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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..

Car Jack Streets (DSiWare)

Car Jack Streets (DSiWare)

A fun, if flawed, take on the open world crime game

Rockstar proved last year that an open world game could work very nicely on the DS with the excellent Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. But that was a full-on retail cartridge; how about the download realm, where size limitations are much more strict? Tag Games has taken a stab with Car Jack...

Simply Mahjong (DSiWare)

Simply Mahjong (DSiWare)

Simply, mahjong

Although moderately popular around the world, no real effort is usually made to release mahjong-based video games in the west. Only recently did the Wii finally get two downloadable ones, and now it's DSiWare's turn. As the title hints, this game consists of mahjong and mahjong only. In particular, it's the game type that is also known as "shanghai" or "mahjong..

4 TRAVELLERS: Play Spanish (DSiWare)

4 TRAVELLERS: Play Spanish (DSiWare)

Demasiado aburrido para las palabras

Playing board games on a long trip is hard when the pieces tend to go flying at every pothole. Agenius Interactive's 4 TRAVELLERS – Play Spanish, however, promises travel-friendly fun for all ages as you learn over 240 different words in Spanish. By studying via the two quiz modes and playing the board game against friends or the CPU, the words you'll pick up..

Elemental Masters (DSiWare)

Elemental Masters (DSiWare)

Not one for the snotlings

German developer lbxgames, a newcomer to the Nintendo scene, has thrown their hat into the DSiWare ring with Elemental Masters, a card-based fantasy game set in the mystical land of Elendior. A great demon is rumored to have arisen from the dead in order to continue his initial goal of spreading death and destruction across...

Flips: The Bubonic Builders (DSiWare)

Flips: The Bubonic Builders (DSiWare)

More of the same

The first Flips story on DSiWare was a fairly decent reading experience for young kids, so it should come as no surprise that this second one provides more of the same. Just like Terror in Cubicle Four, The Bubonic Builders is one single story taken from the retail "game," Flips: Too Ghoul For School, which contained eight stories in all. Unexpectedly, it uses the exact..

Globulos Party (DSiWare)

Globulos Party (DSiWare)

Shoot glob at target. Repeat. Wipe hands on pants.

Since 2000, GlobZ has specialized in browser-based webgames, the most innovative of which being Globulos, an award-winning set of adorable multiplayer minigames pitting you against opponents from across the internets. As DSiWare, Globulos Party has received similar acclaim, featuring not just a one-system multiplayer option, but also DS Download..

Real Football 2010 (DSiWare)

Real Football 2010 (DSiWare)

Slick as a parrot

With last year’s successful Real Football 2009 under its belt, Gameloft has dusted off its downloadable footballing franchise and slapped a new number on the end. Taking the control systems and fast, arcade-style gameplay from its predecessor and polishing it up, RF2010 is at once the definitive football game on DS and a real letdown. Make no mistake: this is some of the finest..

VT Tennis (DSiWare)

VT Tennis (DSiWare)

Don't get court out

You'd think developers would be racing to bring a MotionPlus-capable tennis game to WiiWare at the moment, especially after Wii Sports Resort didn't include a new version (unless ping-pong is enough to satisfy you). However, Virtual Toys has decided to skip the Wii Shop for now and release their new VT Tennis as DSiWare, offering stylus controls, seventeen different courts on..

Dracula: Undead Awakening (DSiWare)

Dracula: Undead Awakening (DSiWare)

Pretty much exactly the same, but cheaper

Seeing the same game released on both WiiWare and DSiWare is pretty strange. Both being released in the same week is even more strange. But the fact that both games are also nigh-on identical just tops the weirdness scale. Again, you play as a Van Helsing look-a-like running around a large arena of sorts,...

Zoo Frenzy (DSiWare)

Zoo Frenzy (DSiWare)

Another odd mix of different genres from Gameloft

Gameloft is rather fond of porting their back catalogue to Nintendo's download services. This time, however, it seems that they've created an entirely new game specifically for DSiWare. An odd mixture of simulation and strategy, with some light RPG elements thrown in for good measure. The premise is...

Aura-Aura Climber (DSiWare)

Aura-Aura Climber (DSiWare)

A shining beacon of arcade-style fun

It's not easy being a star, having to worry about losing your place in the night sky. Aura-Aura has slipped and fallen from the heavens, crashing into the Earth far, far below, and you'll be helping him to resume his place in outer space in Aura-Aura Climber, Nintendo's own latest offering for DSiWare. By now,...

Faceez (DSiWare)

Faceez (DSiWare)

Fun with friends

The DSi has been getting some love lately in terms of games that take advantage of its onboard cameras, but applications geared toward straight-up photo manipulation are still somewhat sparse. Neko Entertainment has come forward to help fill the gap with Faceez, a quirky little application promising plenty of ways for you to customise photos of faces taken with the DSi cameras,..

Flipper (DSiWare)

Flipper (DSiWare)

Will it really make you flip?

What began life as a mere tech demo for its creator's Voxel 3D engine somehow turned into a fairly hyped up DSiWare release that's gotten quite a bit of attention since it was announced last year. Not only that, but the game has undergone a major visual overhaul during the course of its development. The ultimate goal in...

Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four (DSiWare)

Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four (DSiWare)

Reading fun for the young kids

Digital books seem like a pretty obvious thing to sell for just about any handheld. Strangely enough, we didn't really see any notable ones on the DS until 2008 when Nintendo released their 100 Classic Book Collection. At the end of 2009, EA released a set of five Flips games, each featuring a number of decently sized stories to read on your DS. Terror in Cubicle Four..

Puzzle to Go Wildlife (DSiWare)

Puzzle to Go Wildlife (DSiWare)

Puzzling

DSiWare's got more than enough puzzle games already, so we can't say it was unexpected that the service has now finally gotten one based on the traditional definition of the word. Based on nothing more and nothing less than jigsaw puzzles, all you'll be doing here is dragging around pieces of a puzzle in an effort to snap them all together and form a picture of an animal. It works quite..