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Review: Let's Create! Pottery (DSiWare)

Let's Create! Pottery (DSiWare)

Let's not

Let's Create! Pottery may have the least appealing title this side of Let's Perform! Complex Trigonometry and Let's Compose! A Musical About Kobe Bryant's Lunch, but its problems run much deeper than that. Mainly, it’s just not very fun. The game begins with a title screen that offers several options, but none of them involve starting...

Review: Magical Whip: Wizards of the Phantasmal Forest (DSiWare)

Magical Whip: Wizards of the Phantasmal Forest (DSiWare)

Magically delicious!

Puzzle-style games have proven to be quite a good fit for the DSiWare service, but some gamers have expressed concern at the growing number of puzzlers that have flooded DSiWare in recent months. Thankfully, Agetec's Magical Whip: Wizards of the Phantasmal Forest brings a fun experience to the service, and while not the most...

News: 1950s Lawn Mower Kids to Release Next Week

1950s Lawn Mower Kids to Release Next Week

Keep off the grass!

Publisher Zordix AB is continuing its quirky output of DSiWare releases ― as revealed back in June with a rather informative trailer ― and fans of grass cutting are sure to be in for for a treat. 1950s Lawn Mower Kids does what it says on the tin. Set in suburban America in the '50s, the game features Tom, Nancy and Tim as they attempt to mow various gardens while avoiding..

Review: Build-a-lot (DSiWare)

Build-a-lot (DSiWare)

A bit of a fixer-upper

The year was 2008. Mario and Sonic were on their way to the Olympic Games, the 3DS was but a twinkle in Satoru Iwata's eye and the housing bubble was on its way to bursting. You wouldn't know that last fact, however, from MumboJumbo's 2008 real estate celebration Build-a-lot, a retail DS adaptation of HipSoft's 2007 PC game of the same name. Now, four years after its original..

Nintendo Download: 25th August 2011 (North America)

25th August 2011 (North America)

Watched over by the Gargoyle

This week in the Nintendo Download there's something new available for almost every downloadable platform, with 3DSWare the only thing missing out. There's even a WiiWare demo, so without any further hesitation let's bring you the rundown. 3DS Virtual ConsoleGargoyle's Quest (Game Boy, Capcom, $3.99) — Play as Firebrand (aka Red Arremer) and take on the creatures of..

News: Metal Slug-Style Action From Cinemax Coming to DSiWare

Metal Slug-Style Action From Cinemax Coming to DSiWare

Go Commando: Steel Disaster

SNK's revered Metal Slug series has already made one stop on DS in the form of Metal Slug 7, but there's been no downloadable outing for Marco and crew. While that's not looking likely to change, Cinemax is getting ready to transfer retail game Commando: Steel Disaster across to DSiWare later this year. The run-and-gun title from developer Mana Software was released in..

News: Japan Gets Cool Zelda-Themed Prepaid Cards

Japan Gets Cool Zelda-Themed Prepaid Cards

Grab the Skyward Sword

Over in Japan, Nintendo releases all kinds of themed cards for its digital stores, from Mario and Link eShop cards to a new range of Zelda 25th Anniversary eShop cards. The cards each focus on a different game, from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to the latest design promoting Skyward Sword. Each costs 1,000 Yen. There's a third, mystery card still to be revealed next month..

News: Let's Create! Pottery on DSiWare This Week

Let's Create! Pottery on DSiWare This Week

Demi Moore nowhere in sight

We've seen tattooing in Art of Ink, music creation in Rytmik and cosmetics in Make Up & Style, but DSiWare's appetite for unusual games is insatiable. Surely Infinite Dreams' Thursday release Let's Create! Pottery will go some way to plugging a hole, though. The 500 Point title promises "eye-catching gorgeous 3D graphics" and "tons of relaxing..

Review: Blockado - Puzzle Island (DSiWare)

Blockado - Puzzle Island (DSiWare)

Too tried-and-true

Bitfield's Blockado series has already enjoyed success on Apple's iOS devices, but now the game is looking to take on Nintendo's DSiWare service with a little sliding-block puzzle action. And while there are a few interesting new twists in Blockado: Puzzle Island, it's still basically the same gameplay idea the series has been riding for some time now and this time with a..

