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News: Activision and SEGA Toying with Wappy Dog DS for Christmas

Activision and SEGA Toying with Wappy Dog DS for Christmas

Take that, Nintendogs

A virtual dog that lives inside a console? It's been done. A robot dog controlled by a video game, though? Now that's exciting. That's the basic idea behind Wappy Dog, a new venture from Activision and SEGA TOYS that's set to mark its territory at Christmas. A combination of DS software and real-life toy, the virtual pet supposedly grows and evolves whether played with at home..

News: DS Lite Drops to $99 in US, Mario DS Games Go Red

DS Lite Drops to $99 in US, Mario DS Games Go Red

Curious time for a price drop

Like an end of level boss that refuses to be beaten, the DS Lite is still available brand new in the US, where its recommended retail price is about to drop to $99.99. The best-selling console will see its cost cut this Sunday, 5th June, just two days before Nintendo's E3 press conference. It's not the only DS-related happening this Sunday: six Mario DS games will be..

News: Capcom Announces Live Action Ace Attorney Movie

Capcom Announces Live Action Ace Attorney Movie

Wait until you see Edgeworth

Japan's appetite for all things Ace Attorney continues, as Capcom and director Takashi Miike announce a joint project to bring the offbeat detective series to the silver screen. The appointment of Miike as director is an interesting choice, as his past work spans everything from Yatterman to the severely gory Ichi the Killer. With Ace Attorney Investigations 2 not..

News: Professor Layton and the Last Specter Coming to America

Professor Layton and the Last Specter Coming to America

Trademark application revealed

So far, Professor Layton and the Spectre's Flute has been Japan-only, but a recently-unearthed trademark application shows that the DS adventure will come to North America. Level-5 registered the trademark Professor Layton and the Last Specter recently, spotted by Siliconera, which all-but confirms the fourth DS game is coming to the West later this year. We'll bring..

News: Jason Rohrer Tackles Blood Diamonds with New DS Game

Jason Rohrer Tackles Blood Diamonds with New DS Game

Indie developer returns

DSi owners might already be familiar with Jason Rohrer's off-beat games, with Primrose and the Jason Rohrer Anthology offering some of the most unique experiences on DSiWare. Publisher Zoo Games just announced the next game from the developer coming to DS later this year: Diamond Trust of London. Maintaining his reputation for sticking to unexpected inspirations, the game..

Review: Nanda's Island (DS)

Nanda's Island (DS)

The rain in this game falls mainly on the lame

The water-based puzzler is an interesting breed – the replication of aquatic physics necessitates a more innovative approach than your average thinking game, the majority of which build on or clone an accepted model like Tetris or Bejeweled. The recent Fluidity is proof that this subgenre can spawn some truly special and unique releases with the..

Review: TINcan! Escape (DS)

TINcan! Escape (DS)

Rockin' robot or CPUke?

Innovative puzzle games are few and far between, and TINcan! Escape is up there with some of the more interesting concepts we've seen. While it rests on a quality foundation, however, some uneven spots and lacklustre presentation make this rolling robot wobble on its wheels. Two rival scientists compete to have their design become the next model in production, the more..

News: Nintendo's Art Appreciation UK Tour Kicked Off Today

Nintendo's Art Appreciation UK Tour Kicked Off Today

Do Brits love art?

Nintendo's Create Britain tour kicked off today by the banks of the River Thames with an Art Academy lesson hosted by artist Pam Glew. Passers-by were invited to get involved with the DS art package, with a local primary school also stopping by to try their hand at recreating Canaletto's famous painting of Westminster Bridge. While not everybody's efforts were quite as..

News: LEGO Onslaught Continues With LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

LEGO Onslaught Continues With LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

The excitement is building

Fact: LEGO video games sell well. Fact: Harry Potter tie-ins sell well. Fact: Nintendo consoles sell well. Can you see where this is going? Yes, Warner Bros. has announced the official video game of the tail end of the Harry Potter saga, with LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 coming to all current Nintendo formats this year. Wii, DS and 3DS owners will be able to join in the..

News: Max & the Magic Marker Relaunching on Wii and DS

Max & the Magic Marker Relaunching on Wii and DS

Hoping to draw more gamers in, surely?

Easy Interactive has announced its Q2 line-up of upcoming releases, one of which is a WiiWare title that's on its way to getting a retail release. Max & the Magic Marker originally launched on the download service last year and will soon be available to purchase on-disc for the Wii as well as the DS when they launch next month. The game requires players to..

