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Clubhouse Games comes to Nintendo DSiWare with a collection of five fun card games in Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics.

Play familiar favorites like Blackjack and Five Card Draw, or test your ability in the fast-paced Last Card, Last Card Plus and President. DS Download Play allows players to host as many as seven friends.

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Posted by Paul Schreiner

Call Nintendo's bluff or fold.

In the vein of the previously released Express titles, Clubhouse Games Express: Cards Classics offers a very slimmed-down, bite-sized version of its full-featured cartridge release. Whether this package offers enough to warrant a purchase is the question,...

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User Comments (8)

Terra

#1

Terra said:

I bought the full game ages ago, so i need not bother with this.

KnucklesSonic8

#2

KnucklesSonic8 said:

I have the full game but I love it. I may decide to buy this sample because it may wield more online players in the process!

edit: I just realized Spit is there too! (Also known as "Speed".)
If THAT has online functionality, I'm definitely getting it. I was disappointed that Spit wasn't online to begin with in the Clubhouse Games as I absolutely love that game!

Wiiloveit

#3

Wiiloveit said:

I have the full game as well, but - as KS8 said above - I will only be getting this for online functionality after I was disappointed some of the card games didn't have online features. At least Nintendo chose a decent selection of card games for the package though.

Mix

#5

Mix said:

The full version is one of the best DS games out there. This partial version is a great game on it's own, but I would suggest getting the whole game.

Adamant

#6

Adamant said:

500 points for non-online-supportive card games when you can find the full Clubhouse for what, 15$?

Yeah, no. Enough with these demos already, Nintendo. I'd see the point if they were free.

warioswoods

#7

warioswoods said:

@Adamant

The full version still retails for $20; however, you're completely missing the point of offering a game like this in (presumably multiple) smaller downloads. It's a lot like the transition in music purchases effected by the shift to the iTunes business model. Instead of buying an entire album to get maybe two songs that you care about, you were suddenly able to just pick the ones you want, resulting in a much better value. Not only that, but you no longer had to carry around or deal with CDs, since you could have all your music right there on a single device.

That's exactly the same thing that is happening to a lesser degree in gaming. I don't want, for instance, to pay $30 or even $20 for some retail Dr. Mario game when all I care about is the core gameplay, not all the extra content that they'd shove in to justify the retail price. It's great that I can just grab what I want now for $5; also, just like the move away from CDs, it means that all these little condensed games I want are now stored within my DSi, easily accessible from the menu with no need to deal with cartridges. Over time, my DSi menu could grow into a great list of exactly the gameplay that interests me from many different genres, and I will have spent a whole lot less than it would take to get that variety from retail.

I might pick up these card games for $5; looking at the list, I'd say it's probably worth it. The great part is, I don't even have to buy the additional parts that will come out unless they interest me as well.

I'm hoping that this trend continues. It's not, as you claimed, reducing full games to demos; it's distilling the principal parts and offering them for a good price. This is an especially important shift for puzzle games, which I greatly enjoy but which rarely are worth a full $30, even if they cram a dozen alternate modes in. I just want the best part for a good price, so that, for my $30, I can get 5 or 6 great puzzle games instead of one stretched out into needless variations and alternate modes.

metakirbyknight

#8

metakirbyknight said:

@ #6 Adamant

I also think your missing the point, and I agree with everything warioswoods said so I don't have to go over that. This is also fantastic because now I will never buy another retail game if their all chopped up like this, meaning I'm bypassing the greedy retailer that marks up prices insanely. Now I don't have to lug carts around, sure I'll probably have one in the DSi slot, but for plane rides, all of your retail games, though chopped up could be easily accessible from the DSi menu, and there is no cartridge swapping. Most people don't like this chopping up of retail games, maybe you guys own all of the games in orignal format, but all the games I own aren't being split up, although I doubt they could be. Them cutting up retail games that I don't own was the thing that pushed me over the fence on getting the DSi that I'm still waiting for!

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