DSiWare - News

August2009

  • News Shantae Sequel, For Serious This Time?

    WayForward Tweet refers to big announcement via Nintendo Power.

    GoNintendo is reporting that our genie-related prayers may be answered soon. The long-teased and seemingly forgotten sequel to 2002's Game Boy Color title Shantae might be closer than we think. It all began with the lastest issue of Nintendo Power, which promised the reveal of a DSiWare...

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    Review Oscar in Toyland

    A colourful trip down memory lane

    Originally released as Trolls in 1992 for the Amiga, Super Nintendo and PC, Oscar in Toyland is a remake of what many consider an Amiga gaming classic. The game combines platforming with a “scavenger hunt” game mechanic which challenges the player to find a certain number of “baby Oscars” per level. The game begins with the titular character standing in a..

  • Nintendo Download Monkeys, Rattles, Fantasies and Puzzles (US)

    Another catch-up week for North America.

    There's a fairly diverse offer of new games this week - An adventure game, a party game, an RPG and a puzzler. All of them are also catch-up games - Europe has already had 3 of them on VC/WiiWare/DSiWare for a few weeks, while the final game was already released on PC two weeks ago. At least they're finally...

  • News DSiWare Going to Bullet Hell Soon

    Nintendo is about to make shmups fans very happy.

    You don't normally associate Nintendo with anything that has "Bullet Hell" in the same sentence, but that's exactly what Nintendo is about to unleash on the Japanese DSiWare service. Aa Mujyou Setsuna, as it's called in Japan, is set to hit the Japanese DSiWare service on September 2 for 500 Nintendo Points. You can surf over to Kotaku to..

  • News Nintendo Download 01-02 September 2009 (Japan)

    Another WiiWare holiday, but a few VC games and some DSiWare makes up for it.

    After last month's WiiWare windfall it shouldn't be a surprise that Japan is taking a little break from the service. Don't feel too bad for them, because there's three VC titles to tide over Wii downloaders and a few DSiWare titles from Nintendo as well. Virtual ConsoleTaikoo Risshinden (Super Famicom 800pts - Koei) -- A..

  • Nintendo Download Mr. Driller W, Texas Hold'em Poker and Oscar in Toyland (EU)

    The Virtual Console takes another break.

    No huge surprises this week - WiiWare sees a game North America got earlier this week, along with Gameloft's latest, while DSiWare gets a single game already previously announced. Mr. Driller W is the latest in Namco's now quite well-known Mr. Driller series - A spin-off of the Dig Dug series, you play as the son of its protagonist as you try to dig your way..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (27th Aug)

    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...

  • News Oscar in Toyland on DSiWare This Friday

    Sequel to a relatively unknown SNES game available very soon.

    If you've kept your eye on the various rating boards, you might've noticed that a game called Oscar in Toyland has been rated as DSiWare release for quite a while now. Out of the blue, it has now been announced that the game will be released in this Friday's European Wii and DSi update. Only recently did we learn that this is actually a..

  • News Furry Legends Gets a DSiWare Prequel

    Upcoming WiiWare game is already getting a follow-up.

    Gamelion's WiiWare game Furry Legends hasn't even been released yet, but that hasn't stopped them from already announcing a prequel Titled Furry Legends: Beginnings, this game will, of course, take place before the WiiWare game, and will feature nice 2D graphics. Here's what the developer has to say: Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to..

  • News Nintendo Wants To Spark Indie DSiWare Development

    Zap!

    Hot on the heels of Sony's PSP "Minis" program, Nintendo is about to launch something similar for its DSiWare download service. Like the Minis service, Nintendo's new initiative will make it easier for indie developers to publish their own games through DSiWare. Nintendo will keep the current pricing structure of 200 ($2), 500 ($5) and 800 ($8) Nintendo Points, and will charge..

  • Nintendo Download Jedi, Drills and Bubbles (US)

    NoA takes a step back with only one game for each service.

    It seems Nintendo of America has finally decided to take it easy for a week - There's only three new games this time. That's not to say they're bad though! For the Virtual Console there's Super Empire Strikes Back, the second game in the Super Star Wars series, which is based on the movie of the same name. Like the first game, it's..

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    Review Pop Plus: Solo

    Who would have thought that popping bubbles could be so much fun?

    For the uninitiated, Pop Plus: Solo is an enhanced remake of the original game, Pop, released on the WiiWare service last year. The game garnered a reasonable amount of popularity and was widely praised for its simple yet addictive and eloquently executed gameplay. Over a year later the game has been rereleased on DSiWare with new..

