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US DSiWare "Launch" Titles Confirmed

Posted by Philip J Reed

"Launch" deserves those quotation marks as we can only hope they will be available at launch.

...but, at any rate, they are North America's first confirmed titles, according to today's press release, and we have to admit, they're some pretty good ones to start with!

The first is WarioWare Snapped! (500 points), which promises to make good use of the DSi's new camera, and will hopefully go a long way toward demonstrating potential for its use in future games.

Then we have Art Style: Azurio (500 points), which was originally known as Art Style: Aquario and is being reported in at least one other place as Art Style: Aquia, so goodness knows what its final title will actually be. Regardless, the Art Style games haven't steered us wrong before (each of the three WiiWare releases earned a strong 8 out of ten!) and it will be great to have a brand new one available so soon into DSiWare's life.

And finally we can expect something called Moving Memo, which may interest you based on the fact that it's absolutely free. Or it was in Japan, at least...let's hope we get the same courtesy here. Apparently the application allows users to create hand-drawn animations and share them with friends, or upload them to the web. We'll be interested to see how this one works out.

Let's hope we get these on launch day, or very soon afterward. After all, something has to tide us over until the virtual console is officially announced...

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User Comments (34)

Kamuki

#1

Kamuki said:

First! Ow wait no one cares...

Anyway are these all the launch titles? If so I'm dissipointed but I'll get Warioware.

JohnshiBRPG

#2

JohnshiBRPG said:

What about the top 20 wiiware games? These must be a nice set of DSi games/applications.

JNoodles

#3

JNoodles said:

Heh, looks like a pretty nice launch, albeit a bit barren at the moment. Let's hope for some more (inevitable) launch announcements soon (event though this one isn't even confirmed)! :P

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#4

Philip_J_Reed said:

@Kamuki:
"Anyway are these all the launch titles?"

I don't know for sure...just that these are the only confirmed titles for NA. I'd love to see more...but at the same time, I think this has the potential to be a really strong start.

WarioWare: A major franchise title showing off the new DSi features
Azurio: A new installment in an EXCELLENT series of games
Moving Memo: Something free

WiiGuy

#6

WiiGuy said:

eh, I'll save my points...
But I'm 100% on getting Moving note pad :)

Toddr

#8

Toddr said:

I'm pretty sure they said it will be free to download right from the start.

Nintendork

#9

Nintendork said:

Eh, both games don't interest me. The moving notepad holds promise, however. I guess I'll be saving for GB games.

Objection

#10

Objection said:

Not bad but it's a small launch for DSi. Almost as small as the launches for N64 and GCN ;)

siavm

#11

siavm said:

@jangonov;
It is going to be a launch app. I can't wait to use Moving Memo. I saw a lot of videos on it, and it looks good.

Crazed

#12

Crazed said:

Small, but a fairly good start. Still a few days left for companies to have their game be a "launch" title, so I wouldn't be surprised if more games surfaced between now and the DSi release.

abe8812

#14

abe8812 said:

With the free 1000 DSi points Snapped and Azurio will be kinda free since they're both worth 500 DSi points free..

Jogurt_the_Yogurt

#15

Jogurt_the_Yogurt said:

Kudos to the article author for correctly saying "North America's first confirmed titles". Too bad the article header is still incorrect. :( "NA" has the same number of letters as "US" so it's equally effective as an abbreviation, more culturally sensitive, and has the added benefit of not being incorrect.

I am tentatively interested in the Wario and Art Style titles, but they're not enough to convince me to downgrade from my DS Lite quite yet. I'll be keeping an eye on the library as it expands.

Stuffgamer1

#17

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Jogurt: A bit touchy, are we? I never knew some Canadians felt that way. The only ones I've ever met in person didn't seem to. Oh, well.
Also, I second Stratos' question. What "downgrade" are you talking about?

