DSiWare - News

May2010

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    Review 1001 Crystal Mazes Collection

    Chump's challenge

    Every so often a developer realizes a concept so simple and fun that for as long as games are made, other developers will replicate and modify its formula again and again. Sokoban is one such game, and 1001 Crystal Mazes Collection is one such replication. Not that copying a classic design is inherently bad; Windows users of old will recall the delightful Chip's Challenge, which..

  • News Animal Color Cross coming to DSiWare

    French based developer Little Worlds Studio announces upcoming 'draw-em-up' scheduled for release this 'Spring'

    Animal Color Cross offers accessible and addictive entertainment for gamers, nongamers, and sharp-witted puzzle solvers alike! The goal of the game is to reconstruct a mysterious animal image that lies beneath the grid. Players simply need to fill in each square of the grid with one of..

  • First Impressions 10 Second Run

    Running on the run

    Whilst the Japanese DSi Shop features some fairly robust gaming experiences it has to be said that there's a place for quick games that can be played in a few seconds. G-Mode's 10 Second Run is a perfect example, essentially a collection of dozens of short platforming levels for when you need a quick bit of running and jumping on the go. There are 50 levels to be played in three..

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    Review Bloons

    Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont

    Bloons has already made an appearance on WiiWare, where it didn't exactly bowl us over. Now it reaches DSiWare with a few much-needed improvements, and in places it's quite the fun little puzzle game: it's challenging enough to captivate fans of the genre and other serious gamers, but might be a bit too difficult to...

  • News Chillingo Contaminating Our Download Services with Sneezies

    Uh oh, we're in trouble...something's come along...

    It seems the relatively compact nature of a Nintendo download game is proving to be an enticing prospect for developers who have worked on titles for the iPhone (and the plethora of electronics that begin with a lower-case 'i'), and the publisher of the WiiWare and DSiWare versions of Dracula:...

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    Review Simply Solitaire

    Here we go again

    It seems that barely a week goes by without a card game being released for DSiWare, and chances are if you were after a virtual solitaire you would have bought one of the previous releases by now. However, Engine Software is hoping to tempt the undecideds with this deck of solitaire games, following the same style as its recent...

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    Review Ferrari GT Evolution

    Drivers may want to exercise caution

    Ferrari GT Evolution is a decent arcade-esque racing game. It looks quite good, handles well and has enough gameplay variety to keep things interesting, but you'll have to return to certain tracks far too many times before progressing to warrant a stronger recommendation. The meat of the game is Career mode, in...

  • News DSiWare to get Hacked and Slashed by Zenonia

    New OFLC rating reveals iPhone RPG on the way

    It may not be a rare occurrence these days, but a recent rating reveals that an iPhone title is heading over to DSiWare in the near future. Action RPG Zenonia, a blend between Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana, is a pretty decent romp that features the classic elements of swords, oddly-named characters and evil slimes. Oh and there's some scantily glad..

  • Podcast Episode 15 - This Nintendo Life

    Brand new segment debuts!

    It's been a longer gap than usual between podcasts but May's episode is now available, fresh from the oven and made with only the freshest ingredients. Chop up a delicious arrangement of news and reviews, add a dash of Kim Wild's Wii Fit Plus and mix in Zach Kaplan's new retro feature This Nintendo Life. Bake for thirty...

  • Nintendo Download 3rd May 2010 (North America)

    Zombies, funk, but sadly no funk zombies for WiiWare; and five more for DSiWare. Virtual Console, where art thou?

    WiiWare brings the funk and sees some long-awaited zombie killing action, and DSiWare has a bumper week with five titles full of crazy, balloons, mazes and other stuff we're not entirely sure of. Virtual Console fans can resume the weekly tradition of crying in the corner as the service..

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    Review Scrabble Slam!

    More of a slap, really

    Scrabble Slam! is a different take on word puzzles for DSiWare. Instead of searching out pre-determined ones or collecting letters to spell elaborate words for maximum pointage, Slam! gives you a hand of cards with letters, puts four starter cards on the table and yells "go!" The goal is to play one of your cards on top of the table cards as a replacement to spell a..

  • News Teyon Releases A-Maze-ing Trailer for 1001 Crystal Mazes Collection

    Richard O'Brien nowhere to be seen

    Teyon recently announced a May 3rd release date for its upcoming 500 Point DSiWare puzzler, 1001 Crystal Mazes Collection, which predictably promises a collection of over a thousand crystal mazes. The company also published a trailer for the game, which you can watch below. The full press release is as follows: Give your brain a workout with 1001 Crystal Mazes..

