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March2010

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    Review 101 Minigolf World

    This putt-putt is below par

    Though there are already two DSiWare games based on serious golfing, putt-putt (or crazy golf to our European chums! - Ed) has remained oddly under-represented – until now. Teyon has brought us yet another DSiWare game almost straight from the PC: 101 MiniGolf World, featuring over 100 different holes to play, tons of...

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    Review Simply Sudoku

    200 Points + 150 puzzles = 10/10?

    Let’s face facts here: anyone after a Sudoku game on DSiWare is likely to have bought one by now, but Engine Software has thrown its hat into the ring with Simply Sudoku, a truly barebones package. There’s three different difficulties with fifty puzzles per difficulty, which even if your maths isn’t good enough to solve a Sudoku should convince you you’re..

  • News 3D Motion Gaming Debuts on the DSi

    Breaking new ground with the DSi camera

    Although rumours abound of a motion-enabled successor to the DS being readied for unveiling in the near future, it seems some developers just couldn't wait and decided to attempt the same kind of game mechanics afforded by accelerometers utilising the second camera present on the DSi. The system is known as...

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    Review Car Jack Streets

    A fun, if flawed, take on the open world crime game

    Rockstar proved last year that an open world game could work very nicely on the DS with the excellent Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. But that was a full-on retail cartridge; how about the download realm, where size limitations are much more strict? Tag Games has taken a stab with Car Jack...

  • News Earthworm Jim Wriggling Onto DSiWare

    Details unearthed on Gameloft's upcoming remake

    Nintendo Power has revealed that developers Gameloft will be bringing its remake of classic platformer Earthworm Jim to DSiWare. Having already released the title for the iPhone, the download-crazy developers have set their sights on the DSi, and have revealed some interesting information on the game itself. Details are still thin on the ground, but..

  • News Nnooo! It's Another myPostcards Video!

    With pink lemonade goodness

    Nnoo has mailed us a new trailer for the upcoming DSiWare app myPostcards, and we promised to deliver it to you post-haste. Nnooo are currently finalising the price point and release of myPostcards with Nintendo, but the tracking number is shooting for delivery sometime in April for a mere 200 points. More as it comes, though beware, this video is designed to make you..

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    Review Simply Mahjong

    Simply, mahjong

    Although moderately popular around the world, no real effort is usually made to release mahjong-based video games in the west. Only recently did the Wii finally get two downloadable ones, and now it's DSiWare's turn. As the title hints, this game consists of mahjong and mahjong only. In particular, it's the game type that is also known as "shanghai" or "mahjong..

  • First Impressions Uchimakure! Touchpen Wars

    A touching game of combat

    Tom Create's follow-up to the cheap-and-cheerful space-based take on Dig Dug II is Touchpen Wars, an arcade-style shooter that's also offered at the budget price of 200 Points. Don't be fooled by the title – it's not a game laden with sentiment, but uses flicks and taps of the stylus to launch projectiles from gun emplacements at the bottom of the lower screen towards..

  • News Car Jack Streets Plans A Hit & Run In Europe

    Tag Games brings the GTA-style iPhone game to the DSi

    Want to see the dirty underside of society? Ever wondered what you'll be willing to do in order to get yourself out of trouble? If you've answered 'yes', then check out Grand Thef... we mean Car Jack Streets on the DSi. Already available on the iPhone and iPod Touch, Car Jack Streets is an action game that has the protagonist carrying a heavy..

  • Nintendo Download 15th March 2010 (North America)

    Gladiators, vampires, shooting, dinos, zoos and golf this week

    Fans of the classics will be pleased to see the TG-16 CD entry in the Castlevania series as well as a new take on the Punch-Out formula and a surprise target shooter on Wii, whilst the DSi gets a range of sim-style games: zoo, dino and gangster and a golf game for good measure. WiiWare:...

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Vertex

    More budget puzzling fun from Suzak

    Vertex is another take on the puzzle genre in the G.G. Series and like Energy Chain it's a competent and fairly original concept, but not necessarily an addictive one. Players move a small glowing green dot at the bottom which is projecting a guide line to the top of the screen. The object is to press buttons to light up the correct number of darkened vertices..

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    Review 4 TRAVELLERS: Play Spanish

    Demasiado aburrido para las palabras

    Playing board games on a long trip is hard when the pieces tend to go flying at every pothole. Agenius Interactive's 4 TRAVELLERS – Play Spanish, however, promises travel-friendly fun for all ages as you learn over 240 different words in Spanish. By studying via the two quiz modes and playing the board game against friends or the CPU, the words you'll pick up..

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    Review Elemental Masters

    Not one for the snotlings

    German developer lbxgames, a newcomer to the Nintendo scene, has thrown their hat into the DSiWare ring with Elemental Masters, a card-based fantasy game set in the mystical land of Elendior. A great demon is rumored to have arisen from the dead in order to continue his initial goal of spreading death and destruction across...

