DSiWare - News

June2010

  • First Impressions G.G. Series Z・ONE 2

    More budget side-scrolling shooting for your Japanese DSi

    You might think with the release of the G.G. Series Collection+, Genterprise and Suzak would be done releasing budget games for the DSi. After all, the collection includes all the G.G. Series DSiWare releases to-date, plus another 15 games never released to the DSi Shop, but apparently it's time for sequels as one of the first games,..

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    Review Maestro! Green Groove

    A medley of musical mayhem

    We've already seen several companies break their past retail releases down into pieces and sell them off as individual DSiWare releases, so it really comes as no surprise to see Neko Entertainment following suit with their first DSiWare release Maestro! Green Groove. The good news is that this release comes from a game...

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    Review Hello Flowerz

    Hello averageness

    There's a surprising lack of games on DSiWare that pretty much require you to play every day. Hello Flowerz seems to be the first, in fact. It does pretty much everything you'd expect from a flower-growing game: you have to take care of flowers by watering them, giving them fresh new soil every day and similar tasks. Each flower...

  • News Ball Fighter Starts Bashing Europe this Friday

    Teyon's puzzle game makes the leap across the pond

    It's been available in North America since late 2009, but coloured ball-breaker Ball Fighter from Polish team Teyon is finally heading to DSiWare in Europe this Friday. Priced at 500 Points, the game is a combination of familiar puzzle games, including Puzzle Bobble and Magical Drop, but is overall...

  • Nintendo Download 28th June 2010 (North America)

    Jett Rocket and Mario Tennis N64 headline this week's 10 releases

    Mario and Camelot breathe some life into the Virtual Console's N64 offerings, Shin'en shows the power of WiiWare and DSiWare keeps up its flood of titles. WiiWareJett Rocket (Shin'en, 1000 Points) – This platformer from the creators of the excellent Art of Balance blasts onto WiiWare this week, bringing some of the sharpest..

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    Review Puffins: Let's Fish!

    Hungry hungry birdies

    After a dreary first outing on DSiWare in the form of Puffins: Let's Roll!, Other Ocean has brought back the birds for more fish-chomping. Like Roll, Fish is pulled from the 2009 retail minigame compilation Puffins: Island Adventure. Let's Fish! is a maze game where you have to steer your little birdie around the depths of the ocean to gobble capelin while avoiding hazardous..

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    Review Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble

    An archaeopter-mixed bag

    To play Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble is to take your emotions for a ride. When you first see its great graphics and hear the fantastic sound design accompanied by a lighthearted sense of humour; when you play the first level and realise that you've learnt its somewhat complicated framework in an easy and enjoyable fashion; when you see that the world map is actually a neat..

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    Review Music On: Retro Keyboard

    A step up

    We've already seen Abylight's Music On: Electronic Keyboard application for DSiWare, a decent but flawed attempt at putting a keyboard in your pocket. Now the company's back with Music On: Retro Keyboard, and although it shares the first game's finer features and faults it's a better buy overall. As with its predecessor, you're granted a...

  • Interviews Dancing Dots - QuickPick Farmer

    The independent French studio talks about its upcoming release, downloadable gaming, humour and more

    On July 5th, North American DSi owners will be able to download QuickPick Farmer, the first DSiWare release from independent developer Dancing Dots (not to be confused with Dippin' Dots, the ice cream of the future). We spoke to managing director Martial Hesse-Dréville and QuickPick Farmer game..

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    Review Face Pilot: Fly With Your Nintendo DSi Camera!

    Soar spot

    The 3DS will introduce a motion sensor to the machine's line-up of inputs, but the humble DSi has already been home to a few motion-detecting titles, with Face Pilot: Fly With Your Nintendo DSi Camera! the latest – and longest-named – of the lot. You've likely already surmised what to do, but here's a quick description. You play a...

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    Review Pocket Pack: Strategy Games

    Smart move

    The previous entry in the Pocket Pack series, Words and Numbers, combined Sudoku, anagrams and more into a package that was perhaps too familiar to make much impact in the DSiWare ranks. Now the second compilation, titled Strategy Games, has arrived on DSiWare, and it's a far better combination than its predecessor. The five games on...

  • Nintendo Download 29th & 30th June 2010 (Japan)

    WiiWare returns, Meta Fighting on the VC; X Returns and other stuff on DSi.

    WiiWareBoku mo Sekai o Sukuitai (1000pts - Poisoft) – If we're understanding Poisoft's website and the description on the Nintendo WiiWare page this is a combination of a sim and an RPG where players get to create multiple elves, dwarves, etc. with stats and skill trees to adventure with. Virtual ConsoleMeta Fight (500pts..