News: Kirby's New DS Game Has a July Date with Japan

Kirby's New DS Game Has a July Date with Japan

So we Gather

The pink puffball's next appearance is locked down for Japan: Atsumete! Kirby — which roughly translates to Gather! Kirby — is coming to DS on 7th July. Last month we brought you the first Atsumete! Kirby gameplay details, which revealed the player will control multiple Kirbies and use their combined power to overcome puzzles and enemies. Should a Kirby die, it floats up to heaven..

Review: LEGO Battles: Ninjago (DS)

LEGO Battles: Ninjago (DS)

Half RTS, half adventure, halfway fun

2009 saw the release of LEGO Battles to complement the action orientation of the main series titles, with a second iteration now aiming once more to provide a light and accessible real time strategy experience within the LEGO world. Unfortunately, LEGO Battles: Ninjago tries to spread its shallow formula too far...

News: Nintendo Kicks Off Create Britain with Art Academy Class

Nintendo Kicks Off Create Britain with Art Academy Class

Brush with fame

Bundling DSiWare titles Art Academy: First Semester and Art Academy: Second Semester onto a cartridge and releasing it under the name Art Academy was a stroke of genius on Nintendo's part, with the game now having sold over 1.9 million copies since launch. Now Nintendo UK wants to use the game to launch its new Create Britain campaign with an art class this week. The event takes..

Review: Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life (DS)

Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life (DS)

A pleasant, if stumpy, puzzler

Many puzzle games that originated on the PC have made a successful transition to the DS; following their lead is City Interactive's latest handheld release, a scaled down version of Chronicles of Mystery: The Tree of Life from 2009. Especially in the case of one that's as well-crafted as this, there's nothing wrong...

News: Rising Star Setting Out a Grand Bazaar for European Farmers

Rising Star Setting Out a Grand Bazaar for European Farmers

Due to sprout in 2011

Rising Star Games has been bringing Harvest Moon games to European Nintendo fans for years, and the publisher has just confirmed it's continuing this tradition by releasing Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar across Europe this year. The game was released in North America last year, so read through our Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar review to get the lowdown on what to expect from the..

News: DSi Firmware Gets an Update

DSi Firmware Gets an Update

System Menu cranks to 1.4.2

Nintendo has been pretty mum on the firmware update front for quite some time, but today broke that silence by quietly rolling out an update to its DSi line. Nudging the ticker up to version 1.4.2, the update description appears utterly unspectacular at face value by declaring that it brings along behind-the-scenes improvements to performance. However, we'd like to think..

News: New Video Explains the Differences in Pokemon Black and White

New Video Explains the Differences in Pokemon Black and White

A little late, we know

Pokémon Black and White: still haven't made up your mind which version to go for? Let Nintendo's helpful new video explain a few of the differences between the two games. Each version features an exclusive area and unique monsters to nab, as well as a few other quirks that are best discovered yourself. Find out more by reading our Pokémon Black and White review and checking..

News: Gear Up for Solatorobo's Launch with New Videos

Gear Up for Solatorobo's Launch with New Videos

Publicity push planned

Namco Bandai's furry mech RPG Solatorobo: Red the Hunter is due to attack European DS consoles on 1st July, courtesy of Nintendo. The publishing team-up has just announced a plan to bring new videos and details on the game every other week as its release date approaches. For the uninitiated, Solatorobo is an action RPG title that strays ever-so-slightly from the usual genre..

News: You Won't Get a Nintendo Console with a Buttonless Controller

You Won't Get a Nintendo Console with a Buttonless Controller

That satisfyingly soft click is here to stay

With the introduction of touchscreens and motion controls, the cynical gamer might think it's a matter of time before Nintendo abandons the use of buttons all together. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata assures us that that's not what the company has planned. During an Analyst Meeting earlier this week, Iwata was asked what his opinions of touch control devices..

News: Nintendo's Profits Show a Significant Drop, This Year Should Improve

Nintendo's Profits Show a Significant Drop, This Year Should Improve

Decreases in sales explained, and Nintendo's forecast for this fiscal year

Although Nintendo has claim to notable achievements with its hardware ― the DS has proved to be the best-selling handheld ever and global Wii sales have surpassed the 86 million mark, the company's profit numbers for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2011 show a significant drop. Net sales totaled 1,014.3 billion yen,..