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August2010

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    Review Where's Wally? Travel Pack 1

    Find him at your own risk

    Where's Wally, known in the United States as Where's Waldo, has quite a history. Originally released in 1987 as a seek-and-find activity book, it soon became an international hit, spawning many sequels, a comic strip, a TV series and a number of video games. Over a decade had passed between the last virtual excursion and Ludia's full retail release of Where's Waldo? The..

  • News Collect this Cosmos X2 Trailer to Activate its Powers

    500 Points for side-scrolling shooter

    DSiWare fans wanting a spot of shooting action on Monday may want to set their sights on Cosmos X2, a 500 Point download from Saturnine Games that looks to emulate the classic side-scrollers of old. Here's the first trailer followed by the official press release containing everything you need to know. Saturnine Games announces the upcoming release of Cosmos..

  • News Learn Piano with the Latest Music On Title this Monday

    200 Points to tinkle the ivories

    If you've been following Abylight's Music On series you'll have already dabbled with an Electronic Keyboard and a Retro Keyboard, and with an Acoustic Guitar, but the next release in the series looks like taking the studio's musical offerings to a higher level. Titled Music On: Learning Piano and released on Monday,...

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    Review G.G Series: Ninja Karakuri Den

    A good time that will leave you wanting more

    After quite a few Japanese DSiWare downloads and a retail cartridge, the inexpensive G.G Series finally leaves Japan with the release of G.G Series: Ninja Karakuri Den. The complete lack of a storyline may make this adventure seem odd, but it is a fun play nonetheless; reminiscent of old releases such as...

  • Nintendo Download 31st August & 1st September 2010 (Japan)

    VC Tennis for the Wii and three new DSiWare titles next week in Japan

    Virtual ConsoleMario Tennis 64 (1000pts N64 - Nintendo) — The original 3D Nintendo tennis experience and, (in the opinion of many) the best, is the final Virtual Console title of the month. Read our Mario Tennis review to get the full story! DSiWareAction Puzzle Rabi x Laby (200pts - Silver Star Japan) — A platforming puzzler..

  • News Inchworm Animation Could Beat Flipnote at its Own Game

    The DSiWare animation wars commence!

    Flipnote Studio is one of the best reasons to own a DSi – endless flipbook-style animations are possible, and you only have to browse Flipnote Hatena to see the tool's potential in the hands of talented artists. If you're a fan of Flipnote, you want to look out for Inchworm Animation, on the way to DSiWare...

  • News Blackwire Brings Episodic Adventures to DSiWare

    Black and white and full of mystery

    If you're a gamer who baulks at the mere mention of "episodic", here comes a promising DSiWare project that may convince you to look past that off-putting adjective. Blackwire is a mix of adventure, puzzle and mystery, set during the 1950s in the midst of the space race and Western fears of the spread of Communism. Promising a gameplay system that..

  • Nintendo Download 27th August (Europe)

    A slightly lower amount of releases this time

    It's the first time in a few weeks that Europe has to make do without a new Virtual Console game, but you can't really complain too much: we've had some great titles recently and we'll be getting another game in the form of Samurai Shodown III next week. Hopefully an excellent WiiWare platformer and some...

  • News Cosmos X2 Blasts DSiWare Next Monday

    500 Point shooter inbound

    Following the announcement of Cosmos X2 for DSiWare in June, the team at Saturnine Games has been in touch to let us know the game is set to blow up the service on Monday for 500 Points. With a choice of weapons to upgrade, six stages and three bonus modes, this could be a tidy buy at 500 Points. We'll bring you a full review in a week's time, and check back before then..

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    Review Absolute Reversi

    A board game that won't make you a bored gamer

    Handheld editions of classic board games are typically not anticipated with much excitement, in part because there's a certain coldness about playing them against a computer. Not all are completely contingent upon human interaction, but beating a faceless opponent is distinctly less satisfying than defeating, say, your know-it-all, snot-faced cousin..

  • News Guilty Gear Spin-Off Side-Scrolling Its Way to DSiWare

    A new Chimaki adventure from Arc System Works

    Spin-offs by their nature usually offer something recognisable yet in different surroundings, but it seems Arc System Works has taken a very different approach for the Guilty Gear spin-off title it has coming up. Arc Style: Furo Jump!! Guilty Gear Gaiden!? is a new entry into the side-scrolling platform genre and is a long way from the cult beat 'em ups..

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    Review My Farm

    Prize poultry or pig's ear?

    Life is a long road, and My Farm knows it. It began as a PC game called My Farm Around the World and was then ported to the Nintendo DS. The European release in November 2008 was largely unnoticed by the media, but generated respectable sales, and it made its way to North America in May 2009. Now a slice of the original...