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    Review Combat of Giants: Mutant Insects - Revenge

    If only we could squish this game under our shoes

    Ubisoft seems to love its Combat of Giants series. With three retail DS releases and two DSiWare adaptations based on two of those retail titles already available, it was quite obvious that they were going to go for the full set. The third and hopefully the last, Mutant Insects Revenge very...

  • Nintendo Download 25th June (Europe)

    Hidden gems galore?

    A lot of today's game titles might not say much to some people, but rest assured there's some good picks in this bunch. WiiWare gets three games, two of them great, and one not-yet-reviewed-but-very-likely-also-great. DSiWare's got five new titles of which the only reviewed one is good as well. The rest of the bunch could be more sleeper hits - Or not! The Virtual Console sadly..

  • News Say Hello Flower to this Hello Flowerz Trailer

    Virtual Toys shows its green fingers

    There's a real shortage of gardening games in the world, so thank Virtual Toys for doing its bit to redress the horticultural balance with its upcoming Hello Flowerz for DSiWare. Played out in real-time, the game asks you to tend to virtual plants, feeding and watering them for a few minutes a day whilst the...

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    Review Mega Words

    If by "mega" you mean "bland"

    If it's simple word puzzles you want, then by golly, it's simple word puzzles you'll get with Mega Words. It'll put your vocabulary to the test across its three game types, sure, but in the most basic way possible. Anagrams plunks down a handful of tiles and asks you to create at least six words to advance, whereas in Scramble you're only tasked with spelling one..

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    Review Spin Six

    Spin Six will have you spending your five

    Suckers for Bejeweled-style puzzle games are in for a treat with Nintendo’s Spin Six, a game based off that game's fundamental design with a numerical twist. Like other puzzles games in the past, it’s a simple design with lots of replayability but the addicting puzzle mechanics and the cheerful...

  • News North American Club Nintendo Year Coming to an End Next Week

    Might want to hurry up with that Gold or Platinum status

    How's your Club Nintendo account looking, North Americans? Did you register enough Nintendo Product™ since last July to qualify for a neat-o Gold or Platinum badge? If not, you might want to scrape your game collection for stray Coins as the second Club Nintendo year winds down on June 30 to...

  • News DSiWare Will Not Be Transferable Unless Nintendo Makes Changes

    Reggie's comments may worry some

    One of the major questions arising from Nintendo's unveiling of the 3DS, other than "when?" and "how much?", was "will I be able to transfer my DSiWare content?" As the content is currently locked to each device rather than an overall account, it's not currently possible to transfer the games between two DSi systems, prompting the..

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    Review Super Swap

    Bejewel 'til you drool

    For almost ten years, computerised jewels have had it rough. Countless gamers, cell phone owners and bored white collar workers have made it their mission to line them up in rows of matching colour and destroy them. Now with Super Swap, even more jewels risk losing their lives to the technological menace that is man. Players slide jewels and other shapes about with the..

  • Nintendo Download 22nd & 23rd June 2010 (Japan)

    The WiiWare drought continues; VC and DSiWare releases only this week

    The Japanese WiiWare scene has been pretty quiet over the last month or so with only a couple of titles from Squaresoft. Given the past schedule with one release minimum per week, it does seem to imply a slowdown in development; whether or not that will be the case in other territories remains to be seen though it may account for..

  • Nintendo Download 21st June 2010 (North America)

    Spin some tentacles, strategize against dinsoaurs, and puzzle puzzle puzzle

    Nintendo hopes you like puzzle games, because that's five of the eight games released this week across WiiWare and DSiWare. To nobody's surprise, the Virtual Console has yet again been left out on a hill to die or something. But look, puzzlers! WiiWareArt Style: Rotozoa (Nintendo, 600 Points) – This entry in the Art Style..

  • News Music On: Retro Keyboard Takes You Back in Musical Time

    Get tuned into retro gaming sounds

    European DSi owners have already had the chance to tinker with the first entry in Abylight's 'Music On' series, the straightforwardly-named Music On: Electronic Keyboard, but the Spanish developer-publisher is ready to unleash a second bout of musical noodling with the imminent arrival of Music On: Retro Keyboard...

  • News A Flock of Info About QuickPick Farmer

    A game that looks to provide shear amusement

    We've just received word from French development studio Dancing Dots that their DSiWare debut QuickPick Farmer will hit the North American download service on the 5th of July for the low asking price of just 200 Nintendo points. They've also put together a website for the game as well as uploading a trailer, which you can view at the bottom of this..

  • News Shantae is Nearly Finished but Not Submitted

    It won't be out for weeks

    Although there was no DSiWare or WiiWare on display at Nintendo's E3 booth this year, IGN met up with WayForward's Matt Bozon to get some hands-on time with Shantae: Risky's Revenge. The game itself is all-but finished, needing just some final playtesting and any tweaks arising therein, which means that the game has not yet...