  • First Impressions Fall in the Dark

    Fail in the Dark

    Fall in the Dark looks pretty good on paper: take an adventurer and guide him through a series of levels in six different worlds with gameplay that's a mix of Toki Tori and Montezuma's Revenge: difficult puzzling combined with 8-bit visuals and gameplay could be good, right? Well it would be except for some rather bizarre level design and worse game mechanics. Your Indiana..

April2010

  • First Impressions at Enter! Block Kuzushi

    Brick-breaking fun on the go

    Tasuke seems to have been putting out a lot of board game titles recently, which all seem to be broken out from a retail release called Table Game Spirits: Victory; which is itself an enhanced version of Table Game Spirits. Both of them are Japanese DS cart releases that collect various Japanese board games including shogi, go, mahjong and hanafuda, as well as Western..

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    Review Puffins: Let's Roll

    Let's not

    It's kind of a bummer when games come out with controls that just don't fit the platform. This wasn't much of a problem a mere generation ago, but with the plethora of options today ranging from button to motion and touch it's become more prevalent an issue. Other Ocean, behind the excellent Dark Void Zero, has fallen into this very trap with its latest DSiWare release Puffins: Let's Roll..

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    Review DodoGo!

    Does it crack under the pressure?

    For anyone that's even played Lemmings or Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from DodoGo!. Your goal in each level is to guide at least one of the eggs back to the nest safely. If you want to earn medals, however, you're going to have to get all the eggs back to the nest safely, which is sometimes easier..

  • News PC Indie Games Compilation Coming to DSiWare in Earnest

    Passage, Gravitation and Between bundle up

    Another day, another game outed by its ESRB rating. Today brings the news that Sabarasa (most recently behind Save the Turtles) will be publishing the DSiWare compilation Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology, which will include Rohrer's indie games Passage, Gravitation and Between (pictured). The term "game" might be something of a misnomer, as these..

  • Nintendo Download 30th April 2010 (Europe)

    Catching up with North America

    It seems pretty much all the releases featured this week have already been seen in North America, though there is something new in the form of some additional DLC for Mega Man 10 and Simply Solitaire for the DSi. Since some of these releases only came out Monday in North America we don't have reviews up for them all just yet, but bear with us, they're coming..

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    Review Earthworm Jim

    A slippery customer

    Like previous platforming conversion Rayman, Earthworm Jim is something of a missed opportunity. Fondly remembered by many gamers from its original outing on Mega Drive and Super Nintendo, Earthworm Jim was a welcome antidote to the huge numbers of cutesy animal platformers with its bizarre attitude and plenty of character...

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    Review Don't Feed the Animals

    Un-bear-able

    In Don't Feed the Animals, you play a child who, with his or her friends, has stored a bunch of candy at a fort. On your way to eat said candy, wave after wave of covetous animals bombard the clubhouse. You must protect the candy – all twenty pieces of it – with robots. There are three robots that you can use in your defence: tubebots, waterbots and scarebots. Waterbots spray,..

  • News BlazBlue Blows Overseas to Western Shores, Swaps Some Letters on the Way

    Quirky brawler now known as BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale

    We reported in December that the hardcore BlazBlue series was soon to make its debut on Nintendo's DSiWare service in the form of a cute, big-headed battle game with full free roaming for 500 Nintendo Points. Known as BlazBlue Battle X Battle in Japan, the ESRB has outed its Western release, known now as BlayzBloo: Super..

  • News Nintendo's 3D Motion Game Tracks its Way Onto U.S. DSiWare

    A closer look at Looksley's Line Up (or Rittai Kakushie Attakoreda, in Japan)

    Following on last week's announcement of Looksley's Line Up's impending arrival on the American DSi Shop, we at Nintendo Life want to give you a bit more insight into the Japanese game known as Rittai Kakushie Attakoreda that's added a whole new dimension to portable gaming. Looksley's Line Up is a hidden objects game..

  • Nintendo Download 26 April 2010 (North America)

    Arcade minis, puzzling and fighting on Wii; driving, tower defence, shooting and more on DSi

    Whilst the Wii has the usual 3-release week (two WiiWare and one Virtual Console) the DSi has six new releases this week in North America – whew! Also of note is the next entry in the WarioWare D.I.Y. Big Name Game series, this time from Edmund McMillen of Team Meat, who is behind the upcoming Super Meat..

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    Review Game & Watch Flagman

    A game you might want to flag down

    Flagman might not be one of the top tier Game & Watch titles, but it's still quite entertaining if you've got a few minutes to kill. The game borrows heavily from many of the memory-type games of the era: one that immediately comes to mind is the classic Milton Bradley electronic game Simon. As with most of the Game & Watches, you'll have your choice of..

