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November2009

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    Review Electroplankton Nanocarp

    Carpe Diem!

    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 original playing experiences available on the system..

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    Review Electroplankton Hanenbow

    Make like a tree and leave.

    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...

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    Review Electroplankton Beatnes

    Feel the beat!

    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 original playing experiences available on the..

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    Review Electroplankton Trapy

    A bit outside the lines.

    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...

  • Nintendo Download Bikes, Frogs, Dragons, Bombs, Plankton and Cybernoids (US)

    DSiWare gets another big batch of budget titles, WiiWare gets Excitebike.

    There's eleven new games this week, but don't get excited right away - five of them are budget DSiWare versions of commercial disaster Electroplankton. WiiWare gets the previously announced Excitebike and two more games, while Virtual Console gets two rather unremarkable games. Excitebike: World Rally is obviously the biggest..

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    Review Bomberman Blitz

    A cut down, portable Bomberman Blast.

    Pretty much every platform in this gaming generation has had a downloadable Bomberman title. The DSi hadn't yet, so Hudson must've figured "Why the heck not?" and made yet another one. As with all other downloadable (non-Virtual Console) Bomberman titles, this is strictly a multiplayer affair — there...

  • Nintendo Download 10-11 November 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare takes a holiday, but that's okay because we've got Arcade action and DSiWare!

    Well, after this week's Japanese holiday, it looks like we're back to Wii downloads on Tuesdays and DSiWare on Wednesdays for next week. No WiiWare is coming, but that's probably okay after the bumper crop of titles released in October! Virtual ConsoleStreet Fighter II: Champion Edition (600pts, PC Engine -..

  • News Nintendo Blasting Off With New DSiWare Puzzler

    Boldly go where no rocket has gone before...in three minutes.

    Japan's DSiWare fight against space wages on next week as Nintendo has revealed a new downloadable puzzle-fest. Developed by Intelligent Systems, Panel Connection: 3 Minute Rocket has you move tiles around in order to complete the rocket's fuel line for blast-off. The three-minute limit comes into play in the game's Mission mode where..

  • Nintendo Download Fighting Street, Bomberman, Sudoku, All Time Classics, UNO and a Double Dose of Monkeys (EU)

    A lot of choices this week!

    A whole bunch of games were already confirmed for release today - But of course, they weren't the only games scheduled, and one of the confirmed games even got delayed at the last moment. WiiWare and DSiWare both get three new games, while the Virtual Console only gets one lonely new one. That loner is Fighting Street, the Turbografx-CD port of the original Street..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (5th 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..

  • News Space Invaders Extreme Z Hits Japanese DSiWare

    Remember: short, controlled bursts.

    Taito shocked and awed Japanese DSiWare aficionados today with the release of a miniature entry of its bat****-crazy Space Invaders Extreme series: Space Invaders Extreme Z. For 500 pointy points, Earth defenders get Fever and Bingo modes, whatever that means, from Extreme 2 playable over three courses. If you're feeling adventurous you can scope out Nintendo..

  • News Brand New Flipper Gameplay Trailer

    Check out the newest video of the game in action.

    The folks over at Goodbye Galaxy Games have sent word that they've just released a brand new gameplay trailer for their upcoming DSiWare title Flipper. You can check out the updated look of the game as well as some great in-game footage that shows off exactly how the game will play. We'll keep you...

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    Review Sparkle Snapshots

    Adults may find it excessive, but little girls will eat it up.

    In 1995, Atlus joined with Sega to create the very first Print Club machine in Japan. Print Club was a special kind of photo booth with the ability for users to add decorative borders, graffiti, backgrounds, and clip-art 'stamps' to their images, which were printed out in sticker form and could then be traded amongst friends, slapped..

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    Review Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ

    Not your childhood's Little Red Riding Hood!

    You might've heard of Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ before; after all, a classic fairytale character blasting zombies to pieces should be almost guaranteed to get your attention. Chances are, however, that you never saw the game in stores — this is because the game never actually saw release in Europe, so the only way to get it would be to..

  • Nintendo Download Fights, Shooters, Sparkles, Vikings, Dragons, Carnivals, Escapes and Card Games (US)

    A whopping 8 new downloads this week.