  • Nintendo Download 18th June (Europe)

    Nintendo serves up a certain ace

    It's the week of E3, and what better way to celebrate than by finally releasing another N64 Virtual Console game? And an extremely well-liked one, at that? WiiWare gets one great and one good game as well, but DSiWare seems fairly uninteresting this time. WiiWareAnt Nation (700pts - Konami) -- A simulation title from Konami in which you manage a colony of ants, this..

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    Review A Kappa's Trail

    A trail you may want to follow

    A Kappa’s Trail is a bizarre game: you play as a little turtle/fish/sea creature and your objective is to escape the depths of the ocean to reach the land of the humans, but it’s a clever idea, and plays great in many areas where other DSiWare games seem to do the opposite. It’s a really neat and tidy game with...

  • Nintendo Download 15th and 16th June 2010 (Japan)

    Not much during the week of E3

    We got so mixed up in the goings-on at E3, that we almost forgot to update you with what was released on the Japanese download services earlier this week. Relax, there's no need to get too jealous this time - Most of the stuff is extremely unlikely to see a release elsewhere. And with what Nintendo of Europe has in store for the European Virtual Console tonight, you..

  • News Secret of Mana On the Way to iPhone, Not DSi

    Square classic misses DS transfer

    It's a classic entry in the pantheon of RPGs: Square's Secret of Mana for Super Nintendo is widely regarded as one of the finest games in the genre, even after all these years, but other than the less well-received Children of Mana and Heroes of Mana we haven't seen the series reach the DS. It looks as though that...

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    Review 16 Shot! Shooting Watch

    Rhymes with "tap"

    In one of bumbling cartoon father Homer Simpson's humorously ineffective attempts to please his children, he hands his son Bart a pen to click as an alternative to annoying his sister Lisa by purposely squeaking his chair. Of course, the clicking only makes things worse, but the coup de grace is when Homer proclaims, "Hey, that looks like fun!" and, taking another pen..

  • Nintendo Download 14th June 2010 (North America)

    Bejeweled, sports and yard sales on WiiWare; Kappas, crosswords, keyboards and watches on DSiWare; ninjas on Virtual Console

    WiiWare: Bejeweled 2 (1,000 Points - PopCap) The notorious gem-swapping gameplay hits WiiWare, complete with Mii support and online leaderboards. Check out our interview with producer Ty Roberts and our First Impressions of...

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    Review Don't Cross the Line

    Simple fun when you're low on funds

    If you've ever been a child, you've probably encountered your fair share of activity books. Within these collections of mazes, word searches and other such sources of momentary amusement, arguably the most forgettable of the bunch is the "don't cross the lines" puzzle. It's so underwhelming that if anyone's taken the time to give it a name, most (us..

  • News Keep Your Life Collected with Nnooo's MyDiary

    New tool and three more myNotebook colours on the way

    Nnooo has already given us myNotebook and myPostcards in its myLifeCollected range, offering users the chance to make notes and create postcards, naturally. Now the company has announced its latest title, called myDiary, that aims to let users turn their DSi into, you guessed it, a diary. With...

  • Nintendo Download 11th June 2010 (Europe)

    Plenty of puzzling, some strategy and racing, and an import

    Despite the release of Super Mario Galaxy 2 today, Nintendo of Europe isn't neglecting their download services. The Virtual Console gets a new one-off import game while WiiWare and DSiWare get a whole bunch of catchup titles, plus one completely new game. WiiWareNEVES Plus: Pantheon of Tangrams (500pts - Abylight) -- It took almost a year..

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    Review Crazy Sudoku

    It is indeed crazy that we're still getting Sudoku games on DSiWare

    Counting this new release, there are now nine Sudoku games available on DSiWare in Europe. Some offer a little more than others, but all in all it tends to come down to the price and amount of puzzles available. Crazy Sudoku does well in both areas, but with so many other choices...

  • News Teyon's Super Swap Confirms Research into Matching Coloured Gems

    New DSiWare puzzler on the way for 500 Points

    In the real world, if coloured gems the size of oranges started raining into your lap you'd rush to scoop up as many as you could whilst also, probably, trying to shield your head from serious injury. Not so in the gaming world however, where the instinctive thing to do is match three of the same...

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    Review Flametail

    A nice piece of tail

    Flametail began life as the "Square" bit of the rather unique WiiWare release MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade. Instead of a straight port of the game, the developers chose to not only give the game a nice little visual facelift but also a host of new gameplay twists and options to add to its depth. Oh, and it's (obviously) portable too, which is a great place for a..

  • News DSiWare Gets a Little More Shoot 'em Up with Cosmos X2

    Spaceships and bullets beckon

    Sudoku, crosswords, solitaire: these fine pursuits are all well and good for those tranquil moments we all enjoy from time to time, but when you want to get stuck into some heavy duty blasting there aren't many options on DSiWare. Here comes Saturnine Games to introduce one more to the mix, unveiling its new 2D shoot...