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    Review Surviving High School

    If only the real thing were this much fun

    With this downloadable title, EA provides a very entertaining and engrossing experience that many will unfortunately write off based on its name alone. The game is almost completely text-based, which means that there aren't any explosions or fancy graphics, but the story and characters are funny and interesting, making this title very much worth your while..

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    Review myPostcards

    Maybe a bit too simplistic for its own good

    We haven't seen a significant amount of apps made available on the DSiWare service to date, but that hasn't stopped Nnooo from tossing a couple into the mix with their ongoing myLifeConnected suite of DSiWare applications. We've already seen the release of myNotebook in various colours and now the company...

  • News Nintendo's Upcoming U.S. Release Schedule Gets Updated

    Metroid: Other M and Sin & Punishment: Star Successor get pushed back

    Summer is slowly on its way and with it, brings the annual wave of big releases. Sadly though, the pace at which the tip of this wave is arriving is rubbing off on some highly anticipated games. Nintendo has just informed us that whilst some titles have been marked with release dates for the first time, some titles have also been..

  • Nintendo Download 27 & 28 April (Japan)

    World Game Parade comes to a close, bountiful VC and lots of DSiWare, next week in Japan

    WiiWareKatamuki Spirits (500pts - Marvelous) – Whilst it may have a fancier sounding name, this is of course DK Games' Equilibrio re-badged as the final entry in Marvelous Entertainment's World Game Parade. We certainly thought it was a fun marble rolling game as seen in our Equilibrio review

  • First Impressions Aa! Nikaku Dori

    More fun with mahjong tiles

    Despite releasing versions of Shanghai on both Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance in Japan (not to mention Wii and WiiWare versions), Sunsoft have elected not to favour Nintendo's current generation of handheld with the classic match-two puzzle game which they seem to have a monopoly on in the Land of the Rising Sun. Fortunately Acute Entertainment has stepped into the..

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    Review System Flaw Recruit

    Seriously flawed

    Essentially a first-person Space Invaders, System Flaw Recruit uses the DSi’s external camera in a crude form of augmented reality. The bottom screen displays a radar showing enemies in your proximity, and the top screen lets you line up the targets with your reticule. When the alien craft get within a certain range they attack,...

  • First Impressions Katamuku + Action: Katamuction

    More camera-motion mini-game madness

    It seems a number of developers have been taken with the idea of using the DSi's cameras to simulate motion-based gameplay, but unfortunately many of these games end up feeling like gimmicky tech-demos more than actually fun games. HI Games & Publishing's latest attempt makes for an uneven experience with one of the four games in Katamuction providing a..

  • First Impressions Geki Tsui Ō

    Dogfight motion demo a go-go

    Though the DSi has no native motion-sensing capabilities, it hasn't stopped developers from trying to use the system's built-in cameras to approximate the tilt-sensors of the iPhone. As expected however, cameras are not motion sensors and although the latest effort from Genki Mobile includes a fair collection of mini-games involving flying and shooting targets, it all..

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    Review Pocket Pack: Words & Numbers

    Five very basic games in one

    We've already got more than enough Sudoku games on DSiWare, but thankfully that's not the only thing included in this collection. Pocket Pack: Words & Numbers offers a total of five different games: Sudoku, Kakuro, Anagrams, Word Guess and Word Cubes. And while it's a jack of all trades, it's a master of none. We really don't need to explain Sudoku again, do we?..

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    Review Game & Watch Donkey Kong Jr.

    A rather snappy LCD version of the arcade release

    The first thing you'll notice about Donkey Kong Jr. Game & Watch is that it's clearly a lot more playable than many of the other Game & Watch releases. Not only are there more ways to do more, but now you have four-way controls, not to mention a jump button. The vine layout is also something...

  • Nintendo Download 23rd April 2010 (EU)

    Doctors for the Wii, worms, fish, notebooks and watches for the DSi this week in Europe

    There's only a couple of brand new games for Europe this coming Friday, with most of the DSiWare offerings and the Virtual Console release being catch-up titles with North America - though we welcome them to the European DSi and Wii Shops all the same. DSiWareEarthworm Jim (500pts - Gameloft) -- In the absence..

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    Review Game & Watch Ball

    A load of old balls

    Before the world-crushing DS, before the Game Boy began its decade-plus of supremecy, Nintendo’s handheld division began with the humble Game & Watch line, which started with the even more humble Ball in 1980. Over the past 30 years, odds are good that if you’ve had any interest in the company’s portables you’ve come across this one. Maybe you played it as you stood..