  • News Japanese GO Series to Attack Europe and North America

    Rising Star and Gamebridge expand Stateside

    The G.G Series just hit the Western world with G.G Series Ninja Karakuri Den, and now a second influx of short Japanese titles have been announced with Rising Star Games and Gamebridge set to launch the GO Series later this year. Running from September to December and launching with 10 Second Run and...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 8: Have You Heard Captain Falcon's Theme Song?

    If you haven't then you're in for a real treat

    Some video game themes are so iconic that it's impossible to not recognize where they're from, even if you haven't touched the game in years. Tetris. Super Mario Bros. Captain Falcon? While we're not saying his theme song is up there in the annals of game music legend, after this episode of NLFM, we're pretty confident that you won't look at the..

  • News European Developers get Their Games Nominated for Milthon Awards

    The 4th Milthon Awards has selected four titles on Nintendo systems across four categories

    With the BAFTA Video Game Awards done and dusted, gamers hoping to see their favourite titles get some sort of golden trophy need only wait a few more weeks as this September marks the fourth annual Milthon Awards; recognising European video game studios and the art production that goes into their respective..

  • Nintendo Download August 23rd (North America)

    Anticipated games arrive and the Virtual Console returns!

    With Rytmik, And Yet It Moves and Ufouria: The Saga all in one day, this week's download fares better than previous outings. The debut of the G.G Series, a classic puzzle game and farming on the go round out this week's line-up. WiiWare: And Yet It Moves (1000pts, Broken Rules) – This...

  • News Animal Boxing Looking for New Contenders on DSiWare

    Another retail-to-download re-release

    It seems the Nintendo download services are options publishers can take when trying to reintroduce old games to new audiences, and Gammick Entertainment is no stranger to that notion; having already brought Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ to the DSi Shop a year after its 2008 DS release, the Spanish publisher is preparing for another retail-to-download..

  • News Nintendo Download 25th August 2010 (Japan)

    The Wii takes a break with just two new DSiWare games as the only downloads next week

    Apparently Nintendo has nothing new up their sleeve for the Wii at the end of August – odd, considering the 2nd week of the month was a holiday and we still haven't seen Mario Tennis published, which was previously announced for release this month. In any event, Japanese DSi owners have the following two games..

  • News Interplay Moulds Us Some ClayFighter DSiWare Screenshots

    Morph is nowhere to be seen

    The more seasoned gamers amongst our readership may remember the 16-bit ClayFighter from its original release back in 1993, or perhaps from its more recent outing on the Virtual Console. Those yet to discover the game's moulded delights will soon be able to see what they make of it when ClayFighter launches on DSiWare in the coming months, and we've just received a..

  • First Impressions myDiary

    Are you trying to read myDiary?

    We recently reviewed the application myNotebook Carbon, Pearl and Tan, now out in America and soon to hit the virtual European shelves, and were quite impressed with it. Now the focus is on Nnooo's next release, myDiary for DSiWare. What can we expect from the next instalment of the myLifeCollected series? Our man Brad Long spills the beans from his visit into Nic..

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    Review 3D Mahjong

    Taking Mahjong to a whole new dimension

    After countless versions on almost every gaming platform, the DSiWare service gets yet another reincarnation of the ancient Chinese tile matching game in 3D Mahjong. Fully equipped with a variety of play modes and 3D rendered game boards, this new title brings the classic game of Mahjong Solitaire to the table without forcing too much on the player. The..

  • News myNotebook: Carbon and Pearl Team Up in PAL Regions Next Week

    Dual release for complimentary colours

    We brought you our myNotebook: Carbon, Pearl and Tan review earlier this week based on the Carbon coloured edition, but we've just heard that gamers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand can expect to find the Carbon and Pearl flavours in the DSi Shop from next Friday, August 27th. With four times as many pages as its predecessor, plus the ability to export..

  • Nintendo Download 20th August (Europe)

    More VC and a bunch of WiiWare and DSiWare

    As we reported earlier this week, Europe gets yet another Virtual Console title to continue the streak. It's accompanied by another bunch of catch-up titles on WiiWare and DSiWare of which we've already reviewed all but one. WiiWareFurry Legends (1000pts, Gamelion Studios) – A platformer that's been in development for quite a while. It didn't turn out..

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    Review Divergent Shift

    Deterrent or gift?

    We've already seen Chronos Twins present the dual-screen platforming experience on DSiWare, but Intrinsic Games now looks to put a slightly different spin on the idea. While their title's mechanics are similar in some ways, Divergent Shift tends to put a bit more emphasis on the actual platforming aspects of the game and less on puzzle solving. As with most platformers, your goal..

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    Review myNotebook: Carbon, Pearl and Tan

    Nnooo means yes

    The popular myNotebook in Red, Green or Blue is a cheap and useful application that gives DSi owners another reason to carry the machine wherever they go. So how does the new myNotebook: Carbon, Pearl and Tan – reviewed here in Carbon – improve on the original? While the original versions had 32 pages, the new version has 128...

