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Posted on Oct 29th 2011 at 07:39:40 AM by (pdrydia)
Posted under DSi, NDS, DS, NTR, TWL, region locking

I have been unable to find a decent list of DSi enhanced games, so I am attempting to make one of my own.  Commentary below the lists.


LIST 1: Games not in Japanese.

  • 1000 Cooking Recipes from Elle a Table ... "Record your own recipes and share them with friends via local wireless connections -- if you have a Nintendo DSi you can even snap photos of your culinary masterpieces!" (Amazon.co.uk)
  • Alice in Wonderland ... "Make use of your DSi's camera to detect colors and trigger unlockables" (Amazon.co.uk)
  • Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader: Back to School ... "Use your DSi Camera to import your picture into the game" (Nintendo.com)
  • Art Academy ... "If you have a Nintendo DSi ... you can easily redraw photos you have taken." (box)
  • Assassin's Creed II: Discovery ... "can take pictures to put on wanted posters." (NeoGaf)
  • Barbie: Jet, Set & Style! ... "Using the Nintendo DSi camera, design a T-shirt for your clients showing off your fashionista skills" (Barnesandnoble.com)
  • Bejeweled Twist ... ability to battle owners of DSiWare game (Worthplaying)
  • Biggest Loser, The ... "Advanced DSi camera, Internet and Facebook functionality that allows you to share your progress with the world (not available via the Nintendo DS)." (Amazon.com)
  • Brainstorm Series: Treasure Chase ... "DSi picture function" (nintendo.com) Extra puzzles by scanning QR codes in manual (Amazon review)
  • Bratz: Fashion Boutique ... "Unlock exclusive content using QR-codes found on the Bratz Boutique, Chic Mystique, and Style Starz toylines!" (nintendo.com)
  • Camp Rock: The Final Jam ... you can take a photo of yourself that will appear in the game scenery (game-boyz.com)
  • Cars 2: The Video Game ... camera (GameFAQs, rough translation from French)
  • Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life ... camera puzzles (Cubed3, NintendoLife reviews)
  • Classic Word Games ... "Utilizes DSi memory to offer additional themes, such as international idioms and quotes." (Amazon.com); "can create unlimited number of crossword grids" (NeoGaf); camera (vooks)
  • Crime Lab: Body of Evidence ... includes skippable minigames that are incorporate the camera (reviews at Worthplaying, NintendoLife, Cubed3)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Unsolved! ... "Make use of the camera for exclusive lab and field work" (Amazon.com)
  • Daniel X: The Ultimate Power ... "DSi Functionality allowing players to use their Nintendo DSi camera to take photos of family and friends. Let the Daniel X Alien Detector determine who can be trusted-and who is an alien." (Amazon.com)
  • de Blob 2 ... "de Blob 2 boasts a unique DSi feature whereby one can unlock a cheat by playing some camera mini-games" (GameFAQs user review, user SneakTheSnake)
  • Dolphin Island Underwater Adventures ... "Camera, Parental Controls" (box)
  • Emily the Strange: Strangerous ... "Special DSi feature: Scan QR codes with the camera to unlock zonster parts to create your own personal Zonster!" (Amazon.com)
  • Fancy Nancy: Tea Party Time! ... "create glamorous stickers using your Nintendo DSi" camera (nintendo.com, kidzworld.com) "One DSi-exclusive feature allows kids to take a picture of themselves and fancy it up with bows, laces, jewels, and such." (commonsensemedia.org)
  • FIFA Soccer 11 ... "Dsi camera functionality [allows] players to create unique in-game trading cards" (Amazon.com)
  • Fluch der Osterinsel, Der ...
  • Fossil Fighters: Champions ...
  • Grease: The Official Video Game ... "use the Nintendo DSi camera to take a picture of yourself and see yourself in the game" (Amazon.com)
  • Hot Wheels: Track Attack ...
  • iCarly ... "Innovative hybrid Nintendo DSi features including special audio and graphics integration via the Dsi's improved audio functionality and digital cameras." (Amazon.co.uk)
  • iCarly 2: iJoin The Click ... "With a DSi, use the system's built-in camera to take shots and import images to customize her look and wardrobe in true iCarly style" (Amazon.co.uk)
  • Imagine: Animal Doctor Care Center ... "Use the DSi camera to take your picture and create your own Veterinarian ID card!" (Amazon.com)
  • Imagine: Artist ... "Use the DSi camera to take a photo and incorporate it into your art." (Amazon.com)
  • Imagine: Babyz Fashion ... "Take a picture of a real world pattern with the Dsis to incorporate in your designs for a unique look!" (Amazon.com)
  • Imagine: Champion Rider ...
  • Imagine: Fashion Designer - World Tour ... "you can even take pictures of patterns in the real world and apply them to your designs with the DSi."
  • Imagine: Fashion Stylist ... "there is some camera integration allowing you to see characters 'in your own room' as they are trying out things" (Amazon.com user review)
  • Imagine: Journalist ...
  • Imagine: Reporter ... "Use the DSi camera to capture photos of celebs as though they were right next to you!" (Amazon.co.uk)
  • Imagine: Rescue Vet ...
  • Imagine: Resort Owner ... "Use the Nintendo DSi Camera to color and paint your hotel rooms by finding the perfect matching colors in your own environments." (Amazon.com)
  • Jam Sessions 2 ... "This game has about the same sound recorder thingy as was built into the DSi, except it can use these recordings you make and edit and stuff in songs you record."