  • News Nintendo Download 25-26 August 2009 (Japan)

    The WiiWare party is back on with a load of new downloads for both Wii and DSi!

    After taking a couple of week's holiday the Japanese WiiWare service is back in action with five new WiiWare releases (two of them aimed at small children), two Virtual Console titles and five new DSiWare downloads. Yes it does seem terribly unfair, but that's life. If you're fortunate enough to be able to partake of..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (20th Aug)

    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 Pilotwings, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Pop Plus, Arkanoid and Bit.Trip (EU)

    An all-star lineup for Europe this week!

    There's a total of 5 new releases this week - And all of them are highly regarded games! Among them are two new Nintendo games, which, as Nintendo claims, are both being released because of this week's German Gamescom event. The Virtual Console finally gets a certain SNES launch title which strangely hasn't been made available yet - Pilotwings, a flight sim..

  • Competitions Flipnote Studio - Amazing Giveaway Winners

    Check out the winners of the Flipnote Studio - Amazing Giveaway.

    To coincide with the release of the painfully addictive Flipnote Studio on DSiWare, we teamed up with our good friends at Nintendo UK to offer lucky Nintendo Life readers the opportunity to win some great prizes. After carefully going through the very hefty amount of submissions for the contest, we all got together here at Nintendo..

  • News Mario vs. Donkey Kong and Pilotwings Out in Europe This Friday

    DSiWare and Virtual Console both get a Nintendo game.

    The hotly anticipated Flipnote Studio only just came out, but Nintendo seems to have decided to continue supporting their download services with their own games - They're releasing another two of them later this week. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again is the third game in the Mario vs...

  • News Thorium Wars Coming to DSiWare

    Big John Games announces new DSiWare offering.

    This one came out of nowhere, but judging from the little we know about the game, it could be a great addition to the DSiWare service. Thorium Wars lets you take control of five futuristic vehicles that you can use to take on the Thorions who are threatening mankind's very existence. You can check out the official press clipping below for a little more..

  • Nintendo Download Ninjas, Picture Books, Slot Cars, Sudoku and Guitars (US)

    Nintendo of America does a bit of catching up.

    There's nothing really unexpected this week - Except for the fact that it seems LucasArts won't be releasing their Super Star Wars games in consecutive weeks, as there's no new one this time. Four of today's five new games have already been released in Europe, so we've already got reviews ready. The Virtual Console has the best new game this week,..

  • News Pop+ Solo Release Dates Announced

    Pop+ Solo is go for launch on DSiWare!

    Nnooo has just announced that their upcoming DSiWare release Pop+ Solo is coming to DSiWare in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the UK on August 21st and in North America on August 24th. The title will also only set you back a paltry 500 Nintendo Points. You can check out the official press release below for a taste of what you can expect from this unique..

  • News myNotebook Development Nearing Completion

    New DSiWare app on tap for a release later this year.

    Nnooo have just announced that development on their new DSiWare application myNotebook is almost completed and that the app is set for a release on the DSiWare service later this year. You can check out the official press release below for a bit more information about this unique DSiWare application and what it will have to offer. Nnooo..

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    Review Sujin Taisen Number Battles

    Swap your Shuriken for a stylus and get ready to play!

    Sujin Taisen: Number Battles is a digital rerelease of the Japanese title, Suujin Taisen, which was released on Nintendo DS over two years ago in Japan. The game combines elements of classic games such as Mah-jong and Dominoes and mixes them with strategy elements to create a deeply rewarding...

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    Review Flipnote Studio

    A DSiWare application that you'll definitely flip over!

    It's no secret that Flipnote Studio has been one of the most anticipated DSiWare releases to date. The application has been described as like having your own portable animation studio right in the palm of your hands. Not only can you draw sketches and import photos, but you can then use the...

  • Competitions Flipnote Studio - Amazing Giveaway

    Be in for a chance to win lots of Nintendo points courtesy of those kind folks at Nintendo UK

    The competition is now closed. We will announce the winner sometime tomorrow. Stay tuned!To coincide with the release of the painfully addictive Flipnote Studio on DSiWare, we've teamed up with our good friends at Nintendo UK to offer lucky Nintendo Life readers the opportunity to win some great prizes. To..

