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AiRace (DSiWare)

AiRace (DSiWare)

Bet you can't deduce what this one's about

The first time we entered the AiRace universe, if you will, was through the simple and fun 200 Point DSiWare tidbit AiRace: Tunnel. While it was a satisfying arcade flight experience, it felt more like a bonus mode that was chopped out of a larger game. AiRace is that larger game. With more aircraft, actual stages, cups, multiplayer and the whole shebang,..

7 Card Games (DSiWare)

7 Card Games (DSiWare)

Fold!

7 Card Games makes no effort to disguise its simplicity. It is what it is: seven card games, no more, no less. There’s no fluff, no extras and no incentive to play beyond the desire for quick, cheap, 500 Point fun. You might enjoy it while waiting for the train or before bedtime, but beyond that this game holds very little potential for lasting entertainment. Going back to “no more, no..

The Price is Right (DSiWare)

The Price is Right (DSiWare)

No it isn't

Guess a number. Wrong. Wait ten seconds, then guess again. Wrong. Wait ten seconds, then guess again. Wrong. Now all this exciting number-guessing action can be yours to own with the release of Ludia’s The Price is Right for DSiWare! Yes, you too can estimate the prices of fanciful items you can’t win, compete against AI opponents that range from bone-headed to professional valuers..

AlphaBounce (DSiWare)

AlphaBounce (DSiWare)

Quite possibly the best Arkanoid clone ever

AlphaBounce started out life as a free to play online game. Borrowing heavily from Arkanoid and other "move the paddle to bounce the ball and break the blocks" games, it added a few rather unique twists, rather than being almost a direct copy like most of them are. The game focuses on one of...

Game & Watch Manhole (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Manhole (DSiWare)

Everyone walks all over a nice guy

The Game & Watch series was Nintendo's first real foray into the world of portable video gaming. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who would later mastermind the grey-brick Game Boy we all know and love, these handheld electronic games featured an LCD display, a tinny speaker, and just enough buttons to complete the...

Game & Watch Helmet (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Helmet (DSiWare)

When tools fall from the sky, just stay home that day

We should all be very glad that affordable portable video game technology has moved beyond the rudimentary LCD screen of the Game & Watch. Not that there haven't been any worthwhile endeavours to come out of the series, but when you're stuck designing your game around strict on-screen...

Game & Watch Vermin (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Vermin (DSiWare)

Everyone loves to whack it!

Before the days of Game Boys and DS systems, Nintendo manufactured a small portable game device called the Game & Watch. These electronic games featured LCD screens that featured specific movements that could be controlled via various buttons and D-pads on the units. While they didn't feature the same type of full-range movement and controls of today's portable game..

Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop (DSiWare)

Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop (DSiWare)

All driller, no filler

Mr. Driller has become quite a beloved arcade puzzler over the years and after a solid WiiWare release, it seems Namco Bandai thought it might be time for the game to make an appearance on DSiWare as well. Now puzzle fans looking for a little arcade digging action can enjoy the game on the go and with a nice added set of touchscreen controls to go along with it. The basic..

Puzzle to Go Diddl (DSiWare)

Puzzle to Go Diddl (DSiWare)

Just change the puzzles and release what is essentially the same game for more money!

A while ago we got Puzzle to Go Wildlife, a relatively decent jigsaw puzzle game marred by one major flaw: over half the puzzles had to be unlocked, which took an eternity. Did developer Tivola learn their lesson from this or not? For this second Puzzle to Go title, they've managed to license Diddl, a cartoon..

Save the Turtles (DSiWare)

Save the Turtles (DSiWare)

Tiny turtles bring big puzzle pleasure

Sea turtles begin life as vulnerable little creatures. Provided they actually survive the process of incubation and hatching and manage to dig their way out of their buried nests, they often become disoriented on their way to the ocean and, worse yet, they make perfect snacks for local wildlife. With Save the Turtles, developer Sabarasa has come up with a way..

