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Shapo (DSiWare)

Shapo (DSiWare)

Three in one

With so many puzzle games on DSiWare already, it's kind of hard to invent a completely new concept for your game. So why not combine the concept of several other games into one? Shapo is pretty much a combination of Lonpos, Tetris and Art of Balance, with key elements from each coming into play during the game. There's a classic and puzzle mode available to play, though the basic..

5-in-1 Mahjong (DSiWare)

5-in-1 Mahjong (DSiWare)

Overlooking this would be mah-wrong

cerasus.media specialises in telling you exactly what you're getting and giving it to you with no frills. It's questionable that they'd apply that strategy to game that already has four versions available in the DSi Shop, three of which are also priced at 200 Points. Yet 5-in-1 Mahjong is probably the best of the bunch, offering more content for the same low..

Beauty Academy (DSiWare)

Beauty Academy (DSiWare)

This could get ugly...

Recently, we at Nintendo Life reviewed Model Academy from developer Tivola. As a team with plenty of modelling experience between us, we felt well qualified to judge the merits of this title. Tivola have wasted no time releasing a follow-up title, Beauty Academy, and as regular patrons of beauty salons we once again take it on...

Plants vs. Zombies (DSiWare)

Plants vs. Zombies (DSiWare)

Plants vs. Zombies Lite!

PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies has been released on quite a number of platforms already, so it certainly wasn't a surprise to see the game make an appearance recently on Nintendo's DS system. But what does seem a bit surprising is that only two months later the company has now chosen to release a slightly stripped down version...

Puzzle to Go Sightseeing (DSiWare)

Puzzle to Go Sightseeing (DSiWare)

Still no new sights to see here

We originally only got two Puzzle to Go games before the series took a break for about a year, but since its return we've now already very quickly gotten three more of them, including this newest release, Sightseeing. It should now come as absolutely no surprise that this instalment is once again pretty much exactly the same as all previous ones, just with a minor..

JellyCar 2 (DSiWare)

JellyCar 2 (DSiWare)

JellyCar or SmellyCar?

JellyCar 2 is a tricky one. It's a quality driving-platforming game with a variety of content; and while that really should be all that matters, the fact is you can download the game for $4 cheaper on an iOS and get more content. Paying more for less stinks. That's obvious. But if the DSi is all you've got, the fact remains: JellyCar2 is is a quality game. Now, it wants you..

GO Series: Earth Saver (DSiWare)

GO Series: Earth Saver (DSiWare)

Simple and fun, though not earthshaking

We've already seen about half a dozen GO Series releases on DSiWare, each offering up an experience that revolves around simplicity from both a visual and gameplay standpoint. While the results from have been mixed, there have been a couple of releases that caught our attention and proved quite accessible and addictive. The newest entry, Earth Saver, sticks..

Monster Buster Club (DSiWare)

Monster Buster Club (DSiWare)

Will the kids win or get busted?

The gargantuan success of the DS and subsequently the DSi has meant that the little handheld has become a prime device for games based on children’s television and film. The latest in the list of games targeting this audience has arrived on DSiWare, Monster Buster Club. Does this collection of mini games bring excitement for fans of the show, or get busted for its..

My Little Restaurant (DSiWare)

My Little Restaurant (DSiWare)

Diner Dash meets... Diner Dash

There's really no point in beating around the bush about it: My Little Restaurant is Diner Dash in disguise. In fact, if it wasn't for the different sprites, the two would be virtually indistinguishable. But while it's hard to sing praises to something so unoriginal, the fact still remains that as of now there's no Diner Dash game on DSiWare — though there is the..

Magnetic Joe (DSiWare)

Magnetic Joe (DSiWare)

More polarising than magnetic

Magnetic Joe first became popular as a mobile game back in 2006, using its simplistic control scheme and colourful visuals to garner a fairly decent audience over the years. Now the game has come to Nintendo's DSiWare service, and it remains very similar to its original incarnation. However, the "ball rolling" experience has somewhat passed its prime in the..

