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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...

Sudoku 150! For Challengers (DSiWare)

Sudoku 150! For Challengers (DSiWare)

Does this add up to the 500 points asking price?

The Sudoku craze began a few years ago and since then the quaint Japanese number puzzle has become cool, whether on the train, chilling at home or simply in need of something to occupy your time, Sudoku offers a relaxing alternative to the crossword puzzle and a break from hardcore gaming. With its touch-screen input the DS is perhaps the perfect..

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (DSiWare)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (DSiWare)

Is it a shameless cash-in or a worthy expansion of its forbearer?

Some have already voiced their concerns as to whether Minis March Again! is a shameless cash-in by Nintendo, simply copying Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis and not really providing us with extra content or even new stages at all – which is certainly not true. What they...

Art Style: KUBOS (DSiWare)

Art Style: KUBOS (DSiWare)

Another fiendishly addictive Art Style puzzler joins the DSiWare library.

Art Style: KUBOS is the fifth game in the popular Art Style series to hit the DSiWare service. Series developers SKIP Tokyo have once again built a game around a creative and abstract puzzle concept; they really seem to have a knack of making simple games that are fiendishly...

Mighty Flip Champs! (DSiWare)

Mighty Flip Champs! (DSiWare)

Is Mighty Flip Champs the DSiWare service's first must-have title?

It's no real secret that the majority of DSiWare releases to date can be described as uninspiring at best. DSi owners have had to sit and watch as one mediocre DSiWare title after another has been released on the service with nothing truly unique or original in sight - at least until...

Art Style: NEMREM (DSiWare)

Art Style: NEMREM (DSiWare)

The latest instalment in the Art Style Series - NEMREM.

As soon as you fire up the game you're greeted with a visually very pleasing welcome screen that demonstrates a great example of the unique graphical style we have come to expect from the Art Style series. On the stage selection screen something resembling Morse code is “played” in the background, and although this doesn’t seem to serve..

Photo Clock (DSiWare)

Photo Clock (DSiWare)

Is Nintendo's second clock application an improvement over their first release?

Photo Clock is actually the second time keeping application to see a release on Nintendo's DSiWare service and isn't really all that different from the first one when you get right down to it. This time around, instead of an Animal Crossing theme, you get to decide what...

Pop Superstar: Road to Celebrity (DSiWare)

Pop Superstar: Road to Celebrity (DSiWare)

This one definitely goes through to the next round!

The premise is a common element of Saturday night television: a young hopeful with aspirations of stardom and a desire to perform on one of the seemingly endless “talent” shows. Previous games, especially on the handheld platform such as the 2003 Gameboy Advance title Pop Idol (American Idol in...

Art Style: PiCTOBiTS (DSiWare)

Art Style: PiCTOBiTS (DSiWare)

DSiWare goes to bits and pieces.

Creating a killer puzzle game is a difficult task these days, mainly because pretty much all of the decent ideas have already been taken. However, Nintendo (along with developer Skip) have succeeded in cooking up an entirely fresh take on the 'falling block puzzle game' for DSi, and in doing so they've proven that there are still some good ideas floating around..

Animal Crossing Clock (DSiWare)

Animal Crossing Clock (DSiWare)

Is Animal Crossing Clock a useful DSiWare application, or just an ironic waste of time?

Animal Crossing Clock is the second Animal Crossing-themed application so far for Nintendo's DSi system. Nintendo has carefully put together a clock application and tossed in a bunch of Animal Crossing audio/visual influences to create yet another semi-useless...