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Hard-Hat Domo (DSiWare)

Hard-Hat Domo (DSiWare)

Domo needs his hard-hat because of all the falling quality

With five Domo games to choose from this week, it's more or less a given that some are going to be markedly better than others. That's okay: we like it when games are better than others, and we're sure you do, too. Of course, the flipside of this implication is that some are going to be markedly worse. Pro-Putt Domo represents the former;..

Pro-Putt Domo (DSiWare)

Pro-Putt Domo (DSiWare)

It might be cheap, but it doesn't look or play like it

When the Domo titles were first announced for the DSiWare service, many people were left unsure of what to think of them, especially given their rather inexpensive 200 Nintendo Point price tag. Now just as quickly as they were announced Nintendo has released all five titles onto the service at...

Viking Invasion (DSiWare)

Viking Invasion (DSiWare)

Pillage the village!

Viking Invasion by BiF is a tower defence game that puts the player in charge of protecting various castles and forts from hordes of Viking invaders. The game takes a slightly different approach to the standard tower defence set up, with foes pouring in through various waterways and rivers. Set over three difficulty levels and offering two modes of game play, Viking Invasion..

Wakugumi - Monochrome Puzzle (DSiWare)

Wakugumi - Monochrome Puzzle (DSiWare)

Ikaruga: the puzzler

There’s a great “I’ve got it!” moment in Wakugumi where you graduate from simply sliding blocks about in the hope of making a capture to preparing combo captures with expert precision. Something about the game simply clicks and you find yourself having that classic puzzle inner monologue – “well, if this bit goes here and this pieces goes there..." It’s just..

Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon (DSiWare)

Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon (DSiWare)

Maybe too realistic for its own good

Pinball simulations have always been a mixed bag over the years. While some developers have chosen to shoot for more of an authentic pinball machine experience, others tried to make their pinball simulations more arcade-like using multiple boards and mini-games to further accentuate their gameplay schemes...

Thorium Wars (DSiWare)

Thorium Wars (DSiWare)

One more proton and you'd be playing Protactinium Wars.

It's always refreshing (to us at Nintendo Life and also, we imagine, to you folks at home) when a game is released for WiiWare or DSiWare that fills a tangible gap, and the first thing you'll notice about Thorium Wars is that it's like nothing else available through DSiWare. That uniqueness...

Art Style: INTERSECT (DSiWare)

Art Style: INTERSECT (DSiWare)

It'll drive you mad!

Games in the Art Style series have a reputation for originality, aesthetic invention and for being among the highest quality games on WiiWare and DSiWare. Art Style Intersect, however, is a remake of an old GameBoy Advance title known as DigiDrive, originally produced by Q Games of Pixeljunk fame. Although it might sound off-putting to download an old GBA game that was in..

Art Academy: Second Semester (DSiWare)

Art Academy: Second Semester (DSiWare)

Less of the same.

Two weeks ago, Nintendo released Art Academy: First Semester. We reviewed it and were happy to do so. The title was impressively functional, easy to use and very much successful at fostering creativity. These are all good things. We were painting apples and red peppers like there was no tomorrow. The sun was shining. We were merry...

Dragon Quest Wars (DSiWare)

Dragon Quest Wars (DSiWare)

It might not be a typical Dragon Quest RPG, but there's still plenty of fun to be had

It goes without saying that the Dragon Quest series has enjoyed phenomenal success around the world as an RPG series over the years, so placing the name on any game is going to automatically heap certain expectations onto that game, no matter what type of game it...

Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam (DSiWare)

Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam (DSiWare)

A fallen soufflé

You may remember this game from its appearance on WiiWare, so you won't be surprised to know this is a direct port. We didn’t think much to its incarnation on the Wii, particularly struggling with its controls, but now it’s on the DSi is it more to our taste? Yes and no, is the answer. Essentially, the DSiWare version is all-but identical to the Wii edition, only really..

