

    Great news!

    Now instead of being hassled by playing the GB/GBA games I already own (including a pile of rarities), I have the convenience of waiting for Nintendo to tell me what games I want to play via a slow trickle release schedule of games that I now get to pay extra for!

    YAY!!! I love you so much Nintendo! You know exactly what I want as a gamer! What would I ever do without you!!!

  3. Gamer Grrlz says:

    @grimspoon whine whine whine cry cry cry complain complain complain. I swear that’s all I ever hear gamers do. The male ones anyway.

  4. Grimspoon says:

    Hey, if you’re okay with Nintendo removing the GBA backwards compatibility just so they can resell you a bunch of games you probably already own, that’s cool. More power to you!

    I guess I’m just not your typical Nintendo fan; I’m not a chump. I know what Nintendo is doing and I’m not buying into it.

  5. Me126546 says:

    @Gamer Grrlz: Go f**k yourself.

    But this idea is awesome.

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