  • Nintendo Download Phantasy Star, Flipnote Studio, Sujin Taisen, Rattle Battle and Slot Car Racing (EU)

    2 DSiWare and WiiWare games, and one Virtual Console game.

    For the first time in quite a while, this week brings us two new DSiWare games. Today's other new releases aren't exactly surprising! For DSiWare, there's the previously announced Flipnote Studio, a nifty application which lets you draw your very own animations, which you can then fine-tune in various ways before uploading them to a special..

  • Nintendo Download 18-19 August (Japan)

    VC and DSiWare on offer next week whilst the WiiWare holiday continues.

    After the mega update preceding the Oban Festival holiday this week it looks like things are returning to normal with 4 VC releases and 7 DSi releases for next week, though nothing new in the WiiWare pipeline. Virtual ConsoleIke lke! Nekketsu Hockey-bu (500pts - Technos) -- A...

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (13th Aug)

    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 Flipnote Studio available for download in North America NOW!

    Hatena launches Flipnote Studio website too...

    Many of our readers have eagerly been anticipating the release of Flipnote Studio for DSiWare. For those not in the know this is a FREE application that allows you to create your own notepad style animations and upload them for others to see on the web. The good news is for North American DSi owners is that is it available for download NOW! Go check..

  • News Flipnote Studio Available This Friday

    If you live in Europe, of course.

    The wait is finally over - Nintendo has announced that this Friday, the long-awaited free DSiWare application Flipnote Studio will finally be made available in Europe. Japan has already had this app since 2008: in fact, it was one of the very first DSiWare releases they got. Since then, they've even had a major update to the game adding new features and fixing some..

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    Review Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters

    Brain Age: Arts & Letters manages to capture the brain teasing appeal of the retail releases, just in a smaller dose.

    Nintendo's Brain Age releases have already been hugely successful for their DS system, so it should come as no real surprise to see them releasing small groups of these exercises as individual DSiWare releases on their fledgling...

  • Nintendo Download Kindred Spirits, Rock N' Roll, Star Wars and Different Art (US)

    Well, that didn't take long - Super Star Wars is available today, among other games!

    We only just reported on the ESRB rating a classic Star Wars SNES game less than an hour ago, but it turns out the rating isn't going to be sitting there without the game actually being out for multiple months - Super Star Wars is available today! It's accompanied...

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    Review City Transport Map Volumes 1 & 2 - 2009

    Now you have no excuse for getting lost on a city break.

    City Transport Map Volumes 1 & 2 contains ten travel maps in total and offers a selection of detailed routes for trains, subways, trams and airport shuttles. The maps vary in size depending on the city and different transport methods and specific lines can be highlighted via the touch screen and application menu. These DSiWare apps come..

  • Nintendo Download Bonsai Barber, The Revenge of Shinobi and City Transport Maps (EU)

    Zoonami's hairdressing game is finally out, and it's accompanied by Sega's awesome ninja game. Oh, and some city maps.

    After skipping a week, the Official Nintendo Magazine has once again revealed the Wii/DSi updates in advance. As promised a while ago, today finally sees the European release of Bonsai Barber. Accompanying it is a single Virtual Console game and two DSiWare applications which might..

  • News Extreme Hangman Coming to DSiWare

    Gamelion announce their new DSiWare title.

    Gamelion Studios have just announced their brand new DSiWare title Extreme Hangman. The game is currently going through the ESRB Ratings submission process and will soon be in lot-check at Nintendo for their approval. The game is already a best-seller on the Verizon service and is also available for iPhone for those of you out there who own one. You can..

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    Review Guitar Rock Tour

    All the right notes, just not in the right order.

    Guitar Rock Tour is a rerelease of the game of the same name we saw on Nintendo DS late last year. The game falls into the genre of games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band, albeit on somewhat of a budget. There are fifteen tracks to tap along to and two modes of play over three levels of difficulty...

  • Nintendo Download Mechas, Sexy Poker, Football and Art (US)

    The Virtual Console shows signs of life.

    The past two North American Wii/DSi updates had no new Virtual Console games, but thankfully, there is one this week. It's accompanied by two WiiWare games and the final DSiWare Art Style game (For now). On WiiWare, today brings us the previously announced Overturn. Perhaps taking a bit of inspiration from...

July2009

  • News Nintendo Download 04-05 August 2009 (JAPAN)

    It's a mega update in the Land of the Rising Sun!

    The release schedules around the world have seen bumper crops of WiiWare releases (and in PAL territories VC ones courtesy of the latest Hanabi Festival); naturally being Nintendo's home territory it should come as no surprise that Japan outdoes even these impressive download service updates. Next...