  • James Cameron's Avatar: The Game ... camera photos unlock upgrades (GameFAQs user review, user Duke Gallison)
  • Jig A Pix: Pets ... "take a photo, make a jigsaw" (box)
  • Jig A Pix: Wild World ... "take a photo, make a jigsaw" (box)
  • Jig A Pix: Wonderful World ... "take a photo, make a jigsaw" (box)
  • Jig-a-Pix: Love Is ... "take a photo, make a jigsaw" (box)
  • Just Sing! ... "Use the DSi's camera to record yourself whilst singing, and then see the movie being streamed live on-screen behind your avatar" (Amazon.co.uk)
  • KORG DS-10 PLUS ... "Optimized for DSi with 12-voice polyphony and to double the power of the original KORG DS-10: 4 analog synthesizer tracks and 8 dedicated drum tracks, increase the total number of tracks from 6 to 12." (Amazon.com)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game ...
  • Last Airbender, The ... "The Bender Detector - Shoot a photo and discover what type of bender you and your friends are." (Amazon.com)
  • Little Book Of Big Secrets ... "take photos on your Nintendo DSi and customise your diary" (box)
  • Lost Identities ...
  • Lovely Lisa and Friends ... " Use the DSi camera to snap shots and customize Lisa's outfits!" (Amazon.com) mini-games (box)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem ...
  • Monster High Ghoul Spirit ... camera, parental controls (GameFAQs, rough translation from French)
  • My Healthy Cooking Coach ... "can take pictures of yourself to use with profiles" (NeoGaf); extra recipes
  • New Carnival Games ... "Dsi camera support lets you be part of the crazy carnival
    action ... the Nintendo DSi camera support adds new meaning to the word gotcha with the "The Look of a Winner" feature, which snaps your picture the moment you win a game for some surprising and hilarious reaction shots." (Amazon.co.uk)
  • Paws & Claws Marine Rescue (probably also Pet Vet: Marine Patrol) ...
  • Paws & Claws: Pampered Pets 2 ...
  • Penguins of Madagascar ... "Tons of Photo Fun! Hear hilarious King Julien critique your photo or snap a picture into a puzzle & use your stylus to put it back together!" (Amazon.co.uk)
  • Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again! ...
  • Petz Fantasy: Moonlight Magic ...
  • Petz Fantasy: Sunshine Magic ...
  • Petz: Dolphinz Encounter ... "Take a picture of yourself with the Nintendo DSi Camera to put yourself into the game and become a true member of the Ocean Rescue Team" (Nintendo.com)
  • Petz: Horsez Family ...
  • Phineas and Ferb Ride Again ... "Compete in DSi specific camera controlled mini-game" (Amazon.co.uk)
  • Pictionary ... "Take pictures with the DSi Camera, then trace and color them to make your own clues" (Amazon.co.uk)
  • Pokemon Black and White ... ability to connect to Wi Fi using WEP or WPA signal; C-Gear looks different; voice chat; DS battery meter is more detailed; plays more quickly (user blcklblskt, user Tommo, GBAtemp)
  • Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 ... ability to connect to Wi Fi using WEP or WPA signal; C-Gear looks different; voice chat; DS battery meter is more detailed; plays more quickly; video chat (user Tommo)
  • Pokemon Conquest ...
  • Popstars (code TWL-VPOD-NOE) ...
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands ... "pointing the lens to a source of light when prompted will unlock challenge levels, new enemies and ... the chance to use your own pictures as background fillers" (Cubed3's Shane Jury)
  • Puss in Boots ...
  • Rabbids Go Home ... "can take pictures with rabbids to send to friends" (NeoGaf)
  • Rio ... "Take a photo of yourself or a friend using the DSi camera and dance the Samba" (Amazon.com)
  • Scripps Spelling Bee ... "The only Dsi feature it has is to take a picture of your child to put beside their name in the menu section." (Amazon.com review)
  • Shrek Forever After ...
  • Sims 3, The ...
  • Solatorobo: Red the Hunter ... "we are allowed to take one photo that identifies us and another that identifies the environment we are in. We can retake these photos whenever we want and they have no effect on the game." (vandal.net , translated by pdRydia
  • Sonic Classic Collection ... "improved emulation" (NeoGaf)
  • Sonny with a Chance ... "Compete in over 40 mini-games, including two DSi-exclusive games" (Amazon.co.uk)
  • SpongeBob's Boating Bash ... "Nintendo DSi Feature: Choose Background, Take Photo and Decorate with 100s of SpongeBob accessories" (nintendo.com) "Unique functionality - specific to the DSi - allowing players to insert images and backgrounds into the game via the DSi's digital cameras." (Amazon.com)
  • Style Lab Fashion Design ... camera (youtube promo video)
  • Style Lab Jewelry Design ... place game-created jewelry into photos (youtube promo video)
  • Style Lab Makeover ... use camera to make in-game avatar (youtube promo video)
  • TouchMaster Connect ... "camera, parental controls, high-speed/high-security wireless communications, high-speed CPU" (box)
  • Toy Story 3 ...
  • TRON: Evolution ...
  • Vampire Legends: Power of Three ...
  • Witches & Vampires - Ghost Pirates of Ashburry (might also be Witches & Vampires: Secrets of Ashburry) ...
  • Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion ... "Create your own WMC mystery utilizing the DSI camera feature. Determine suspects, evidence and ultimately solve this new case on your own" (Amazon.co.uk)
  • You Don't Know Jack ...
  • Youda Farmer ...
  • ZhuZhu Pets 2: Featuring The Wild Bunch ... "camera" (box)