  • Nintendo Download 16th August 2010 (North America)

    Monsters and Space on WiiWare; Mahjong, Reflections, Singing and Notes on DSiWare; nothing on VC

    Another week, another round of "Where's My Most Anticipated Game?" with the Nintendo Download. There's no Shantae and no Virtual Console release, but don't be glum: there's still Quark Dispellers, Astro Maggots, Divergent Shifts and all manner of other bizarre word couplings to be downloaded..

  • News Official Shantae: Risky's Revenge Site Updated

    Could this mean a release is coming soon?

    Wayforward has completely updated their Official Shantae: Risky's Revenge Site for all of you Shantae fans to check out. It was actually one of our members that discovered the site a few weeks back, but now the site has a bit more content on it, including the game's official gameplay trailer. We'll keep you...

  • News Reflection Flips Name to Divergent Shift Before Release on Monday

    Konami's next DSiWare game inbound

    It's been a long time since we've heard anything of Reflection, and from now on we won't hear another thing about it, as its name has changed to Divergent Shift ahead of its DSiWare debut on Monday. Developer Intrinsic Games broke the news on its official Twitter account, though there's no word yet on pricing or a release across the pond in Europe. Described as a..

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    Review Absolute Chess

    Absolutely Chess, but with annoying extras

    It’s hard to imagine that there’s a wrong was to make a video game based on a board game that has been around for thousands of years, but Tasuke manages to find some ways to mess with the classic formula. While Absolute Chess is simply a video game in which you play chess, it also contains with a few...

  • Nintendo Download 13th August (Europe)

    Cowboys, card games, racing and more

    As we already reported earlier this week, the Virtual Console is keeping up its streak of weeks with a new game a bit longer, with today's new retro release easily being the most interesting new title this week. All five of this week's games have already been released elsewhere, so you don't have to wait for any reviews. WiiWareHoopWorld: BasketBrawl (1000pts,..

  • News Take Note, myNotebook Carbon is Released on Monday

    500pts for enhanced DSi book-simulator

    The original myNotebook is still a popular download for DSi, but those who thirst for a little more from their digital paper may want to check out the enhanced versions on their way to DSiWare, with the first making its way to North America on Monday for 500 Points. Boasting 128 pages, the ability to export to an SD card and new icons to indicate battery life..

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    Review TURN: The Lost Artifact

    And twist, and twist

    TURN: The Lost Artifact is a puzzle game in which you lead your characters through mazes by rotating the room 90 degrees. The heroes of the story are Kurt and Camilla, a treasure hunting duo whose latest mission is to find an ancient artifact of unspecified origin and powers. The setting is based on the legendary adventurers of...

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    Review Did It Myself ABC123

    Baby boon

    Toddlers: they're everywhere. Don't believe us? Next time you're on a busy street, just play a little game that we like to call "Spot the Toddler". Some estimate that about 130 million babies are born every year, making them more popular than iPods! But these trendy tots are more than just a fashion statement. They need food,...

  • First Impressions myNotebook Pearl, Carbon and Tan

    All the way from Nnooo HQ

    Recently we had Brad Long, one of our very own Nintendo Life reporters visit the studios of Nnooo, the lovable blokes behind Pop and the myLifeConnected series. Dr. Nnooo himself, Nic Watt showcased a few of their upcoming titles for DSiWare, including the latest myNotebook apps, Pearl, Carbon, and Tan. First of all the most obvious difference that becomes apparent from..

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    Review Rhythm Core Alpha

    Catchy beat or sour note?

    We've seen a wide variety of music creations applications released for computers over the years, ranging from simple point-and-click programs that anyone can use to high-end music creation tools for professional musicians. With the release of Rhythm Core Alpha, developer SoftEgg is aiming for somewhere in the middle of this range. While the application certainly packs some..

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    Review Match Up!

    Fun but forgettable

    Since time immemorial, man has sought to sort his symbols by shape and colour. While we may take for granted our efficacy at this essential task, things would be a lot more disorganised without the work of scientists like the moustachioed Professor Lexis. Now, for the first time, Digital Leisure gives us an inside look at his laboratory. Welcome to the exciting field of putting..

  • Nintendo Download 9th August 2010 (North America)

    Aquariums and Massages for Wii; ABC123, Rhythm, Chess and Lost Artifacts for DSiWare; no VC game.

    If you're a Wii owner looking for a relaxing experience, this week's download is enough to send you into nirvana, with massages and fish-staring ahoy. DSi owners receive some rather more cerebral offerings, with chess, puzzles, music and even a learning game. No Virtual Console title this week, sadly..