    There's nothing really big on DSiWare and WiiWare this week, so instead, Nintendo has chosen to release not 2, but 3 games for both services. The Virtual Console gets two well-known games, but both of them are of debatable quality. Let's start with WiiWare - "Aha! I Got It!" Escape Game is a lot like certain flash games you can find on the internet -..

October2009

  • Nintendo Download 04 November 2009 (Japan)

    Japan converges the dates and a long lost Virtual Console system returns from the dead!

    Owing to a holiday on Tuesday Nintendo are releasing downloads for both Wii and DSi on Wednesday. Only one WiiWare release and two VC releases appear for the Wii, though Virtual Console fans will be excited to see the first NEO GEO game in ages. 4 DSiWare releases join them including a catch-up Art Style game..

  • Interviews Big John Games - Thorium Wars

    Big John Games talk Thorium Wars.

    Earlier this month we saw the release of Thorium Wars on DSiWare. The game was a pleasant (and unexpected) surprise, and we recommend it highly. Needless to say, we were excited by the opportunity to have a few questions answered by the developers. Read on for insight into the retail version that never was, the unfortunate catch-22 of touch-screen control, and..

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    Review PictureBook Games: The Royal Bluff

    A unique card game on a service that's quickly becoming crowded with them.

    We've already seen a host of card games released for the DSiWare service, but PictureBookGames: The Royal Bluff looks to add a little variety to the mix with its unique gameplay and entertaining royalty theme. But with a service already loaded with card games, can it beat a full house? The Royal Bluff is basically a card..

  • Nintendo Download Zombies, LIT, Ghost Mansion Party, Little Red Riding Hood and Card Classics (EU)

    Get ready for Halloween with today's new download games.

    Nintendo of Europe's gone all out with Halloween-themed releases - 4 of this week's 5 new downloads feature zombies, ghosts and other typical Halloween monsters. Funnily enough, the only game that doesn't fit the bill is published by Nintendo. Zombies is probably much better known under its North American title of Zombies Ate My Neighbors,..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (29th Oct)

    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..

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    Review Sudoku

    Pick a number from one to nine

    Sudoku was invented in the late 70's and introduced to Japan in the mid-80's, but it waited nearly thirty years to become a worldwide phenomenon. Newspapers publish sudoku puzzles even more prominently now than the crossword puzzles that have held dominance for nearly a century, and there are sudoku books, toys, and...

  • News Official Extreme Hangman Trailer Released

    Check out the game in action!

    Game Lion have just released the official gameplay trailer for their upcoming DSiWare release Extreme Hangman. They've also informed us that the game is currently in QA at Nintendo and should be available soon. You can check out the gameplay video below for a taste of what you can expect from the game. We'll have more information on the game as it becomes available,..

  • News Rayman Getting A DSiWare Game

    According to German ratings board site

    Ratings board Web sites occasionally and unintentionally announce new games, and today yet another hitherto unknown title has been exposed. According to the USK, Germany's game ratings board, Ubisoft's limbless freak Rayman is getting a DSiWare entry. And that's all we know. The rating states the title's genre as "jump 'n run," which sounds an awful..

  • Nintendo Download Zombies, Ghosts, Monkeys, Axes, Royal Bluffs and Even More Sudoku (US)

    One of the most requested Virtual Console titles of all time arrives in time for Halloween.

    Halloween's coming up, and as is tradition for Nintendo, that means at least some of this week's downloads are related - It's only two this year, but who honestly cares when one of them is a Virtual Console game which has been on thousands of "most...

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    Review Combat of Giants: Dragons - Bronze Edition

    Sadly not the Gold Edition.

    DSiWare has already seen plenty of "A Little Bit of..." games, which are basically smaller, budget-sized (And priced!) versions of Nintendo-published DS retail games. It seems that other developers are now taking similar advantage of the service - Mitchell recently released Sujin Taisen, and now Ubisoft has released this, a miniature version of their recent DS..

  • News Brand New Flipper Screenshots and Artwork

    More media of the upcoming DSiWare release.

    Hugo Smits has just sent us a brand new batch of screenshots and artwork for his upcoming DSiWare title, Flipper. These show off the game's menus and an only recently revealed pirate world and can be viewed on the game page. The game seems like it's almost ready for release - Hugo is currently working on a build of the game to send over to Nintendo. He..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (23rd Oct)

    It's Friday 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 live..