  • News Turn Your DSi Into a Virtual Instrument With the 'Music On' Series

    Music On: Electronic Keyboard is the first in a new series from Abylight

    The catalogue of DSiWare releases ranges from straight-forward games to various media creation applications; Abylight is the latest contributor to the latter. The company that brought us Fish 'em All! and Stop Stress: A Day of Fury has announced its upcoming range of Music On titles is a collection of virtual instruments, and..

  • Nintendo Download 19th April 2010 (North America)

    The Blue Bomber returns to North America, and he's bringing some high school drama, postcards, puzzles and more Game & Watch titles with him

    It's another big retro week for North America, with four titles that are either older than you or will make you remember just how old you are. WarioWare D.I.Y. players also have a new Big Name Game coming their way this week as WayForward's Matt Bozon..

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    Review AiRace

    Bet you can't deduce what this one's about

    The first time we entered the AiRace universe, if you will, was through the simple and fun 200 Point DSiWare tidbit AiRace: Tunnel. While it was a satisfying arcade flight experience, it felt more like a bonus mode that was chopped out of a larger game. AiRace is that larger game. With more aircraft, actual stages, cups, multiplayer and the whole shebang,..

  • News Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper Stalks onto DSiWare

    If only Nintendo had been around in 1889...

    Virtual Playground is soon to bring the PC-based Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper to Nintendo's portable download service. It was developed by Big Fish Games, also responsible for Mystery Case Files: Millionheir. The ESRB recently gave Jack a "Teen" rating and describe the game as follows: This is a seek-and-find adventure game in which players..

  • Nintendo Download 20th & 21st April (Japan)

    Ivy the Kiwi makes a multi-platform assault, a new free app for DSi and more all-new games next week in Japan

    After last week's slim pickings this week actually provides some choice on both Wii and DSi on the download front, including the first free app from Nintendo on the DSi since the Wii no Ma media viewer was released last May. Better still all...

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Exciting River

    Burt Reynolds not included

    Whilst a game based on Deliverance probably would be very cool, Exciting River is about kayaking to a goal in the quickest time possible, rather than surviving a weekend river-rafting amongst crazed banjo-duelling hillbillies out for blood. Still, exciting it is thanks to good controls and fast-paced gameplay. There are a number of courses to play through in two..

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Throw Out

    Fancy a game of 4-on-4 Cyberball?

    Although "proper" sports video games have been more successful at home and in the arcades, there's something to be said for the made up ones that have less focus on player stats and more on just playing the game. Suzak's Throw Out, a more recent entry in the G.G. Series of budget arcade-style games, is definitely one of the latter: a game that marries..

  • First Impressions G.G Series: Drift Circuit

    Drift on outta here

    Nothing is perfect, not even the G.G. Series. We figured there had to be at least one dud in this assortment of budget-priced slices of arcade fun and this is definitely it. From the screenshots you'd think you're going to be playing a fun overhead racer like Moto Roader or Super Sprint – a notion reinforced by the fact that there's nine tracks included – but you'd be sadly..

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Dark Spirits

    Side-scrolling bullet hell magic

    One good thing about the Japanese DSi Shop for retro-gaming fans is the availability of old-school sprite-based shooters, with several decent ones to choose from. The G.G. Series already has a few among its number, but they're all different enough that it cannot hurt to add another one: enter Dark Spirts, of the bullet-hell variety. Players control a figure in a..

  • Nintendo Download 16th April 2010 (Europe)

    Mega Man, Mr. Driller, gladiators and more

    There's a little bit for everyone this week, as all three services get at least one good to great title. DSiWare obviously steals the show again with the usual four releases, while WiiWare gets two and the Virtual Console gets its usual one. Keep in mind these games won't be available until midnight (Central European Time), Nintendo has just revealed the..

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    Review 7 Card Games

    Fold!

    7 Card Games makes no effort to disguise its simplicity. It is what it is: seven card games, no more, no less. There’s no fluff, no extras and no incentive to play beyond the desire for quick, cheap, 500 Point fun. You might enjoy it while waiting for the train or before bedtime, but beyond that this game holds very little potential for lasting entertainment. Going back to “no more, no..

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Shinobi Karakuri-Den

    Mappy Ninja Gaiden

    Ninja have been a fixture of video games for a long time, so it's only fitting that Suzak have created a game for the G.G. Series featuring one that bears more than a passing resemblance to Ryu from Ninja Gaiden. Though his inspiration may run around beating up street toughs, the hero of Shinobi Karakuri-Den bounces around like a certain badge-wearing mouse from Namco. It's a bit..

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Black × Block

    For fans of mind-bending only

    Most of the G.G. Series previewed to-date have been pretty accessible puzzlers or arcade style games from various genres, but here's the first one that's probably only going to be a hit with a small audience due to the nature and level of the challenge on offer. The gameplay is essentially similar to Toki Tori and freeware Flash games: you control a small stick man who..