All DSi games have animated menu icons.


LIST 2: Japanese language games. In their own list due to the difficulty in finding information about these titles.

  • Chara-Chinko
  • Cosmetic * Paradise
  • Cosmetic * Paradise: Princess Life
  • Cosmetic Paradise: Kirei no Mahou
  • DS-Pico Series: Sanrio Puro Land - Waku Waku Okaimono - Suteki na Oheya Otsukuri Masho
  • Elminage II DS Remix: Sousei no Megami to Unmai no Daichi
  • Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu
  • Fuyu no Sonata DS
  • Idolm@ster, The: Dearly Stars
  • Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Flame Rumble XX - Kessen! Real 6 Chouka
  • Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! Ore ga Boss! Saikyou Family Taisen
  • Mommy Talk DS
  • Power Pro Kun Pocket 12
  • Power Pro Kun Pocket 13
  • Power Pro Kun Pocket 14
  • Pretty Rhythm Collection
  • Rika-Chan DS Motto! Onna no Ko Lesson: Oshare Oshigoto Otetsudai Daisuki!
  • Roller Angels: Pasha to Daisakusen
  • RPG Tsukuru DS
  • RPG Tsukuru DS+: Create the New World
  • Shin Noukyo Iku
  • Zaidan Houjin Nippon Kanji Nouryoku Kentai Kyoukai Kyouryoku: Kanken DS Training


LIST 3: All known DSi-only games. DSi-only games do not play on the DS or DS Lite. They play on the DSi and DSi XL and, due to backwards compatibility, the 3DS.

