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Supermarket Mania (DSiWare)

Supermarket Mania (DSiWare)

A pretty good sale

There's plenty of games available on DSiWare which are nothing more than glorified Flash games, which you could find playable for free online if you searched for just a few minutes. At first, we suspected that Supermarket Mania would join their ranks, but thankfully it offers a little bit more. As a single player-only experience,...

Go Fetch! (DSiWare)

Go Fetch! (DSiWare)

Ruff

Playing fetch is a great way to bond with a canine companion. There's nothing like going to the park on a nice summer day and tossing a ball for your favorite four legged friend. When you first hear of a DSiWare release based on this you might imagine that you'll be guiding a puppy along with the stylus, avoiding obstacles and retrieving balls. That's exactly what you'll be doing in Go Fetch!..

Tetris Party Live (DSiWare)

Tetris Party Live (DSiWare)

Online Tetris for people on the go

Let's face it, we've seen hundreds of Tetris releases on various systems over the years, some obviously better than others. Hudson released the original Tetris Party on WiiWare almost two years ago, but with the release of the game on DSiWare, they're now giving gamers a version to take with them on the go. As a...

Need for Speed: Nitro-X (DSiWare)

Need for Speed: Nitro-X (DSiWare)

Fast and (mostly) furious

Need For Speed: Nitro-X has a lot going for it. It's a racing game on a download service that's saturated with puzzlers, for one thing, but it's also part of one of the most long-running and successful racing franchises around. Is it a stripped down version of a retail game? Well yes, but it's a stripped down version of a...

21: Blackjack (DSiWare)

21: Blackjack (DSiWare)

Strong suit or bad bet?

The time has come for blackjack to take its place among solitaire and Texas Hold 'Em as a card game that can stand alone on the DSiWare service. The objective, as the name gives away, is to get as close to 21 as possible in card value without going over. We've already seen a couple versions of the game in two slightly lacklustre compilations, 7 Card Games and Clubhouse Games..

Adventure In Vegas: Slot Machine (DSiWare)

Adventure In Vegas: Slot Machine (DSiWare)

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

There's a reason slot machines are successful: they tease the player with the chance of winning it big. The idea that you can walk in to a casino with only a few pennies to your name and walk out a rich man has enticed people for decades, and the game remains a staple at nearly every casino in existence. Once...

Rytmik: Rock Edition (DSiWare)

Rytmik: Rock Edition (DSiWare)

Rock solid

The original Rytmik completely surpassed our expectations of what a portable music studio could do within the constraints of DSiWare. Now the follow-up Rytmik: Rock Edition is here with a very different sound and new features, but crucially more of the same surprising control and musical freedom. If you haven’t dabbled with Rytmik yet, it’s a music studio that lets you create your..

Gene Labs (DSiWare)

Gene Labs (DSiWare)

Not quite gene-ius

Every now and again a really great game comes down the pipe that is fun, engaging and exciting to play. Sometimes, as was the case with Ivy the Kiwi?, it even gets released on multiple platforms to accommodate those players who might not have one or the other. Unfortunately, sometimes the games that get released feel like shamefully stripped down and uninspired ports of other..

Sleep Clock: Record and Analyse Your Sleep Patterns (DSiWare)

Sleep Clock: Record and Analyse Your Sleep Patterns (DSiWare)

Barely awake

We've seen quite a few DSiWare applications from Nintendo, from stinkers such as Photo Clock to highly praised ones like Flipnote Studio. Now we have Sleep Clock, which works as both an alarm clock as well as a tool for recording your sleep patterns for analysis. Considering that the DSi already has a built-in alarm clock, is this...

Peg Solitaire (DSiWare)

Peg Solitaire (DSiWare)

Does it hit the peg on the head?

Many Americans will probably recognise Peg Solitaire as a variation on what's more commonly as “that weird little game they have at all the tables at Cracker Barrel," but in Europe, Peg Solitaire is just, well, Solitaire (while that one-player card game we're familiar with is known as Patience). So if you feel like you've been missing out all these years,..