Nintendo Download: 25th August 2011 (Europe)

25th August 2011 (Europe)

Three new titles

A trio of games round out August in Europe, with something on DSiWare, WiiWare and the 3DS Virtual Console as the Wii's Virtual Console drought continues. Here's what's dropping in this week. 3DS Virtual ConsoleGargoyle's Quest (Game Boy, Capcom, €4/£3.60) — The ugly gargoyle appears on Virtual Console in this 2D adventure spin-off from the popular Ghouls and Ghosts series..

Review: My Asian Farm (DSiWare)

My Asian Farm (DSiWare)

Enter Old McDonald-San

Farming comes in many forms. Sometimes it's exotic. Sometimes it's Australian. And sometimes it's just regular, old-fashioned farming. But nothing you've seen in this DSiWare series, consisting of split-up portions of 2009's retail release My Farm Around the World, could have prepared you for this: My Asian Farm

Interview: Firemint - Flight Control (WiiWare)

Firemint - Flight Control (WiiWare)

We talk about the newest iteration of the up-and-coming developer's popular IP

After conquering the iOS, DSiWare and even PlayStation Move platforms, Firemint's addictive air traffic control-based Flight Control is landing today on WiiWare in Europe and North America. We sat down with Writer and Media Liaison Logan Booker to talk about the high-flying title. Nintendo Life: Flight Control has very..

Nintendo Download: 18th August 2011 (North America)

18th August 2011 (North America)

Fighting in the streets

It's that time of the week again: the Nintendo Download is upon us, bestowing a bounty of digital deliciousness, or leaving a sour taste in your mouth. You decide. Here's what's on offer and vying for your currency today. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: Urban Champion (Nintendo, $4.99) — The NES 'classic' is reborn in a third...

Review: GO Series: Fishing Resort (DSiWare)

GO Series: Fishing Resort (DSiWare)

Luring you in…

Fans of both Nintendo and fishing have been given plenty of opportunities to don the virtual wellies and cast the line, on WiiWare. While the Wii Remote is an ideal opportunity to simulate fishing, the humble DSi stylus and touchscreen have largely missed out. As has often been the case, publisher Gamebridge has come to the rescue...

Review: Crazy Hamster (DSiWare)

Crazy Hamster (DSiWare)

Crazy cool

The idea behind this game is simple: Crazy Hamster forgot to store supplies for the coming winter, so now it’s up to you to guide the rushed rodent through each level and collect all of the fruit. Make it safely to the end of the level with these supplies and you’re home free. While there may not be much here in terms of plot, this...

Review: Play & Learn Spanish (DSiWare)

Play & Learn Spanish (DSiWare)

¿Plus ultra?

A good pocket translator can cost hundreds of dollars, so it's no surprise that some smart software studios would see an incentive in offering DSi and 3DS owners an affordable alternative. So far we've only seen the average 4 TRAVELLERS – Play Spanish on the service, so it's good to see a challenger appear. But is this a helpful introduction to a beautiful language and culture, or..

Review: Go Fetch! 2 (DSiWare)

Go Fetch! 2 (DSiWare)

Dog's dinner

With Go Fetch!, ICM took the simple activity of playing fetch with a puppy and added a timer, health bar and obstacles to create a unique racing game-esque experience that was unfortunately let down by imprecise controls, lack of depth and repetitiveness. The developer doggedly returned to the drawing board to remedy these issues and release Go Fetch! 2, but are the improvements enough..

Nintendo Download: 11th August 2011 (North America)

11th August 2011 (North America)

New content on all platforms

Is it Thursday already? With all the excitement around the 3DS price drop — happening tomorrow, remember — this is a crucial week for 3DS, and things just got even more exciting as it's Nintendo Download time. This week we've got a little bit of something for everyone, so let's dive in and see what there is. Virtual...