  • Nintendo Download 16 & 17 March 2010 (Japan)

    Racing punch-up, Zombie Wonderland and karate for the Wii; learning, canoeing, dogfighting, puzzling and shogi on the DSi

    The Virtual Console Arcade gets a surprise release (always nice) and there's a couple of interesting WiiWare games to tide over Wii owners; add in some intesting titles on the DSi and you get a pretty good week for Nintendo downloading overall. WiiWarePokosuka Racing (500pts -..

  • First Impressions Are? DS ga Sakasa Desu Kedo. Sakasa Drops

    A refreshing spin on the classic Tetris concept

    Sakasa Drops is the second DSiWare effort from Tecmo and like Gyaku Shooting is played holding your DSi upside down with the touchscreen up top. It's a novel gimmick that literally conveys the fact that the tables are being turned on some familiar gameplay. This game most strongly echoes the classic puzzle game Tetris with a couple of twists: players..

  • Nintendo Download 12th March 2010 (Europe)

    The Hanabi Festival kicks off, but sadly not with its most anticipated game.

    It seemed quite likely that Nintendo of Europe would be starting the fifth Hanabi Festival with some Castlevania goodness, but as it turns out, this is not the case! At least there's two different import games instead, one of which is another highly recommended title. WiiWare gets the short end of the stick for once with..

  • First Impressions Are? DS ga Sakasa Desu Kedo. Gyaku Shooting

    It's Star Force in a world gone mad!

    Tecmo have finally dipped their toes in the DSiWare water with a couple of games that have the novel feature of being played holding your DSi upside-down with the touchscreen at the top. This first one is based upon the classic Tekhan vertical shooter Star Force, which was one of the Virtual Console Arcade launch titles on the Wii. In both graphics and sound..

  • News Gangstar 2: Kings of LA Coming to DSiWare

    Get ready to rumble!

    Gameloft has just announced that their upcoming DSiWare title Gangstar 2: Kings of LA will be released on the European DSiWare service on March 26th and on the North American service on April 5th. A release in Japan is set for July 2010. Below are the features list from the official press release along with a collection of screenshot artwork that tells a bit more about the game..

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Energy Chain

    Budget puzzling from the budget DSiWare machine

    We have to figure that Suzak is porting games they originally developed for mobile phones for the G.G. Series, because it just doesn't seem possible that they could have made so many games in so short a span of time and actually had this many of them turn out to be worthwhile. Energy Chain is a puzzle game and whilst we wouldn't necessarily call it..

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Chō Hero Ōga

    "There's a super-man coming, there's a super-man coming..."

    This entry in the G.G. Series is a nice little brawler with a superhero theme. As with other games in the series, there's no menu options to worry about, game modes or story: instead you just use the D-Pad and a couple of buttons to pound on some costumed freaks until they get the better of you. Stages have static backgrounds and are a few..

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    Review Flips: The Bubonic Builders

    More of the same

    The first Flips story on DSiWare was a fairly decent reading experience for young kids, so it should come as no surprise that this second one provides more of the same. Just like Terror in Cubicle Four, The Bubonic Builders is one single story taken from the retail "game," Flips: Too Ghoul For School, which contained eight stories in all. Unexpectedly, it uses the exact..

  • Nintendo Download 8th March 2010 (North America)

    Markers, Dracula, Fantasy and Spanish this week

    WiiWareMax & the Magic Marker (1000pts – Press Play) – The novel platformer makes its North American debut today. We thought it was a very good addition to the platforming line-up on WiiWare, so if that kind of game floats your boat get your points ready! Dracula: Undead Awakening (1000pts – Chillingo) – Hot on the heels of the Eur

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    Review Globulos Party

    Shoot glob at target. Repeat. Wipe hands on pants.

    Since 2000, GlobZ has specialized in browser-based webgames, the most innovative of which being Globulos, an award-winning set of adorable multiplayer minigames pitting you against opponents from across the internets. As DSiWare, Globulos Party has received similar acclaim, featuring not just a one-system multiplayer option, but also DS Download..

  • News See the Latest myPostcards Video From Nnooo

    Also relax to its incredibly serene music

    Creative director of Nnooo Nic Watts dropped an e-mail into our laps just recently to let us know that he's made a new video for upcoming DSiWare app myPostcards. Take a look for yourself: the people in it are incredibly happy! We've still no information on an accurate release date or amount of points you'll be forking out for the app, but stay tuned for..

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    Review Real Football 2010

    Slick as a parrot

    With last year’s successful Real Football 2009 under its belt, Gameloft has dusted off its downloadable footballing franchise and slapped a new number on the end. Taking the control systems and fast, arcade-style gameplay from its predecessor and polishing it up, RF2010 is at once the definitive football game on DS and a real letdown. Make no mistake: this is some of the finest..

