DSiWare - News


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    Review AiRace: Tunnel

    All I wanna do is zomma-zoom-zoom

    Flight games are a rare breed on DSiWare. There’s Thorium Wars and, uh, we suppose Paper Plane, and now QubicGames has entered the not-so-crowded field with the neat AiRace: Tunnel. It’s more Paper Plane than Thorium Wars since the focus is on navigating an obstacle course/tunnel as far as you can instead of...

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    Review Escapee GO!

    A must for maze mavens.

    Gevo Entertainment didn't have the greatest luck with WiiWare, but they've turned things around for their debut DSiWare release, going from a brightly colored, child-centric theme to something more dark and mysterious. In Escapee GO!, you play as Claire, a girl who has been locked up in an insane asylum by the mysterious...

  • News Get Your Game Faceez On

    DSiWare title revealed, screenshots reveal silliness

    We're all for a little visual mischief here at Nintendo Life, so when Neko Entertainment wanted to bend our ear about their upcoming download title Faceez we had a devilish little grin on our collective face. Here's what their press release has to say for itself: Neko Entertainment, a leading...

  • Nintendo Download 25th January 2010 (North America)

    Cards, blocks, numbers and ghouls in this week's update

    Looks like a decent update from Nintendo of America this week with three for WiiWare (including a long-awaited card game), three for DSiWare and another LucasArts title on the Virtual Console for good measure. WiiWareUNO (1000pts - Gameloft) – A bit overdue perhaps, but finally you can play UNO on your Wii as the rest of the world has been..

  • Nintendo Download 26 & 27 January 2010 (Japan)

    More Phoenix Wright, more N64, more DSiWare anime photo frames!

    It's still a small update, but after a mini-break WiiWare has returned along with the first new N64 game in nearly a year on the Virtual Console. Not to be left out there are five new releases for Japanese DSiWare -- though only two are games; one being a new puzzler from Nintendo. WiiWareJanken Party Paradise (500pts - Studio Zan) –..

  • Nintendo Download 22nd January 2010 (Europe)

    The Virtual Console gets abandoned again.

    You've got to wonder what's going on over at Nintendo of Europe. For the second time, we've now gone two weeks in a row without a VC title, despite knowing that there's still plenty of them upcoming. Come on, NoE! Just like last week, there's really only one noteworthy title - The rest is completely...

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    Review Chronos Twins

    Double the fun, half the price.

    Quick history lesson: Chronos Twins began life as a Game Boy Advance title that was later ported over to the DS. While the game saw release in the UK, it was unable to land a North American publisher – poor UK sales didn't help matters. The game was released on WiiWare and now, only one week later, the DS version is...

  • News AiRace: Tunnel coming to DSiWare next week

    Plane-racing action hits the US download store Monday

    Like planes? Like racing? Like combining two of your favourite things? Then you might just want to check out QubicGames' AiRace: Tunnel when it hits the US DSiWare store next week. The game promises to blend puzzle game sensibilities with aerial action for a mere 200 points. For those of us who remember, watching the trailer is very reminiscent..

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    Review Dark Void Zero

    More 8-bit retro goodness

    We've already seen Capcom enjoy success on WiiWare with their retro-infused Mega Man 9 release. Now it seems they're trying to show DSiWare the same retro love with Dark Void Zero. Of course now the question is, does the game live up to the lofty standards the company has already put in place with Mega Man 9? Dark Void Zero...

  • News Nnooo Officially Announce myPostcards

    New DSiWare app shaping up nicely.

    Nnooo has just sent out the official announcement of their newest DSiWare app myPostcards. You can check out the official press release below for more information on the upcoming title and we'll keep you informed of any new developments regarding the application. Following the highly successful launch of...

  • Nintendo Download 18th January 2010 (North America)

    Brawn, brains, twins, dogs, ninjas and platform games "risen from the dead" -- this week has it all!

    A nice update for North America this week as we see a game many thought would stay in Japan, a new brain teaser and a catch-up title for the Genesis on the Virtual Console. DSiWare is no slouch though with a selection of strategy and platform games...

  • Nintendo Download 19 & 20 January 2010 (Japan)

    Another light week for Japanese downloads.

    Nintendo corporate seems to be imitating the European division when it comes to the Wii in Japan with a second week of VC-only downloads: only one title this week for the little white box. The DSi fares a little better with five new releases, some of which are actually games! Virtual ConsoleSalad no Kuni no Tomato Hime (500pts Famicom - Hudson) - Known..

  • News First Look: myPostcards

    Check out Nnooo's newest app in action!

