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Game & Watch Vermin (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Vermin (DSiWare)

Everyone loves to whack it!

Before the days of Game Boys and DS systems, Nintendo manufactured a small portable game device called the Game & Watch. These electronic games featured LCD screens that featured specific movements that could be controlled via various buttons and D-pads on the units. While they didn't feature the same type of full-range movement and controls of today's portable game..

Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop (DSiWare)

Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop (DSiWare)

All driller, no filler

Mr. Driller has become quite a beloved arcade puzzler over the years and after a solid WiiWare release, it seems Namco Bandai thought it might be time for the game to make an appearance on DSiWare as well. Now puzzle fans looking for a little arcade digging action can enjoy the game on the go and with a nice added set of touchscreen controls to go along with it. The basic..

Puzzle to Go Diddl (DSiWare)

Puzzle to Go Diddl (DSiWare)

Just change the puzzles and release what is essentially the same game for more money!

A while ago we got Puzzle to Go Wildlife, a relatively decent jigsaw puzzle game marred by one major flaw: over half the puzzles had to be unlocked, which took an eternity. Did developer Tivola learn their lesson from this or not? For this second Puzzle to Go title, they've managed to license Diddl, a cartoon..

Save the Turtles (DSiWare)

Save the Turtles (DSiWare)

Tiny turtles bring big puzzle pleasure

Sea turtles begin life as vulnerable little creatures. Provided they actually survive the process of incubation and hatching and manage to dig their way out of their buried nests, they often become disoriented on their way to the ocean and, worse yet, they make perfect snacks for local wildlife. With Save the Turtles, developer Sabarasa has come up with a way..

Disney Fireworks (DSiWare)

Disney Fireworks (DSiWare)

All flash, no bang

Combining both loud noises and pretty colors (things we've been conditioned from birth to stare at in awe), there's something magical about a good fireworks display. Disney is well-known for the nightly shows put on at their assorted theme parks, and now their game-developing arm has brought the fun to the DSi Shop in the form of...

Nintendo DSi Metronome (DSiWare)

Nintendo DSi Metronome (DSiWare)

It's a metronome

The DSi wasn't intended just for games; part of the meaning of the "i" is in reference to using it as a "personal tool," according to some Nintendo rep who may or may not have been full of it. We've already seen some fairly useless applications hit the service already, lending credence to this, so it makes a weird sort of sense for Nintendo to roll out..

Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner (DSiWare)

Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner (DSiWare)

It's an instrument tuner

The DSi wasn't intended just for games; part of the meaning of the "i" is in reference to using it as a "personal tool," according to some Nintendo rep who may or may not have been full of it. We've already seen some fairly useless applications hit the service already, lending credence to this, so it makes a weird sort of sense for Nintendo to roll out..

Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. (DSiWare)

Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. (DSiWare)

Sample the sweet taste of crime

If you weren't interested in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars but still hanker for some big city crime drama, you might be drawn to Gameloft's latest DSiWare release, Gangstar 2: Kings of LA. Taking the GTA template to a download title and offering it all for 500 Points should be a pretty sweet deal, but once you've...

Super Yum Yum: Puzzle Adventures (DSiWare)

Super Yum Yum: Puzzle Adventures (DSiWare)

Fairly yummy

First released for mobile phones and iPhone, Super Yum Yum is a puzzle game in which you play as Leon the chameleon, attempting to recover all your children and your large supply of fruit, all of which have been stolen by Ms. Tum Tum, a big blue creature with a large appetite. After a quick tutorial level you'll be thrust into action immediately. The game is divided into four worlds,..

Photo Dojo (DSiWare)

Photo Dojo (DSiWare)

Well developed

We first played Photo Dojo back at Nintendo’s Media Summit in February, and in the hustle and bustle of the event it was a huge amount of fun. Now it’s out of the O2 and into the hands of gamers everywhere, it’s still a great deal of fun but its flaws are far more apparent. Photo Dojo is an extremely simplistic fighting game...