  • First Impressions G.G Series: Tetsubou

    Arcade gymnastics

    You have to give credit to developer Suzak for the work it's done with the G.G. Series. Whilst most of the games are interesting takes on traditional genres, it also likes to throw out the occasional brand-new concept, like Tetsubou: a game which could be best termed a "gymnastic puzzler." Players are presented with a multi-screen playfield consisting of a start point..

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Conveyor Kombō

    A refreshingly novel take on the "match three" puzzler

    There have been many variations on the "match three" puzzle game, often involving adding another item to complete a matching set, but it's rare to see a truly new and novel mechanic used in what has become something of a cliched puzzle game style. For this reason G.G. Series Conveyor Kombō is something of a surprise, because it not..

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    Review The Price is Right

    No it isn't

    Guess a number. Wrong. Wait ten seconds, then guess again. Wrong. Wait ten seconds, then guess again. Wrong. Now all this exciting number-guessing action can be yours to own with the release of Ludia’s The Price is Right for DSiWare! Yes, you too can estimate the prices of fanciful items you can’t win, compete against AI opponents that range from bone-headed to professional valuers..

  • News Frogger Takes a Trip to DSiWare

    Carry something slimy and green in your pocket

    Despite his precarious position on the food chain, Konami's Frogger refuses to die, as last year's WiiWare release Frogger Returns proves. It seems his return is returning again, as it's been announced for a conversion to DSiWare later this year. Judging from the few details released so far, it looks like being a pretty faithful port of the big-screen..

  • First Impressions 200V Challenge Spirits Mahjong

    Challenging mahjong battles at a budget price

    Mahjong games have existed on Japanese consoles almost since the first machines were rolled out, and over time certain standards have emerged, to such an extent that having experience with one mahjong game will lead you to expect certain conventions in another. Part of the attraction of Tasuke's 200V...

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    Review AlphaBounce

    Quite possibly the best Arkanoid clone ever

    AlphaBounce started out life as a free to play online game. Borrowing heavily from Arkanoid and other "move the paddle to bounce the ball and break the blocks" games, it added a few rather unique twists, rather than being almost a direct copy like most of them are. The game focuses on one of...

  • News Flipper Announced for European Release

    No relation to the famous dolphin

    Xform and Goodbye Galaxy Games recently announced their plans to release Flipper in Europe for DSi Ware on April 23. The game is a 3D puzzle platformer about a boy and his quest to retrieve his stolen goldfish, and features twenty levels and puzzles based around a limited amount of environment-altering power-ups. We gave it a favorable 7/10 when it was released in..

  • Nintendo Download 12 April 2010 (North America)

    Mad shooting for the Wii, Gangs, cards, planes and brick-breaking for the DSi this week in North America

    It's a catch-up week on the Wii in North America, though there's some fresh faces on the DSi to get everyone's attention. Also of note is the premier of the latest Big Name Game microgame for WarioWare D.I.Y created by Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games, who happens to be the designer behind the..

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

    Scribbling and monster fish for Wii, with a bit of zookeeping for the DSi next week in Japan

    Japan's release schedule this year has calmed quite a bit from the dozen-plus release weeks seen last year, but even so next week is more akin to some of the droughts seen in Europe and North America in the past with only three downloads across both Wii and DSi next week; two of which are catch-up titles..

  • News AiRace Jets In on April 12th

    Aerial racer is go go go for launch

    There's not enough plane racers on any format: we know this, you know this. Thankfully the void will be shrinking by one on Monday, as QubicGames is set to release AiRace in the US DSi Shop. Along with the launch announcement comes some new screenshots and a trailer, which you can check out underneath. Time to get...

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    Review Game & Watch Manhole

    Everyone walks all over a nice guy

    The Game & Watch series was Nintendo's first real foray into the world of portable video gaming. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who would later mastermind the grey-brick Game Boy we all know and love, these handheld electronic games featured an LCD display, a tinny speaker, and just enough buttons to complete the...

  • Nintendo Download 9th April 2010 (Europe)

    More DSiWare madness, and a few Wii downloads too

    Nintendo really seems to love DSiWare all of a sudden, because it seems to be getting more games than both other services combined every single week now. This time there's not four or five new games available for it, but a whopping six! The Virtual Console gets a classic long overdue in Europe, while...

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    Review Game & Watch Helmet

    When tools fall from the sky, just stay home that day

    We should all be very glad that affordable portable video game technology has moved beyond the rudimentary LCD screen of the Game & Watch. Not that there haven't been any worthwhile endeavours to come out of the series, but when you're stuck designing your game around strict on-screen...

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    Review Game & Watch Vermin

    Everyone loves to whack it!