    Nic Watt of Nnooo has just released the first video of his upcoming DSiWare application myPostcards in action. You may remember our recent podcast interview with Nic where he hinted at such a creation, in fact. You can check out the video below for a taste of what you can expect from the program and we'll keep you updated on any new information on the app as..

  • Nintendo Download 15 January 2010 (Europe)

    And thus it becomes even harder to say anything positive about Nintendo of Europe.

    After not releasing any Virtual Console games for Christmas and the week after, you'd think Nintendo would've learned their lesson when they finally release one last week. But no, they're back to their old tricks again, as this week offers next to nothing all around. The Wii only gets a single new downloadable game..

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    Review Word Searcher

    Better on a portable?

    Digital Leisure attempted to jump on the Sudoku DSiWare bandwagon a while back, failing miserably in the process. Now they've taken another crack at the service with something different: Word Searcher, a game featuring 100 different word-search puzzles to sink your vocabulary into. Granted, Word Searcher as WiiWare wasn't that great, but for those of us who passed up the..

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    Review Jazzy Billiards

    Every day I'm hustling

    Out of the entire spectrum of bar games to make the digital jump, billiards is second only to poker in delivering really fun interpretations, like Virtual Pool on PC. What makes that series great is a total understanding of why billiards is fun and how to translate that into mechanics that feel more like skill than luck. Arc...

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    Review Move Your Brain: Rollway Puzzle

    Tilting fun on a DSi

    Move Your Brain: Rollway Puzzle certainly is a brave title. It dares make use of the DSi camera extensively – the last title to do that was Nintendo’s own WarioWare Snapped! and the result was a game that didn’t really work in a lot of lighting situations. The game is based on a maze of 3D platforms, the job of the player...

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    Review Sokomania

    A budget title in more ways than one.

    When Cinemax first announced their plans to bring the classic Sokoban puzzle to DSiWare, we were somewhat excited – especially with the price being set at a measly 200 points. But unfortunately, in this case, this has also resulted in the game itself not offering much content. The game starts with pretty sloppy presentation. After a few logos and the..

  • Nintendo Download 11 January 2010 (North America)

    Courtroom drama, temporal shenanigans, shadow play, billiards and board games this week.

    Well, it looks like the release schedule in North America is starting out as slow as everywhere else, although three WiiWare releases and a Virtual Console add is pretty impressive even if it is smaller than the release weeks in December. The DSi offerings are a bit on the light side with a couple of games that..

  • Nintendo Download 12 & 13 January 2010 (Japan)

    WiiWare takes a back seat, more MSX and the usual load of DSiWare.

    Well, the WiiWare releases have been sparse recently and next week there will be none. Wii owners will at least get a Virtual Console update; though with a couple of Konami shooters that frankly looked better in other incarnations elsewhere, it will be small comfort. The DSi, on the other hand seems to be back to true form with six..

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    Review Animal Puzzle Adventure

    Puppies and kittens and piglets, oh my

    Aksys Games makes most of their living by translating and localising Japanese games for Western markets. Their choices for WiiWare offerings, at least, haven't been great so far, but they've now graced the DSi Shop with partner developer Arc System Works' Animal Puzzle Adventure (formerly Chiria no Doubutsu

  • Nintendo Download 8 January 2010 (Europe)

    Virtual Console returns!

    After two weeks of very few interesting downloadable games, today offers us some potentially good titles. The Virtual Console gets one new game (And a good one, at that) while WiiWare gets two and DSiWare gets three. The first Virtual Console game in 3 weeks is Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi on the Mega Drive. Released...

  • News Dark Void Zero Landing This Month

    Capcom continues 8-bit resurrection

    While HD console owners can expect to play Capcom's Dark Void on the big screen soon, the company hasn't forgotten about DSi fans, with a portable version available to download to DSi in the coming weeks. Titled Dark Void Zero, the game takes its visual cues from classic 8-bit shooters such as Metroid as well as...

  • Nintendo Download 4 January 2010 (North America)

    A quiet start to the new year.

    Nintendo of America seems to have spent the last few weeks compensating for all those two- and three-game release weeks in the rest of the year recently, but for the first update of the New Year we're back to only a handful, some of which have already been released in Europe and Japan -- hopefully not a sign of a return to the old ways! WiiWareHeron: Steam Machine..

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    Review The Oregon Trail

    The most fun you can have with dysentery

    For whatever reason, The Oregon Trail in its various incarnations, whether on DOS or an Apple II, holds a special place in the hearts of American gamers. Maybe it's because of the balanced risk/reward system and simple resource management. But more likely it's because The Oregon Trail was one of the few...


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    Review Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever

    Pure bred or pure mutt?

    Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever is a curious title: it's unashamed of its Nintendogs roots, but rather than simply following the leader of the pack it earnestly tries to make its own mark. It's a virtual pet sim, focused on raising a small pack of puppies and training them for various competitions. The game is set in a small town where the player has their own humble abode..

  • Nintendo Download 5th & 6th January 2010 (Japan)

    A quiet start to the new year.

    The Japanese Wii and DSi shops have seen some massive updates this past year much to the envy of 'net-reading Wii owners in other territories, but Nintendo are taking it easy at home with a mere handful of releases to start 2010. WiiWareBoku wa Plarail Untenshi (1000pts - Takara Tomy) -- This is an example of a gaming staple in Japan: the train driving simulator. As..

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    Review Glow Artisan

    Puzzle fans will take a shine to this one.

    Proudly located in the Big Apple, Powerhead Games is an independent game developing company that previously focused their talents on licensed titles published by bigger companies, including games under the Catz, Trollz, Mary Kate and Ashley, and Winx Club names. They pitched their very first original game...

  • News Early 2010 WiiWare and DSiWare Lineup

    First quarter looking strong for download services.

    Nintendo recently released their list of early 2010 North American releases for their Wii and DS systems and we covered most of the upcoming retail releases, but now it's time to show some love to the downloadable titles that are on the horizon. As great as the retail side of things is looking, Nintendo's download services are looking fairly..

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    Review Arcade Hoops Basketball

    Flick and swish

    Arcade Hoops Basketball is a simple beast. Odds are you've played it's real-life counterpart before, too. No, not basketball. Have you been to a fair? Theme park? Arcade? Large movie theater? It's the one where you have to chuck a ball through the hoop as many times as possible before time runs out and you may or may not win a cheap prize. Being a simple beast, it doesn't strive to..

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    Review Sudoku Sensei

    Beginners beware

    This past summer, sudoku-holics were blessed with Hudson's Sudoku Student and Sudoku Master, which brought hand-crafted puzzles straight from Nikoli to the DSi Shop. However, where Student was for beginners and Master had a little bit of something for everyone, Sensei brings the pain with 100 of Nikoli's hardest puzzles to tantalize...

  • Nintendo Download Tomena Sanner, Happy Hammerin', Dragon's Lair, Miami Nights and Texas Hold'em (EU)

    Nintendo of Europe seems to have forgotten Virtual Console still exists.

    Yes, we didn't get any Virtual Console games in the final update of 2009, and now it looks like we're not getting any in the first update of 2010 either. Nintendo of Europe has just sent out a press release listing Friday's new downloadables, with a measly selection of 5 games compared to the 10+ North America's consistently..

  • Nintendo Download 28 December 2009 (North America)

    Ten new games to celebrate the advent of 2010!

    Nintendo have updated their weekly North American downloads for the last time in 2009, and the year is going out with a corker of an update! Not only is Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth out today but also PilotWings to boot for Virtual Console fans. This is in addition to eight other ones released today, which seem to be a bit of a grab bag..

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    Review Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure

    Will it light your fire or stink on ice?

    "Find the Hidden Object" games used to be the realm of books and magazine puzzles, but recently computer and video game versions have become more and more popular. This past Monday Majesco Entertainment made their DSi Shop debut with Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure, where they take the basic idea and turn it into something a little more..

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    Review High Stakes Texas Hold'em

    No more, no less

    With the influx of card and parlor game adaptations hitting DSiWare, it’s odd to see that poker, arguably the most popular competitive card game in town, is so underrepresented. Seeing this gap, Hudson has leaped in with High Stakes Texas Hold ‘Em, doing exactly what it says on the tin. The whole package couldn’t be more basic. You take on three computer opponents in..

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    Review Dragon's Lair

    Dragon slaying for people on the go!

    In 1983, former Disney animator Don Bluth decided to create a video game using his stunning animation talents. Instead of the regular sprite-based games normally found in arcades, Dragon's Lair created a vivid world through some of the best animation of the time. Of course in order to store all of this animation, Laserdisc technology had to be used. While this..

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    Review A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Psychic Camera

    It doesn't take a psychic to figure out this isn't worth your time.

    Although Nintendo started off by releasing a few tricks directly taken from the retail game Master of Illusion/Magic Made Fun, they've also developed a few new ones that take advantage of the DSi's single big new feature — the camera. This particular trick will allow you to take a...

  • Nintendo Download 25 December 2009 (EU)

    Not much in the Wii's stocking this year, but DSiWare users must have been very good indeed!

    Well, after North America's big release Monday this week, it has to be said that Nintendo of Europe are coming off a little like Ebenezer Scrooge with this week's European download offerings on the Wii: just two WiiWare offerings and no Virtual Console content for Christmas. The DSiWare stocking is fuller..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 2 - Holiday Spectacular Spectacular

    Cheer or bust!