  • Nintendo Download 9th & 10th March 2010 (Japan)

    Capcom and Nichibutsu classics on Wii, Gameloft, G.G. Series and Kanji Training on DSi

    DSiWare doesn't hold any surprises, but it's nice to see more VCA releases and of course Capcom fueling the retro-fires. WiiWareRockman 10 (1000pts - Capcom) — By now we hope everyone knows this is what we know as Mega Man 10 outside of Japan. We though it was a worthy successor to the franchise crown; no..

  • Nintendo Download 5th March 2010 (Europe)

    "Retro" delights from Capcom, along with plenty of other things.

    There's quite a lot to downloads to pick from this week. The Virtual Console makes yet another return after being nowhere in sight the past two weeks, while Capcom has released not one, but two new "retro" games at once. Also finally available in Europe is the third installment in the Bit.Trip series, along with several..

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Wonder Land

    Alice in bullet-hell land

    Genterprise has published a steady string of G.G. Series games for DSiWare, delivering some much needed arcade-style gaming at a budget price with the majority of games coming from development studio Suzak. Wonder Land is a bullet hell shooter based upon Alice in Wonderland – not exactly a logical pairing, but certainly an amusing one. The sprite-based graphics are sharp..

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    Review VT Tennis

    Don't get court out

    You'd think developers would be racing to bring a MotionPlus-capable tennis game to WiiWare at the moment, especially after Wii Sports Resort didn't include a new version (unless ping-pong is enough to satisfy you). However, Virtual Toys has decided to skip the Wii Shop for now and release their new VT Tennis as DSiWare, offering stylus controls, seventeen different courts on..

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    Review Dracula: Undead Awakening

    Pretty much exactly the same, but cheaper

    Seeing the same game released on both WiiWare and DSiWare is pretty strange. Both being released in the same week is even more strange. But the fact that both games are also nigh-on identical just tops the weirdness scale. Again, you play as a Van Helsing look-a-like running around a large arena of sorts,...

  • Interviews Sabarasa Software and Save the Turtles

    We get answers on the upcoming DSiWare puzzler

    Nintendo Life: Firstly tell us a bit about your company Sabarasa Inc. and anything you've done previously that our readers might be aware of. Javier Otaegui, CEO and founder of Sabarasa: Sabarasa is a game developer based on Argentina and Mexico. We’ve been developing games for well over a decade now, but we have recently focused our attention on..

  • First Impressions Kappa Michi

    My little water demon

    In case you don't know what a kappa is (and we certainly didn't until we first heard of this game), know that it is a mischievous water sprite from Japanese mythology prone to eating small children (and cucumbers – hence the "kappa maki" found in Japanese sushi restaurants); now residing on the DSi. A product of internal Nintendo studio Brownie Brown, Inc., Kappa..

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    Review Zoo Frenzy

    Another odd mix of different genres from Gameloft

    Gameloft is rather fond of porting their back catalogue to Nintendo's download services. This time, however, it seems that they've created an entirely new game specifically for DSiWare. An odd mixture of simulation and strategy, with some light RPG elements thrown in for good measure. The premise is...

  • News Nintendo Download 1st March 2010 (North America)

    March is Mega Month!

    This week Mega Man 10 debuts in North America, much to the delight of retro-gaming fans eager to get more 8-bit styled platforming goodness out of their Wiis. Of course let's not ignore the other WiiWare offerings or the fact that the NEO GEO is back on the Virtual Console following a short hiatus. DSi Owners have a couple of sporting games to choose from, some more adventure..

  • First Impressions Kai Illust Puzzle Guru Guru Logic

    Picross meets ... Quarth?

    Nintendo seems to have single-handedly popularised picross on home and console game systems, with only Hudson daring to dabble in the same space. Continuing the tradition they've partnered with D4 Enterprise to bring a new faster-paced game to the DSi which combines traditional Picross with elements of Konami's old puzzle/shooter, Quarth. Instead of creating an image..

February2010

  • First Impressions Aa Mujō Setsuna

    Lots of flash; not much substance

    Nintendo isn't exactly known for publishing shooters, much less shooters of the "bullet hell" variety, but that's exactly what we have here. Developed by Arika and recently shown at the Nintendo Media event in North America as Metal Torrent, Aa Mujō Setsuna is certainly one of the most graphically impressive DSiWare games we've seen, but the gameplay is..

  • News Extreme Hangman Breaks Sales Records

    How do you spell "best selling North American game"?

    While some studios are struggling to reach Nintendo’s download sales targets and actually make some kind of profit from DSiWare development, Gamelion Studios are having no such trouble with the platform. Extreme Hangman, the developer’s first DSiWare production, has shot to the top of the...