  • First Impressions DOT MAN

    Classic Atari rip-off does the business

    Silver Star Japan has decided to do with DOT MAN what Atari don't: put one of their 8-bit console classics on the DS. In this case it's the classic 2600 game Dodge 'Em. For the uninitiated, Dodge 'Em had a pretty basic concept: two cars racing in opposite directions around a box-shaped track consisting of nested lanes with one trying to collect all the dots..

  • News Did It Myself Brings ABCs and 123s to DSi

    DSi's first early years game lands Monday

    Life is full of struggles, but few have such a cheery outcome as the one between Powerhead Games' Jason Schreiber, his son and a mobile phone. Whilst the youngster mashed the keys on his dad's phone to see the pretty lights, Mr Schreiber Snr had the idea of creating an early childhood game for DSiWare: that...

  • News Shake to the Rhythm Core Alpha on Monday

    More music on DSiWare

    Fed up of waiting for Rytmik's North American launch on August 23rd? Console yourself that SoftEgg Enterprises is filling the musical void with its new title, Rhythm Core Alpha, due to launch on DSiWare next week for 500 Points. Whereas Rytmik is designed for constant musical tweaking and fine-tuning, Rhythm Core Alpha's strong suit is live musical performing, with a wealth of..

  • Nintendo Download 17th & 18th August (Japan)

    A break for the Virtual Console and a mini-update for the DSi next week in Japan

    All good things must come to an end - weekly Virtual Console releases in Japan, for example. Ah well, it's summer, so people should be playing outside anyway! WiiWareItem Sagashi ★ Yōsei to Fushigi no Tō (500pts - Ateam Inc.) -- More party games centred around finding objects from the folks who last brought us..

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    Review BlayzBloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale

    A royale pain

    Arc System Works' BlazBlue fighting games, with their unique anime-style visuals and enjoyable fighting engines, have become quite popular among fans of the genre. Of course, this makes it all the more confusing to see them take such a high-quality series and dumb it down for their DSiWare spinoff release BlayzBloo: Super Melee Action...

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    Review Petz Dogz Family

    Ruff!

    Dogs are widely considered to be a great friend of man – in fact, some would go so far as to call the species man's best friend. Known for their obedience and constant attention, they make a perfect model for a virtual pet. It's no coincidence then that Petz Dogz Family is the best of the DSiWare series. Like its feline and rodent...

  • Nintendo Download 6th August (Europe)

    Sand and chess on WiiWare; Aero 2 on VC; Links, chess and puzzles on DSiWare

    To call this a catch-up week would be a slight understatement: several of these games have been out for months, with one game reaching European shores after over a year and a half. Enough history, let's get on with it. WiiWareSandy Beach (500pts, Konami) – This sandy simulator was released in North America in January..

  • News North America Gets Rytmik from August 23rd

    Rytmik: Rock Edition also in the works

    It's been a long wait for North American musicians following the European launch of pocket music studio Rytmik, but we can reveal the game will launch on August 23rd at 800 Nintendo Points. Cinemax also let us know about Rytmik: Rock Edition, due for release later this year. We don't currently have any more information about Rytmik: Rock Edition, but as soon..

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    Review Crystal Monsters

    You don't want these monsters in your pocket, but they're still fun to have around

    It's usually clear within the first few minutes of playing a new Gameloft game which franchise it's been "inspired" by. Not breaking tradition, the same holds true here, with Gameloft's latest bearing a very strong resemblance to none other than the Pokémon...

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    Review Hints Hunter

    Sigh borg

    Playing Hints Hunter is a lot like browsing through a book of carpet samples: there may be a lot of them, but it won't take you very long before you've moved on from one to the next. Also, sometimes you come across a really difficult square right in the middle of some comparatively easy ones. Plus there are cartoon robots. Ok, maybe it's...

  • News Yep, Flipnote Studio Is One Way To Make a Music Video

    Arman Bohn's hundreds of animations culminate into one big bang of talent

    A quick trip over to Flipnote Hatena is all it takes to see just how fantastic the free DSiWare animation tool Flipnote Studio can be when in talented hands. But nobody seems to have taken it as far as musician Arman Bohn. Brain Games is the third song from his album Bits to get the music video treatment, and what's..

  • News iPhone Success Angry Birds to Peck DS

    Even Hitchcock would be scared

    If you've got an Apple device you might have engaged in a bit of Angry Birds, the fastest-selling game on the Apple Store having sold over 5 million copies in six months. If you haven't got an Apple device, there's no need to grab one just to play this game as it's on the way to DS. In an interview with completely respectable British newspaper The Sun – yes, really..

  • Nintendo Download 2nd August 2010 (North America)

    Chibi fighters, dogzzzz and slots

    There's something for everyone in this week's Nintendo Download. Or is that nothing for everyone? Something for no one? Anything for nothing? Everything or Nothing? Wouldn't that be something. WiiWare: Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots (Big John Games, 700 Points) — A whole mess of themed slot machines, including...