    Welcome to another handsome episode of NLFM, the chip and game music podcast from Nintendo Life. This month we succumb to the holiday spirit and explore the seasonal chip music landscape in this holiday spectacular spectacular! NLFM will generally focus on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to...

  • Nintendo Download 21 December 2009 (North America)

    Eco-shooting, arcade ninjas, Super Smash Bros., Dragon's Lair and more in this week's download offering.

    Nintendo are putting out a decent number of titles in North America with the end of the year rapidly approaching, with a nice mix of new and catch-up titles on offer. Todays VC and WiiWare offerings mean that there's now 500 titles to choose...

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    Review Starship Patrol

    Q Games has another hit on its hands.

    Tower defence games haven't exactly been a popular genre for long, but they're already starting to become boring to most. After all, fending off endless waves of enemies by strategically placing turrets is fun the first time, but any more than that and it might start to get annoying quite quickly. With Starship...

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    Review Miami Nights: Life in the Spotlight

    If only fame were this easy

    Sometimes a game’s theme song tells you everything you need to know about what you’re about to get yourself into. For Gameloft’s Miami Nights: Life in the Spotlight, it’s a circa-1996 MIDI instrumental tune that sounds suspiciously like Reel 2 Reel’s “I Like To Move It,” a senseless dance song so shallow and perpetually eager to party that it has since..

  • News Dragon's Lair DSiWare Trailer Released

    Dirk has come out of retirement - again.

    Digital Leisure has just released the trailer for their upcoming DSiWare version of the classic 80's laserdisc arcade hit Dragon's Lair. You can check out the video below for a taste of what you can expect from the game and we'll have a full review of it shortly after its North American release. Stay tuned! Arcade classic "Dragon's Lair" will be..

  • News Get Ready to Feast on Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventure!

    New information for one of DSiWare's most anticipated titles

    Today Nintendo Life Towers was inundated with new Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventures information. So much information, in fact, that some staffers had to eat their way out of the building. As a result we are pleased to give you ten new screenshots, a gameplay video and the thoughts of AirPlay company founder James Wright. We’ll let James..

  • Nintendo Download 22, 24 December 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare catch-up and more MSX games for the Virtual Console.

    The Wii gets the lion's share of Japanese downloads next week with four new WiiWare and three new VC titles. DSiWare gets a couple of games and two more Rurubu travel guides to round things out. Note that the DSiWare releases will be on Thursday the 24th rather than Wednesday due to the...

  • Nintendo Download Blobs, Fighters, Sumo, Magic, Pets, Starships and One Last Notebook (EU)

    Finally more than one game for Virtual Console again.

    This week's releases aren't too surprising, with many games that have been out in North America for some time. One game, however, that might be noteworthy, can be found on DSiWare. For Virtual Console, there's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, the game that inspired a recent, rather good franchise revival. Unfortunately, time has not..

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    Review Bejeweled Twist

    Spin me right round, baby

    How do you change the formula on arguably the most important puzzle game since Tetris while staying true to what made it fun in the first place? Why, with a twist! Bejeweled Twist is the third entry in the hugely popular gem-matching series, and with it comes a whole slew of gameplay additions and changes. Instead of...

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    Review Hell's Kitchen VS

    Dog's dinner

    Cooking games are ten-a-penny on DS, and it's all Cooking Mama's fault. See, if she hadn't started off getting youngsters interested in preparing food we never would have wound up here, reviewing Hell's Kitchen VS on DSiWare, and for that Ms Mama can never be forgiven. Based on the TV series featuring acerbic chef extraordinaire Gordon...

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    Review Littlest Pet Shop

    With seven different DS releases to choose from, was this really necessary?

    Along with My Little Pony, Polly Pocket, Strawberry Shortcake and a whole host of other toys that now-twenty-something females grew up playing with, Hasbro's Littlest Pet Shop has been given a makeover and revived for the enjoyment of today's generation. Originally released back in the early 1990's, the line of toys..

  • News DSiWare Dragon's Lair Hits US Next Week

    Dirk still as daring after over twenty years

    You can't keep a good animated game down, as Digital Leisure proves with its upcoming release of the genre-defining Dragon's Lair, out on DSiWare in North America on December 21st. A handheld port of the arcade game, Dragon's Lair promises to be a faithful translation of the knight's original escapade before all that 3D nonsense took over. We'll have a..

  • Nintendo Download 14 December 2009 (North America)

    A Sunsoft classic and wormy sequel on Virtual Console; cooking, sims, little pet shops, magic and Bejeweled on DSiWare; and puzzling, racing and retro arcade action on WiiWare this week!