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    Review Music On: Electronic Keyboard

    Hits a few bum notes

    The first in a new series of portable instruments from Abylight, Music On: Electronic Keyboard offers up a range of voices including pianos and clarinets, and accompanying styles, from reggae to polka, to create a simple musical keyboard you can access on the go. One of the first issues with a portable keyboard is space, and...

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    Review Flips: The Folk of the Faraway Tree

    A classic book revisited

    Following the release of The Magic Faraway Tree, EA's Flips series continues with a digital version of The Folk of the Faraway Tree. As with other games in the Flips series, there are sound effects played when certain words are tapped and finding coloured mushrooms throughout the book unlocks some interesting projects,...

  • Nintendo Download 7th June 2010 (North America)

    Disc golf, meerkat leading and fishing on the Wii; flames flips and lines on DSi this week in North America

    DSiWareFlametail (500pts - Nintendo) -- Originally featured as the "square" game in MaBoShi, Flametail expands the gameplay centred around touching blocks to burn them up by adding power-ups and different modes of play. We'll work on getting a review up right away, but in the..

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    Review Flips: The Magic Faraway Tree

    Faraway but not over the hill

    The latest in EA's Flips series of digital children's books, The Magic Faraway Tree is part of Enid Blyton's well-known Faraway Tree Stories, with other stories from the collection due to arrive in the coming weeks. As with other games in the Flips series, there are some interactive features to maintain your interest:...

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    Review Hero of Sparta

    God of War for cheapskates

    Gameloft is often panned for making games that look, play and feel similar to other titles, and its latest is no exception. Taking obvious inspiration from Sony's God of War series, this is a fairly linear 3D beat 'em up with a Greek mythology theme. As King Argos, who has washed up on a beach somewhere and lost his entire...

  • Nintendo Download 8th & 9th June 2010 (Japan)

    WiiWare returns, yet another Neo Geo fighting game, DSi baseball and Ferraris next week in Japan

    WiiWareKuma Nage ・Puzzle Hen: Piina no Suki na Akai Candy & Kuma Nage ・Puzzle Hen: Kiina no Kirai na Aoi Hōseki (1000pts - Square-Enix) -- Two related games which seem to be set in some kind of storybook world. From the description it's hard to tell what you're supposed to do and the..

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    Review Animal Color Cross

    Picross with a twist

    Despite there being so many different number-based puzzle games, some publishers seem to love putting nothing but Sudoku games on DSiWare. Nintendo has sadly not delivered a download for "A Little Bit of Picross DS" yet, so for now, this is the only game of its sort available on the service. Based on a fairly recent DS...

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    Review A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back

    The Turvys strike out

    Have you ever played a shoot 'em up title and wished that you could finally have a chance to be the bad guys, attacking with a constant barrage of swarming fighters and cannon fire onto the ship below? If so, Tecmo has just the unique shooter twist to scratch your itch. Now you can flip that DSi system upside down and command...

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    Review X-Scape

    One of DSiWare's best and most ambitious adventures yet

    If X-Scape is any indication, Nintendo should encourage more developers to revisit the deepest depths of their back catalogue and make sequels to their obscurest of games. This here is the follow-up to the 1992 Japan-only Game Boy release X. The original was developed by Dylan Cuthbert's former...

  • News Free Photo Dojo is Nintendo's Way of Saying It Loves You

    Free title a reward for you, DSiWare lovers

    If you haven't grabbed the rather excellent Photo Dojo for your US DSi yet, you may be inadvertently spurning Nintendo's affections. Bill Trinen, a long-time translator who's worked on some of the company's biggest titles, says the game's free first month is a way to give back to supporters of the download...

  • Nintendo Download 4th June 2010 (Europe)

    Beavers and Brains on Wii, Books, Music, Upside-Down Puzzling and still more Sudoku on DSi this week in Europe.

    Retro fans will be disappointed at another week without a Virtual Console release, but hopefully we'll be seeing Wild Guns here soon. Otherwise it's mainly a catch-up week for Europe on Wii and DSi. WiiWareRobocalypse: Beaver Defense (600pts - Vogster) -- This tongue-in-cheek tower..

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    Review Just Sing! National Anthems

    Off-key

    How many national anthems can you sing? We're guessing you can comfortably sing your own country's anthem most of the way through, but you would probably struggle with any other country's. That's why the premise of Just Sing! National Anthems is so puzzling: a collection of five European anthems, you're unlikely to be able to – or even...