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    Review Puffins: Let's Race!

    Watch out for that treeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Parsing the retail release Puffins: Island Adventure and putting the bits on DSiWare has proven to be a mixed bag so far. The first time around brought the underwhelming and frustratingly controlled Let's Roll!, and follow-up Let's Fish! turned out to be slightly better. So is the third time the charm? In short,...

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    Review Absolute Brickbuster

    Bustin' used to make me feel good

    Absolute Brickbuster is not an easy game to review. For starters, it gives a reviewer so little to work with: it snuggles itself into the cozy framework of other, better-known brick breakers, and falls asleep before it thinks to introduce anything new. That doesn't make it a bad game, but neither does it make it...

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  • News Nnooo Releases New myDiary Video

    Check out the app in action

    Our good friend Nic Watt from Nnooo has just sent over the latest video showcasing their newest DSiWare application myDiary in action. You can check out some of the many features the app has to offer, along with a brief explanation of them in the video below. We'll keep you posted on any new information regarding myDiary and its upcoming release and we'll have a full..

  • Nintendo Download 3rd & 4th August (Japan)

    Fish and VC goodness for the Wii; the DSi gets the usual bumper crop of new titles

    WiiWareBlue Oasis: Michi naru Shinkai (500pts - Hudson) — People in the know will recognise Blue Oasis as the Japanese name for Hudson's perennially popular virtual fish tank, My Aquarium. Apparently not satisfied with what has to be one of the best-selling WiiWare titles of all time, more than two years on Hudson..

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    Review Petz Hamsterz Family

    This time, you won't be so sad when your dad accidentally steps on it

    The hamster is largely considered a cute and desirable pet, even in spite of its often curmudgeonly temperament and stinky, difficult to clean cage. They're a lot more fun to watch than they are to play with, which means that it shouldn't be difficult for Petz Hamsterz Family to...

  • News Match Up! Tests DSiWare's Memory! From Monday!

    Flipping fun for 200 Points

    Not content with offering you all the card and word games your DSi can muster, Digital Leisure is bringing its seventh downloadable title to the machine on Monday. Called Match Up!, the game sounds like a variant on the classic memory game pairs, with shapes, colours and hidden bonuses to be uncovered, and explosive cards...

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    Review Crazy Pinball

    The only thing crazy is that nothing about this game is crazy

    There aren't many pinball games on DSiWare. We have no clue why: they're pretty much perfectly suited to digital distribution. dtp Entertainment has given us Crazy Pinball, the second pinball title available, and its name seems to imply that it is quite crazy indeed. Upon first booting it...

  • Nintendo Download 30th July 2010 (Europe)

    A bit of a catch-up week

    The Virtual Console takes another expected break to focus more on WiiWare and DSiWare this week, with five releases total spread across the both of them. All of them have already been released elsewhere, including a few in North America only a few days ago, so you can expect reviews for them all very shortly. WiiWareDive: The Medes Islands Secret (Cosmonaut Games, 1000pts)..

  • News Nintendo Provides Face Training to European Gamers This September

    A rarity that is a DSi-only game

    We here at Nintendo Life know the importance of exercise and general body & mind maintenance; especially since we're in the business of interactive entertainment which requires a significant amount of time in front of a screen. Muscles need to be exercised and the ones in the face are no exception. It's been announced that Face Training: Facial exercises to..

  • Nintendo Download 26th July 2010 (North America)

    Diving and Firing for WiiWare; Acrobats for VC; a bumper crop for DSiWare

    A big week for DSiWare with five titles arriving, WiiWare receiving two very different titles and Aero the Acrobat tumbles gracefully onto Virtual Console. WiiWareDive: The Medes Islands Secret (Cosmonaut Games, 1000pts) – This underwater adventure takes a few leaves from the book of Samus Aran, promising a mixture of..

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    Review Hospital Havoc

    Dead on arrival or just what the doctor ordered?

    Hospital Havoc is quite a simple, fun game that debuted as an iPhone application almost a year and a half ago and doesn't seem to have changed much since. This is apparent in both the gameplay and graphical simplicity, and while it is a lot of fun, the lack of variety and abundance of bugs add a touch...

  • Nintendo Download 27th & 28th July 2010 (Japan)

    WiiWare and VC releases and four new DSiWare titles next week for Japan.

    It's been awhile since we've seen any new WiiWare in Japan, though the drought is only being broken by a single title from Nintendo. The weekly Virtual Console parade is also continuing and the DSi has its usual mix of education and entertainment apps to choose from. WiiWareLine Attack Heroes (1000pts - Nintendo) – This is a..

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    Review Scrabble Tools

    Hey, a Scrabble dictionary! And some other junk, too.