    Virtual ConsoleBlaster Master (500pts NES - Sunsoft) -- Regarded by many as amongst the best shooters on the NES, this is apparently the first of many Sunsoft titles to get re-release on the Virtual Console.

  • Nintendo Download 15-16 December 2009 (Japan)

    The focus is on DSiWare this week

    After bumper crops of WiiWare and Virtual Console titles on the Wii in Japan recently, this week will only see one for each service. The DSiWare service, however, will have a fairly typical seven releases to choose from. WiiWarePhoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (900pts - Capcom) - Everyone's favourite trial lawyer debuts on the Wii! This appears to be the first four..

  • News BlazBlue Blazes onto DSiWare

    Hardcore fighting game gets big-headed

    Fans of Guilty Gear and superb 2D fighting games in general may already be aware of the excellent - though unashamedly odd - BlazBlue series, currently only playable in arcades and the HD consoles. Sadly, such is its relative obscurity it's only been received in tiny pockets of players, but it'll be heading to slightly bigger, more cottony pockets soon as a..

  • Nintendo Download Alex Kidd, Rubik, Pallurikio, Monkey Island, Hell's Kitchen and PictureBook Games (EU)

    Exactly as promised.

    The observant ones probably already noticed, but in a change of pace, Nintendo of Europe already updated their website with all of this week's releases over the past few days. The games in question make up the entire update, as there's no surprises this time. Alex Kidd in Shinobi World on the Master System was the last Alex Kidd game ever made. As you can guess, it's an attempt..

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    Review Rayman

    Rayman's first adventure, now with added warts

    You don’t see a lot of Rayman any more. While technically he has his name on a few prominent Wii minigame compilations, Rayman has since been cast out of his own spinoff series by the Rabbids. But now he’s back, sort of, as Ubisoft has unleashed the limbless freak’s first outing on DSiWare. It...

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    Review Ball Fighter

    You'll handle them like a pro in no time.

    Puzzlers featuring the familiar format of clearing out a wave of blocks, shapes, jewels, tetrominoes, bits and who knows what else have graced every gaming console known to man. As a species, we seem to be helplessly attracted to the idea of removing things before they pile up too far or reach the end of the...

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    Review Pop Island

    Capture the flag, animal style!

    When it comes to the DSiWare service, we've seen quite a range of software released so far. Some has taken the "less is more" approach and used very simple ideas to create a gaming experience, and others have gone for a slightly more ambitious effort to mixed results. Pop Island ends up actually being a...

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    Review A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Matchmaker

    A match made in heaven?

    The retail release of Master of Illusion (known as Magic Made Fun in Europe, as if magic was inherently boring) came with a special deck of cards to perform many of the game’s tricks. Obviously with the series heading into download territory via the DSiWare service, it’s had to find some new tricks up its sleeves, two of which are included in this little package known as..

  • Nintendo Download Rayman, Notebooks, Stress Busting and Ninjas! (US)

    Another bumper crop of downloads for North America

    Nintendo continues to flood the North American market with new titles; amongst them a few catch-up releases. WiiWareFlowerworks® and MAGNETIS™ comprise the puzzle contingent on WiiWare this week. We'll be reviewing the former in due course; the latter was reviewed some time ago, so be sure to...

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    Review Just Sing! Christmas Songs

    Not something you'd want to find in your stocking

    Developers seem to be absolutely crazy about releasing smaller versions of DS games as DSiWare downloads - just look at Bookworm and Master of Illusion as it is once again the case here. Just Sing! Christmas Songs is a small sampler of the retail game Just Sing!, which is due out sometime in 2010. As...

  • News Ball Fighter Coming to DSiWare on Monday

    More puzzler action coming.

    Teyon have just announced that their upcoming DSiWare title Ball Fighter will be coming to the North American DSiWare service on December 7th for 500 Nintendo Points. You can check out the official press release below and we'll have a full review of the game next week. Teyon announced that starting from Monday December 7 its Nintendo DSiWare™ title, Ball Fighter will..

  • News Final Aardman Flipnote Hits DSi

    Last call for animation wizardry

    If you've got a DSi, you should really have Flipnote Studio, the brilliant (and free) flip-book animation program that lets you doodle away, add sound and then share your creation with the world. Whilst the efforts among Nintendo Life staff are far too crude to show to the public, master animators Aardman Animation of Wallace and Gromit fame put together a series of..

  • News myNotebook Huge Hit on DSiWare Service

    It seems Nnooo has quite a hit on their hands.

    Nnooo has just announced that their myNotebook Blue DSiWare application has reached #3 on the US, UK, AU, and CA DSiWare charts, which makes it the top-ranked non-free release on the service. You can check out the official press release below for more information on the title, along with the release...