Now it's MY turn to be touchy! Why does the caption for that picture sound like a Tingle put-down? STOP DISSING TINGLE! If I could draw worth a crap, I'd draw Tingle with Moving Memo just to spite you.

Sorry about that last paragraph. I'm just getting REALLY tired of Tingle's complete and total lack of anything even REMOTELY resembling popularity in America. I had to shell out $50 to import his DS game from Europe because of that crap!
/End rant.

Looking forward to WarioWare Snapped! :)

CorbsAdmin

#18

Corbs said:

I enjoyed the Tingle DS game. I too had to import it from Europe. Daz picked one up for me, the nice guy he is. :) At least we're finally getting Stafy here in the US in June. It's about time!

Starwolf_UK

#20

Starwolf_UK said:

Downgrade, Jogurt?
No GBA slot I guess (I'll miss you paddle I don't own, Rumble Pack I don't use...GBA games I DO play).

It seems odd the browser wasn't in the press release since its been mentioned before (and is free).

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#21

Philip_J_Reed said:

@Stuffgamer1:
"Why does the caption for that picture sound like a Tingle put-down? STOP DISSING TINGLE!"

It was a put-down, but a tongue-in-cheek one. I personally liked Tingle (Majora's Mask is my favorite Zelda game...) and never--NEVER--understood all the Tingle hate. Though, allegedly, Nintendo heard it loud and clear and doesn't plan to keep him around in the main series.

Which I think is a big shame. It was kind of nice to have another recurring character to watch out for. Oh well. The vocal minority wins again I guess. :)

@Starwolf_UK:
"It seems odd the browser wasn't in the press release since its been mentioned before."

That's probably why it wasn't mentioned in the press release. At least, that's my guess as to why. It's probably already been sitting in the DSiShop just waiting for download.

Toddr

#22

Toddr said:

@ corbie

Do you mean that weird freshly picked tingles rosy rupeeland game? I hated that game. It gave me nightmares. :(

DrakeStaff

#23

Drake said:

I loved Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland too, the bosses are some of the best in the Zelda series by far.

Olimar_91

#24

Olimar_91 said:

Moving Memo is definitely the one that has my interest. So it's great that it's free :D

Popyman

#25

Popyman said:

That Memo thing is one of my top reasons for getting a DSi. Me and my friend are gonna have some fun with that. Stick figures FTW!

Wiiloveit

#27

Wiiloveit said:

Well, that's nice. Very nice, in fact. I wasn't expecting Moving Memo to be released so soon, and if we get these games (amongst others, of course) at the European launch, that will be excellent.

I'm still most excited about the upcoming Pop Plus Solo, and the Art Style game where you have to create cubes, though.

Oh, and one more good thing: at last! Some REAL confirmation that we'll get DSiWare on launch day, unlike Japan.

Objection

#29

Objection said:

Memo looks decent. As for Tingle, I need to import that...or maybe it'll be on the NA Club Nintendo? Nah...

Stuffgamer1

#31

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Chicken Brutus: I had noticed that they weren't putting Tingle in any Zelda games lately. That sucks.

Funny you say the "vocal minority." It doesn't seem to me like big companies (Nintendo VERY much included) very often care about the "vocal minority." Or at least, they take a LONG time to get around to appeasing them (like on Wednesday...FINALLY). Sony STILL refuses to put BC back in the PS3, and Nintendo STILL won't release Earthbound on VC, regardless of how much people do to persuade these companies differently. sigh

@Objection_Blaster: No chance at all. They haven't even bothered to give us Tingle's Balloon Fight, and they probably never will. Good think that game's menus are pretty easy to navigate in Japanese...

Ricardo91

#32

Ricardo91 said:

Aw man! I thought the Tingle pic meant that there was gonna be a Tingle spinoff game coming to DSi. :(

@Jogurt. Who cares?

Digiki

#34

Digiki said:

Not bad but it's a small launch for DSi. Almost as small as the launches for N64 and GCN

Except Super Mario 64 was pretty much the best game at that time ;)

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