    After a solid vanilla version of the main game and a less-than-great spin-off, EA and Hasbro's third DSiWare outing of the popular board game comes in the form of Scrabble Tools. It's not so much about playing as it is about improving how you play. The application bundles two useful tools along with three potentially helpful training exercises..

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    Review Petz Kittens

    Impurrrfect

    There once was a time when all that one could expect from a virtual pet was to feed it and play with it when it beeped. We've come a long way and should now expect a lot more, having moved on from imaginary digital creatures to real animals. Certainly a kitten simulator should simulate the behaviour of a kitten. It should be good enough to trick your better half into getting emotionally..

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    Review Happy Birthday Mart

    Not worth a shoplift

    It’s probably safe to say that Happy Birthday Mart is a legitimate winner of the Most Childish Game on the DSiWare Store Right Now Award. From the simplistic gameplay to the mindless use of animals, it’s definitely not for anyone over the age of 6 or 7. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad game; actually, it’s surprisingly not terrible. The only real..

  • News EA Tagging DSiWare with Need For Speed: Nitro-X

    Graffiti and driving: a natural combination

    EA unveiled several upcoming games yesterday during the their Studio Showcase press conference, and while most of the announcements were related to HD consoles, PC and iPhone, the company slipped in a little sumthin'-sumthin' for DSiWare. Need for Speed: Nitro-X continues the Nintendo-exclusive spin-off series that started off on Wii and DS last November..

  • Nintendo Download 23rd July (Europe)

    Acrobats, skaters and more

    While North America has now suffered three consecutive weeks without a new retro game available for download, we're about to get another. It's accompanied by a bunch of DSiWare and WiiWare games that might not be to the liking of everybody. WiiWareArcade Sports Air Hockey, Bowling, Pool, Snooker (800pts - Icon Games) – A collection of "arcade" games, but not..

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    Review 4 TRAVELLERS - Play French

    Liberté, Égalité, Médiocrité

    Learning a foreign language is hard work. There are gendered nouns, verb conjugation, sentence structure, idiosyncratic phrasing, funky pronunciation and, of course, seemingly countless words to memorize. There are ways to facilitate the travail, but beyond the most basic education, playing a game isn't one. Maybe the titular travellers should have learned this..

  • Nintendo Download 19th July 2010 (North America)

    The kittenpocalypse begins!

    Let's just not talk about the Virtual Console this week. Instead, let's talk about furry things, like legends and kitties and selling things to unsuspecting animals. WiiWareAquaSpace (Nintendo, 600 Points) – This fish tank...thing hit Europe recently under the name Zenquaria: Virtual Aquarium. The most notable difference between this and Hudson's serene My Aquarium is..

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    Review Primrose

    DSiWare sees one of its most rewarding puzzlers yet

    Indie (like, really indie) developer Jason Rohrer's portfolio is filled to the brim with what may be best referred to as interactive art: works like Passage, Gravitation and Between operate on a whole different emotional and philosophical plane than a Mario. So it makes sense that his attempt at a more traditional type of game aligns more with Art..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 7: User-Generated Content

    Listener contributions, confusing homophones and Team Fortress 2 secrets revealed!

    Oh hi, didn't see you come in there. Stay a while, and listen! Turns out we've got some fine musicians in the audience as we take a look to some listener-created tunes. We've also got a few select choices from The Megas, The World Ends With You, and the song that Akira Yamaoka would like blaring as he leaves this..

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    Review Hair Salon: Pocket Stylist

    Mane attraction or curl up and dye?

    Just in case you've ever wondered what you'd look like with a head of luscious bright green hair, here's Hair Salon: Pocket Stylist to satiate your curiosity. To start, you snap a picture with your DSi camera and manoeuvre your face within the guide area, which then becomes the face of your character. In case you...

  • Nintendo Download 20th & 21st July 2010 (Japan)

    Street Hoops on the Wii; dolphins, Dasshutsu and dating (or ditching) for DSi next week

    Virtual ConsoleDunk Dream (900pts Neo Geo - D4 Enterprise) -- Sold in Europe as Street Slam and North America as Street Hoop, it's a tournament game of 3-on-3 street basketball with a choice of teams from various nations around the world. [email protected] DS Series Vol. 4: The Misshitsu Kara no Dasshutsu -..

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    Review 2Puzzle It: Fantasy

    This being worth your time is a mere fantasy

    DSiWare's already got way too many Sudoku games, so it's a nice sight when a developer releases a puzzle game that isn't something done to death already. The service has yet to get one traditional sliding puzzle game, so we had at least some hope for this first effort. Likely to be the first in a series,...

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    Review Pop Island: Paperfield

    More capture the flag on wheels

    When odenis studio released its first Pop Island title onto DSiWare last year, it brought a simple, yet wildly playable capture the flag experience complete with one of the most ambitious visual presentations yet seen on the service. Now it's returned with what you might call a semi-sequel, and once again the game has...