Drift Street International (DSiWare)

Drift Street International (DSiWare)

We thought of a drift racing pun but it slipped our minds

So far on DSiWare, puzzlers are bountiful, platformers becoming more so, and don't get us started on sudoku games, but the amount of decent racers can be counted on one chain-chomped hand. So when something as pretty as Tantalus Media's Drift Street International rolls up, our knuckles turn white with interest. It may not blow past the..

Game & Watch Judge (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Judge (DSiWare)

Judge quick, lest ye be bopped

The Game & Watch series was Nintendo's first real foray into the world of portable video gaming. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who would later mastermind the grey-brick Game Boy we all know and love, these handheld electronic games featured an LCD display, a tinny speaker, and just enough buttons to complete the main...

Game & Watch Chef (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Chef (DSiWare)

It's all fun and games until someone loses a sausage

The Game & Watch series was Nintendo's first real foray into the world of portable video gaming. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who would later mastermind the grey-brick Game Boy we all know and love, these handheld electronic games featured an LCD display, a tinny speaker, and just enough buttons to complete the main objective, which differed..

Flips: The Enchanted Wood (DSiWare)

Flips: The Enchanted Wood (DSiWare)

Now with stories from more well-known authors!

It almost looked as if EA was simply going to release all stories included in the retail title Flips: Too Ghoul for School on DSiWare, but that seems not to be the case. This third book is actually from Flips: Faraway Tree Stories, which did not include completely "new" stories, but rather old ones written in the mid-1900s by author Enid..

Libera Wing (DSiWare)

Libera Wing (DSiWare)

Seeing the world of tower defence from both sides

Tower defence games are getting increasingly popular with developers. It took WiiWare quite a while to get any, but DSiWare's already had three of them (although one is so far exclusive to North America). This latest addition to the sub-genre only really brings one new thing to the table: instead of exclusively defending, you get to be on the..

Game & Watch Mario's Cement Factory (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Mario's Cement Factory (DSiWare)

A blast from the past.

Before the days of Game Boys and DS systems, Nintendo manufactured a small portable game device called the Game & Watch. These electronic games featured LCD screens that featured specific movements that could be controlled via various buttons and d-pads on the units. While they didn't feature the same type of full range...

Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs - Fight for Survival (DSiWare)

Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs - Fight for Survival (DSiWare)

T-Rexes and Diplos and Toilets, oh my

Back in 2008, Ubisoft Quebec released Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs, a game aimed squarely at younger gamers in which you create your own dinosaur and use it to battle others. With the advent of the DSi and the popularity of smaller versions of retail titles on the DSi Shop, Ubisoft saw fit to release a stripped down version as DSiWare. Battle of Giants:..

Flashlight (DSiWare)

Flashlight (DSiWare)

Lights on, nobody's home

There can be no more baffling title on DSiWare than Flashlight, a collection of three different "utilities" for the DS's dual screens: it makes the reams of clocks and calculators look like gaming gold. First up is a flashlight function, that lets you light both screens in a range of colours. If you can think of a...

101 Minigolf World (DSiWare)

101 Minigolf World (DSiWare)

This putt-putt is below par

Though there are already two DSiWare games based on serious golfing, putt-putt (or crazy golf to our European chums! - Ed) has remained oddly under-represented – until now. Teyon has brought us yet another DSiWare game almost straight from the PC: 101 MiniGolf World, featuring over 100 different holes to play, tons of...

Simply Sudoku (DSiWare)

Simply Sudoku (DSiWare)

200 Points + 150 puzzles = 10/10?

Let’s face facts here: anyone after a Sudoku game on DSiWare is likely to have bought one by now, but Engine Software has thrown its hat into the ring with Simply Sudoku, a truly barebones package. There’s three different difficulties with fifty puzzles per difficulty, which even if your maths isn’t good enough to solve a Sudoku should convince you you’re..