  • Nintendo Download Driift Mania, The Three Musketeers, Monkey Island and Guitar Rock Tour (EU)

    The Virtual Console takes a break after the Hanabi Festival.

    After North America did not get any VC games the last two weeks some people were rightfully worried that Europe would also not get any new ones as soon as the Hanabi Festival was over. Those worries were well warranted, because as it turns out, indeed, there's not one new VC game tonight! Instead, there's a whopping three new WiiWare..

  • News Flipper: New Screenshots and Artwork Showcase New Art Style

    GoodbyeGalaxyGames' DSiWare game Flipper now looks much more detailed.

    GoodbyeGalaxyGames has released five new screenshots and three pieces of artwork for the upcoming DSiWare game Flipper. These showcase a much improved art style which looks slightly anime-esque. The game still seems to use voxel rendering, meaning that every single little block that makes up each object is rendered individually,..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (30th July)

    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 Video of myNotebook

    Check out Nnooo's first DSiWare application in action!

    Nnooo has just sent over a link to the first video of their upcoming DSiWare application myNotebook. You can take a look at some of the many functions of the application in a hands-on type demonstration. It's looking like a very unique and useful application and we're already looking forward to...

  • News Worms Coming to WiiWare and Possibly DSiWare

    Now here's some good news for all you Worms fans!

    According to a SPOnG interview with Team 17, Worms will be headed to WiiWare, and possibly even DSiWare in the near future. The games have appeared on every major current generation platform at one time or another, but it's nice to hear news of the series making an appearance on Nintendo's WiiWare service. And the possibility of a DSiWare release..

  • News Pop Island New Wave Trailer

    Check out the newest video of the game in action!

    Odenis Studio has just sent over the newest gameplay trailer for their upcoming DSiWare title Pop Island and this game is looking better and better. Hopefully the wait for its release won't be too much longer now. You can check out the Pop Island New Wave Trailer below to see the game in action. You can also check out the brand new batch of Pop..

  • News Nnooo Planning New DSiWare Franchise

    Coming sometime next year.

    Australian devs Nnooo are hard at work on the DSiWare iteration of Pop and a suite of DSiWare productivity apps, with myNotebook looking to be first out of the gate. Anything else? Why, yes, actually. Speaking to Vortex of Tech, Nnooo creative director Nic Watt's let slip that the developer still has a few DSiWare tricks lined up. Well we have at least one more..

  • Nintendo Download Monkeys, Musketeers, Cards and Sudoku (US)

    Virtual Console sits out again.

    We're really wondering what's going on over at Nintendo of America - Last week didn't have any VC games, but this week doesn't either! For about the 7th time in a row, there are 3 new WiiWare games, though. Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal is the first episode in Telltale's new...

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    Review A Little Bit of... Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training Sudoku

    The best Sudoku experience on DSiWare yet?

    The DSi is quickly becoming the place to be for Sudoku fans with three different titles already available on the service – a fair amount considering the overall amount of games currently released. “A little Bit of…Brain Training Sudoku” is the latest game in the genre and is of course taken from the Dr. Kawashima Brain Training series. As the game..

  • Nintendo Download 28-29 July 2009 (Japan)

    2 arcade classics, 3 new WiiWare titles and a bumper crop of DSiWare next week.

    Looks like we're back to a more familiar release schedule in Japan, but the number of new DSiWare releases is more than normal with 9 new titles (though it has to be admitted two of these are guidebooks). The Virtual Console releases include Tecmo's second offering for the VCA: Ninja Ryukenden, which gamers elsewhere..

  • Nintendo Download Kirby's Dream Land 3, Twinbee, ColorZ, Heracles and Sudoku (EU)

    The Hanabi Festival ends with its last two games.

    The UK's Official Nintendo Magazine has once again spilled the beans on tomorrow's update in advance, although there's really only one game we didn't know about yet. As was pretty much guaranteed to happen, tomorrow sees the release of the final two Hanabi Festival games. They're accompanied by another two WiiWare games and one DSiWare game. Kirby's..

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

    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 Pop Creator Bringing New Apps to DSiWare

    Time to make your life more productive and enjoyable!

    Nnooo, the creators of Pop and Pop Plus: Solo are in the process of creating a set of apps for the DSiWare service that will attempt to make your life more efficient and productive. Not to mention fun and enjoyable! myNotebook will mark the first release from the myLifeCollected series and is basically just a notebook that will let you jot down..

