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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...

A Little Bit of... Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training Sudoku (DSiWare)

A Little Bit of... Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training Sudoku (DSiWare)

The best Sudoku experience on DSiWare yet?

The DSi is quickly becoming the place to be for Sudoku fans with three different titles already available on the service – a fair amount considering the overall amount of games currently released. “A little Bit of…Brain Training Sudoku” is the latest game in the genre and is of course taken from the Dr. Kawashima Brain Training series. As the game..

A Little Bit of... Puzzle League (DSiWare)

A Little Bit of... Puzzle League (DSiWare)

A bit of a rehash, but a good rehash nonetheless.

The Puzzle League or “Panel de Pon” series as it is known in Japan is one of the lesser-known Nintendo flagship gaming series. Over the years the game has appeared under various guises coupling well-known characters from both Pokémon and the Super Mario titles. “Planet Puzzle League,”...

Brain Challenge (DSiWare)

Brain Challenge (DSiWare)

Make your grey matter

The DS is rightly lauded for introducing many new gamers to the fold, and it’s pretty much single-handedly created the “brain training” genre - whether that’s a good thing or not likely depends on whether you’ve played more than three games on your DS in the past four years. Gameloft already had a crack at the genre...

Sudoku 50! For Beginners (DSiWare)

Sudoku 50! For Beginners (DSiWare)

Less points, less puzzles, same difference?

Sudoku 50! For Beginners is, in essence, a scaled down, dramatically easier version of the recently released Sudoku 150! For Challengers. It seems a little odd that Hudson decided to release the more difficult game first and not release both titles together, but nevertheless Sudoku 50! For Beginners offers a decent amount of gameplay for a meagre 200..

Art Style: BOXLIFE (DSiWare)

Art Style: BOXLIFE (DSiWare)

Thinking outside the box is strictly forbidden.

If there's one thing that can be said about Nintendo's Art Style series, it's that no two games are alike, and we wouldn't have it any other way. BOXLIFE is certainly another unique entry in the franchise: box 'em up and ship 'em out! Greeted by a cute little theme song you will immediately notice - if you haven't from the title - that BOXLIFE is all..

Mario Calculator (DSiWare)

Mario Calculator (DSiWare)

Even with the Mario theme, this calculator application still doesn't add up.

First there was the Animal Crossing Calculator and now Nintendo brings us the Mario Calculator for fans of the famous Italian plumber. While the functionality of the actual application is basically identical to that of the Animal Crossing Calculator (well duh, it's a calculator!), the Mario theme does seem to have a wider..

Mario Clock (DSiWare)

Mario Clock (DSiWare)

A waste of time

We've already seen Animal Crossing Clock released on the DSiWare service, so a Mario Clock was a foregone conclusion. Not much has changed really; Nintendo has basically taken the very same clock functions available in the Animal Crossing Clock application and tossed in a Super Mario Bros. theme over the whole thing. While the entire package still feels a bit useless, the developers..

Asphalt 4: Elite Racing (DSiWare)

Asphalt 4: Elite Racing (DSiWare)

Quick off the grid.

For all Nintendo’s innovation in creating its DSiWare download service, it can’t be helped noticing that the Big N’s contribution to the line-up is pretty lacklustre – its calculators and clocks are derided, and for every Art Style there’s a Master of Illusion Express. They would do well to learn from Gameloft, who are...