Clubhouse Games Express: Strategy Pack (DSiWare)

Clubhouse Games Express: Strategy Pack (DSiWare)

Nintendo rehashes another set of Clubhouse Games, so we rehashed the review. Touché!

Nintendo seems to have a penchant for taking its DS retail releases, cutting them up into bits and selling them on the DSiWare service. So it should come as no surprise that it's at it again with this third release in the Clubhouse Games Express series. This time around, it's offering up five more classic strategy..

MySims Camera (DSiWare)

MySims Camera (DSiWare)

Ever wanted to share a photo with a My Sim? No, we haven't either...

My Sims Camera is a simple program that requires an equally simple explanation; essentially, it takes animations from the My Sims series and allows you to edit photos taken with the DSi camera by placing characters and stamps into your photos in various poses and styles. The game...

Art Academy: First Semester (DSiWare)

Art Academy: First Semester (DSiWare)

Paint Misbehavin'

Much moreso than WiiWare, DSiWare has seen a significant number of non-game releases. Applications, utilities, programs...call them what you will, but they're not games, and they've not been exactly welcomed universally, either. Art Academy may well be poised to change that, not least because they've selected as their focus...

2-in-1 Solitaire (DSiWare)

2-in-1 Solitaire (DSiWare)

Like a deck of cards, only smaller...

As you'd expect from a 200 point version of Solitaire, you're not exactly going to be blown away by all the options on offer here. You've got Spider and Klondike versions of the card game, and they both have two initial difficulty settings to choose from, so once you've made your selections on both screens...

Clubhouse Games Express: Family Favorites (DSiWare)

Clubhouse Games Express: Family Favorites (DSiWare)

Another stripped-down retail release for DSiWare

Nintendo seems to have a penchant for taking their DS retail releases and cutting them up into bits and selling them on the DSiWare service. So it should come as no surprise that they're at it again with this second release in the Clubhouse Games Express series. This time around, they're offering up five more classic family games for you to enjoy,..

Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function (DSiWare)

Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function (DSiWare)

Oh, what's the word? Ah yes - "exiguous"!

First things first – this is not a dictionary in the traditional sense of the word. Not a single entry here comes with a definition or any usage guidelines, just a list of the equivalent words in five other languages. What we have here is more of a word bank, and sadly not a hugely in-depth one at that...

Oscar in Toyland (DSiWare)

Oscar in Toyland (DSiWare)

A colourful trip down memory lane

Originally released as Trolls in 1992 for the Amiga, Super Nintendo and PC, Oscar in Toyland is a remake of what many consider an Amiga gaming classic. The game combines platforming with a “scavenger hunt” game mechanic which challenges the player to find a certain number of “baby Oscars” per level. The game begins with the titular character standing in a..

Pop Plus: Solo (DSiWare)

Pop Plus: Solo (DSiWare)

Who would have thought that popping bubbles could be so much fun?

For the uninitiated, Pop Plus: Solo is an enhanced remake of the original game, Pop, released on the WiiWare service last year. The game garnered a reasonable amount of popularity and was widely praised for its simple yet addictive and eloquently executed gameplay. Over a year later the game has been rereleased on DSiWare with new..

Sujin Taisen Number Battles (DSiWare)

Sujin Taisen Number Battles (DSiWare)

Swap your Shuriken for a stylus and get ready to play!

Sujin Taisen: Number Battles is a digital rerelease of the Japanese title, Suujin Taisen, which was released on Nintendo DS over two years ago in Japan. The game combines elements of classic games such as Mah-jong and Dominoes and mixes them with strategy elements to create a deeply rewarding...

Flipnote Studio (DSiWare)

Flipnote Studio (DSiWare)

A DSiWare application that you'll definitely flip over!

It's no secret that Flipnote Studio has been one of the most anticipated DSiWare releases to date. The application has been described as like having your own portable animation studio right in the palm of your hands. Not only can you draw sketches and import photos, but you can then use the...