  • Nintendo Download 27-28 October 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare is back with a vengeance and Japan gets its teeth into Castlevania: Rebirth

    After a hiatus Japanese download services are back in top form with 4 new WiiWare releases, 4 new VC releases and (only) 3 DSiWare titles - not too shabby! WiiWareSimple Series Vol. 5: The Judo (700pts - D3Publisher) -- A first-person judo game featuring local...

  • Nintendo Download Shinobi, Brain Training, Combat of Giants, Protöthea and PictureBook Games (EU)

    WiiWare plays catchup, DSiWare gets more miniature retail titles

    Things are a bit disappointing on the download front for Europe this week - only the Virtual Console release can really be recommended. What's most interesting about this update is that we've finally gotten a WiiWare game North America has had for over a year - if only it was any good! It's taken a while, but the original Shinobi is..

  • News DSi Speak Channel On the Way?

    Rumours and leaks surround DSi voice chat channel!

    We know the Wii Shop Channel was updated yesterday to allow those who'd bought the Internet Channel to claim their free NES game, but the DSi Shop Channel was updated as well, bringing with it rumours of a future launch of a DSi voice chat channel. According to Kotaku, those quick enough to access...

  • News First Snakenoid Screenshots Released

    Check out the unique puzzler in action.

    The folks over at Cinemax were kind enough to send us the first batch of screenshots for their upcoming DSiWare title Snakenoid. Snakenoid is an unique blend of the Snake and Arkanoid game concepts. Using the stylus the player controls a snake on the lower screen and tries to use it to bounce the ball destroying boulders on the upper screen. In each level..

  • Interviews Square-Enix - Dragon Quest Wars

    Square-Enix talk about their Dragon Quest Wars title.

    When Dragon Quest Wars was first announced, we thought it would be a good idea to get in touch with the developers to find out more about the upcoming game. We caught up with Taichi Inuzuka, producer of Dragon Quest Wars, and he was kind enough to answer a few of our questions in this exclusive Nintendo Life interview. Unfortunately the game saw..

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    Review Rock-n-Roll Domo

    It's still rock-n-roll to Domo.

    Closing off our title-by-title wade through Domo's résumé, we have Rock-n-Roll Domo, which finds our fuzzy brown friend fronting a wildlife-staffed garage band. It's a rhythm game that might strike many as a little too simplistic, but compared to some of Domo's other outings, this one's not half-bad. The gameplay...

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    Review White-Water Domo

    Preferable to drowning. Just.

    Our week-long Domopalooza continues with a look at White-Water Domo, which finds our fuzzy, angular hero kayaking along a periodically-treacherous stream. As a single component in the larger cluster of Domo DSiWare titles, White-Water Domo doesn't do much to stand out, but neither does it do much wrong. In fact, "it doesn't do much" is about the best and..

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    Review Crash-Course Domo

    Sometimes less is more, and sometimes less is less

    When you have mini-games like the Domo releases that are so simple in design and execution, it's difficult to review them as separate entities. Crash-Course Domo is basically a bicycle racing game that's extremely basic and easy to pick up, but features very little depth as a stand-alone title. That's not to say that it's a bad game, it's just not..

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    Review Hard-Hat Domo

    Domo needs his hard-hat because of all the falling quality

    With five Domo games to choose from this week, it's more or less a given that some are going to be markedly better than others. That's okay: we like it when games are better than others, and we're sure you do, too. Of course, the flipside of this implication is that some are going to be markedly worse. Pro-Putt Domo represents the former;..

  • First Impressions Manic Monkey Mayhem

    How do we like these bananas?

    It's a well-known fact that monkeys like to fling things at each other, so it should come as no surprise that UK developers The Code Monkeys have taken this concept and applied it to their first title for the WiiWare and DSiWare services, in the form of does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Manic Monkey Mayhem. MMM is a refreshing change from the regular crowd of party games as..

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    Review Pro-Putt Domo

    It might be cheap, but it doesn't look or play like it

    When the Domo titles were first announced for the DSiWare service, many people were left unsure of what to think of them, especially given their rather inexpensive 200 Nintendo Point price tag. Now just as quickly as they were announced Nintendo has released all five titles onto the service at...