  • First Impressions WarioWare DIY, FlingSmash and Photo Dojo

    Hands-on with three very different titles

    You've already heard what we thought of Metroid: Other M, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Sin and Punishment 2, and we got to play Monster Hunter 3 a few weeks ago, but there's still plenty to tell about the other titles available to play throughout the summit. One title we made a beelin

  • News DSiWare Enters Tie-Break with VT Tennis

    Spanish developer Virtual Toys serves up some tennis

    In between tournament seasons and need a tennis fix? Starting next Monday, you can get the strawberries and cream out of the fridge as you start preparing for a Summer of sports with a new tennis title on the DSi. VT Tennis will feature a Quickmatch mode where you can tweak certain settings and get off to a quick game. The number of games, and..

  • First Impressions Handy Mahjong

    Budget majaan on the go

    Mahjong (or, as they call it in Japan, "majaan") is incredibly popular in Japan where you can find gambling parlours with fully automated tables shuffling, dealing and stacking tiles for players. It therefore should come as no surprise that there are a few mahjong games available in the Japanese DSiWare shop and Handy Mahjong is one of the cheapest available at..

  • Nintendo Download 2nd & 3rd March 2010 (Japan)

    Another light week for the Wii and the usual assortment for DSi to start the month off

    Japan seems to have settled very much into a release schedule like other territories, which will hopefully send some green-eyed monsters off to bed (well, except Virtual Console fans). WiiWareAqualiving: Television de Nagameru Sakana Tachi (800pts - Nintendo) – Nintendo are finally getting in on the virtual..

  • Nintendo Download 26th February 2010 (Europe)

    The Virtual Console is still nowhere in sight, but at least there's Castlevania!

    Believe it or not, this is the sixth week of this year in which we haven't gotten any new Virtual Console games. The amount of weeks in which we have is actually lower! Nintendo partially makes up for it by releasing a ton of games on the other services, but the situation on the retro front is obviously quite..

  • News Yullaby Causing a Fire Panic on DSi

    Budding firefighters can start tackling those flames later in the year

    French development studio Yullaby is taking things back to the Game & Watch days with a new "beginner-friendly" title. Fire Panic is a game that requires the player to map out a route on the lower screen for the fire engine to travel by in order to extinguish a series of fires on the street map. As you can see from..

  • News Teyon Announces 101 Minigolf World Release and Other Upcoming Downloads

    Latest DSiWare game gets a publication date and new DSiWare and WiiWare titles revealed

    Teyon is really ramping up their output on the DSiWare and WiiWare fronts, announcing that their third DSiWare game, 101 Minigolf World, will be coming to the North American DSiWare Shop on the 15th of March. In addition they unveiled the names of five other DSiWare games due this year and an upcoming WiiWare..

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    Review Aura-Aura Climber

    A shining beacon of arcade-style fun

    It's not easy being a star, having to worry about losing your place in the night sky. Aura-Aura has slipped and fallen from the heavens, crashing into the Earth far, far below, and you'll be helping him to resume his place in outer space in Aura-Aura Climber, Nintendo's own latest offering for DSiWare. By now,...

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    Review Faceez

    Fun with friends

    The DSi has been getting some love lately in terms of games that take advantage of its onboard cameras, but applications geared toward straight-up photo manipulation are still somewhat sparse. Neko Entertainment has come forward to help fill the gap with Faceez, a quirky little application promising plenty of ways for you to customise photos of faces taken with the DSi cameras,..

  • News WiiWare and DSiWare Release Dates Announced

    Download services keep on rolling!

    Nintendo has just announced the release schedule for their DSiWare and WiiWare services at their Media Summit in San Francisco and it looks like the Nintendo digital download services are about to really heat up. You can check out the full press release on these releases below and we'll have new screenshots on some of these games later today. For WiiWare:..

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    Review Flipper

    Will it really make you flip?

    What began life as a mere tech demo for its creator's Voxel 3D engine somehow turned into a fairly hyped up DSiWare release that's gotten quite a bit of attention since it was announced last year. Not only that, but the game has undergone a major visual overhaul during the course of its development. The ultimate goal in...

  • News GlobZ Announces Globulos Party for March

    DSiWare release coming soon to North America and Europe

    We've just gotten word from independent French development studio GlobZ that they've received a publication date for their upcoming DSiWare game Globulos Party. Globulos Party is a mini-game collection featuring cute and colourful blobby critters that you guide with the stylus to play a full score of games including billiards, football..

  • Interviews EnjoyUp Games - Chronos Twins

    EnjoyUp Games talk Chronos Twins.

    With the recent release of Chronos Twins on both the DSiWare and WiiWare services, we thought it might be a good time to try to get some more information out of EnjoyUp Games about the titles they've created during their years in the gaming industry. Julio Moruno, Lead Game Designer on Chronos Twins, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to take..