  • Nintendo Download Art, Cards and Crystals Have Gamers Seeing Spots (US)

    Mostly a catch up week for North America!

    Nintendo of America is playing catch up this week with the release of three titles that have already been released in Europe. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord (WiiWare - 1000 Points) was just recently released in Europe and you can check out our review of the game to find out what we thought about it. It's the sequel to My Life as a..

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    Review A Little Bit of... Puzzle League

    A bit of a rehash, but a good rehash nonetheless.

    The Puzzle League or “Panel de Pon” series as it is known in Japan is one of the lesser-known Nintendo flagship gaming series. Over the years the game has appeared under various guises coupling well-known characters from both Pokémon and the Super Mario titles. “Planet Puzzle League,”...

  • Nintendo Download 21-22 July 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare catch-up, another classic Namco arcade game and some simple DSiWare puzzling adventure next week.

    Next week's schedule is a little on the light side (though as with previous weeks it's possible that Nintendo of Japan is updating their website piecemeal) with only 1 new WiiWare release, a couple of VC offerings and a single DSiWare release. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (800pts -..

  • Nintendo Download MUSHA, Smash Table Tennis, My Life as a Darklord and Puzzle League (EU)

    The Hanabi Festival delivers the 300th European VC game.

    Nintendo's official UK magazine has once again spilled the beans on the upcoming Wii and DSi update. Surprisingly enough, Nintendo has not chosen to make Kirby's Dream Land 3 the 300th VC game, despite it being a planned Hanabi Festival release. At least the game which is now #300 is a great one! MUSHA, also known as Musha Aleste, is part of..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (16th July)

    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 New Pop+ Solo Focus Bonus Round Video

    Check out the Focus Bonus Round of Pop+ Solo.

    Nic Watt, Creative Director of Nnooo, has just sent over the latest video for their upcoming DSiWare title Pop+ Solo. The video shows off the Focus Bonus Round and the gameplay that goes along with it. Pop only the color you are instructed to. If you miss or pop a different color you'll fail! As you can see in the video, this mode requires you to pay..

  • Nintendo Download Bits, Tanks, Ants, Commandos, Pulses and Brains (US)

    Nintendo of America counters Nintendo of Europe with an import week of their own. Also, more WiiWare!

    Nintendo of America sure loves WiiWare all of a sudden. This week sees yet another three new WiiWare releases, along with two VC imports recently released in Europe. DSiWare only gets a single new game. As previously announced, today is the North...

  • Nintendo Download 14-15 July 2009 (JAPAN)

    Japanese WiiWare is back from holiday with a vengeance, plus Shinobi!

    Aside from Electroplankton, last week was possibly the driest Japanese download week in living memory. Nintendo has made up for the WiiWare break last week with five new WiiWare titles in addition to two new Virtual Console Arcade titles and a slew of Game and Watch titles for the DSiWare service. Marcel has already posted the..

  • News Game & Watch Games to be Released on DSiWare

    Classic handheld games to be available for download soon!

    It seemed like a pretty quiet month for Japan - With just three VC games initially announced for a July release and this week having no WiiWare games at all it almost looked as if Nintendo was actually running out of games to release! It seems like it was all a ruse to surprise us with today's news though - Starting next week in Japan,..

  • Nintendo Download Bomberman '94, StarTropics II, 5 Spots Party, Karate Phants and BOXLIFE (EU)

    The Hanabi Festival continues with two more imports on VC, two WiiWare games and one DSiWare game.

    Last week brought us the excellent Pulseman and Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen as the first two imports of the fourth Hanabi Festival. This week brings us two more imports, and again, both of them are great! Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II is the second and, sadly, last StarTropics game. You..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (9th July)

    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 Cores, Bubbles, Chariots, Sports, Numbers and Cars (US)

    Three more WiiWare games, including the 100th WiiWare release!

    Today sees the release of yet another 3 WiiWare games! They're accompanied by two new DSiWare games and one Virtual Console game. Bit.Trip: Core is the second game in Gaijin Games' Bit.Trip series and officially the 100th WiiWare game. The big difference between it and Bit.Trip: Beat is...

  • News New Pop+ Solo Detonate Bonus Round Video

    Check out the Detonate bonus round of Pop+ Solo.

    Nic Watt, Creative Director of Nnooo, has just sent over the latest video for their upcoming DSiWare title Pop+ Solo. The video shows off the Detonate bonus round and the gameplay that goes along with it. Tap a bubble or pump it up to release a shockwave. Try to create a big chain reaction to score lots of points! As you can see in the video, this..