  • Nintendo Download Earthworm Jim 2, Mahjong, Happy Holidays, Foto Face, Karaoke, Magic and Another Notebook (EU)

    We are spared of another no VC week!

    Nintendo of Europe already had all DSiWare and WiiWare releases for today listed on their site or a while, but curiously enough, there was no Virtual Console game. Thankfully, they've chosen to release one anyway! Earthworm Jim 2 offers more crazy platforming action with everybody's favourite worm in a suit, and it does so pretty well. However, the developers..

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    Review Sudoku Challenge!

    It's challenging, all right, but not as intended

    Back in 2008, Digital Leisure hit the Wii Shop with Sudoku Challenge!, a somewhat bare-bones sudoku game with one new twist for fans of the popular pencil-and-paper puzzles: Grand Sudoku. The layout of five conjoined sudoku grids, while interesting, was not quite enough to wow critics or sudoku connoisseurs, especially with other problems plaguing..

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    Review Master of Illusion Express: Mind Probe

    Prepare your mind for a mind explosion!

    Hey kids! Do you like magic? Do you like pressing buttons?! Golly, do I have a great game for you! That'll be 200 DSiWare Points, and when we're done here I've got a couple bridges I want you to look at! Master of Illusion Express: Mind Probe continues Nintendo's sinister scheme to sell bits and pieces of old...

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    Review Foto Face: The Face Stealer Strikes

    A great platformer geared toward kids.

    The DSi Shop is currently home to a gaggle of puzzlers and non-game applications, but platformers are sadly few and far between. That said, last week, Gameloft's Castle of Magic hit the service, and this week, EA delivered unto us Foto Face: The Face Stealer Strikes. EA is no stranger to 2D side-scrollers,...

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    Review Bookworm

    A classic puzzler in its most basic form

    PopCap has made quite the name for itself over the years as the go-to developer for supremely addictive casual games, so it's only natural for the company to worm their way onto Nintendo's handheld. The Bookworm series has been a staple of word game enthusiasts since first hitting browsers in January 2005,...


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    Review Reflect Missile

    Bub and Bob would be jealous

    When Q-Games boast about their games, it always seems to be PS3's PixelJunk series hogging the limelight, with almost no mention of their other projects. That's a shame, because with their recent remake of Bit Generations title Art Style: Intersect, and now this, they've already got two great download games on Nintendo's...

  • Nintendo Download Monkey Island, Zoos, 'Copters, Face Stealing and Puzzles! (US)

    A mix of catch-up and new titles in another big update for Wii and DSi.

    There's a mix of new and catch-up titles in the update this week including the penultimate chapter in the new Tales of Monkey Island series: Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4. Copter Crisis and My Zoo were both recently released in PAL territories. Reviewer Tommy Bowskill...

  • Nintendo Download 1-2 December 2009 (Japan)

    A light download selection next week after this week's mega releases.

    This week's update was full to bursting, so it's just as well that next week is a little on the light side with only a few downloads for both Wii and DSi. WiiWarePonjan (1000pts - Tomy) -- The Wii counterpart to the DSiWare release of the kiddy version of mahjong (real mahjong -- not the matching game). Virtual ConsoleKing of..

  • Nintendo Download Flip Champs, Missiles, Shanghai II, Copter Crisis, Dragon Master, Rabbids Lab and Solitaire (EU)

    The Virtual Console does not bring us what most of us wanted.

    After a week with no Virtual Console game, and the recent North American releases of Indiana Jones and Super Mario Kart, one would think that one or both of them would've been released in PAL regions this week - After all, either would've been the 300th VC game for Australia. Sadly,...

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    Review Electroplankton Luminarrow

    Last, but certainly not least.

    Electroplankton is a group of unique sound-manipulation applications all bundled together as one DS title. Designed by exhibition artist Toshio Iwai, it is a collective work of art disguised as a game. The title itself has gone on to become a cult hit. With the advent of DSiWare, Nintendo has seen fit to separate the games and release them individually on the service..

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    Review Electroplankton Marine-Crystals

    Don't eat the yellow plankton.

    Electroplankton is a group of unique sound-manipulation applications all bundled together as one DS title. Designed by exhibition artist Toshio Iwai, it is a collective work of art disguised as a game. The title itself has gone on to become a cult hit. With the advent of DSiWare, Nintendo has seen fit to separate the games and release them individually on the service..

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    Review Electroplankton Varvoice

    Repeat ad nauseum.