  • Nintendo Download Winds, Warriors, Dinosaurs and Domo-kun (US)

    A whopping five new DSi games.

    This week's a mixture of catch-up games and new ones - Who would've thought that all five announced Domo-kun games for DSiWare would be released at the same time? Of course, today also sees the North American release of LostWinds 2, the fantastic sequel to the WiiWare launch game, as previously announced. LostWinds:...

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    Review Viking Invasion

    Pillage the village!

    Viking Invasion by BiF is a tower defence game that puts the player in charge of protecting various castles and forts from hordes of Viking invaders. The game takes a slightly different approach to the standard tower defence set up, with foes pouring in through various waterways and rivers. Set over three difficulty levels and offering two modes of game play, Viking Invasion..

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    Review Wakugumi - Monochrome Puzzle

    Ikaruga: the puzzler

    There’s a great “I’ve got it!” moment in Wakugumi where you graduate from simply sliding blocks about in the hope of making a capture to preparing combo captures with expert precision. Something about the game simply clicks and you find yourself having that classic puzzle inner monologue – “well, if this bit goes here and this pieces goes there..." It’s just..

  • Nintendo Download 20-21 October 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare returns, Dig Dug and more Tower DS!

    After a two-week hiatus WiiWare returns, though given we're getting a card game, it's a bit anti-climactic. WiiWareUNO (800pts - Gameloft) -- Gameloft again honours Japan with the first look at a WiiWare title (their last entry, Ghost Mansion Party still hasn't seen release in other territories). Online UNO could be fun (judging from screens it has Mii..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (15th Oct)

    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 Star Wars, Little Tournament, Heron, Monochrome Puzzle and Viking Invasion (EU)

    Nintendo of Europe reveals Friday's download games two days in advance!

    Bumped for the Thursday night visitors! We believe this is a first - NoE regularly announces the weekly new downloadable releases one day in advance, on Thursday, but this time they've chosen to do it two days in advance instead. This week has the nice amount of five new games, but keep in mind that they will not be available..

  • News Dragon's Lair Coming to DSiWare?

    Digital Leisure might be releasing its most famous title as DSi download.

    A year or two ago, Digital Leisure, the creators of money-guzzling coin-op Dragon's Lair, announced that they would be rereleasing the game on DS with various bonuses. Things then stayed silent, and as you might expect, it was never released. Now, however, it seems that this could be because they found a different way to..

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    Review Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon

    Maybe too realistic for its own good

    Pinball simulations have always been a mixed bag over the years. While some developers have chosen to shoot for more of an authentic pinball machine experience, others tried to make their pinball simulations more arcade-like using multiple boards and mini-games to further accentuate their gameplay schemes...

  • Nintendo Download Pinballs, Fights and Gravity (US)

    One for each service, again

    With two games already previously announced, this week's new releases aren't very surprising, although many will no doubt be disappointed that a certain major WiiWare title Europe got last Friday is not part of the lineup. Final Fight 2 is arguably today's biggest new game, as it's really the only one we know a lot about. This SNES-exclusive sequel to the arcade classic..

  • Nintendo Download 13-14 October 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare keeps on resting with VC and DSiWare action for Japanese downloaders next week.

    Incredibly it appears we're having a second consecutive week with no WiiWare releases in Japan, but with three more VC titles (including a much-loved Kirby release) and five DSiWare releases, it's hard to complain. Virtual ConsoleKirby Super Deluxe (800pts Super...

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (8th Oct)

    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..

  • News Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventures Coming to DSiWare

    Mastertronic announces their new DSiWare puzzler.

    European publisher Mastertronic has just announced that their new title Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventures will be coming to Nintendo's DSiWare service this winter. You can check out the press release snippet below for more information on the game. Mastertronic have announced the development of Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventures for Nintendo DSiWare™..

  • Nintendo Download LostWinds, Happy Holidays, Final Fight, Wonder Boy, Dragon Quest and Photo Clock (EU)

    Nintendo celebrates the 100th WiiWare release in style.

    Last week saw the release of a single WiiWare game in Europe, which happened to be the 99th - Logically, we all assumed that this meant Nintendo of Europe was saving something special as 100th release. Thankfully, we were right - One of today's new WiiWare games is a sequel to a launch game...