  • News Nnooo Planning a Spirit Hunters Inc Just for the 3DS

    "...hopefully containing some new gameplay features too"

    It hasn't even been a fortnight since Nnooo announced its latest game that puts players in the shoes of a ghost-hunter and it seems that there's something more to look forward to as well. In a recent interview conducted by Cronogenesis, the founder of the Australian developer, Nic Watt, talks about the upcoming Spirit Hunters Inc..

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    Review Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro

    Quality sudok... hey, where are you going?

    Sudoku and DSiWare are seemingly inseparable at this point, so forgive our lack of shock when another incarnation of the numeric puzzle game peeks its head out from behind the bush of Nintendo's weekly downloads. What did surprise us, and pleasantly so, was just how nice of a package Telegraph Sudoku &...

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  • Nintendo Download 31st May 2010 (North America)

    Tanks, blocks, sudoku and SPARTA! on DSi whilst Ben-10, Dice, Beavers and Wild Guns grace the Wii

    It's a pretty good mix of new and catch-up titles this week in North America, so hopefully everyone will find something that takes their fancy. DSiWareX-Scape (800pts - Nintendo) — A sequel to game that was released on the Gameboy a million years ago called "X," complete with slick retro..

  • Interviews Mere Mortals

    We chat to the Pocket Pack developer about its download-focused future

    Mere Mortals probably isn't a name you instantly recognise, but UK readers have experienced more of the company's output than they might realise. The multi-talented team produced the animations for Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe, had a hand in the CG for Danny Boyle's Sunshine and Slumdog Millionaire and is about to broadcast more..

  • News Music On: Electronic Keyboard Puts a Keyboard in Your DSiWare

    Abylight's newest tool hits Europe on Friday

    The music software scene just keeps on snowballing: we've already had the announcements of Rhythm Core Alpha and Mix Superstar, not to mention the already-available and rather good Rytmik, and now Abylight is joining the party with Music O

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    Review World Poker Tour: Texas Hold 'Em

    Nice try

    For a portable poker game, World Poker Tour: Texas Hold 'Em could've been great. It uses probably the biggest licence in the game in a faithful way to how the tournaments are shown on TV along with a pretty meaty single-player component and a few nice touches. Unfortunately, it also makes some really dumb mistakes that drag it down. Like, oh, not allowing you to save mid-game. So if you're..

  • Nintendo Download 1st & 2nd June 2010 (Japan)

    Download drought for Japan next week

    It's hard to remember a week like this in the Japanese download scene, much less a second consecutive week without a WiiWare release, but here we are. To top it off there's only one DSiWare game and it's the third in a series we had two of last week. On the bright side there's a Virtual Console release for the Wii... although that too is a sequel. Could this be..

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    Review Telegraph Crosswords

    Box clever

    Last year Nintendo took a stab at the handheld crosswords market with Nintendo Presents Crossword Collection, and it did a decent job, with plenty of variation and a decent interface drawing in gamers who like to dabble in the occasional crossword. If Crossword Collection was the tutorial, Telegraph Crosswords is the final boss; every...

  • Nintendo Download 28th May 2010 (Europe)

    The Virtual Console returns in style, WiiWare gets arty and DSiWare gets a bunch of random stuff

    There's plenty to pick from this time. You can either go with one of Kirby's best outings or a new Art Style game on the Wii, or Picross and God of War knock-offs on DSiWare. The choice is yours! WiiWareArt Style: Penta Tentacles (600pts - Nintendo) – Nintendo of Europe decides to mix things up a..

  • News Tap-Tap-Tap-Tap-Tap - Get Practising with 16-Shot Shooting Watch for DSiWare

    Hudson's tap trainer on the way to the US

    It's been available on the Japanese DSiWare market for a few weeks now, but a recent ESRB rating has revealed the 16 Shot! Shooting Watch is on its way to North America in the near future. Although it sounds like a rather James Bond-esque gadget, the Shooting Watch is a device to help you find out exactly how quickly you can tap a button in a specified..

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    Review Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper

    This is how criminology used to work?

    Don't be misled by the title of Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper. Neither the notorious serial killer nor crime solving itself really serve as anything more than a framework for I Spy -esque seek-and-find puzzles. Nevertheless, once you realise what this game's all about, you might end up having a lot of fun while learning some morbidly interesting history along..

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    Review Advanced Circuits

    A puzzler that keeps chugging along

    There's certainly no denying that, a year in, the DSiWare service has quickly filled up with puzzlers, maybe even more than we originally expected, so the sight of yet another making an appearance isn't too surprising. The developers at BiP Media have taken a familiar formula and woven a very challenging puzzle...

  • Nintendo Download 24th May 2010 (North America)

    Metal, Poker, "Saucy Jack" and Circuits for DSi and Art Style, Viruses and Monkeys on the Wii this week in North America

    DSiWareMetal Torrent (500pts – Nintendo) – Nintendo dips its toes into the bullet-hell shooting arena via developer Arika's latest DSiWare game. This has been out in Japan for a while and was published in Europe earlier this month. Read our Metal Torrent review to find out..