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    Review Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four

    Reading fun for the young kids

    Digital books seem like a pretty obvious thing to sell for just about any handheld. Strangely enough, we didn't really see any notable ones on the DS until 2008 when Nintendo released their 100 Classic Book Collection. At the end of 2009, EA released a set of five Flips games, each featuring a number of decently sized stories to read on your DS. Terror in Cubicle Four..

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    Review Puzzle to Go Wildlife

    Puzzling

    DSiWare's got more than enough puzzle games already, so we can't say it was unexpected that the service has now finally gotten one based on the traditional definition of the word. Based on nothing more and nothing less than jigsaw puzzles, all you'll be doing here is dragging around pieces of a puzzle in an effort to snap them all together and form a picture of an animal. It works quite..

  • News Dark Void Zeroes In on European Release

    Capcom Twitter feed spills the beans

    Dark Void in HD may have been something of a stinker, but the "long-lost" 8-bit prequel Dark Void Zero smelled quite lovely. Europe hasn't been able to smell its retro roses so far, but that's all about to change soon. Capcom Europe community manager Chiara Woolford revealed on her Twitter feed that the retro prequel will be hitting the European DSi..

  • Nintendo Download 22nd February 2010 (North America)

    Ghost slaying, mouse housing, flight controlling and fish finding this week!

    North America is clearly the territory to envy thus far this year with weekly updates featuring a variety of downloads for the Wii and DSi. Whilst retro-gamers will bemoan the absence of any Virtual Console releases this time around, there's still a bevy of budget WiiWare releases to check out and a mix of games on DSiWare..

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    Review Flight Control

    Up in the air

    Already available on the iPhone, Flight Control puts you in one of the world’s most stressful jobs: air traffic controller. Charged with landing all flights safely, you have to plot a path for each incoming aircraft towards its designated landing zone, naturally making sure to avoid collisions. What begins as a straightforward exercise in drawing lines soon becomes an intense..

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Z・ONE

    Budget shooting on the go

    Genterprise has published a lot of DSiWare in the past year, mostly as part of a budget line called G. G. Series. These are small arcade-style games with a 200 Point price tag which have caught the attention of many who read our weekly Japanese download news because we just aren't seeing this kind of thing elsewhere for some reason. Z・ONE is one of the first of these..

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

    Another light release week, but a surprise VCA release takes us higher

    This year Nintendo seems to be taking a more leisurely release pace than its overseas arms. Whilst this can be disappointing for importers, it certainly seems more fair and we have to think that game publishers will be happy to have less competition than in those massive release weeks gone by. WiiWareGyakuten Saiban 3 (1200pts -..

  • First Impressions Shashin de Kakutō! Photo Fighter X

    Two street fighters and a microphone

    No doubt many have seen the latest and greatest fighting game on the Wii and thought "me and my mates could do better than that." Well Nintendo must have read your pixie-stick addled thoughts because they went and released a D.I.Y. fighting game for the DSi last December in Japan called Photo Fighter X...

  • Nintendo Download 19th February 2010 (Europe)

    Another no-show for the Virtual Console.

    Things were looking alright for a while, but Nintendo of Europe has gone back to their old tricks once again, as this week offers us no new Virtual Console titles. Not to worry too much though, because at least there's 7 downloads spread across the other two services! On WiiWare, the biggest release is, no doubt, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For..

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    Review Scrabble Classic

    Words in your pants

    Scrabble has been kicking around as a DS release for almost a year now, but plopping down full price for a board game adaptation that you might only play every once in a while is kind of a tough pill to swallow for a lot of people. This DSiWare release, while reduced in both price and features, is a good alternative for wordsmiths but goes down a little more bitter than we’d..

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    Review Prehistorik Man

    A real dinosaur

    Originally released for DOS as Prehistorik 2, Prehistorik Man has seen ports to the Game Boy, SNES, and GBA already, and it seems the GBA version has been ported to DSiWare this time around. In each version, the story is the same — hungry dinosaurs have snuck into a prehistoric village in the dead of night and eaten all the villagers' stored food. You play as Sam, who has been..

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    Review Spotto!

    Boom boom pow

    When it comes to downloadable game output, Intelligent Systems is on a roll. They’ve launched us to the moon, single-handedly blasted pollution into nothingness and took a few turns around some dragon war. Now they’ve got us chucking bombs into the mouths of ghosts in Spotto! And while it may be their smallest effort yet, it manages to stand tall among the rest of DSiWare’s..

  • First Impressions Sakutto Hamareru Hori Hori Action Mr. Driller

    Portable Driller action is Go!