    Before the days of Game Boys and DS systems, Nintendo manufactured a small portable game device called the Game & Watch. These electronic games featured LCD screens that featured specific movements that could be controlled via various buttons and D-pads on the units. While they didn't feature the same type of full-range movement and controls of today's portable game..

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    Review Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop

    All driller, no filler

    Mr. Driller has become quite a beloved arcade puzzler over the years and after a solid WiiWare release, it seems Namco Bandai thought it might be time for the game to make an appearance on DSiWare as well. Now puzzle fans looking for a little arcade digging action can enjoy the game on the go and with a nice added set of touchscreen controls to go along with it. The basic..

  • News myPostcards Release Dates Announced

    Find out when the application hits DSiWare.

    Our good friend Nic Watt has just informed us that Nooo's newest application in the myLifeCollected series myPostcards will be hitting North America on April 19th and in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on April 23rd for 200 Nintendo Points. You can check out the full press release below for more information on the appliation. Nnooo are pleased to..

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    Review Puzzle to Go Diddl

    Just change the puzzles and release what is essentially the same game for more money!

    A while ago we got Puzzle to Go Wildlife, a relatively decent jigsaw puzzle game marred by one major flaw: over half the puzzles had to be unlocked, which took an eternity. Did developer Tivola learn their lesson from this or not? For this second Puzzle to Go title, they've managed to license Diddl, a cartoon..

  • News New Rytmik Web Site Will Have You Nodding To Its Freshness

    Cinemax teases with a new trailer

    It's been almost two years since AQ Interactive laid down the beats on the Nintendo DS in the form of Korg DS-10; a music sequencer based on Korg's MS-10 synthesiser. While the bar was set admirably high, the developers came back with Korg DS-10 Plus earlier this year, giving DSi users double the amount of tracks to play with. With AQ Interactive being the main..

  • Nintendo Download 5th April 2010 (North America)

    Fish, learning and shooting for the Wii, more Game & Watch and Drilling action on the DSi this week in North America

    The Virtual Console continues its streak of not being terrible lately with a lovely import that'll shoot right to the top of shmup fans' to-do list for the week, WiiWare goes educational and aquatic, and today's DSiWare offerings could only be more retro if they came with a..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 5: Dark Side of the Mario

    Shake your plumber bootie

    It's been a while, space cats, but NLFM is back with another mighty handsome selection of the finest chip and game music around. This time we're going to listen in on what makes Mario groove, go East/West (who knows?!) with the Kusagari and see just how epic one man can make the NES. NLFM generally focuses on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds,..

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    Review Save the Turtles

    Tiny turtles bring big puzzle pleasure

    Sea turtles begin life as vulnerable little creatures. Provided they actually survive the process of incubation and hatching and manage to dig their way out of their buried nests, they often become disoriented on their way to the ocean and, worse yet, they make perfect snacks for local wildlife. With Save the Turtles, developer Sabarasa has come up with a way..

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

    Plant barbering, plane piloting, kanji, colouring and adventuring next week in Japan

    Next week is pretty much a catch-up week for Japanese Wii and DSi owners, with only a couple of brand-new titles for DSi, neither one of which is a game. WiiWareBonsai Barber (800pts - Nintendo) – It's hard to believe this plant-barbering simulator hasn't already been available in Japan considering it was..

  • Nintendo Download 2nd April 2010 (Europe)

    The original Mario Kart! Oh, and some other stuff.

    It took quite a while, but one of the most wanted Virtual Console games has finally been released in Europe, after hitting both North America and Japan last year. This week's WiiWare and DSiWare releases consist almost exclusively of games already released in North America as well, with just one DSiWare title being "new"! Super Mario Kart..

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    Review Disney Fireworks

    All flash, no bang

    Combining both loud noises and pretty colors (things we've been conditioned from birth to stare at in awe), there's something magical about a good fireworks display. Disney is well-known for the nightly shows put on at their assorted theme parks, and now their game-developing arm has brought the fun to the DSi Shop in the form of...

  • News Virtual Console Confirmed for DSiWare

    This was an April Fool's joke. It is not real.

    It's been a long time coming folks: ever since the DSi launched in April last year Nintendo fans worldwide have been clamouring for the ability to download past handheld titles in a similar fashion to the Wii's Virtual Console feature. Time and again Nintendo denied the existence of the service, but we can exclusively reveal Virtual Handheld will be..

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    Review Nintendo DSi Metronome

    It's a metronome

    The DSi wasn't intended just for games; part of the meaning of the "i" is in reference to using it as a "personal tool," according to some Nintendo rep who may or may not have been full of it. We've already seen some fairly useless applications hit the service already, lending credence to this, so it makes a weird sort of sense for Nintendo to roll out..

