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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...

Animal Crossing Calculator (DSiWare)

Animal Crossing Calculator (DSiWare)

The Animal Crossing theme adds charm to this basic application - but is it ultimately enough to justify the cost?

With the popularity of the applications available for Apple's iPhone, it comes as no real surprise to see Nintendo releasing apps for their DSi system. Animal Crossing Calculator takes the standard calculator function and builds an...

Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics (DSiWare)

Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics (DSiWare)

Call Nintendo's bluff or fold.

In the vein of the previously released Express titles, Clubhouse Games Express: Cards Classics offers a very slimmed-down, bite-sized version of its full-featured cartridge release. Whether this package offers enough to warrant a purchase is the question, and although this is a strong hand, ultimately there's no real...

Real Football 2009 (DSiWare)

Real Football 2009 (DSiWare)

A good effort, but does it hit the back of the net?

As the first Premium title available on DSiWare, there’s a certain amount of expectation surrounding Gameloft’s Real Football 2009. Do you get enough game for your 800 Points? First things first – Real Football 2009 is more or less a straight conversion of the same game that was released on DS a few months back. The download version lacks..

Dr. Mario Express (DSiWare)

Dr. Mario Express (DSiWare)

Dr. Mario Express retains all of the addictive charm of past releases and proves to be a great fit for the DSiWare service.

Over the years, Dr. Mario has become one of the most beloved Tetris clones available for any game system. From its original inception on Nintendo's NES console to the more recent offering on the WiiWare service, Dr. Mario has...

Master of Illusion Express: Deep Psyche (DSiWare)

Master of Illusion Express: Deep Psyche (DSiWare)

Master of Illusion: Deep Psyche proves to be yet another tiny segment of average magic tricks taken directly from the DS retail release.

Master of Illusion: Deep Psyche is essentially a small selection of magic tricks from the DS retail release packaged into a tidy little 200 Point DSiWare release. While the two new tricks are fun enough, once you've completed them, there's just nothing left to do,..

Master of Illusion Express: Shuffle Games (DSiWare)

Master of Illusion Express: Shuffle Games (DSiWare)

Does Nintendo's second Master of Illusion DSiWare release stack up any better than the first iteration did?

While the retail version of Master of Illusion was an interesting package, it didn't exactly light up the DS sales charts, nor did it get much love from the media either. So how exactly does a second stripped down version of the game fare as an inexpensive DSiWare title? Not much better than..

Mixed Messages (DSiWare)

Mixed Messages (DSiWare)

Activision's DSiWare debut leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

Mixed Messages could be classified more as an experience than an actual game, since there's actually no clearly-defined goal. You basically just alternate typing sentences and drawing pictures to try to match each other in an attempt to keep the original message intact. As you can probably...

Brain Age Express: Math (DSiWare)

Brain Age Express: Math (DSiWare)

It may be a stripped-down version of the original retail release, but Brain Age Express: Math retains much of the charm and fun from past titles.

Nintendo's Brain Age DS releases were very successful titles, so it comes as no real surprise to see them releasing a trimmed-down version of the games for their brand new DSiWare service. Whereas the...

Nintendo DSi Browser (DSiWare)

Nintendo DSi Browser (DSiWare)

Almost three years after the release of the original Opera Browser for the Nintendo DS, does this new iteration meet expectations or are we once again plagued with loading times from a decade long past?

The Nintendo DS Browser was released around three years ago on October 6th 2006 for the Nintendo DS and the then newly released Nintendo DS Lite. The release garnered a great deal of hype - after..

Art Style: CODE (DSiWare)

Art Style: CODE (DSiWare)

An Art Style game based on boring old maths – could it be any good?

If you've been following WiiWare and DSiWare releases closely, you should know all about the Art Style series – loosely based on the Japan-only bit Generations titles for Game Boy Advance (with two of the WiiWare games borne as remakes of these) – the games all feature very simplistic graphics and sound, but offer some fairly..

Art Style: AQUITE (DSiWare)

Art Style: AQUITE (DSiWare)

Addictive, entertaining, and a bargain.

The Art Style series has never ceased to impress us; when the first three titles hit the WiiWare service late last year, they blew us away with their overall quality. Featuring elegant design, polished graphics, and pick-up-and-play controls, the Art Style series was a perfect-fit for WiiWare. Now that the DSi...