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Everyday Soccer (DSiWare)

Everyday Soccer (DSiWare)

Hardly in the Premier League

When it comes to soccer on the DSi, it really comes down to the Real Soccer franchise, and we're certainly not complaining. For a mere 800 Points you can get a portable, yet retail-quality version of the beautiful game with tons of content. Still, it's nice to see a game like EveryDay Soccer come along. Offering a more simplified version of the sport with only four..

Nintendo Countdown Calendar (DSiWare)

Nintendo Countdown Calendar (DSiWare)

Count it out

Have you ever wished for a calendar that counts down to the day of literally any event that you programme into it all by itself? Well, thanks to Nintendo's latest DSiWare application, the Nintendo Countdown Calendar, your dreams can now become a reality! This new application provides users with a calendar that has a separate list...

myDiary (DSiWare)

myDiary (DSiWare)

Everyone, take note

Nnooo has seen a fair amount of success with DSiWare. Originally starting off with Pop+ Solo, the developer really began to make its mark on the DSi with the myLifeCollected series, a set of applications for the DSi that started with myNotebook. Since then, Nnooo has moved onto other applications such as myPostcards and myNotebook: Carbon, Pearl and Tan. Now we have myDiary, and..

Castle Conqueror (DSiWare)

Castle Conqueror (DSiWare)

The beginner’s RTS

With its touch screen and stylus controls, the Nintendo DS seems like it was practically built for real-time strategy games. Sadly, entries in this genre have been few and far between. Publisher CIRCLE Entertainment comes out of the woodwork with Castle Conqueror, an all-new RTS for DSiWare. Referred to as a strategy game for casual gamers, this title is a fun adventure and a..

Music On: Acoustic Guitar (DSiWare)

Music On: Acoustic Guitar (DSiWare)

Good guitar or bad lyre?

Music On: Acoustic Guitar is like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree – its beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you know your way around a fret board, you may see it as a fun tool to mess with when you can't lug your giant six-string around with you. Gamers with no prior guitar knowledge, however, will see it as a useless,...

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 3 (DSiWare)

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 3 (DSiWare)

Go find something else

Over the last two weeks, Ludia has brought their video game adaptation of the highly successful Where's Wally? book series to DSiWare in Europe, cutting down their game Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey into three episodes. We didn't exactly think too highly of Where's Wally? Travel Pack 1 and Travel Pack 2, and, expectedly, the same can be said of Travel Pack 3..

My Exotic Farm (DSiWare)

My Exotic Farm (DSiWare)

Cleaning up animal excrement just got a whole lot more exotic

If My Exotic Farm teaches us anything, it's that picking up animal poop isn't any more fun in Africa than it is in America. And yet, it isn't any less fun either. So while it may simply be My Farm with a new lick of paint, My Exotic Farm still may be worth a look for those who missed out...

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 2 (DSiWare)

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 2 (DSiWare)

Not a stripe has changed

Last week, we saw Ludia’s attempt at bringing the highly popular Where’s Wally series to DSiWare with Where’s Wally? Travel Pack 1 in Europe, a version of the full DS title Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey. While it proved to be fun at times, the game’s downloadable release has forced it to be cut down into episodic format so as to fit the service's space..

GO Series: 10 Second Run (DSiWare)

GO Series: 10 Second Run (DSiWare)

More than ten seconds of fun

With the GO Series, Gamebridge is attempting to give once Japan-exclusive DSiWare a chance elsewhere in the world. Their first pick for release in Europe is 10 Second Run, a very simple little title which greatly resembles something one would expect to find online as Flash game. That's not a bad thing, though. The...

Cosmos X2 (DSiWare)

Cosmos X2 (DSiWare)

Perhaps a bit too old-school for some

Shoot 'em ups have evolved quite a bit since their humble beginning in arcades back in the early 80's, taking on a much more maniacal pacing and intensity in recent years. While we've already seen Metal Torrent offer a more modern shooting experience on the DSiWare service, Cosmos X2 takes a slightly different approach and brings a more classic variation for..