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    Review Discolight

    Dancer in the dark

    The hotly-anticipated sequel to Flashlight, Discolight is the next big thing to hit DSiWare. Not familiar with it? Well, wait until you hear what it can do. It flashes different colours. In different patterns. Oh yes. Naturally there aren't many screenshots available, so here's a short video that should give you a better idea of...

  • News Rhythm Core Alpha to Turn DS "Into a Musical Instrument"

    Music synth coming to DSiWare

    Rhythm Core Alpha is the latest announcement in the recent batch of musical creation tools, this time from SoftEgg Enterprises. It will feature "powerful editing features," including freedom to customise drum patterns, basslines and melodies, and gamers can even use the stylus to play solos along with the...

  • Nintendo Download 25th & 26th May 2010 (Japan)

    Virtual Console for Wii; board games, soccer and language practice for DSi, next week in Japan

    The lack of any updates for the Wii last Tuesday in the absence of any public holiday was a bit ominous and this week's WiiWare-less update makes us wonder if this means that developers are turning away from Nintendo's service in its home country – or it could simply be that we'll be seeing less..

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    Review A Topsy Turvy Life: Turvy Drops

    Tetris D.I.Y.

    A Topsy Turvy Life: Turvy Drops puts an interesting spin on a classic puzzle game and presents a fairly bare-bones package thereof, resulting in an entertaining little release. Its basic conceit is Tetris with a twist – as opposed to waiting for the right pieces to drop, you'll draw those pieces with the stylus, clicking empty...

  • News Nnooo's Next Game Makes You a Spirit Hunter

    Don't be afraid of no ghosts

    Aussie developer Nnooo has given you the joy of bubble popping and helped you collect your life, and next they hope to help you get a handle on all those meanie spirits floating around. Titled Spirit Hunters Inc. and coming in both Shadow and Light flavors, it's an augmented reality game centered around capturing and battling spirits in your surroundings using the DSi..

  • News X-Scape Launches on DSiWare on May 31st

    North American release confirmed, European launch still up in the air

    Q-Games' revisit of classic title X-Scape, aka 3D Space Tank, is set to land on North American DSis on May 31st. As captain of the VIXIV, a highly advanced space tank, you’ll roam the surface of dozens of alien worlds, battling the forces of an empire that is out to destroy you. The touchscreen makes controlling your vehicle a..

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    Review Frogger Returns

    Guess who's back... again

    He may not have gone anywhere in the hearts of classic gamers, but Frogger is apparently back again. This DSiWare edition of Frogger Returns is essentially the same game as on WiiWare, albeit without the underwhelming multiplayer of that version. The stages, modes, power-ups and graphics are largely all the same (although...

  • Nintendo Download 21st May 2010 (Europe)

    The Virtual Console takes a break, while WiiWare and DSiWare get a total of six games.

    It's that dreaded time again - The Virtual Console is skipping another week in Europe. WiiWare and DSiWare don't exactly make up for the lack of retro goodness either, because there seems to be nothing truly special available this time. WiiWare: Phoenix Wright:...

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    Review Looksley's Line Up

    Great idea marred by a crap camera

    Lookskley's Line Up should be a near-perfect game. It's beautiful, immersive and inventive. It fails, however, to perfect the area in which it innovates, and the experience suffers as a result. The game does something quite creative with the system's hardware, and that's to use the camera to track the player's head. It recreates the experience of looking into tiny..

  • News Advanced Circuits Rolls into North America on May 24th

    DSiWare automotive puzzler out on Monday

    There aren't enough train games on DS: this is a fact. With the exception of the terrible Lionel Trains and Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, there's barely a good choo-choo title for the console. With that in mind, we're rather looking forward to BiP Media's upcoming DSiWare puzzler Advanced Circuits, pledging...

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    Review Flips: More Bloody Horowitz

    More bloody Flips

    A 14-year-old boy and his mysterious octogenarian neighbour he can't seem to get out of his head. A murder gone horribly, horribly, horribly, laughably, horribly wrong. The whiniest family of reluctant tourists ever to visit New York City. All of these tales, a "horror" soundboard and more await in EA's latest Flips entry...

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    Review Fire Panic

    There will be panic when you buy this game!

    A simple, fast-paced, arcady DSiWare game that costs only 200 DSi Points. What could possibly go wrong? Quite a few things, actually. There couldn't possibly be any less to Fire Panic's objective. Fires are breaking out all over the city, so the mayor has given you the task of sending out two fire trucks...