    Electroplankton is a group of unique sound-manipulation applications all bundled together as one DS title. Designed by exhibition artist Toshio Iwai, it is a collective work of art disguised as a game. The title itself has gone on to become a cult hit. With the advent of DSiWare, Nintendo has seen fit to separate the games and...

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    Review Electroplankton Sun-Animalcule

    Planting pretty plankton, cultivating undersea chaos.

    Electroplankton is a group of unique sound-manipulation applications all bundled together as one DS title. Designed by exhibition artist Toshio Iwai, it is a collective work of art disguised as a game. The title itself has gone on to become a cult hit. With the advent of DSiWare, Nintendo has...

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    Review Electroplankton Lumiloop

    Harmony without rhythm.

    Electroplankton is a group of unique sound-manipulation applications all bundled together as one DS title. Designed by exhibition artist Toshio Iwai, it is a collective work of art disguised as a game. The title itself has gone on to become a cult hit. With the advent of DSiWare, Nintendo has seen fit to separate the games and release them individually on the service. Nearly..

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    Review Castle of Magic

    Is this the magical platforming experience fans have been waiting for?

    If it's one thing the DSiWare service needs more of it's platformers. The folks at Gameloft must have sensed this when they decided to port their iPhone platforming hit Castle of Magic over to the service. Since one of the main complaints about the original iPhone release was the...

  • Interviews Pop Island - Odenis Studio’s Founder, Olivier Denis

    Olivier Denis sits down with us and has a chat about his zany and colourful DSiWare game, Pop Island

    Those who read our impressions of Pop Island at the Nintendo Media Summit will know that the game is something of a buzzword here at Nintendo Life. The vibrant colours, frantic gameplay and multiplayer mayhem seem to be an ideal combination for Nintendo's portable dynamo the DSi. With the game..

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    Review Army Defender

    Defend Your Castle made portable.

    One of WiiWare's launch games was Defend Your Castle, a fairly good yet now mostly forgotten title based on the flash game of the same name, in which the objective was quite simple: defend your castle from endless waves of enemies until it finally crumbled. Mindscape and Kaolink must've been inspired by the title,...

  • Nintendo Download Karts, Blobs, Bits, Shops, Tournaments, PooYoos, Castles, Notebooks and More Plankton (US)

    Another mega update for North America.

    Multiple games were already announced for release this week, but they don't even make up half of the total releases. Each service gets more than one new game, and almost all of them are (or seem to be) good. The Virtual Console steals the show this time though - Super Mario Kart on the SNES is the long-awaited original game in Nintendo's famous racing series..

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    Review myNotebook

    Delivering what the DSi should've already had.

    Until now, Nnooo only released one arcade-like highscore game on WiiWare and DSiWare. And though one game is hardly enough to go by, we were still quite surprised to find out that their next project was not another game, but rather a simple application. myNotebook pretty much does what the title implies...

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    Review UNO

    Gameloft deals DSiWare a decent hand

    This DSiWare release of UNO marks the card game's second appearance on Nintendo platforms within a few weeks, but does it hold up better in pocket format than its recent WiiWare release? As you'd expect, your cards appear on the bottom screen with the top screen showing the play area. Playing your cards is a...

  • Nintendo Download 24-25 November 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare is back and the MSX returns with a vengeance, plus DSiWare and more Namco Arcade games!

    Japan gets a lot of downloads ordinarily, but next week must be setting some kind of record - and there's not even a public holiday to account for it! WiiWareOkiraku Kart Wii (500pts - Arc System Works) - You cannot keep the Family down, especially if there's a chance to attempt to ride Mario Kart's..

  • News Watch Some More Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ Footage

    View some of the game's boss fights.

    If our very positive review didn't yet convince you that the vertical zombie shoot 'em up is worth your time and money, then maybe these recently released videos will. However, they feature the first three boss battles in the game, so if you don't want the strategies to beat them spoiled, it might actually be wise not to watch. The videos are in the same order..

  • News myNotebook Boxes Video

    A little fun and games!

    Nnooo has just released a brand new video of their upcoming DSiWare application myNotebook in action. In this video you'll be shown a quick game of Boxes using this unique DSiWare application. You can check out the full video below and we'll have a full review of the application as soon as it hits the DSiWare service. We'll also let you know if any new information surfaces..

  • Nintendo Download Pokémon, Shootanto, All Time Classics, Army Defender, myNotebook and UNO (EU)

    Virtual Console takes a week off.

    It's an all-new game affair this week - There's not a single retro game in sight. WiiWare gets a mighty 4 new releases, but don't be fooled too much - Two of them are just demos North America got Monday but we didn't yet. DSiWare gets 4 games too, but there's no tomfoolery going around there. Arguably the biggest...