Disney Fireworks (DSiWare)

Disney Fireworks (DSiWare)

All flash, no bang

Combining both loud noises and pretty colors (things we've been conditioned from birth to stare at in awe), there's something magical about a good fireworks display. Disney is well-known for the nightly shows put on at their assorted theme parks, and now their game-developing arm has brought the fun to the DSi Shop in the form of...

Nintendo DSi Metronome (DSiWare)

Nintendo DSi Metronome (DSiWare)

It's a metronome

The DSi wasn't intended just for games; part of the meaning of the "i" is in reference to using it as a "personal tool," according to some Nintendo rep who may or may not have been full of it. We've already seen some fairly useless applications hit the service already, lending credence to this, so it makes a weird sort of sense for Nintendo to roll out..

Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner (DSiWare)

Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner (DSiWare)

It's an instrument tuner

The DSi wasn't intended just for games; part of the meaning of the "i" is in reference to using it as a "personal tool," according to some Nintendo rep who may or may not have been full of it. We've already seen some fairly useless applications hit the service already, lending credence to this, so it makes a weird sort of sense for Nintendo to roll out..

Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. (DSiWare)

Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. (DSiWare)

Sample the sweet taste of crime

If you weren't interested in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars but still hanker for some big city crime drama, you might be drawn to Gameloft's latest DSiWare release, Gangstar 2: Kings of LA. Taking the GTA template to a download title and offering it all for 500 Points should be a pretty sweet deal, but once you've...

Super Yum Yum: Puzzle Adventures (DSiWare)

Super Yum Yum: Puzzle Adventures (DSiWare)

Fairly yummy

First released for mobile phones and iPhone, Super Yum Yum is a puzzle game in which you play as Leon the chameleon, attempting to recover all your children and your large supply of fruit, all of which have been stolen by Ms. Tum Tum, a big blue creature with a large appetite. After a quick tutorial level you'll be thrust into action immediately. The game is divided into four worlds,..

Photo Dojo (DSiWare)

Photo Dojo (DSiWare)

Well developed

We first played Photo Dojo back at Nintendo’s Media Summit in February, and in the hustle and bustle of the event it was a huge amount of fun. Now it’s out of the O2 and into the hands of gamers everywhere, it’s still a great deal of fun but its flaws are far more apparent. Photo Dojo is an extremely simplistic fighting game...

Drift Street International (DSiWare)

Drift Street International (DSiWare)

We thought of a drift racing pun but it slipped our minds

So far on DSiWare, puzzlers are bountiful, platformers becoming more so, and don't get us started on sudoku games, but the amount of decent racers can be counted on one chain-chomped hand. So when something as pretty as Tantalus Media's Drift Street International rolls up, our knuckles turn white with interest. It may not blow past the..

Game & Watch Judge (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Judge (DSiWare)

Judge quick, lest ye be bopped

The Game & Watch series was Nintendo's first real foray into the world of portable video gaming. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who would later mastermind the grey-brick Game Boy we all know and love, these handheld electronic games featured an LCD display, a tinny speaker, and just enough buttons to complete the main...

Game & Watch Chef (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Chef (DSiWare)

It's all fun and games until someone loses a sausage

The Game & Watch series was Nintendo's first real foray into the world of portable video gaming. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who would later mastermind the grey-brick Game Boy we all know and love, these handheld electronic games featured an LCD display, a tinny speaker, and just enough buttons to complete the main objective, which differed..

Flips: The Enchanted Wood (DSiWare)

Flips: The Enchanted Wood (DSiWare)

Now with stories from more well-known authors!

It almost looked as if EA was simply going to release all stories included in the retail title Flips: Too Ghoul for School on DSiWare, but that seems not to be the case. This third book is actually from Flips: Faraway Tree Stories, which did not include completely "new" stories, but rather old ones written in the mid-1900s by author Enid..