  • News Struggling With Your Rytmik Masterpiece? This Video Wants to Help

    Let Cinemax take you through the basics

    DSiWare music production tool Rytmik is surprisingly powerful for a portable package costing less than a tenner, but learning its intricacies can be a little daunting at first. That's why we thought we'd share with you this introduction to Rytmik from Cinemax, showing you how to craft an annoyingly catchy bass...

  • News Sharpen Your Stylus as Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro Approaches Its Launch

    Includes the classic way of playing, and more

    Want more Sudoku? You got it. Telegraph Media Group is working together with Sanuk Games to bring DSi owners more puzzling fun as Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro is nearing its American release on the handheld's download service. Get ready to kill more brain cells in the name of critical-thinking. The game features over 500 Sudoku puzzles from the..

  • News Odenis Studio Shows Interest in Returning to Its Glory Days

    Hoping to turn those award nominations into wins

    There's something quite appealing about playing strategy games on a handheld. Maybe because they're on a portable format and resemble more of what a high-tech 'battle device' might feel like in the hands of a war general. Maybe it's something else. Either way, DS owners might want to ready themselves for a potential return to odenis Studio's strategy..

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    Review Brain Drain

    Cerebral bore

    A version of Brain Drain has already released on WiiWare in North America, and now it's Europe's turn to sample its item-moving action on DSiWare. They both share the same basic principle: rearrange objects into a specific pattern displayed on the top screen as quickly as possible. The best reference is a sliding block puzzle, only you can move any piece you like, making it far easier..

  • Nintendo Download 17th May 2010 (North America)

    Running, blood and Kirby for the Wii; frogs, rabbits, upside-down blocks and more blood on DSi

    Microgame creator WarioWare D.I.Y. and the hosts of the Nintendo Channel show "Nintendo Week" collide in the Big Name Game for this week, as Allison and Gary each unleash whatever crazy microgame their host brains have done thunk up. WiiWare:...

  • Nintendo Download 19th May 2010 (Japan)

    Earth Saving, Sengoku strategy and Kanji training on DSi next week in Japan

    Although we're unaware of any holidays in Japan this week, it appears the Wii is taking a download break. The DSi is still getting a few titles on Wednesday, so importers still have something new to look forward to. DSiWareEarth Saver Plus: Inseki Bakuha Daisakusen (500 Points – Tom Create) – The original Earth Saver..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 6: Epic

    Space, monsters and boss battles, oh my

    It's been a while, space cats, but NLFM is back with another mighty handsome selection of the finest chip and game music around. This time we're splitting chip tunes and swirling epics right down the middle, with equal parts fantastic on both sides. NLFM generally focuses on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to the..

  • News Primrose to Bring Colour and Relaxation to DSiWare

    New puzzler from Sabarasa

    As if the opportunity to Save the Turtles wasn't enough, soon you can colour in the squares with Sabarasa's upcoming puzzler Primrose, just announced for DSiWare. Taking inspiration from classic puzzler Othello and perhaps a dash of Wakugumi, Primrose also includes a thoughtful colourblind mode and has already been rated...

  • News Make Beautiful Music, Win Nintendo Points with this Rytmik Contest

    Get those toes tapping, Europe

    After a lot of tinkering with Cinemax's Rytmik we came away with a pocket full of awesome songs and gave the game a deserved 9/10 rating. Hopefully those of you who've used it agree it's something pretty special, but the time has come to put your money where your mouth is with Cinemax's competition. With a total prize...

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    DSiWare

    Review Chess Challenge!

    Chuck, mate

    Chess is over two thousand years old and still hasn't gone out of style. It's arguably the perfect game of strategy, enjoyed the world over by countless bright adults, reflective retirees and nerdy youths. Just about every city has a hub, a certain coffee shop or public park, at which one can go to watch two competitors going at it, the...

  • News Nintendo Swashes Even More Pirates' Buckles

    After giving them fair warning, too

    Nintendo filed a lawsuit on May 11th against the owner of Queens-based NXPGAME, the company behind a website that gave its customers access to illegally copied DS and DSi software. Not that the Big N didn't give them a chance - after repeated communications between their legal department and the defendant, the crooks shut down their website, only to swiftly..

  • News Necromancer 2 Lurches onto DSiWare in Japan Next Month

    Western release currently uncertain

    Hudson Soft's Necromancer probably isn't on your list of Top Ten Games for a DSiWare Revival. Released on the TurboGrafx-16 over twenty years ago, it's a decent RPG that received a sequel for mobile devices last year. Guess which version DSiWare is receiving? Titled Necromancer: Nightmare Reborn, it's a beefed-up conversion of the mobile title promising enhanced..

  • Nintendo Download 14th May 2010 (Europe)

    Bit.Trip, Phoenix and Ghouls on the Wii, fire-fighting, platforming action and brain busting on the DSi this week in Europa

    WiiWare: Bit.Trip RUNNER (800pts - Aksys Games) -- Europe gets the first try at the latest entry in the minimalist, retro-rhythm game series from Gaijin Games. We loved the time we spent playing the final release version, so if...