  • News Snakenoid Coming to DSiWare

    Cinemax announces yet another new DSiWare title.

    No sooner did Czech independent game developer announce their first DSiWare release, they're now announcing yet another DSiWare title in the works called Snakenoid. You can check out the official game description below for a bit more information on this unique DSiWare release. Snakenoid is an unique blend of the "Snake" and..

  • News Sokomania Coming to DSiWare

    Cinemax announces their first DSiWare release.

    Czech independent game developer Cinemax have just announced that their upcoming DSiWare release Sokomania will be coming to the European DSiWare service sometime in November 2009. You can check out a snippet of information from the official press release along with screenshots and a gameplay trailer of the game in action below. Sokomania is a..

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    Review Thorium Wars

    One more proton and you'd be playing Protactinium Wars.

    It's always refreshing (to us at Nintendo Life and also, we imagine, to you folks at home) when a game is released for WiiWare or DSiWare that fills a tangible gap, and the first thing you'll notice about Thorium Wars is that it's like nothing else available through DSiWare. That uniqueness...

  • Nintendo Download Fantasies, Wars and Words (US)

    Square's original RPG classic is finally here.

    Just three games this week, but that doesn't mean they're not interesting - Especially not when one of them is the first game in Square's Final Fantasy seies. Final Fantasy on the NES was remade for the Game Boy Advance a while ago, which is possibly the reason Square held off on adding the game to...

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    Review Art Style: INTERSECT

    It'll drive you mad!

    Games in the Art Style series have a reputation for originality, aesthetic invention and for being among the highest quality games on WiiWare and DSiWare. Art Style Intersect, however, is a remake of an old GameBoy Advance title known as DigiDrive, originally produced by Q Games of Pixeljunk fame. Although it might sound off-putting to download an old GBA game that was in..

  • Nintendo Download 06-07 October 2009 (Japan)

    Another WiiWare holiday, three VC Releases and six DSiWare titles for next week!

    Apparently there's been so much WiiWare released in Japan recently that they had to take a break next week, but there's three Virtual Console releases to make up for it and the DSi gets the lion's share of downloads again with six titles across all price points. Virtual...

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (1st Oct)

    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...

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    Review Art Academy: Second Semester

    Less of the same.

    Two weeks ago, Nintendo released Art Academy: First Semester. We reviewed it and were happy to do so. The title was impressively functional, easy to use and very much successful at fostering creativity. These are all good things. We were painting apples and red peppers like there was no tomorrow. The sun was shining. We were merry...

  • Nintendo Download Star Wars, Art Style and Escape Game (EU)

    One new game for each service

    Just three new games this week, but the offerings are quite good - Virtual Console and DSiWare get two new games in familiar series while WiiWare gets a puzzle game Japan has had since December last year. Of course the biggest release of the week is Super Empire Strikes Back, the second SNES Star Wars game. As you can probably guess, it's based on Episode V of the..

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    Review Dragon Quest Wars

    It might not be a typical Dragon Quest RPG, but there's still plenty of fun to be had

    It goes without saying that the Dragon Quest series has enjoyed phenomenal success around the world as an RPG series over the years, so placing the name on any game is going to automatically heap certain expectations onto that game, no matter what type of game it...

  • News Official: DSiWare Purchases Cannot Be Transferred to a New Console

    Nintendo of Australia reveal DSiWare policy

    A common question we get asked here at Nintendo Life (and especially since the new DSi colours were announced) reads something like this: "If someone were to buy a different coloured DSi, can DSiWare purchases be taken from the original DSi and transferred to the new one?" Well we did a bit of...

  • News Globulos Party Wins French Milthon Award

    Globulos Party voted best mobile platform game of the year.

    GlobZ has just informed us that their upcoming DSiWare release Globulos Party has just won the "Mobile Platform Game of the Year" award at the Milthon French Awards show. You can check out the press release below and we'll keep you updated on the progress of the game. We've also added a host of brand new screenshots showing the..

  • Nintendo Download Art, Beasts, Cars, Paddles and Wars (US)

    Catchup on the Wii, new games on the DSi.

