Happy birthday, DSiWare

It may not be as beloved around here as a certain shark who also recently celebrated a birthday, but watching this video put into perspective how many good games have come out for Nintendo’s handheld download service. From Mario vs. Donkey Kong to Bejeweled Twist, there’s some real quality stuff here.

And there’s more to come. Watch the vid to see some footage of X-Scape, for example, which reminds me a lot of Rez. Metal Torrent looks like it could be a lot of fun too. And then there’s Frogger Returns which… Well, they can’t all be exciting.

I forget about you sometimes, DSiWare, and I’m sorry. Many happy returns for another year of great-to-middlin’ games.


Nintendo News: Nintendo DSiWare Celebrates Its First Anniversary

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In just one year’s time, the Nintendo DSiWare™ service has offered more than 150 downloadable games and applications that illustrate the service’s reputation as a playground for creativity.

Trajectile™, Starship Defense™ and Link ‘n’ Launch™ are just a few examples of original games published by Nintendo exclusively for the Nintendo DSi™ system that have been well-received by reviewers. Art Style™ series games like Art Style: Pictobits™ and Art Style: DIGIDRIVE ™ also showcase the system’s versatility.

Flipnote Studio™ is among the best reviewed software of all time for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, while Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Minis March Again! is a perennial fan favorite.

Third-party developers, big and small, have taken advantage of the unique properties of the Nintendo DSi system to create some outstanding software. Glow Artisan won the Independent Games Festival’s Best Mobile Game Design Award, while titles like DRAGON QUEST® WARS™, Mighty Flip Champs and Dark Void Zero all continue to deliver fun game play.

Nintendo DSiWare has a lot of exciting original, exclusive titles on the horizon, including Nintendo’s Photo Dojo™, which uses the Nintendo DSi camera to put players right in the midst of a side-scrolling street brawl. With Nintendo’s 2-D shooting game, Metal Torrent™, players try to convert a shower of opponents’ bullets into cubes that, when collected, increase their score and fill an energy meter that powers special weapons. And X-Scape™ from Nintendo immerses players in an exploratory adventure involving more than 20 planets.

Upcoming third-party games include Earthworm Jim from Gameloft, Tetris Party Live from Hudson, Surviving High School from EA and Frogger Returns from Konami.

For more information about Nintendo DSiWare, please visit www.nintendodsi.com.


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