Music On: Learning Piano (DSiWare)

Music On: Learning Piano (DSiWare)

Ode to Joy or odious toy?

If Music On: Learning Piano was the last source of piano-playing knowledge on Earth, the art wouldn't be lost forever. That said, it doesn't offer instruction in the traditional sense like Art Academy does. The game includes no nutty professor or girl next door to teach you how to read sheet music or enlighten you with musical theory. Heck, there isn't even a platonic best..

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 1 (DSiWare)

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 1 (DSiWare)

Find him at your own risk

Where's Wally, known in the United States as Where's Waldo, has quite a history. Originally released in 1987 as a seek-and-find activity book, it soon became an international hit, spawning many sequels, a comic strip, a TV series and a number of video games. Over a decade had passed between the last virtual excursion and Ludia's full retail release of Where's Waldo? The..

G.G Series: Ninja Karakuri Den (DSiWare)

G.G Series: Ninja Karakuri Den (DSiWare)

A good time that will leave you wanting more

After quite a few Japanese DSiWare downloads and a retail cartridge, the inexpensive G.G Series finally leaves Japan with the release of G.G Series: Ninja Karakuri Den. The complete lack of a storyline may make this adventure seem odd, but it is a fun play nonetheless; reminiscent of old releases such as...

Absolute Reversi (DSiWare)

Absolute Reversi (DSiWare)

A board game that won't make you a bored gamer

Handheld editions of classic board games are typically not anticipated with much excitement, in part because there's a certain coldness about playing them against a computer. Not all are completely contingent upon human interaction, but beating a faceless opponent is distinctly less satisfying than defeating, say, your know-it-all, snot-faced cousin..

My Farm (DSiWare)

My Farm (DSiWare)

Prize poultry or pig's ear?

Life is a long road, and My Farm knows it. It began as a PC game called My Farm Around the World and was then ported to the Nintendo DS. The European release in November 2008 was largely unnoticed by the media, but generated respectable sales, and it made its way to North America in May 2009. Now a slice of the original...

3D Mahjong (DSiWare)

3D Mahjong (DSiWare)

Taking Mahjong to a whole new dimension

After countless versions on almost every gaming platform, the DSiWare service gets yet another reincarnation of the ancient Chinese tile matching game in 3D Mahjong. Fully equipped with a variety of play modes and 3D rendered game boards, this new title brings the classic game of Mahjong Solitaire to the table without forcing too much on the player. The..

Divergent Shift (DSiWare)

Divergent Shift (DSiWare)

Deterrent or gift?

We've already seen Chronos Twins present the dual-screen platforming experience on DSiWare, but Intrinsic Games now looks to put a slightly different spin on the idea. While their title's mechanics are similar in some ways, Divergent Shift tends to put a bit more emphasis on the actual platforming aspects of the game and less on puzzle solving. As with most platformers, your goal..

myNotebook: Carbon, Pearl and Tan (DSiWare)

myNotebook: Carbon, Pearl and Tan (DSiWare)

Nnooo means yes

The popular myNotebook in Red, Green or Blue is a cheap and useful application that gives DSi owners another reason to carry the machine wherever they go. So how does the new myNotebook: Carbon, Pearl and Tan – reviewed here in Carbon – improve on the original? While the original versions had 32 pages, the new version has 128...

Absolute Chess (DSiWare)

Absolute Chess (DSiWare)

Absolutely Chess, but with annoying extras

It’s hard to imagine that there’s a wrong was to make a video game based on a board game that has been around for thousands of years, but Tasuke manages to find some ways to mess with the classic formula. While Absolute Chess is simply a video game in which you play chess, it also contains with a few...

TURN: The Lost Artifact (DSiWare)

TURN: The Lost Artifact (DSiWare)

And twist, and twist

TURN: The Lost Artifact is a puzzle game in which you lead your characters through mazes by rotating the room 90 degrees. The heroes of the story are Kurt and Camilla, a treasure hunting duo whose latest mission is to find an ancient artifact of unspecified origin and powers. The setting is based on the legendary adventurers of...