    Yes, it's that time again - time to release a few WiiWare and Virtual Console games Europe has already had for some time! The WiiWare side of things is quite decent, but most people will likely pass on this week's single new VC offering. DSiWare gets a certain anticipated strategy title from Square Enix and a new Art Academy game from Nintendo. Taito has..

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    Review Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam

    A fallen soufflé

    You may remember this game from its appearance on WiiWare, so you won't be surprised to know this is a direct port. We didn’t think much to its incarnation on the Wii, particularly struggling with its controls, but now it’s on the DSi is it more to our taste? Yes and no, is the answer. Essentially, the DSiWare version is all-but identical to the Wii edition, only really..

  • News Nintendo Download 29-30 September 2009 (Japan)

    Things are back on track with a 2-4-7 week!

    After another download holiday Japanese downloaders (and their importing compatriots) are having a week that's more VC than WiiWare and more DSiWare than anything else. WiiWareHamekomi Lucky Puzzle Wii Returns (500pts - Tryfirst) -- This is the sequel to the game known as NEVES Plus elsewhere: a puzzle game where you need to use geometric shapes to fill..

  • News Monsters of Dragon Quest Wars

    Check out the monsters you'll be using in battle.

    The good folks at Square-Enix were kind enough to send over some information on the monsters that will be used during battle in their upcoming DSiWare strategy title Dragon Quest Wars. You can check out the monster list below to find out what each one has to offer up in battle from an offensive and defensive standpoint. While there's been no..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (24th Sept)

    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 R-Type, Cubes, Monkey Island, Poker and Cookery (EU)

    WiiWare plays catchup to North America while VC and DSiWare both get one new game.

    WiiWare this week is mostly predictable - All three games have been out in North America for some time, and two of them were even specifically announced for release today. VC and DSiWare are a bit more surprising, although neither of them has really gotten something great. You, Me and the Cubes is Nintendo's latest..

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    Review Clubhouse Games Express: Strategy Pack

    Nintendo rehashes another set of Clubhouse Games, so we rehashed the review. Touché!

    Nintendo seems to have a penchant for taking its DS retail releases, cutting them up into bits and selling them on the DSiWare service. So it should come as no surprise that it's at it again with this third release in the Clubhouse Games Express series. This time around, it's offering up five more classic strategy..

  • News Brand New Dragon Quest Wars Screenshots

    Check out the newest batch of screenshots from the upcoming DSiWare release.

    The good folks at Square-Enix were kind enough to send us over the latest batch of screenshots from the upcoming English release of their DSiWare title Dragon Quest Wars. You can take a look at the new screenshots below, along with a snippet of information that accompanied them. Dragon Quest Wars is a Nintendo DSiWare™..

  • News EnjoyUp To Release Zombie BBQ on DSiWare in Europe

    DS retail release becomes a download-only version for Euro gamers

    EnjoyUp Games has confirmed today that it is working with Gammick Entertainment to release its shooter title Little Red Riding Hood Zombie BBQ on DSiWare in Europe. The game was previously only available in North America (and some parts of Europe) as a fully-fledged DS retail release. We reviewed it a while back and thoroughly..

  • News PopCap Sets Sights On DSiWare, DS

    Bookworm and Bejeweled Twist to both get downloadable and retail entries

    Not too long ago PopCap Games, the folks behind smash hits Bejeweled, Peggle, and the recent Plants Vs. Zombies, announced their intentions on expanding their output to include Nintendo consoles. We weren't sure whether that meant retail games or downloadable ones, but as it turns out it meant both. Bejeweled Twist, the third..

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    Review MySims Camera

    Ever wanted to share a photo with a My Sim? No, we haven't either...

    My Sims Camera is a simple program that requires an equally simple explanation; essentially, it takes animations from the My Sims series and allows you to edit photos taken with the DSi camera by placing characters and stamps into your photos in various poses and styles. The game...

  • Nintendo Download Cubes, Ninjas, Tennis, Strategy Games and Cameras (US)

    Nintendo finally releases their quirky new WiiWare game.

    As it was already announced some time ago that Nintendo's latest WiiWare offering, You, Me and the Cubes would be released in North America during the summer, it was pretty much a given it would come out this week - This week has the last update of the summer, after all. It's accompanied by some relatively uninteresting other WiiWare and..