They come in unique white boxes that are shaped similarly to DS boxes. The cartridges are also similar to DS and DS/i hybrid cartridges, but are white in color and have a tab to prevent them from being inserted into the DS or DS Lite.

  • Foto Showdown
  • Picture Perfect Hair Salon
  • System: Flaw
  • Face Training: Facial Exercises to Strengthen and Relax from Fumiko Inudo (European release only)

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This list is not comprehensive. My understanding of how "DSi-enhanced"ness functions is a work-in-progress. Even if I understood it properly, the DS library is thousands strong, and I simply don't have access to information about every game.

Please add to this list! I don't own a DSi, so I can only compile information from others. Googling for DSi enhancements always seems to turn up frustratingly little information, game databases all seem to list DSi enhanced games in with DS games (with no way to sort them out separately if you want that information), and I generally just don't trust ROM sites to have correct information. If you can fill in a blank, hook me up with a database that has information RGF doesn't, give me some search tips, suggest a database (English language or otherwise) whose information is reliable --whatever could help-- please do!


The DSi, DSi XL, and 3DS are region locked, and so is their exclusive software - DSi-enchanced cards, DSi-exclusive cards, and 3DS cards. If you are an import gamer, DO NOT IMPORT a DSi-enhanced game expecting to be able to play it on your DSi, DSi XL, or a 3DS.

But, just to make things confusing, you can play any DSi enhanced game on an original DS model or DS Lite. Don't worry, most DSi enhanced games aren't worth importing, even if you have a high tolerance to mediocrity and a wide range of interests like me.


SOURCES: I'm relying on online sources to compile this. Notably, I've used GameFAQs, RFGeneration, Amazon, and ebay all to a great extent. I have also used NintendoAge quite a bit.


ASSUMPTIONS: When compiling this list, I am working under these assumptions:

[Assumption 1] No DSi-enhanced games were released before June 2009.

[Assumption 2] Not all games with DSi enhancements advertise them.  If the box art of a game advertises DSi enhancements, the game is DSi-enhanced.

[Assumption 3] A DS game whose code has TWL instead of NTR is a DSi-enhanced. Exceptions to this rule are the 4 known DSi-only games (listed). Also, packaging for bundles of DS games with DSi units bear the TWL marking.

The best way to determine a game's code is from a SCAN of the game card itself, followed by a scan of the back of the game box's packaging.

When gamers err in transcribing the game code, they tend to err on the side of writing NTR for a TWL game.


METHODOLOGY: The bulk of this list relies on two sites: GameFAQs and Amazon.

I began by searching the GameFAQs archive. I narrowed the results to retail released DS games, showing only the first release per title, organized by release date. I then went through and checked each game's pictures and release data. I compiled a list of all games that were DSi-enhanced according to the assumptions laid out above.

For descriptions about the enhancements, I turned to descriptions from nintendo.com and Amazon (both product descriptions and reviews). As some games are exclusive to different regions, I go to different Amazon websites (.com, .co.uk, etc.). I also look at the descriptions on boxes. In a few cases I've used descriptions from gamers in web forums and review sites. Many descriptions of enhancements are missing because I cannot find adequate descriptions.

I have also googled for DSi-enchancements, using various terms and problems related to the issue, with limited success. I found a list of DS games on NintendoAge that would sort titles by product code, but it was slightly unreliable. I checked images on RFGeneration; games exclusive to non-English-speaking regions are particularly difficult to find information about, but seem to be more prone to TWL-ization, perhaps due to piracy concerns.

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Cool list!  As for Pokemon Black/White, I believe there are numerous differences.  One that I can remember is the with the DSi, you can use a different kind of Wi-Fi signal (WEP maybe?  I forget).  Also, the on-screen battery indicator has 3 bars instead of 2 on the original DS and DS lite.