    Namco's Mr. Driller is certainly one of the greatest arcade puzzle franchises ever, and has even surpassed its arcade heritage on home consoles in the the past decade of its existence. Whilst Drill Land remains the franchise pinnacle, subsequent releases on WiiWare and DS have still been fun entries in the series, providing plenty of drilling action for

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    Review Spaceball: Revolution

    The same sphere-shooting fun, now in the palm of your hand

    Last year, Virtual Toys brought Spaceball: Revolution to the Wii Shop, an arcade-style puzzle game that had you firing at a grid to copy patterns. Now that it's hit the DSi Shop, this puzzler has brought the same unique experience to a handheld system. Challenge Mode is where you’ll find the meat of the game, and you'll find yourself..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 4: The One With Datarock

    There's a Norwegian, Dark Void Zero, de Blob, Mega rap and the aural debut of Sega's 16-bit beast — what more could you possibly want?

    Welcome to another jolly good episode of NLFM, the chip and game music podcast from Nintendo Life. We're joined in this bumper-length episode by special guest Fredrik Saroena, one half of the retro-soaked Norwegian...

  • Interviews Flipper Developer Hugo Smits

    The one-man voxel machine talks DSiWare development

    It's not long until Flipper will be swimming onto DSi systems, so we had just enough time to reel in Hugo Smits, hook some questions on him and wait for him to return with the answers. Nintendo Life: First off, congratulations on the Seal of Approval! Just to bring our readers up to speed, what's...

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    Review Let's Golf!

    Par for the course

    On DSiWare, we very recently saw the release of A Little Bit of... Nintendo Touch Golf (Or True Swing Golf Express in North America), a slightly cut-down version of the retail game bearing the same name. We thought it was very competent, and as such felt that the "golf game" gap on the service had been filled. But here...

  • News Nintendo Download 15th February 2010 (North America)

    Phoenix Wright, Art of Balance, Spaceball, Sonic and more in another big update!

    Nintendo of America is certainly putting out a lot of original content for the Wii and DSi this year. This week we have four downloads for Wii and five for the DSi, so hopefully you'll be able to find something of interest. WiiWarePhoenix Wright Ace Attorney: JUSTICE FOR ALL (1000pts - Capcom) – Another chapter in..

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    Review Oscar in Movieland

    Cut, cut, cut

    Oscar in Movieland was originally released for Amiga computers in 1993 under the name Oscar. While its predecessor, Oscar in Toyland, was centered around Troll dolls back in the day and later shoehorned the character into the game when developer Flair lost the license, Movieland was the first straight-up Oscar game. Like Toyland, this is essentially a platforming scavenger hunt. In..

  • News DodoGo! Rolls Into View

    Currently incubating

    Alien After All and Neko Entertainment have today announced their first DSiWare download: DodoGo! The title is highly stylised action puzzle game in which the stylus is used as a tool to return the Dodo eggs back to their nest and away from the jaws of hungry predators. The eggs themselves are uncontrollable leaving players to manipulate the environment as a mechanism to get..

  • Nintendo Download 16th & 17th February 2010 (Japan)

    Japanese downloads go on a diet

    There's still something being offered in each category next week, but this has to be one of the lightest Japanese download weeks we can remember with only four games on offer across both platforms. WiiWareDiner Dash (1000pts - Hudson) — Hudson is pretty good about doing worldwide releases close together so you should probably expect to see this restaurant game..

  • Nintendo Download 12th February 2010 (Europe)

    Increasing the amount of games ever so slowly.

    Nintendo of Europe's planned games for today seemed almost set in stone since last week, but over the past few days we suddenly got a handful of extra games to complement update, bringing the total amount of new things this week up to seven. Still not quite as much as elsewhere, but at least they're inching their way ever closer! By far the biggest..

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    Review Link 'n' Launch

    We have liftoff!

    If it's one thing Intelligent Systems has become well known for over the years, it's their diverse game development. While they've had their hands in quite a few of Nintendo's biggest selling hits over the years, it's their Advance Wars and Paper Mario series that tend to stick out in most people's minds. Now, they've decided to try something a little different with their newest..

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    Review Fieldrunners

    Run to the hills

    There once was a time when the tower defence genre was so niche that, shock and awe, there weren’t these types of games released somewhere every week. In case you haven’t overindulged on the genre, Subatomic Studios’ Fieldrunners would like your attention, please. No, don’t leave, it’s good! Originally released on Apple’s App Store back in October 2008, it was (and..

  • First Impressions Earth Saver

    Dig Dug II: a new action film from Michael Bay

    Tom Create are no strangers to the Nintendo download scene having released a WiiWare "card battle" game and three budget DSiWare games last year. Earth Saver was the last DSiWare game from them in 2009: a puzzle game with a play mechanic very much like Namco's Dig Dug II, but a setting like a millennial disaster flick. The Earth is threatened..