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    Review Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner

    It's an instrument tuner

    The DSi wasn't intended just for games; part of the meaning of the "i" is in reference to using it as a "personal tool," according to some Nintendo rep who may or may not have been full of it. We've already seen some fairly useless applications hit the service already, lending credence to this, so it makes a weird sort of sense for Nintendo to roll out..

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    Review Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A.

    Sample the sweet taste of crime

    If you weren't interested in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars but still hanker for some big city crime drama, you might be drawn to Gameloft's latest DSiWare release, Gangstar 2: Kings of LA. Taking the GTA template to a download title and offering it all for 500 Points should be a pretty sweet deal, but once you've...

  • Nintendo Download 29th March 2010 (North America)

    Wario, cafe table waiting and medieval battles on Wii; fireworks, turtles, fruity puzzles and music tuners for DSi

    Another Monday, another handful of games vying for your hard-earned Nintendo Points! The offerings are all across the board today with new DSiWare apps for musicians and a much-anticipated N64 release on Virtual Console. While not...

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    Review Super Yum Yum: Puzzle Adventures

    Fairly yummy

    First released for mobile phones and iPhone, Super Yum Yum is a puzzle game in which you play as Leon the chameleon, attempting to recover all your children and your large supply of fruit, all of which have been stolen by Ms. Tum Tum, a big blue creature with a large appetite. After a quick tutorial level you'll be thrust into action immediately. The game is divided into four worlds,..

  • First Impressions Sora o Kakeru Shōjyo Shooting

    Pretty girls and shooting action: a recipe for success

    If you weren't already jealous of the number of old-fashioned shooting games available in the Japanese DSi Shop thanks to the G.G. Series, now you have another one courtesy of I.T.L. Roughly translated as Shooting Space Girls, this is a side-scroller with a difference, though what that difference is won't be immediately apparent. You have an..

  • Nintendo Download 30th & 31st March 2010 (Japan)

    Bit Boy!! grows up and more MSX on Wii; Sims, role-playing and puzzling for DSi

    Marvelous Entertainment continues its World Game Parade this week on WiiWare, and Virtual Console buffs who're into the import scene may want to check out the MSX titles on offer that have come out of nowhere (we do like VC surprises, yes we do). DSiWare is a bit light this week with three titles, only one of which is..

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    Review Photo Dojo

    Well developed

    We first played Photo Dojo back at Nintendo’s Media Summit in February, and in the hustle and bustle of the event it was a huge amount of fun. Now it’s out of the O2 and into the hands of gamers everywhere, it’s still a great deal of fun but its flaws are far more apparent. Photo Dojo is an extremely simplistic fighting game...

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Drilling Attack

    Not a mad dentist, just more arcade fun!

    It's not hard to see why we keep on downloading G.G. Series games to preview because as many as there are, they all seem to have been made by people who care about delivering a quality slice of simple gaming fun. That they're only 200 Points each is just icing on the electron cake of arcade goodness. Drilling Attack features a robot (or person in chunky..

  • News Flipper Competition Winners

    Who grabbed the goodies?

    You may remember a few weeks ago we launched a competition, in collaboration with Hugo Smits of Flipper fame, to win some very cool prizes relating to his goldfish-seeking voxel-blasting title. Well, the final decisions have been made and we can now reveal the winners! Winner 1: Gerardo Moraila Cruz (known as abgar here at Nintendo Life!) Winner 2: Jaisohn Runner-up: Chad..

  • Nintendo Download 26th March 2010 (Europe)

    This Hanabi Festival's final game, with some nice things on WiiWare and DSiWare as well.

    As previously announced by Nintendo, the Hanabi Festival wasn't over just yet. This week brings us one last import game, and it's quite a highly anticipated one, at that. They could've just left it at that and called it a day, but they've also added a second, non-import Virtual Console game, just to keep the..

  • News AlphaBounce Breaks Away On DSiWare

    Featuring over 25 million levels? It can't be!?

    With puzzle games generally falling under one of several categories, it can be hard for developers to bring something unique to the table. When thinking of genres that tend to offer gamers replay value, puzzle games and RPGs seem like pretty good candidates. AlphaBounce is based on the popular Web game of the same name. With similar gameplay mechanics..

  • First Impressions G.G Series: D-Tank

    Tank-tastic arcade fun!

    Tanks feature in some of the earliest arcade games, from vector graphics classics like Battle Zone and Armor Attack to "newer" sprite-based games like Vindicators and Tank Force. As with the latter D-Tank sees players controlling a tank and trying to defend a base from attack by incoming waves of enemy tanks: a fairly simple premise, but as with other G.G. Series..

