Nintendo's Masato Kuwahara, project lead on the Nintendo DSi, revealed that games playable only on the latest revision Nintendo DS were in the works at this year's GDC. Those first DSi-only games will hit this fall, retail sources tell Kotaku.
Software that will only work on a Nintendo DSi will join titles playable on a Nintendo DS or DS Lite but also feature DSi-specific enhanced capabilities, like Ubisoft's Jam Sessions 2 and My Healthy Cooking Coach. Games and apps that will only be playable on a DSi will be visually distinct from past product, sources say.
Those DSi-only games will be packaged in all-white game cases, making them stand out from the standard dark grey cases of currently available Nintendo DS games. Those cases will sport a warning that the software is only compatible with the Nintendo DSi. DSi-only game cards themselves will use a similar white plastic, but it's unclear if those re-coloured cards will have any difficulty fitting into a DS or DS Lite cartridge slot.
Another unknown is if DSi-only software will take advantage of the expanded tech specs unique to the Nintendo DSi.
It appears that, like Wii MotionPlus, that Nintendo will be letting third-party publishers take the lead in offering DSi-only software. Nintendo itself has offered plenty of downloadable DSiWare games that are system specific, but it has yet to announce any DSi-only games as part of its future lineup.
We contacted Nintendo for comment on the introduction of DSi-only games this year, but the company did not respond to requests before publishing.