There are also the DSi exclusive games, which I didn't notice on your list.  There have only been like 3 or 4 released so far.  The only one I own like that is Foto Showdown, but I know that System: Flaw is another title.
WPA, I believe -- that's the more secure encryption, isn't it? I remember when the DSi's features were still just  internet rumors, that I was excited to hear that it allowed for WPA encryption. My wife controls the internet and I don't get to get on DS wifi often.

I wonder if all DSi enhanced games with wifi have access to this DSi feature? I am led to believe they all have access to the improved performance allowed by the DSi hardware. I'm afraid I'm not a very technical person.

I recall reading somewhere that the C-Gear looks significantly different on the DSi, too?

Smiley I do know a bit about the DSi-only games. I'm only a little surprised there are so few of them -- I guess they just weren't popular. Let's see, there's Foto Showdown (Monster Finder in Japan) and System: Flaw, as you know. There's also Picture Perfect Hair Salon. The other I know of is Face Training: Facial Exercises to Strengthen and Relax from Fumiko Inudo -- the European version uses the DSi camera to capture images of the face, where the Japanese version uses a slot 2 camera peripheral. I don't believe there is a North American version. I'm not sure there's any more. I'm almost tempted to get a copy of all of them, just to have a complete "DSi" collection for some distant future.
I made an account just to say that this list is awesome. I never knew how many DSi-Enhanced games there were. I'll be sure to check this list when importing!

I'd also like to add that Pokemon Black and White have noticable slowdown in many areas when played on a DS as opposed to a DS-i or 3DS system.
Hi Tommo, I'm glad you've found this informative! I think I lost an update with a few titles when the site went down a little bit back, so I'll be looking to update this list again when school settles down for me.

Thanks for the feedback, it's great encouragement. :]
Wow, a ton of DSi-enchanced titles and almost none of them are worth getting. It wasn't like this for the gameboy color, so why did nintendo let the ball drop on this? I guess new game could be made DSi-only if compatibility with the 3DS was more advertised.

To add to the original post:


Barbie: Jet, Set & Style! - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/636642-barbie-jet-set-and-style/images/box-220225
Cars 2: The Video Game - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/622056-cars-2-the-video-game/data
Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/625853-kung-fu-panda-2-the-video-game/images/box-203776
Monster High Ghoul Spirit - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/637272-monster-high-ghoul-spirit/images/box-220978
Paws & Claws: Pampered Pets 2 - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/627216-paws-and-claws-pampered-pets-2/images/box-205511
Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns, Again - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/635624-penguins-of-madagascar-dr-blowhole-returns-again/images/box-218891
Pokemon Conquest* - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/654723-pokemon-conquest/images/box-242569
Puss in Boots - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/980783-puss-in-boots/images/box-149225

* Not yet released outside of Japan, but a NA release is announced and its English name has been given. It is likely that the "enhancement" of this game is primarily in place for anti-piracy and anti-import reasons.


Power Pro Kun Pocket 14 - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/643247-power-pro-kun-pocket-14/images/box-228602
(Cars 2: The Video Game; Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game; and
Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns, Again were actually already on the list, so I did not enter them a second time).

Some posts I've seen indicate that the 3DS may play some DSi-enhanced games from outside its region but not others. That is to say, a 3DS from Japan might play the DSi-enhanced games This Game, This Game 2, and That Game There from America, but not the DSi-enhanced games That Game There 2 or Some Other Game, also from America. I will need to look up more information about this.
Hi again, I got another one for you. Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, which has all the same enhancements the first game(s) do. Also, they all have video chat in addition to voice chat. Voice chat can be done in DS mode too, just with "no video" text in place of a video signal for any DS user. I don't know anything about Pokemon Conquest though.

Also, I think it's worth mentioning that most DS-i enhanced games have an animated menu icon in place of the still ones of DS games. That's probably the best indicator.
Thanks, TommoPuppy! Long time since I've been here and updated the list...
Bratz: Fashion Boutique - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/673559-bratz-fashion-boutique/images/box-266494
Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/661226-pokemon-black-version-2/images/box-251564

RPG Tsukuru DS+: Create the New World - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/644808-rpg-tsukuru-ds-create-the-new-world/images/box-230658

I have now gone through the entire DS catalogue on GameFAQs. It's unlikely I will update this list again, unless I find another reliable source of information.
Excellent effort there

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