Review: myNotebook (DSiWare)

Delivering what the DSi should've already had.

Until now, Nnooo only released one arcade-like highscore game on WiiWare and DSiWare. And though one game is hardly enough to go by, we were still quite surprised to find out that their next project was not another game, but rather a simple application.

myNotebook pretty much does what the title implies - It gives you a virtual notebook consisting of 32 pages, on which you can leave all sorts of messages, notes, doodles and drawings. When you think about it now, it's actually really weird that such a feature was not included on the DSi from the get-go.

The application is displayed Brain Training/Age style - which means holding your DS on its side. When you first start it up you'll be presented with the notebook's cover, on which you can write your name. After that, you're pretty much free to do whatever you want. Using the D-pad or Y/A buttons, you flip through the pages until you've got the one you want to use on your touch screen, after which you can begin to write or draw on it.

There are only a few features available here, but they get the job done. You can use either thin or thick lines, lined paper or grid paper, and five colours, namely black, white, red, green and blue. You can also choose to draw freely or use lines - when you select this, you will be able to pull lines from one location to another before releasing the touch screen and making the line stick. Naturally, you also have the ability to erase things manually or simply clear the whole page.

To add some incentive to start myNotebook up often, Nnooo has also thrown in some unlockable styles of paper to use. There are 8 unlockable types of lined paper, and 8 types of grid paper, which you will get by simply using the program frequently enough.

Finally it should be noted that myNotebook is being released three times, as myNotebook: Blue, myNotebook: Red and myNotebook: Green. The only difference between these is that the lines on each page of the notebook will have the colour given in the title, so if your favourite colour is red, it might be smart to wait for that version to come out.

Conclusion

Although it'll seem like another pointless DSiWare application to most, myNotebook offers a very simple feature that should've been included on the DSi in the first place. And there's really no arguing with that, especially considering the fact it's only 200 DSi Points - the cheapest price possible.

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