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    Review Brain Challenge

    Make your grey matter

    The DS is rightly lauded for introducing many new gamers to the fold, and it’s pretty much single-handedly created the “brain training” genre - whether that’s a good thing or not likely depends on whether you’ve played more than three games on your DS in the past four years. Gameloft already had a crack at the genre...

  • Nintendo Download 07-08 July 2009 (JAPAN)

    A couple of classics on the Wii and a whole lot of Electro-Plankton for the DSi next week in Japan.

    Well it looks like Japan is having a WiiWare holiday next week with no new titles having been announced via the website or the shop news bulletin. The two Virtual Console releases offer a catch-up title in the form of Super Punch Out for the Super...

  • Nintendo Download Hanabi Festival 4, Gradius Rebirth, Bit Boy!!, Brain Challenge and Mario Apps (EU)

    It's a fantastic week for Europe, with a total of 7 new downloadable games across all services!

    As Hudson revealed last week, this month brings us the 4th Hanabi Festival! And what luck, it's already started in the very first week of the month - There's two new imports up for grabs right now! Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is the first game in the now seemingly dead Ogre Battle series,..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (2nd July)

    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...

June2009

  • News Rumor: Nintendo Prepping More Non-Games For DSiWare

    Maps and dictionary wares may be in the works.

    Thanks to the DSiWare service, Nintendo has tried to expand the portable's functionality from just a games machine to an integral part of your web-browsing, time checking, number crunching life. According to Nintendomain (via GoNintendo), two more n

  • Nintendo Download 30th June - 1st July 2009 addendum (JAPAN)

    Two more WiiWare titles coming Tuesday aimed at younger gamers and an extra DSiWare title on the 1st.

    Looks like the mock tears for Japan were premature last week as some additional releases mean Japan has a 3-2-2 week it turns out. Thanks to Nintendo Life reader Ratengo for noting that the Japanese Shop news item for this week's releases had two additional WiiWare titles that weren't detailed on..

  • Nintendo Download Fantasies, Fishing, Warfare, Reversi and Sudoku (US)

    NoA's sudden WiiWare push continues, with yet another 3 WiiWare games and 1 game for both DSiWare and Virtual Console.

    Nintendo seems to be focusing on WiiWare a lot lately. Perhaps they're just trying to stir up excitement for upcoming big releases? It mostly seems to be a Europe catchup week - Only two WiiWare games are new for the west and neither seems very interesting. Water Warfare is..

  • News New Pop+ Solo Defend Bonus Round Video

    Check out the Defend bonus round video of Pop+ Solo.

    Nic Watt, Creative Director of Nnooo, has just sent over the latest video of their upcoming DSiWare title Pop+ Solo. The video shows off the game's Defend bonus round and the gameplay that goes along with it. In the Defend bonus round, your ultimate goal is to stop any bubbles from crossing over to the other side of the screen. As you can see in..

  • Podcast Episode 5 - June's Download Round-up!

    Round-up of June's downloads plus: YOUR voices!

    This episode brings you more of a download-focused approach, rounding up some of the best titles you can download released in the last month. Plus you can hear the voices of some of your favourite Nintendo Life commenters! If you want to get involved in the next episode or leave your feedback, you can call us on +44 (0)20 8144 8216, Skype us at..

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    Review Sudoku 50! For Beginners

    Less points, less puzzles, same difference?

    Sudoku 50! For Beginners is, in essence, a scaled down, dramatically easier version of the recently released Sudoku 150! For Challengers. It seems a little odd that Hudson decided to release the more difficult game first and not release both titles together, but nevertheless Sudoku 50! For Beginners offers a decent amount of gameplay for a meagre 200..

  • Nintendo Download 30th June - 1st July 2009 (JAPAN)

    An unusually light release week for Japan with 1 WiiWare, 2 Virtual Console and 1 DSiWare release.

    After weeks of mass software dowloading we see a release week that would look at home in PAL territories or North America -- maybe it's going to be Japan's turn for light release weeks for a change? On the WiiWare front we have Final Fantasy Crystal...

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    Review Art Style: BOXLIFE

    Thinking outside the box is strictly forbidden.

    If there's one thing that can be said about Nintendo's Art Style series, it's that no two games are alike, and we wouldn't have it any other way. BOXLIFE is certainly another unique entry in the franchise: box 'em up and ship 'em out! Greeted by a cute little theme song you will immediately notice - if you haven't from the title - that BOXLIFE is all..