Remote Racers (DSiWare)

Remote Racers (DSiWare)

Ready, set, no

Last year saw the release of both AiRace: Tunnel and AiRace, two fun and highly regarded aircraft racing games from QubicGames. This year, the folks who brought you those two gems are back and have taken to the ground with their latest release: Remote Racers. Taking on the role of miniature vehicles in big environments, does this...

Faceez: Monsters! (DSiWare)

Faceez: Monsters! (DSiWare)

Faceez of evil

After last year's photo-fiddling app Faceez, Neko Entertainment has returned with a sequel of sorts, with a new twist. The question is, is this series worth revisiting? You wouldn't expect this to be anything but a short, fun experience for 200 Points, and thankfully it turns out to be just that, making great use of the DSi camera in the process. The simple premise is as follows:..

Puzzle to Go Planets and Universe (DSiWare)

Puzzle to Go Planets and Universe (DSiWare)

Not even if it was the last game on the planet

Tivola has three Puzzle to Go games under its belt already, with almost a year between the second and third instalments. The first two games were, understandably, very similar, but with almost a year between those and the third game, you'd think the team would've taken the time to refine some of the...

Arctic Escape (DSiWare)

Arctic Escape (DSiWare)

Like Lemmings, but in formal wear

Arctic Escape revolves around guiding a group of adorable little critters past obstacles and away from fatal hazards, herding them in an orderly fashion through an exit so that the next stage can load and you can do it all over again. Sound familiar? It should: it's the gameplay formula that made the Lemmings series so immediately addictive, popular, and memorable..

Pucca Noodle Rush (DSiWare)

Pucca Noodle Rush (DSiWare)

Soba, so good

Korean cartoon character Pucca has appeared in two downloadable games in the last few weeks: first there was WiiWare adventure Pucca's Kisses Game and now DSiWare has got its own cutesy noodle simulator with Pucca Noodle Rush. It may not be the tastiest dish on the DSiWare menu, but those with an appetite for restaurant-based time management titles may find it to their liking. Playing..

G.G Series: Drift Circuit (DSiWare)

G.G Series: Drift Circuit (DSiWare)

Slow-motion sickness

When it comes to the G.G Series, the plan is simple: choose a particular genre of gaming and produce an entertaining playing experience using not only a simplified musical and visual theme, but also a very basic set of play controls. So far that formula has worked well enough, but now this idea has been incorporated into the...

Hip Hop King: Rytmik Edition (DSiWare)

Hip Hop King: Rytmik Edition (DSiWare)

Rapper's delight

As the third entry in Cinemax's musical series following last year's Rytmik and Rytmik: Rock Edition, Hip Hop King: Rytmik Edition will be familiar to anyone who's dabbled with the series' previous releases; naturally, though, the soundscape here is vastly different. Where the original favoured electronic dance samples and the follow-up was all guitars and beefy kick drums, this..

Panda Craze (DSiWare)

Panda Craze (DSiWare)

At least they're endangered

Hey, kids! If you like pandas, disorientation, horrible graphics, pressing buttons that only sometimes work, and games ported so lazily that they completely disregard the limitations of the console you're playing on, then Panda Craze is for you! Panda Craze finds you controlling Tik-Ling, a panda who must climb ladders and collect lanterns, which will cause a magical..

Treasure Hunter X (DSiWare)

Treasure Hunter X (DSiWare)

Between a rock and a hard place

We've seen a rash of games on the various download services take a page or two from the games of years gone by, some better than others. Treasure Hunter X attempts to capture a bit of the magic of some of the classic computer games like Boulder Dash and Lode Runner and build a unique gaming experience around it. But while there are plenty of familiar gameplay..

Model Academy (DSiWare)

Model Academy (DSiWare)

Are you pretty enough?

The life of a photogenic model is well known amongst the Nintendo Life team, and now Tivola is giving all DSi owners a chance to live the dream with Model Academy, a simulation game that sees you progress from girl in the mall to World Supermodel. The question is, does this title provide a fun experience, and can you walk the...