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G.G Series: Super Hero Ogre (DSiWare)

G.G Series: Super Hero Ogre (DSiWare)

An exercise in frustration

In late August, the North American DSiWare service saw the release of Genterprise's G.G Series: Ninja Karakuri Den, the first title in its G.G Series of games to make it across the ocean from Japan. Now, two months later, the second instalment in the series of inexplicably titled games has made it stateside as G.G Series: Super Hero Ogre. Drawing influence directly from..

Ivy the Kiwi? Mini (DSiWare)

Ivy the Kiwi? Mini (DSiWare)

Ivy the Kiwi? light

After spending years helping Sega create some of its most popular console releases during the Mega Drive and Saturn eras, Yuji Naka decided it was time to form his own development studio. His main goal was to create gaming experiences that appealed to a much broader audience. No better title could sum up this goal more perfectly than his newest creation, Ivy the Kiwi?. Now XSEED..

Datamine (DSiWare)

Datamine (DSiWare)

Pang in the future

If you're an arcade game connoiseur, you may be familiar with the Pang/Buster Bros. series. With your grappling hook gun, the objective was to fire lines across the screen to pop the numerous bubbles bouncing around on contact. Of course, you yourself had to avoid any direct contact with the bubbles, or you'd get a quick Game Over. The series was recently revived, so is the..

Rummikub (DSiWare)

Rummikub (DSiWare)

Basic and boring or fantastic and fun?

If classic board, card and table top games that have been brought to the DSiWare service were pop stars, solitaire would be Lady Gaga and Rummikub would be Kelly Rowland (formerly of Destiny's Child). While one stands alone and captures the attention of millions, the other struggles with popularity unless they...

Petz Catz Family (DSiWare)

Petz Catz Family (DSiWare)

It's a cat-astrophe!!

Petz has been around for a long time. Starting back in 1995, it saw a big reboot back in 2006 and has since seen multiple titles spanning all the way from mobile phones to the PS2, and are generally set around raising one particular type of virtual animal, such as a hamster or a kitten. The DS is no stranger to the series,...

Shantae: Risky's Revenge (DSiWare)

Shantae: Risky's Revenge (DSiWare)

Stop reading now and go buy this game

When the original Shantae was released in 2002 on the Game Boy Color, it was lauded for its amazing animation and challenging platforming action. Unfortunately, this was after Nintendo had launched its new Game Boy Advance system, and sales of the unique title never really reached the level many expected them...

FIZZ (DSiWare)

FIZZ (DSiWare)

Fo Fizzle

Shocking update: a puzzle game was released on DSiWare this week. Non-sarcastic shocking update: it's actually pretty good. We know, we know, it's hard to get too excited about downloadable puzzle games these days, but even with stiff competition on the service, FIZZ still proves itself as a fun and affordable puzzler – even if it's slightly less than perfect. FIZZ is simple to play,..

Zenonia (DSiWare)

Zenonia (DSiWare)

DSiWare's first must-have RPG

With RPGs being such a popular genre, it's surprising to see that, up until now, Legends of Exidia has been the only one available on the DSiWare service. Fortunately, for the poor RPG fans who have been feeling neglected, Gamevil has finally added a new title to the mix with their release of Zenonia. Despite both...

GO Series: Defence Wars (DSiWare)

GO Series: Defence Wars (DSiWare)

Tower defence with a twist

Tower defence games aren’t really a new concept on DSiWare, and with already a few titles in the genre available, you might wonder whether this one has anything special to offer. It turns out that GO Series: Defence Wars gives a nice twist to tower defence that makes it a bit more interesting. In most tower defence...

Everyday Soccer (DSiWare)

Everyday Soccer (DSiWare)

Hardly in the Premier League

When it comes to soccer on the DSi, it really comes down to the Real Soccer franchise, and we're certainly not complaining. For a mere 800 Points you can get a portable, yet retail-quality version of the beautiful game with tons of content. Still, it's nice to see a game like EveryDay Soccer come along. Offering a more simplified version of the sport with only four..