  • Nintendo Download Puzzle Bobble, Water Warfare, SimEarth, Altered Beast and More Sudoku (EU)

    DSiWare takes a bit of a break to give the spotlight to the Wii releases this week.

    A large part of today's update isn't very surprising - Three of the games are published by Hudson Soft and were already announced for release earlier this week. The two unannounced releases are quite nice surprises though! On WiiWare, we've gotten Puzzle Bobble Plus!, the third Bubble Bobble series WiiWare remake by..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (25th June)

    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...

  • News Mecho Wars Confirmed for WiiWare and DSiWare

    Luc Bernard's latest project meets with Nintendo's approval

    In case you didn't know, Luc Bernard's fantasy-themed turn-based strategy title Mecho Wars has just been released on the iPhone and has been getting some generally positive reviews. Bernard himself has previously stated - albeit under the influence of alcohol - that he'd like to bring the game to either WiiWare or DSiWare and now he's..

  • News Hudson Releasing Water Warfare, SimEarth and Sudoku 50! For Beginners This Friday

    The first family-friendly FPS, a planet-maintaining game and more sudoku puzzles will be available on Friday.

    Hudson has announced the release of three new downloadable games in Europe this Friday. Water Warfare was released in Japan only yesterday, so you'll have a chance to jump in before the Japanese players get too much practice and crush us all online! The game is exclusively based around the..

  • News Tingle Gets a New DS Adventure, and a Surprise DSiWare Game

    The Zelda series's unsung hero gets not one, but two new games!

    The last two editions of weekly Japanese magazine Famitsu had mysterious teasers hinting at a sequel to 2006/2007's Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland for the DS. This week's edition has finally spilled the beans! Today just so happens to be the day of Japan's weekly Wii and DSi update - And from out of nowhere, Nintendo has..

  • News New Pop+ Solo Gameplay Trailer

    Check out a few new features of Pop+ Solo.

    We just got in a brand new gameplay video of Pop+ Solo in action. The guys at Nnooo wanted to highlight the new Adventure Mode and show off a few of the unique features from their upcoming DSiWare release. Below is a description of some of the features the developers wanted to highlight in the video, along with an explanation of some of the things you'll..

  • Nintendo Download Drill Sergeants, Puzzles, Golf, Art Styles and Planets (US)

    Three more WiiWare games accompanied by one each for DSiWare and Virtual Console.

    There seems to be a resurgence in Nintendo's focus on WiiWare - There were three new WiiWare games last week and there's three more this week. They're probably not the titles most people were waiting for, though... It should also be noted that every single game this week is new to western shores, so we don't have any..

  • Nintendo Download 23-24 June 2009 (Japan)

    A feast of DSiWare titles to end the drought, an anticipated WiiWare title from Hudson and *two* arcade classics next week!

    Well, after weeks without a new DSiWare release in Japan the storm gates have been opened and next Wednesday is serving up a bumper crop of titles for the portable download service. Chuugakku Kihon Hana Tango Word Puzzle (200pts) from I.E. Institute, Ltd. is a word puzzle game..

  • News Flipper Coming to DSiWare

    GoodbyeGalaxyGames announce their destructive DSiWare title.

    We've just received word that GoodbyeGalaxyGames are bringing their Flipper title to Nintendo's DSiWare service. The game is built around destruction, and as you can see from the screenshots below, the game has a very old-school, pixelated look to it. You can check out the official press...

  • Nintendo Download Icarian, Let's Catch and Brain Training (EU)

    One anticipated title is accompanied by two... not so anticipated ones.

    This week finally sees the release of much-hyped title Icarian: Kindred Spirits. It's accompanied by a not-so-great second WiiWare game, and a solitary DSiWare release. That's right - Virtual Console misses out again! Icarian: Kindred Spirits has been hotly anticipated for quite a while. From the screens and videos released..

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

    It's Wednesday 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 Mario Calculator

    Even with the Mario theme, this calculator application still doesn't add up.

    First there was the Animal Crossing Calculator and now Nintendo brings us the Mario Calculator for fans of the famous Italian plumber. While the functionality of the actual application is basically identical to that of the Animal Crossing Calculator (well duh, it's a calculator!), the Mario theme does seem to have a wider..

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    Review Mario Clock

    A waste of time

    We've already seen Animal Crossing Clock released on the DSiWare service, so a Mario Clock was a foregone conclusion. Not much has changed really; Nintendo has basically taken the very same clock functions available in the Animal Crossing Clock application and tossed in a Super Mario Bros. theme over the whole thing. While the entire package still feels a bit useless, the developers..