GO Series: Let's Swing! (DSiWare)

GO Series: Let's Swing! (DSiWare)

Not exactly the king of the swingers

The GO Series will be a familiar sight to DSiWare gamers. First seeing release in the West back in September, the quirky series has been a hit among gamers with its emphasis on gameplay over graphics. So from 10 Second Run, Defence Wars and Pinball Attack, we now have Let's Swing, a take on the gymnastic sport high bar. There is only one basic mode ava

Paul's Shooting Adventure (DSiWare)

Paul's Shooting Adventure (DSiWare)

Nobody puts baby in a corner!

No two superhero babies develop just alike. Superman, for instance, was mostly helpless as an infant and couldn't even fly until he was sixteen years old. Franklin Richards, the son of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, could warp the very fabric of reality as a toddler. The Powerpuff Girls sprang into existence with an array of abilities, including flight. The..

Go! Go! Island Rescue! (DSiWare)

Go! Go! Island Rescue! (DSiWare)

Go! Go! Get this game!

Don't you hate it when you're on vacation at a beautiful island resort and everything suddenly bursts into flames? Then you're in your hotel, trying to escape the inferno, while everyone else is running around like a bunch of twonks who don't know how to take care of themselves? Finally, firefighters eventually rush in and pick up all of the other guests in the hotel and..

Mahjong (DSiWare)

Mahjong (DSiWare)

Pay the same, get less

Mahjong titles were strangely absent from all of Nintendo's download services for a long time, but this year there seems to have been a sudden explosion of them. This is about the fifth mahjong game we've had this year, so is there really anything new here? Probably the best of the previous offers has been Simply Mahjong. For 200 DSi Points, you got 150 different puzzle..

Armada (DSiWare)

Armada (DSiWare)

Air traffic, controlled!

Managing time can be difficult: work, school, cleaning the house or anything else that you are compelled to spend your time on are usually no-brainers. You gotta do what you gotta do, though, and in Armada you gotta guide various flying vehicles to land safely on aircraft carriers in the middle of the ocean. The core of the game has you tapping aircraft on the touchscreen..

Spot the Difference (DSiWare)

Spot the Difference (DSiWare)

It's hard to spot the fun sometimes

Most of you will probably be familiar with the old game known as spot the difference. For those who aren't, it's generally meant for children and simply involves looking at two pictures side by side, an original image and an altered one, between which you have to find any differences. Now, Enjoy Gaming Ltd. has brought Spot the Difference to DSiWare, and for what..

Snapdots (DSiWare)

Snapdots (DSiWare)

Aww, snap!

If you think that there are all together too many puzzle games available on the DSiWare service, there is a good chance that you are right. It can be a bit overwhelming when there are so many great titles to choose from, but fortunately for you Snapdots has finally arrived in North America to make that choice a bit easier. This new, fun, and downright addictive puzzler will have you..

Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe (DSiWare)

Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe (DSiWare)

Tic-Tac-Tolerable

DSiWare is already host to numerous pen and paper games, but out of all of them, Tic-Tac-Toe has got to be most pointless thing imaginable to put into virtual form. Nobody should need an introduction to what Tic-Tac-Toe is. You have a grid of 3 by 3 squares, and you and your opponent take turns filling one square at a time with either a cross or a circle. If either player can line..

Music On: Playing Piano (DSiWare)

Music On: Playing Piano (DSiWare)

Slightly off key

Abylight's Music On: Playing Piano is the fifth musical outing from the Spanish developer, and one that takes a slightly different approach to its predecessors. In some ways that works out to its credit, but without the fun of free play it comes out slightly behind others in the series. Whereas Music On: Learning Piano gave the player simple sheet music to play along with, Playing..

GO Series: Pinball Attack! (DSiWare)

GO Series: Pinball Attack! (DSiWare)

No extended play here

Pinball Attack! is perhaps the most interesting game in the GO Series yet. Developed by ArtePiazza, who has already worked on well-liked titles such as Opoona and several Dragon Quest games, we were expecting the 500 DSi Point price to be more than justified. Unfortunately, this did not turn out to be the case. Many different developers have tried to apply additional game..