  • News 101 Minigolf World Coming to DSiWare

    DSiWare's first true 3D minigolf title

    Teyon has just announced that their brand new 3D miniature golf title 101 Minigolf World is on its way to Nintendo's DSiWare service. You can take a look at the official press release snippet below for more information on the game, as well as four brand new screenshots of the game in action. 101 MiniGolf World is the first ever“true 3D” miniature golf for..

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    Review Robot Rescue

    Like synchronized swimming, but with less water and more robots

    Working alongside developer Destan Entertainment, Polish video-game producer Teyon has previously focused on the PC, publishing a host of light puzzle games, pet simulators, and mini-game collections, and also the occasional FPS. Together they made their official console debut in February with Battle Rage for the Wii (a third-person..

  • News myNotebook Applications Get Release Dates

    Different release dates for different colors.

    Nnooo has just announced that their myNotebook DSiWare applications have been approved for release by Nintendo and each have their own individual release dates for each of the three different colors. You can check out the contents of the press release below for the exact release dates along with some...

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    Review Arcade Bowling

    Some games were meant to be played in real life.

    David Crane is a legend in terms of video game design. The creator of such early classics as Pitfall, its sequel Pitfall II, and the original A Boy and his Blob, he and fellow Activision alumnus Garry Kitchen have most recently co-founded Skyworks Interactive, focusing their talents on 'advergaming'...

  • News Mighty Flip Champs Europe-Bound This Month!

    At long last...

    It seems like European gamers have been waiting an absolute age to get their fingers on WayForward's really rather good Mighty Flip Champs, but the waiting is nearly over as WayForward has just told us the game will be releasing this month! As yet we have no exact date, but with European releases going up on Friday it can really only...

  • Nintendo Download Pokémon, Whips, Fighters, Bowling Balls, Robots, Intersections and Demos (US)

    It's like a complete reversal - WiiWare only gets one new game this week, while DSiWare gets three.

    Nintendo would like you to think that they're releasing a whopping 6 WiiWare games today, but the truth is there's only one - The remaining five are all demos of other games, allowing those unsure of their purchase to check them out before spending money. The Virtual Console gets another version of..

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    Review A Little Bit of... Nintendo Touch Golf

    A hole in one or simply par for the course?

    Nintendo's "A Little Bit of..." series of DSiWare releases has received criticism in some quarters for offering severely cut-down versions of full titles at barely reduced prices. Well, A Little Bit of... Nintendo Touch Golf survives the transfer from cartridge to download pretty much intact, missing a few features but still offering a solid..

  • Nintendo Download 17-18 November 2009 (Japan)

    More Namco arcade games and DSiWare next week.

    Another WiiWare holiday and only two Virtual Console releases - both Namco arcade games. Hardly seems possible given the number of announced Virtual Console titles for November yet to be released, unless the 24th is going to break all previous records! Virtual Console Bosconian (800pts Arcade - Namco) - This is one of the first games to feature speech..

  • News myNotebook Features Video

    The ins and outs of the DSiWare application.

    Nnooo has just released a brand new video of their upcoming DSiWare application myNotebook in action. In this video you'll get a more detailed look at the program's many features and how they function. You can check out the full video below and we'll have a full review of the application as soon as it...

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (12th Nov)

    It's Thursday and time for our DSiWare Top 20!

    It's time to take a look at the most popular DSiWare titles available on the DSi Shop. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to the DSi Shop, heading into the DSiWare section and then viewing by "Popular Games". It's that easy! We compile this list using the USA region DSi Shop, so if you..

  • Nintendo Download Ninja Gaiden, My Zoo, Rock N' Roll Climber and Nintendo Touch Golf (EU)

    Things are a bit underwhelming this week.

    There's no doubt that a lot of people are waiting for the European release of Excitebike: World Rally, but it looks like Nintendo is letting us down for now - This week offers us only four new games, and none of them are particularly interesting. WiiWare's the only service with more than one game this time - My Zoo is Hudson Soft's "sequel" to My..

  • Interviews Mecho Wars - Luc Bernard

    Luc talks about his many upcoming projects.

    Well we're constantly seeing new artwork and rumors about what our good friend Luc Bernard is currently working on and with these rumors beginning to mount, we thought it might be time to get in touch with him in order to find out any new information on his plans for the various Nintendo platforms. Of course with any Luc Bernard interview also comes the..

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    Review Electroplankton Rec-Rec

    A chorus of fish!

    Back in 2006, a talented and eccentric media artist named Toshio Iwai developed a very unique title for Nintendo's DS system that allowed the user to interact with various forms of plankton on both a visual and musical level. In fact, it was this combination that gave the game its unique feel and ultimately produced one of the more...