  • Nintendo Download Toasters, Rainbows, Catching, Calculators, Clocks and Harriers (US)

    A whopping six games this week.

    WiiWare seems to be the main focus this week, with a whole three new games for it. DSiWare gets two more non-games, while VC has to do with just one game. On WiiWare, you can get Eduardo the Samurai Toaster, from Semnat Studios. This promising game was first announced at the start of the year and looks to be quite similar to games such as Metal Slug and Contra,..

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    Review Asphalt 4: Elite Racing

    Quick off the grid.

    For all Nintendo’s innovation in creating its DSiWare download service, it can’t be helped noticing that the Big N’s contribution to the line-up is pretty lacklustre – its calculators and clocks are derided, and for every Art Style there’s a Master of Illusion Express. They would do well to learn from Gameloft, who are...

  • News Luc Bernard's Mecho Wars out now on iPhone

    WiiWare or DSiWare coming soon (perhaps!)

    We don’t normally pay too much attention to iPhone apps here at Nintendo Life for obvious reasons, but as Luc Bernard’s Mecho Wars is out now for download on iTunes we thought we would give it a mention. Under the banner of his new company Oyaji Games, Luc intends to release Mecho Wars on WiiWare or...

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    Review Sudoku 150! For Challengers

    Does this add up to the 500 points asking price?

    The Sudoku craze began a few years ago and since then the quaint Japanese number puzzle has become cool, whether on the train, chilling at home or simply in need of something to occupy your time, Sudoku offers a relaxing alternative to the crossword puzzle and a break from hardcore gaming. With its touch-screen input the DS is perhaps the perfect..

  • News Car Jack Streets Coming To DSiWare?

    iPhone GTA clone could be making the jump to Nintendo's handheld

    Mobile phone developer Tag Games has posted an entry on its Twitter account which reveals that its Car Jack Streets title is coming to the Nintendo DSi. The Grand Theft Auto clone - which has previously appeared on mobile phones and the iPhone, to much critical and commercial acclaim - would be a pretty good fit for DSiWare, although..

  • Nintendo Download Super Smash Bros., Cocoto, Asphalt and Sudoku (EU)

    As announced, four new games are new available.

    Well, no surprises here! All four games released today were already announced beforehand. Super Smash Bros. is the first game in Nintendo's massively popular fighting franchise. There's a total of 12 characters and 9 stages, which is obviously not much when compared to the content of Melee and Brawl, but it's still fairly fun. The question is, is..

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    Review Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!

    Is it a shameless cash-in or a worthy expansion of its forbearer?

    Some have already voiced their concerns as to whether Minis March Again! is a shameless cash-in by Nintendo, simply copying Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis and not really providing us with extra content or even new stages at all – which is certainly not true. What they...

  • News Super Smash Bros. Available on VC This Friday

    If you want to relive the original Nintendo fighting game, you can do so in just 2 days.

    The official website for Official Nintendo Magazine has revealed all plans for this Friday's European Wii and DSi updates. On the VC side of things, Europeans will finally be able to download Super Smash Bros., the game that started it all. Japan got it back in January, before even getting Majora's Mask - But..

  • News Top 20 DSiWare Games in USA (10th June)

    It's Wednesday and time for our first ever 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,..

  • Interviews Creat Studios to unleash Alien Havoc on DSiWare

    Creat Studios spill the beans on their upcoming DSiWare game.

    With the recent announcement of Alien Havoc coming to the DSiWare service, we wanted to get in touch with its creators to find out a little bit more about the game and what we can expect from this release. Thankfully the good people at Creat Studios were kind enough to take time out of their busy schedule to take part in an exclusive..

  • Nintendo Download Wars, Conquests, Rivalries and... Fish? (US)

    There seems to be a very clear theme this week!

    There's only really one surprise this week, and it's the weekly Virtual Console title. All of this week's WiiWare and DSiWare releases were already announced last week! On VC, you can go to war in another classic Koei strategy game for the SNES - Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf. It's not as...

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    Review Art Style: KUBOS

    Another fiendishly addictive Art Style puzzler joins the DSiWare library.

    Art Style: KUBOS is the fifth game in the popular Art Style series to hit the DSiWare service. Series developers SKIP Tokyo have once again built a game around a creative and abstract puzzle concept; they really seem to have a knack of making simple games that are fiendishly...

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