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    Review Extreme Hangman

    Less violence, more vocabulary

    With all the sudoku games that have hit the DSi Shop since the service launched last April, it's nice to occasionally see a pen-and-paper puzzle game for DSiWare that doesn't involve numbers. In Extreme Hangman, Gamelion has taken the time-honored word-guessing game and turned it into something a little more interesting. Where before you were merely hoping to save..

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    Review Sudoku 4Pockets

    Time to dig out your sudoku dictionary

    Since 2002, the aptly-named 4Pockets.com has been creating applications and casual games for pocket PCs and smartphones, including Breakout clones, jigsaw puzzles, pinball games, and of course, sudoku. Their version of the ever-popular puzzle game has received a slight makeover and a cute Japanese doll-shaped...

  • News Hudson Bringing Tetris Party Live to DSiWare

    Party on the bus

    Nintendo handhelds and Tetris go together like chocolate and peanut butter, so it's a bit disheartening that the stellar Tetris DS is so hard to come by these days. Hudson hears your pain and is stepping in with Tetris Party Live for DSiWare, which was discovered by Siliconera via an OLFC rating (G, by the way). Tetris Party on WiiWare turned out to be a blast and a portable (and..

  • News Flipper finally gets a launch date

    February 22nd for goldfish hunting fun

    Some of you may remember Flipper, an indie title being developed by Goodbye Galaxy Games. The game features a boy traveling though various worlds trying to rescue his pet Goldfish named (surprisingly) Flipper. We've been following the title since its early inception (in part thanks to Hugo Smits and his blog...

  • Interviews Firemint - Flight Control

    The two-million selling iPhone app is coming to DSiWare very soon...

    Flight Control is coming to land on DSiWare in Europe and Australia on Friday, February the 19th for only 500 Nintendo points - sadly the US release date is still up in the air. To coincide with this imminent arrival we took the opportunity to fly some questions over to Firemint's...

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    Review Snakenoid

    Combining two classics into one disaster

    Cinemax's last DSiWare game wasn't too hot, so we didn't exactly have high hopes for their second effort. It looks like our assumptions were correct, because although it borrows heavily from classics Arkanoid and Snake, it just doesn't work. How does one combine Arkanoid and Snake, you ask? Simple: by taking...

  • Nintendo Download 8th February 2010 (North America)

    Another big update for North America: blasting, dancing, balloons, rockets and more this week!

    The big North American updates keep on coming. This week there's four new WiiWare releases, five new DSiWare releases and a quirky NES adventure game. WiiWare: Blaster Master: Overdrive (1000pts - Sunsoft) -- The announcement of the original NES classic...

  • First Impressions Chōkon Chicken Do Shindan

    Test your "Chicken Bird Soul"

    The DS has become massively popular in part due to the number of games on it which claim to test players cleverness in some way. These are typically referred to as "brain training" programs and they've clearly been embraced by a large audience of people that enjoy being tested on math skills and such. This application appears to be a parody of these games in..

  • Nintendo Download 9th & 10th February 2010 (Japan)

    A revamped PC Engine game comes to WiiWare, more Mega Man on the VC and a DSiWare gaming assault next week in Japan!

    The Wii only has two downloads next Tuesday, but they're both hotly anticipated releases for strategy and retro fans. DSiWare is where the real download action is though, with no less than seven releases - all of which appear to be bona fide games this time! WiiWareNectaris (1000pts..

  • Interviews Virtual Playground - Oscar In Movieland

    Let's go to the movies with Oscar!

    With the upcoming release of their second DSiWare platformer featuring Oscar this coming Monday in North America, we thought now would be a good time to get in touch with the developers in order to find out a bit more information about the game. Colin Courtney, Managing Director of Virtual Playground, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to sit..

  • Nintendo Download 5th February 2010 (Europe)

    Two anticipated titles finally arrive.

    The Virtual Console seems to be in full swing in Europe again, after a rather lackluster period - We got Street Fighter Alpha 2 last week, and we're getting Sonic & Knuckles the next. The space inbetween isn't empty either, because Capcom has chosen to release two games in a row. Meanwhile, on WiiWare, we've finally gotten a certain racing game from..

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    Review Downtown Texas Hold 'Em

    One step forward, two steps back.

    We've already seen a host of card games released on DSiWare so far and Texas Hold'em seems to be the hot new card game to get. Hudson recently released its High Stakes Texas Hold'em onto the service to rather mediocre reviews and now EA is serving up its version of the game with the release of Downtown Texas Hold 'Em. There are basically three modes of play to..

  • First Impressions Panel Renketsu 3 Minute Rocket

    Pipe Mania plus Apollo Space Progam plus Sky TV?

    Whilst Nintendo's Intelligent Systems development team might be better known for the Fire Emblem series, on the download front they seem to be cutting loose with a lightgun shooter on WiiWare and now a puzzle game for the DSi. At first glance it looks like the classic puzzler Pipe Mania, but that's...