  • News WiiWare & DSiWare London Event - DSiWare Coverage

    We get to grips with the DSiWare games at Nintendo's media summit held in London, 16th September

    Well, as if the landslide of WiiWare information from Wednesday’s media summit wasn’t enough, we now have summaries of the DSiWare titles on show. And while the selection on Nintendo's portable machine may not have been as high profile as its console counterpart, the DSi still had a lot to shout..

  • Interviews Spaceball Revolution - Virtual Toys

    The Director answers a few questions for us about the past, present and future of Virtual Toys.

    After reviewing their most recent game Spaceball Revolution, it seemed a good time to find out a little more about veteran developer Virtual Toys. Corporate Director Fabriciano Bayo was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and give us some insight into the history of the company and where..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (17th Sept)

    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..

  • News First Bomberman Blitz Screenshots Released

    Check out the brand new screens of the game in action!

    The guys at Hudson were kind enough to send over the first batch of screenshots of their upcoming DSiWare release Bomberman Blitz in action. You can check out a snippet of information about the game below, along with the set of brand new screenshots in the screenshot gallery. Bomberman Blitz will allow on-the-go gamers the opportunity to..

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    Review Art Academy: First Semester

    Paint Misbehavin'

    Much moreso than WiiWare, DSiWare has seen a significant number of non-game releases. Applications, utilities, programs...call them what you will, but they're not games, and they've not been exactly welcomed universally, either. Art Academy may well be poised to change that, not least because they've selected as their focus...

  • Nintendo Download Super Star Wars, Golden Axe, Magnetis, PooYoos and MySims Camera (EU)

    Something for people of all ages.

    Although WiiWare and DSiWare have a lot of games left to get this year, if everything on Nintendo's list actually comes out, that doesn't mean the Virtual Console is going to suffer from it (At least not yet) - Today sees the release of two new retro games, just like last week. WiiWare gets two games as well, while DSiWare gets a single application. For most..

  • News Castle of Magic Trailer is Conjured Out of Thin Air

    Gameloft's old school platformer crosses over from the iPhone

    Nintendo's recent confirmation of upcoming releases for the remainder of 2009 has thrown up some pleasant surprises, with Gameloft's Castle of Magic being one of the more interesting DSiWare announcements. Based on the well-received iPhone version (which in turn evolved from a similarly agreeable mobile phone edition), this 2.5D..

  • News Nintendo of Europe Announce WiiWare and DSiWare Plans for 2009

    NoE has once again revealed a bunch of their upcoming downloadable games in advance.

    Today, Nintendo of Europe held a press event for the announcement of a whole bunch of DSiWare and WiiWare titles. And it paid off - There's at least 37 WiiWare games left for the rest of the year, so it looks like we're going to get at least 2 every single week from...

  • News Shantae Coming to DSiWare

    WayForward set to release the long-awaited sequel to their Game Boy Color classic!

    Well it's been a long time coming, but Shantae fans are about to have their wishes come true with the release of not one, but three new Shantae episodic titles on Nintendo's DSiWare service. The first release Shantae: Risky's Revenge, is expected to hit the DSiWare service sometime in the 4th quarter of this year. We..

  • News Bomberman Coming to DSiWare

    Hudson brings their Bomberman series to DSiWare!

    Over the years we've seen the Bomberman series make appearances on just about every video game system around, and now Hudson are bringing their hit multiplayer series to Nintendo's DSiWare service with the announcement of Bomberman Blitz! Below is a snippet of information from the official press release you can take a look at for more information on..

  • Nintendo Download Spaceballs, Shopping Carts, Poker, Street Challenges, Art and Toys (US)

    Another WiiWare boost with three new games.

    For some reason, Nintendo chose not to reveal today's releases in advance - Not only did they not put a press release on their press site, but they didn't even send one to journalists through email! We have no idea why, because this is actually a relatively solid week - Definitely not as bad as some past...

  • News Mobile Hit Townsmen Tipped for DSiWare Release

    HandyGames's CEO confirms that talks are taking place

    Most mobile phone games are pretty poor, hindered mainly by the terrible control systems sported by the majority of handsets out there right now. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule - and one of them is HandyGames's brilliant Townsmen series. Speaking in a recent interview with...

  • Nintendo Download 15-16 September 2009 (Japan)

    The magic numbers next week are 3-3-4 as WiiWare makes a reappearance in Japan.