  • News myNotebook Carbon, Tan, and Pearl Trailer Released

    New colors and new features to go along with them

    The nice folks over at Nnooo have just sent over the newest video showcasing their three new colors in the myNotebook series of DSiWare applications. You can check the video out below, along with a brief snippet of press release information that lines out the various features. Information about...

  • News Nintendo's European Release Schedule Offers Few Surprises

    Unless you love Scooby-Doo

    The news of Last Window: The Secret of Cape West heading to Europe is just one nugget from the latest Nintendo Europe press release outlining its schedule from now until the end of September. While this means that there's no sight of its big 2010 titles like Kirby's Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, it's

  • Nintendo Download 16th July 2010 (Europe)

    Flying and fighting on Wii; French, Darkness, solitaire and 3D tanks on DSi

    Another Virtual Console holiday, but WiiWare gets Pearl Harbored and then engages in some funky fighting. Conspicuous by its absence is Furry Legends, previously believed to be released this Friday but Gamelion has confirmed to us there will be an announcement of its new release date in the near future. WiiWarePearl Harbor..

  • News Gamelion Invites You to Enrol in the Tic-Tac-Toe Academy

    More pen and paper games for DSiWare

    Gamelion's Extreme Hangman was an extreme hit on DSiWare, quickly becoming one of the biggest-selling paid titles on the service, so it makes sense the developers want to expand on this success with more simple games. The next title lined up is Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe, and you'll never guess what it includes. Yes, it's noughts and crosses (as it's known in Britain)..

  • Nintendo Download 12th July (North America)

    Bashing and balloons for Wii; puzzles, paper and playing French for DSiWare

    A pretty varied platter for North America today, with Virtual Console again absent but WiiWare gaining two games and DSiWare letting five more passengers onto the download bus. WiiWare: Toribash (1000pts - Nabi Studios) – A turn-based fighting game that's big on physics,...

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    Review 101 Shark Pets

    Shark weak

    Part virtual pet, part mini-game compilation, 101 Shark Pets cobbles together enough halfway-decent features to create a slightly above average game that younger audiences ought to enjoy. While its individual parts could never hold up on their own, within their sometimes fun framework they just manage to make this a passable title. As with every computerised animal you've ever adopted,..

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    Review SteamWorld: Tower Defense

    Your head will be steaming

    There’s no doubt that you'll know if SteamWorld: Tower Defense is for you upon asking yourself one simple question – do you like tower defence games? Not only is SteamWorld the essence of this sub-genre, it doesn’t try to pull anything crazy, either. If you’ve never played this type of game before, they’re quite...

  • Nintendo Download 13th & 14th July 2010 (Japan)

    Virtual Console RPG for the Wii; lifestyle apps, edutainment and a couple of games for the DSi next week in Japan

    WiiWare is MIA yet again, so Wii owners will have to make do with an old Super Famicom RPG originally published by dear departed Data East. Virtual ConsoleMetal Max 2 (800pts Super Famicom - Enterbrain) -- The Data East IP parade continues next week with a Final Fantasy-style RPG..

  • News Budget Japanese DSiWare Headed to North American Shores

    The land of the rising fun

    If you've read some of our coverage of Japanese gaming with forlorn longing, you might want to stifle some of those sighs - a few games from Genterprise and Tasuke Co. are unexpectedly making their way westward. Recently evaluated by the North American ratings board, the ESRB, are G.G. Series: Super Hero Ogre and G.G. Series: Ninja Karakuri Den from Genterprise as well as..

  • Nintendo Download 9th July (Europe)

    Plenty for everyone

    As with every week, DSiWare gets the lion's share of releases this week, although most of it is not too stellar, or at least not likely to be. WiiWare gets a long-awaited fighter plus an interesting Nintendo-published title, while VC gets another ninja action game. WiiWareToribash (1000pts - Nabi Studios) -- A very strange fighting game which is quite popular on PC, you fight as..

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    Review Soul of Darkness

    Castlevania called - it wants its game back

    No game publisher has released more games on the DSiWare service than Gameloft. And while the company has received a wide range of review scores among their various DSiWare releases, no one can argue that they've brought some quality games to the service in the short time it's existed. Soul of Darkness marks their 20th DSiWare release, and while the game..

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    Review QuickPick Farmer

    A flocking good time

    One of the most important aspects of a video game is fun gameplay, and that's what developer Dancing Dots delivers with their budget DSiWare debut QuickPick Farmer. It's a simple, accessible and original experience that will hook you and carry you away like so much wool. The goal is to drag set quantities of differently styled sheep into corresponding lorries, then to fire..

