How to Get Free Games on Your DSi XL

by Joshua PhillipsUpdated September 22, 2017

The Nintendo DSi XL, an upgraded version of the Nintendo DSi, includes all of the same features as the DSi including the DSi Shop, an online store where users can buy downloadable games. Normally, most games in the DSi Shop must be purchased with points bought with real money. However, "The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition" is a free download for all Nintendo DSi XL owners and the only free game in the DSi Shop. A Wi-Fi connection is required to access the shop and download this free game.

Turn on your Nintendo DSi XL. Tap the "Nintendo DSi Shop" icon on your DSi XL's main menu to enter the shop.

Tap "Start Shopping," followed by "DSiWare."

Tap "DSiWare Free" to see a list of the free items to download in the DSi Shop. This list shows both free applications and free games.

Tap the right arrow in the lower right screen of your DSi XL to navigate to the second page.

Tap "The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition."

Tap "Free," followed by "OK" and "Yes" to begin your download. The game is automatically downloaded and installed to your Nintendo DSi XL.

Tap "OK," followed by "Continue" when the download is finished. Tap "DSi Menu" to return to the DSi XL's main menu.

Tap "The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition" from the DSi XL's main menu to begin the game.


These steps also apply to the Nintendo DSi.


If you do not have enough free space on your DSi XL, you cannot download "Four Swords." Delete some games or applications to free up space.


About the Author

Joshua Phillips has done it all when it comes to video games: strategy guides, previews, reviews, in-depth interviews with developers and extensive public relations work. He has written for websites such as Hardcore Gaming 101 and MyInsideGamer.

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