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    DSiWare

    Review Metal Torrent

    Bullet hell with training wheels

    Most gamers are familiar with "bullet hell" shooters: shoot-'em-ups with so many enemy projectiles that over half the screen is covered in them at most times. Despite this, however, many Western gamers haven't actually played any (as a lot of them are Japan-exclusive) and only know them from YouTube videos...

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    Review Rytmik

    Music to your ears

    It's tough to know how to approach Rytmik: it has no game elements whatsoever, only existing to allow you to create beautiful (and sometimes not-so beautiful) music. Although its complexity is initially off-putting, spend some time with it and you'll realise it's a very competent and enjoyable music studio. One of the most...

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    DSiWare

    Review Flips: Silent But Deadly

    You get the picture

    The range of Flips books available on DSiWare keeps on growing, with Silent but Deadly the latest in the Too Ghoul for School range released. With the same interface and style as previous entries in the series, you won’t be surprised to hear it “plays” as well as the other entries, with a smooth page-turning system making it easy to navigate, and the font nice and clear,..

  • News This is Hero of Sparta!!

    Gameloft's new DSiWare title exposed

    You can't knock Gameloft's commitment to DSiWare, with a constant supply of titles since the format launched in April 2009. The publisher's newest outing Hero of Sparta was originally a mobile title but is receiving the DSi treatment with all-new features and some pretty good graphics. There's not much information other than the expected slaying of mythical..

  • Nintendo Download 10th May 2010 (North America)

    Fighting with fists and wits and a little reading on the side this week in North America

    The Big Name Games part of WarioWare D.I.Y. keeps on growing, with a new addition from Jason Schreiber of Powerhead Games, the studio behind the excellent DSiWare release Glow Artisan. DSiWarePhoto Dojo (0pts - Nintendo) – As a treat to compensate for getting it last, Norte Americanos can enjoy this fun..

  • News Nintendo's Next Winning DSiWare Combination: Monkeys and Music

    Mickey Dolenz not included

    This one may have got lost in the recent maelstrom of financial reports and Kirby sightings, but a new DSiWare game featuring monkeys playing instruments deserves your full attention. Titled Make and Sing: Monkey Band, it's a pseudo-music creation game that writes songs for you based on certain themes and musical styles. If you've always dreamt of having a band of super..

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    DSiWare

    Review Crazy Golf

    Miniature golf, billiards and marbles all rolled into one

    We've already seen a few attempts at golf on DSiWare, some obviously better than others, but we haven't seen one quite like Crazy Golf yet. Instead of merely sticking with a simple miniature golf gameplay theme, the developers have instead tossed in some marble and billiard influences to...

  • First Impressions Illust Logic

    Downloadable picross? Yes, please!

    Although video game versions of nonograms (better known to Nintendo gamers as Picross) were originally controlled with a D-Pad and buttons like any other game, it's clearly a genre that benefits massively from the touchscreen interface of Nintendo's DS family of handhelds. No surprise then that Hudson has seen fit to release a version of their own picross game,..

  • Nintendo Download 11th and 12th May (Japan)

    Catch-up week for Japan

    After the Golden Week break it looks like Nintendo is mostly offering up titles that we've already seen elsewhere around the world. WiiWareSekai no Omoshiro Party Game 2 (500pts - Sims Co., ltd.) – The sequel to last month's Fun World Party Game offering five new games in five new countries: bullfighting in Spain, ziggurat climbing in Mexico, building cleaning in New York,..

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    DSiWare

    Review Bounce & Break

    Slowpoke

    When you think "zen," odds are your mind goes to little bonsai trees and smooth rocks littered about. There might even be a small frog hanging out on a water lily as cherry blossom petals sprinkle the pond. When applied to a game you'd expect a slower pace and possibly some cherry blossom petals, but Enjoy's Bounce & Break proves that when applied to a type of game commonly..

  • News Indies Join Forces to Bring Advanced Circuits to DSiWare

    Vehicle-based puzzler now full steam ahead

    French publisher Zallag is a hotbed of download activity recently, having announced Gods vs. Humans and Racers Island: Crazy Racers within the last month or so. Now the company has announced its Creatips marketing tool will be put to good work marketing the upcoming Advanced Circuits from BiP Media. The...

  • Nintendo Download 7th May 2010 (Europe)

    Darts and Fantasy on the Wii; stories, shooting, bricks and music for DSi this week

    Virtual ConsoleFinal Fantasy (600pts NES - Square Enix) --The one that started it all and was never released in Europe has finally arrived on our shores. Of course as a Hanabi Festival release it's 100 Points dearer than what our North American and Japanese cousins have to pay, but if you're itching to play the..