  • News Download Versions of Ivy the Kiwi? Rated by ESRB

    Tiny bird to fly to WiiWare and DSiWare

    Last month we brought you our First Impressions of upcoming PROPE project Ivy the Kiwi?, as well as an exclusive interview with the game's creator Yuji Naka. In Japan, the game received small versions available via WiiWare and DSiWare, so naturally our intrepid reporter Corbie Dillard asked about the possibility of these games heading to the West, to which Mr..

  • News Abylight Tuning Up Music On: Acoustic Guitar

    Latest in DSiWare music series on the way

    We've already had the chance to tinkle the DSiWare ivories with Music On: Electronic Keyboard and Retro Keyboard, but developer Abylight isn't limiting itself to black-and-white keys and is branching out into stringed instruments with Music On: Acoustic Guitar on the way to the service in the near future...

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    Review Ancient Tribe

    Dino snore

    Hot on the heels of T-Rex Rumble comes Ancient Tribe, another real-time strategy game in which you lead a prehistoric society as it grows, develops and fights the beasts with whom it shares the land. We at Nintendo Life try to judge a game for what it is instead of what it's not, but when two games that share the same basic concept hit the virtual shelves just one week apart from one..

  • Nintendo Download 5th July 2010 (North America)

    Dogfighting, vampire slaying and sheep launching this week

    Today, the day after the United States blew itself up and Canada wondered what all that racket was about and some people have jobs in the morning, sheesh, the Nintendo Download brings a peace offering of eight titles across WiiWare and DSiWare. Some anticipated, some not so much, and the Virtual Console is stuck in the infirmary after not..

  • Nintendo Download 6th & 7th July 2010 (Japan)

    Neo Geo puzzling for the Wii; Spartans, handwriting and hockey for DSi next week in Japan

    The WiiWare drought continues with only the VC to comfort Wii fans next week and things aren't much more exciting on the DSi with only two games and an educational title to start out July. Virtual ConsoleMagical Drop III (900pts Neo Geo - D4 Enterprise) – You might dismiss this game as a rip-off of Puzzle..

  • News Enter the Steamy World of Tower Defence

    Buy, build, blast

    We've already seen a number of tower defence games on the DSi, but there's always room for one more. A good job really, as next week sees the release of SteamWorld: Tower Defense from Swedish developers Image and Form. Taking a steampunk-inspired approach to the genre, you're the role of Sheriff of the Cowbots, a robotic race that...

  • News Get More Cutesy DSiWare Racing with Pop Island: Paperfield

    Odenis Studio bringing more action soon

    We know many of you enjoyed odenis Studio's animal racer Pop Island as some Nintendo Life user comments are featured in the press release for follow-up Pop Island Paperfield, coming to North American DSiWare on July 12th. With more of the same animal-piloting, flag-capturing multiplayer action as its...

  • Nintendo Download 2nd July (Europe)

    DSiWare galore!

    DSiWare gets another massive load of new games today, but they're probably not the things you'll mostly be wanting to pay attention to - Both WiiWare and the Virtual Console only get one game each, but they're both great and more than worthy of a look-see. WiiWare: Jett Rocket (1000pts - Shin'en Multimedia) -- A 3D platformer with...

  • News Advanced Circuits Flash Demo Offers Free Wheeling

    DSiWare game sampler available online

    You may have seen Advanced Circuits in the DSi Shop and thought to yourself, "would I like this game?" That's something not even our Advanced Circuits review can tell you, but it is a question the new Flash demo of the game can answer. By heading over to the game's official website you can partake in a five level demonstration of the game's..

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    Review Date or Ditch

    Ditchfest

    Don't be fooled by the level of choice suggested by Date or Ditch: this is a strictly linear game with even less depth than its vapid title suggests. Another converted mobile game from Gameloft, Date or Ditch puts you in the shoes of a male or female protagonist who must decide which of three love interests to settle down with. Gameplay...

  • News And Here's Your 2010 Club Nintendo Awards, North America

    Delectable collectables

    So the Club Nintendo North America year came to an end yesterday, and along with the beginning of a new one today the Big N has revealed what super special exclusive awards members who reached Gold or Platinum status are eligible for. The suspense is murderous! In a repeat of last year, Gold status members get a 2011 desk...

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    Review 24/7 Solitaire

    Solid solitaire

    Relatively speaking, there's not too many solitaire picks available on DSiWare. Europe and North America each have two: one title created by Nintendo themselves is the only one shared, while North America has Digital Leisure's offering and Europe an Engine title. This new release has the most variety yet, not just offering about 30 variations of standard solitaire, but also a..

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  • News You're Going to Need a Bigger Boat for 101 Shark Pets

    Portable pets coming to DSiWare

    The Teyon DSiWare production line keeps on going: with five DSiWare titles already released from the Polish publisher it's now time to meet the company's next outing, 101 Shark Pets. The game allows you to befriend one of over 100 sharks before customising them with accessories and entering them into beauty competitions. You'll also be able to teach your pet tricks,..

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