Nintendo Countdown Calendar (DSiWare)

Nintendo Countdown Calendar (DSiWare)

Count it out

Have you ever wished for a calendar that counts down to the day of literally any event that you programme into it all by itself? Well, thanks to Nintendo's latest DSiWare application, the Nintendo Countdown Calendar, your dreams can now become a reality! This new application provides users with a calendar that has a separate list...

myDiary (DSiWare)

myDiary (DSiWare)

Everyone, take note

Nnooo has seen a fair amount of success with DSiWare. Originally starting off with Pop+ Solo, the developer really began to make its mark on the DSi with the myLifeCollected series, a set of applications for the DSi that started with myNotebook. Since then, Nnooo has moved onto other applications such as myPostcards and myNotebook: Carbon, Pearl and Tan. Now we have myDiary, and..

Castle Conqueror (DSiWare)

Castle Conqueror (DSiWare)

The beginner’s RTS

With its touch screen and stylus controls, the Nintendo DS seems like it was practically built for real-time strategy games. Sadly, entries in this genre have been few and far between. Publisher CIRCLE Entertainment comes out of the woodwork with Castle Conqueror, an all-new RTS for DSiWare. Referred to as a strategy game for casual gamers, this title is a fun adventure and a..

Music On: Acoustic Guitar (DSiWare)

Music On: Acoustic Guitar (DSiWare)

Good guitar or bad lyre?

Music On: Acoustic Guitar is like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree – its beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you know your way around a fret board, you may see it as a fun tool to mess with when you can't lug your giant six-string around with you. Gamers with no prior guitar knowledge, however, will see it as a useless,...

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 3 (DSiWare)

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 3 (DSiWare)

Go find something else

Over the last two weeks, Ludia has brought their video game adaptation of the highly successful Where's Wally? book series to DSiWare in Europe, cutting down their game Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey into three episodes. We didn't exactly think too highly of Where's Wally? Travel Pack 1 and Travel Pack 2, and, expectedly, the same can be said of Travel Pack 3..

My Exotic Farm (DSiWare)

My Exotic Farm (DSiWare)

Cleaning up animal excrement just got a whole lot more exotic

If My Exotic Farm teaches us anything, it's that picking up animal poop isn't any more fun in Africa than it is in America. And yet, it isn't any less fun either. So while it may simply be My Farm with a new lick of paint, My Exotic Farm still may be worth a look for those who missed out...

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 2 (DSiWare)

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 2 (DSiWare)

Not a stripe has changed

Last week, we saw Ludia’s attempt at bringing the highly popular Where’s Wally series to DSiWare with Where’s Wally? Travel Pack 1 in Europe, a version of the full DS title Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey. While it proved to be fun at times, the game’s downloadable release has forced it to be cut down into episodic format so as to fit the service's space..

GO Series: 10 Second Run (DSiWare)

GO Series: 10 Second Run (DSiWare)

More than ten seconds of fun

With the GO Series, Gamebridge is attempting to give once Japan-exclusive DSiWare a chance elsewhere in the world. Their first pick for release in Europe is 10 Second Run, a very simple little title which greatly resembles something one would expect to find online as Flash game. That's not a bad thing, though. The...

Cosmos X2 (DSiWare)

Cosmos X2 (DSiWare)

Perhaps a bit too old-school for some

Shoot 'em ups have evolved quite a bit since their humble beginning in arcades back in the early 80's, taking on a much more maniacal pacing and intensity in recent years. While we've already seen Metal Torrent offer a more modern shooting experience on the DSiWare service, Cosmos X2 takes a slightly different approach and brings a more classic variation for..

Music On: Learning Piano (DSiWare)

Music On: Learning Piano (DSiWare)

Ode to Joy or odious toy?

If Music On: Learning Piano was the last source of piano-playing knowledge on Earth, the art wouldn't be lost forever. That said, it doesn't offer instruction in the traditional sense like Art Academy does. The game includes no nutty professor or girl next door to teach you how to read sheet music or enlighten you with musical theory. Heck, there isn't even a platonic best..