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    Review Drift Street International

    We thought of a drift racing pun but it slipped our minds

    So far on DSiWare, puzzlers are bountiful, platformers becoming more so, and don't get us started on sudoku games, but the amount of decent racers can be counted on one chain-chomped hand. So when something as pretty as Tantalus Media's Drift Street International rolls up, our knuckles turn white with interest. It may not blow past the..

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    Review Game & Watch Judge

    Judge quick, lest ye be bopped

    The Game & Watch series was Nintendo's first real foray into the world of portable video gaming. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who would later mastermind the grey-brick Game Boy we all know and love, these handheld electronic games featured an LCD display, a tinny speaker, and just enough buttons to complete the main...

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    Review Game & Watch Chef

    It's all fun and games until someone loses a sausage

    The Game & Watch series was Nintendo's first real foray into the world of portable video gaming. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who would later mastermind the grey-brick Game Boy we all know and love, these handheld electronic games featured an LCD display, a tinny speaker, and just enough buttons to complete the main objective, which differed..

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    Review Flips: The Enchanted Wood

    Now with stories from more well-known authors!

    It almost looked as if EA was simply going to release all stories included in the retail title Flips: Too Ghoul for School on DSiWare, but that seems not to be the case. This third book is actually from Flips: Faraway Tree Stories, which did not include completely "new" stories, but rather old ones written in the mid-1900s by author Enid..

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Assault Buster

    Arcade action the G.G. Series way

    The G.G. Series of games in the Japanese DSi Shop really are a little slice of arcade heaven. Not just because they offer some good old-fashioned fun, but because they're such well-crafted titles generally. Assault Buster is certainly one to put into the "pretty good" column, offering an interesting combination of run-and-gun and shooting action. Players..

  • News Mr Driller to Burrow Into DSiWare

    Drill Till you Drop, chums

    We love a bit of drilling action here at Nintendo Life – in fact, we recently called Mr Driller Drill Spirits one of our favourite ever ways to pass time on the big white throne. Well, soon you'll be able to get your drill on with no cartridge required, as the previously Japanese-only title Drill Till You Drop for...

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    Review Libera Wing

    Seeing the world of tower defence from both sides

    Tower defence games are getting increasingly popular with developers. It took WiiWare quite a while to get any, but DSiWare's already had three of them (although one is so far exclusive to North America). This latest addition to the sub-genre only really brings one new thing to the table: instead of exclusively defending, you get to be on the..

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    Review Game & Watch Mario's Cement Factory

    A blast from the past.

    Before the days of Game Boys and DS systems, Nintendo manufactured a small portable game device called the Game & Watch. These electronic games featured LCD screens that featured specific movements that could be controlled via various buttons and d-pads on the units. While they didn't feature the same type of full range...

  • Nintendo Download 22nd March 2010 (North America)

    Underground stories, street racing, tower defence and Game & Watch in this week's update

    No love for the Virtual Console this week, but we hope that the retro-stylings of the long-awaited Cave Story will satisfy even the most jaded fans of Nintendo's classic gaming archive. Meanwhile on the DSiWare front we have a surprise street racing game with 4-player local multiplayer support, a space-themed..

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    Review Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs - Fight for Survival

    T-Rexes and Diplos and Toilets, oh my

    Back in 2008, Ubisoft Quebec released Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs, a game aimed squarely at younger gamers in which you create your own dinosaur and use it to battle others. With the advent of the DSi and the popularity of smaller versions of retail titles on the DSi Shop, Ubisoft saw fit to release a stripped...

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    Review Flashlight

    Lights on, nobody's home

    There can be no more baffling title on DSiWare than Flashlight, a collection of three different "utilities" for the DS's dual screens: it makes the reams of clocks and calculators look like gaming gold. First up is a flashlight function, that lets you light both screens in a range of colours. If you can think of a...

  • Nintendo Download 23rd & 24th March 2010 (Japan)

    Frogs, romantic sagas, galactic brawling, shogi, mahjong, monsters and prison breaks next week in Japan

    WiiWareFrogger Returns (500pts – Konami) – A Japanese catch-up title that's been out for a few months in North America and just last month in Europe. We thought it was good fun and a nice return to form for a franchise that has spent a lot of time trying to become a platforming game. Virtual..

  • Nintendo Download 19th March 2010 (Europe)

    More Hanabi Festival, plenty of DSiWare and one lonely WiiWare game

    Several people were disappointed Nintendo of Europe didn't start off the latest Hanabi Festival with a certain vampire-slaying game last week, but there's no need to complain any more - It's out now! It brings with it a rather tedious little NES import, which might also mean this is already the final week of the Festival, as there..