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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...

Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters (DSiWare)

Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters (DSiWare)

Brain Age: Arts & Letters manages to capture the brain teasing appeal of the retail releases, just in a smaller dose.

Nintendo's Brain Age releases have already been hugely successful for their DS system, so it should come as no real surprise to see them releasing small groups of these exercises as individual DSiWare releases on their fledgling...

City Transport Map Volumes 1 & 2 - 2009 (DSiWare)

City Transport Map Volumes 1 & 2 - 2009 (DSiWare)

Now you have no excuse for getting lost on a city break.

City Transport Map Volumes 1 & 2 contains ten travel maps in total and offers a selection of detailed routes for trains, subways, trams and airport shuttles. The maps vary in size depending on the city and different transport methods and specific lines can be highlighted via the touch screen and application menu. These DSiWare apps come..

Guitar Rock Tour (DSiWare)

Guitar Rock Tour (DSiWare)

All the right notes, just not in the right order.

Guitar Rock Tour is a rerelease of the game of the same name we saw on Nintendo DS late last year. The game falls into the genre of games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band, albeit on somewhat of a budget. There are fifteen tracks to tap along to and two modes of play over three levels of difficulty...