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Feature: Behind The Elemental Abilities Of Spirit Hunters Inc.

Behind The Elemental Abilities Of Spirit Hunters Inc.

In our second exclusive developer guide, Nic Watt explains the ability system in this spook-catching DSiWare release

In the previous feature Nnooo's Creative Director Nic Watt detailed some of the basics to Spirit Hunters Inc. In this second feature he will explain some of the more complex aspects of the player abilities, including some of the...

Review: Jump Trials (DSiWare)

Jump Trials (DSiWare)

Trial without style

Jump Trials, a 200 point DSiWare release from G-Style Games, is a game about running and jumping from left to right. It's a game for players who feel that perhaps platformers have become too ambitious, and that the "right" in "left to right" should refer to the far edge of a single DS-sized screen, rather than the ends of the...

Feature: Mastering The Basics Of Spirit Hunters Inc.

Mastering The Basics Of Spirit Hunters Inc.

A guide to catching spooks, straight from the developer

In this, the first of three articles, Creative Director at Nnooo Nic Watt will detail some of the components of Spirit Hunters Inc. to illustrate all the different aspects of the game. Spirit Hunters Inc. launches globally on DSiWare next week, so make sure you brush up on these tips to get...

Nintendo Download: 15th November 2012 (North America)

15th November 2012 (North America)

Mickey gets epic, monster shooting, Myst and more

It's Thursday, which comes before Friday, but also means Nintendo Download day. This week throws up a fair bit of content on 3DS, including four retail downloads with one high-profile release and the return of a PC classic, while DSi owners also have a couple of options to look forward to. Feast your...

Review: Smart Girl's Playhouse Mini (DSiWare)

Smart Girl's Playhouse Mini (DSiWare)

Empty house

It’s no easy task setting out to create a game that is wholesome and fun while maintaining an educational aspect. Unfortunately for Smart Girl’s Playhouse Mini, fun seems to have jumped ship, and all you’re left with is a too-sweet edutainment title with very little actual gameplay on offer. Touted as a collection of mini-games...

Review: Come On! Dragons (DSiWare)

Come On! Dragons (DSiWare)

Blowing smoke

Come On! Dragons arrives on DSiWare with the promise of delivering a combination of tower defence and arrow firing action, much like its predecessor Come On! Heroes. Like the original title it succeeds to some degree, but its positives are weighed down by some disappointing flaws, meaning that it's not as hot as the title may suggest...

News: Rytmik World Music Bringing the Beat Back to DSiWare

Rytmik World Music Bringing the Beat Back to DSiWare

Get composing

Cinemax has confirmed that it's bringing Rytmik World Music to DSiWare, the fifth entry in the music composition series. It's a series that's had consistently strong recommendations in our reviews, with each entry bringing an accomplished and detailed music studio to your DSi; they're perhaps best reserved for enthusiasts and those...

Nintendo Download: 8th November 2012 (North America)

8th November 2012 (North America)

Paper Mario, Pokédex, dress up witches and dragons

It's that time again, when we drop everything we're doing to fire up the 3DS eShop, DSi Shop and maybe, on occasion, the Wii Shop. Yes, it's the Nintendo Download update, and this week has a mixture of retail treats, a demo and some lesser known download titles. Let's get to it. 3DS Download...

News: Nintendo Download Shops Offline For Maintenance This Tuesday

Nintendo Download Shops Offline For Maintenance This Tuesday

Could a surprise be in store?

Nintendo has revealed that its online stores will be temporarily offline on Tuesday for scheduled maintenance. The 3DS eShop, DSi Shop and Wii Shop Channel will all be inaccessible from 10:00 PT to "about" 17:00 PT. What's coming? It could be all manner of things. Nintendo could be preparing its online portals for the...

Review: Cake Ninja 2 (DSiWare)

Cake Ninja 2 (DSiWare)

Unjust desserts

Almost one year ago, the DSiWare service was graced with the appearance of Cake Ninja, an unrepentant clone of mobile craze Fruit Ninja. However, its lifeless approach to the formula, lack of addictiveness and total dearth of variety doomed it to receive a mere 2/10 in our review. Now we have Cake Ninja 2, which seeks to atone for...

Review: Spot It! Mean Machines (DSiWare)

Spot It! Mean Machines (DSiWare)

I spy a decent game

At a glance, Spot It! Mean Machines is simply a collection of grainy photographs of piles of junk. If you continue to explore this title, you'll find that your initial assessment was astute, but you will also find that it’s amazing how much fun can be had while staring at these still images. If you’re a fan of classic Spot...

Nintendo Download: 1st November 2012 (North America)

1st November 2012 (North America)

Freakiness, fast gnomz, hidden objects and cake slicing

While some Nintendo Download updates, particularly in recent weeks, are full of juicy and exciting options, we're not sure that this is one of those occasions. Both DSi and 3DS are covered with a mixture of titles, but Wii is left out entirely; no, there isn't even a Neo Geo fighter to keep the...

News: Jump Trials Hops Onto North American DSiWare Soon

Jump Trials Hops Onto North American DSiWare Soon

Run and jump!

When it comes to running and jumping, Nintendo systems seem to be the most appropriate place to go. If you enjoyed budget DSiWare title GO Series: 10 Second Run, meanwhile, then you may be interested in Jump Trials from Japanese publisher G-Style. On the way to North American DSiWare soon, Jump Trials is a localisation of Shunkan Jump...

Nintendo Download: 25th October 2012 (North America)

25th October 2012 (North America)

Liberation, a NightSky, puzzles, free extras and plenty of monsters

The Nintendo Download update has had some good weeks in recent times, and following today's Nintendo Direct we finally have the information on today's offerings; it looks like this is another one that'll have something for everyone. With DLC, a demo, a retail release and a number of...

Review: Puzzler World XL (DSiWare)

Puzzler World XL (DSiWare)

My God, it's full of puzzles

Based on a popular brand of pencil-and-paper puzzle collections, Puzzler World XL is the latest release from developer Ideas Pad. It doesn't stray far from its digital cousins or its analogue ancestors, but fans of classic puzzles will find an excellent companion in this expansive, well-rounded package. First and...

Review: 18th Gate (DSiWare)

18th Gate (DSiWare)

Dungeon crawler

18th Gate is not a game for the easily bored. It's a fairly basic strategy RPG that has you edging through – yes – 18 dungeons to the magical portal gates at the end, with the caveat that you only have a limited number of turns to escape from each maze. Each turn can be an attack, a spell or a single step to an adjacent hexagonal...

News: Cake Ninja 2 Confirmed for DSiWare

Cake Ninja 2 Confirmed for DSiWare

More deserts in line for the chop

DSiWare has had its share of titles that have incurred the wrath of low review scores here on Nintendo Life, with Cake Ninja being one to enjoy the dubious honour. Essentially a DSiWare version of smartphone smash-hit Fruit Ninja, its pricing and painful lack of features and game modes meant that it took a bit of a...