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    Review 5 in 1 Solitaire

    Five games for the price of two

    So far, Digital Leisure hasn't done the greatest job of bringing public-domain games to WiiWare or DSiWare. Sudoku Challenge wasn't challenging in quite the right way, and Word Searcher only worked on DSiWare because word searches were meant to be portable to begin with. The interfaces seemed a bit rushed and bare-bones, and the games themselves weren't anything..

  • First Impressions Pinball Attack!

    Pinball and shooters: two tastes that go great together

    ArtePiazza is better recognised for its work on RPGs like Enix's Dragon Quest series and more recently Koei's Wii RPG Opoona, so it's interesting that their freshman effort on DSiWare is a marriage of video pinball and shooter called Pinball Attack! There are currently no other pinball games on the Japanese DSiWare service, but even taking..

  • First Impressions Space Invaders Extreme Z

    Space Invaders Extreme 2 comes to DSiWare

    Space Invaders is a video game icon: even people who don't play video games are likely to recognise the bitmap images of the Invaders thanks to Taito's persistence in keeping the brand name alive via product licensing, video game sequels and home console ports. The celebration of the 30th anniversary of Space Invaders saw the release of a new WiiWare game..

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    Review Legends of Exidia

    DSiWare's first RPG doesn't set the bar too high, but it's still quite enjoyable

    It's a bit odd that we haven't seen any DSiWare RPGs until now. You'd think that with the service's portable nature and the genre’s wealth of retail releases, it would be a perfect fit. Apparently developers think otherwise! Gameloft is known for their frequent porting of games, and Legends of Exidia is no exception..

  • News Oscar in Movieland Filming Soon

    Coming to the Americas on February 8

    We have just received word from our good friends at Virtual Playground that the follow up to their first DSiWare game, Oscar in Toyland, will be out on the DSiWare service in North America on the 8th of February for 800, with Europe and Australasia getting the game later on in the month. The game will employ a similar gameplay style to the original, except for..

  • Podcast Episode 12 - Fragile Dreams and Reviews Round-Up!

    Plus first impressions and news too

    Yes, it was but one month ago we all gathered around the soft glow of our audio devices to discover who won the Nintendo Life Game of the Year Awards. This month we look forward, with audio recaps of our recent previews of Art of Balance, Rage of the Gladiator and Calling, as well as a podcast exclusive preview as I talk about my time with Fragile Dream

  • Nintendo Download 1st February 2010 (North America)

    Cards, golf, adventures and bug puzzles this week

    Looks like the download scene in North America is ramping back up again with a hefty five new titles on DSiWare, and four downloads on Wii including a new Virtual Console release. WiiWareTales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 (1000pts - Telltale Games) - The saga of Guybrush Threepwood comes to a climactic conclusion! Obviously if you've been following..

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  • First Impressions Moyasu Puzzle Flametail

    One-third of MaBoShi reborn on DSiWare

    If you've played 3-in-1 WiiWare game MaBoShi, then you'll recognise Moyasu Puzzle Flametail as the "Square" game -- you know, the one that wasn't played with a single button press? The gameplay in Flametail is largely the same as MaBoShi's Square, but there have been some graphical enhancements and the addition of power-ups and a new play mode..

  • First Impressions Legends of Exidia

    We get to grips with Gameloft's miniature epic

    Earlier this week Nintendo Life was cordially invited to Gameloft's London office for a hands-on of their latest adventure for DSiWare, Legends of Exidia, which has now been released in the European shop. Gameloft is developing something of a reputation as the most ambitious developers in the download market. These platforms tend to attract puzzle..

  • Nintendo Download 2nd & 3rd February 2010 (Japan)

    WiiWare catch-up, a couple MSX ports and a sprinkling of DSiWare in Japan next week

    The slow start to the year continues to be slow, but at least there's some quality releases to be had. WiiWareExcitebike World Race (1000pts - Nintendo) – Better late than never for this well received update to the Famicom classic. Virtual ConsoleQuarth (800pts MSX - Konami) – Some gamers outside of Japan might..

  • News Unleash Your Inner DJ With Rytmik

    Music creator coming to DSiWare

    If you're like us then there's a non-stop party going on in your head that you want the world to hear. Czech developers Cinemax want to help get that party out with their upcoming DSiWare music creation tool Rytmik. With over 170 loops and samples of varying instruments and plenty of fiddling options, Rytmik sounds like it could be a lot of fun for transcribing that..

  • Nintendo Download 29th January 2010 (Europe)

    One single Virtual Console game in three weeks. Again.

    But don't feel let down again, because it's actually quite a solid week this time. With DSiWare still being almost completely taken up by Electroplankton rereleases, there's only one real "new" game for each service, but all of them are (or seem to be) good picks. Possibly to tie in with today's release of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Capcom..

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