    After a wee holiday from the Japanese download service, WiiWare has come back with three new titles along with three Virtual Console titles and four DSiWare titles for happy downloaders everywhere. WiiWareMinna de Tobikome Penguin Diving Hooper Looper (500pts -...

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    Review 2-in-1 Solitaire

    Like a deck of cards, only smaller...

    As you'd expect from a 200 point version of Solitaire, you're not exactly going to be blown away by all the options on offer here. You've got Spider and Klondike versions of the card game, and they both have two initial difficulty settings to choose from, so once you've made your selections on both screens...

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (11th Sept)

    It's Friday 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 live..

  • News Aardman Studios Teams With Nintendo For A Dozen Flipnotes

    The house that Wallace and Gromit built go DSi

    In a pretty smart marketing move on Nintendo's part, Oscar-winning animation house Aardman Animations is set to create twelve Flipnote Studio toons for the weeks leading up to Christmas. Tim Ruffle, one of Aardman's animators, will be the one behind the stylus. The first of these Flipnote shorts, "The Sandwich Twins," will premiere Wednesday,..

  • Nintendo Download Rygar, Solomon's Key, Spaceball and Solitaire (EU)

    The last two weeks had no new Virtual Console games, but this time there's two.

    Finally, some more Virtual Console Arcade support from a publisher other than Sega! It's not Namco, with their gigantic catalogue of arcade games already available in Japan, but rather Tecmo, who has chosen to release two more of their coin-op classics. Rygar is very different from the more well-known NES game of the..

  • News Oscar in Toyland Available in North America Next Monday

    DSiWare's first platformer makes the leap across the ocean next week.

    Rated by the ESRB a while ago, Oscar in Toyland was recently released in Europe with no sign of a North American release. Developer Virtual Playground has now told us that the game will in fact be released next Monday, the 14th, so if you've been waiting for a platformer to hit the service, the wait is finally over! It will cost..

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    Review Clubhouse Games Express: Family Favorites

    Another stripped-down retail release for DSiWare

    Nintendo seems to have a penchant for taking their DS retail releases and cutting them up into bits and selling them on the DSiWare service. So it should come as no surprise that they're at it again with this second release in the Clubhouse Games Express series. This time around, they're offering up five more classic family games for you to enjoy,..

  • Nintendo Download Rebirths, Colours, Jedi and Clubhouses (US)

    Contra and Star Wars return, and bring along two other games.

    Not many surprises this week - Both WiiWare releases were already announced in advance, and the Virtual Console game was expected to be released this week as well. The only surprise is the sole DSiWare release, but we can't imagine anyone being genuinely excited for it! Contra ReBirth is...

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    Review Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function

    Oh, what's the word? Ah yes - "exiguous"!

    First things first – this is not a dictionary in the traditional sense of the word. Not a single entry here comes with a definition or any usage guidelines, just a list of the equivalent words in five other languages. What we have here is more of a word bank, and sadly not a hugely in-depth one at that...

  • News Dictionary 6 in 1 Gets a Price Drop

    Now 500 DSi Points.

    Apparently quickly realising the price was a little too high at 800 points, Nintendo of Europe has already given the DSiWare application Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function, released today, a price drop. When it was released less than a day ago it would've cost you 800 points just to have a very simplistic dictionary to carry with you! Thankfully, it's now a whole 300 points..

  • News Nintendo Download 08-09 September 2009 (Japan)

    More arcade classics for the Virtual Console and DSiWare gets the spotlight as WiiWare takes another holiday

    For a second week running there's no new WiiWare titles for Japan, but at least there's two VCA titles for the Virtual Console on the way next Tuesday. DSiWare definitely gets the spotlight next week with multiple releases, though the majority are part of a new Nintendo lifestyle series..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (3rd Sept)

    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...

  • Nintendo Download Contra Rebirth, Dictionary 6 in 1 (EU)

    A very underwhelming week for Europe.

    Aside from the previously announced Contra Rebirth things in Europe this week are pretty abysmal - Just one other new downloadable thing and it's another DSiWare application with highly limited use! Contra Rebirth is almost bound to be a great pick - It seems very similar to Contra III/Super Probotector on the SNES in terms of graphical style, which means..