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DSi Ware Launch Guide

A guide to all the downloadable games that drop on Christmas Eve

 

Tomorrow, Nintendo kicks off its full DSi Ware download program. While the DSi Browser is technically branded a DSi Ware product and has been available for download since the DSi's launch, tomorrow is when the game downloads begin.

Here's a quick guide to the service to help you get started.

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BASICS

DSi Ware products are similar to WiiWare product in that you download them direct to your system from an online shop. On the Wii, the online shop is known as the Wii Shopping Channel. On the DSi, Nintendo doesn't use its "channel" construct, so the shop is known as the Nintendo DSi Shop.

You can see a video of the DSi Shop, along with clips of the games, here:

To purchase product from the DSi Shop, you need DSi Points. These can be obtained in a variety of ways. You can obtain them directly from the shop interface with your MasterCard, VISA or JCB credit card. You can also input redemption codes for Nintendo Points into the shop interface. These codes are obtained from convenience stores, via docomo and au cell phone services, and directly from retailers. The latter offers cards in 1,000, 3,000, and 5,000 point totals. Once input into the DSi Shop, the Nintendo Points are converted to DSi Points.

A note about the retail point cards. The cards were originally branded Wii Point Cards. They're now known as Nintendo Point Cards and have a different design. Both card types can be used interchangeably, so if you have a stock of Wii Point Cards sitting around, you needn't worry.

DSi Points and Wii Points cannot be used interchangeably, however. Once you've converted your Nintendo Points into DSi Points, you will not be able to use those points to purchase product for your Wii. Likewise, once you've converted your Nintendo Points to Wii Points, you will not be able to use those points to purchase DSi Ware product.

Sample images of the pre-paid cards.

Those who simply want to try making a download from the DSi Store will actually be able to do so without Wii Points. In addition to the currently-available free DSi Browser, Nintendo will be offering Moving Notebook for free download tomorrow.

Nintendo will also be giving anyone who accesses the store before the end of March 2010 1,000 free DSi Points. These will be available starting on the 24th and can be used to purchase anywhere from one to five games depending on the game's cost.

GAMES

Not including the browser, a total of 13 DSi titles will be on offer on the 24th. All are first party titles from Nintendo. No third party has formally announced DSi Ware games yet.

DSi titles are currently split into four pricing groups: free, 200 DSi Points, 500 DSi Points, and "Premium." The DSi Shop splits up its games into these four categories.

Here's a look at the games in each price group.

DSi WARE FREE

Moving Notebook

    [li]Full Japanese Name: Ugoku Memo Chou[/li]

    [li]Price: Free[/li]

    [li]Space: 84 Blocks[/li]

    [li]Official site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsiware/kguj/[/li]

    [li]Ugomemo special site: http://ugomemo.hatena.ne.jp/[/li]

    [li]Introduction video: http://touch-ds.jp/dsi_shop/dsiw002/intro.html[/li]

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    Moving Notebook turns your DSi into a notebook. You can write memos using the stylus, switching between pages with right on the D-pad (A if you're using lefty settings), change pen color and thickness, and press down to play back the pages in succession. This last part is where the "moving" comes into the picture, as it's possible to create animations using the program.

    Camera and mic support is included. With the camera, you can take black and white pictures for importing into your memo. You cannot use pictures that you've taken and saved through the built-in DSi Camera program. With the mic, you can set background music and up three sound effects for free placement in your memo.

    Your memos are viewable on a calendar. By saving memos to future dates, the Moving Notebook becomes a scheduler. When you power up on on marked days, a frog will alert you.

    Using the Ugomemo Theater mode, you can share your memos with the public and view other people's memos. This mode has options for viewing everyone's memos, viewing memos that you've marked with a star, viewing memos that you've posted, and posting a new memo. You can also download other people's memos, modify them, and post them as new memos.

    Those without a DSi can also view memo submissions through the Ugomemo website. By registering with the site, you can also post comments on memos and rate them. Hatena, which runs the Ugomemo website and Ugomemo Theater part of Moving Notebook, has said that there will be a time lag between when a memo is posted to the Ugomemo website and when it's viewable on the DSi, allowing web users to flag inappropriate content.

    Blog and website owners can easily embed memos onto their site by accessing embed code from the Ugomemo website. Here's an examples, titled "Mr. Domino":

    On this page off the official site, you'll find a list of memo options. The list reads like this:

    Palette 1
    • Pen: Select from six pen sizes
    • Paint: Add dark/light areas to your memo, selecting from six quality levels
    • Eraser: Select from three types
    Palette 2
    • Pen Color: You can "hold" two pens, selecting from black, red and blue. These can be toggled between as you draw by holding down the B button
    • Paper Color: You can select from black or white for the color of your paper
    • Transparency: The previous page will be shown transparent
    • Copy: When you create a new page with this selected, the content of the previous page will be copied over automatically
    Other
    • Back: Remove one previous edit
    • Clear: Clear the memo from the current page. PressHold this down to clear all pages from the memo
    • Play Video: playback your memo, setting it for looping and adjusting playback speed
    • Edit: Edit memos page by page -- offers options for copy, paste, clear, and import
    • Camera: Use the camera to place images in the memo -- when taking a picture, can adjust contrast and levels
    • Record: Use the mic to record BGM and up to three sound effects
    • Send: Send your memo to nearby friends
    • Save: Save your memo -- can save to internal memory or SD memory. Can also save in GIF format for easy viewing on a PC.

    Even though it's free, Moving Notebook appears to be one of the central products in the DSi Ware lineup. Expect to see lots of user submissions starting Christmas Eve.

    DSi WARE 200

    Bird and Bean

      [li]Full Japanese Name: Tori to Mame[/li]

      [li]Price: 200 DSi Points[/li]

      [li]Space: 14 Blocks[/li]

      [li]Genre: Action[/li]

      [li]Player Count: 1[/li]

      [li]Official site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsiware/kp6j/index.html[/li]

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      This is an arranged version of a mini-game that appeared in the original Game Boy Advance Made in Wario (aka Wario Ware). The basic mode of play has you move a bird around left and right on the ground. Beans fall from the ski, and your job is to catch them by extending your tongue out with the A button. If the beans it the ground, they leave holes which cannot be crossed. The game ends if you get hit by a bean.

      Nintendo provides some suggestions for success. You can press A longer to make your tongue go out farther -- the higher the bean is when you grab it, the higher your score. Also, by eating white beans, an angel will come down and fix sections of the ground. Eat a flashing bean, and a bunch of angels will come down to fix the ground and also clear all the beans from the screen.

      By clearing certain conditions, players will be able to unlock "Bird and Bean 2." Here, playing as a bird, you attempt to strike flying beans by throwing seeds. Take out multiple beans with one seed, and you get more points.

      Paper Airplane

        [li]Full Japanese Name: Kami Hikouki[/li]

        [li]Price: 200 DSi Points[/li]

        [li]Space: 14 Blocks[/li]

        [li]Genre: Action[/li]

        [li]Player Count: 1 to 2[/li]

        [li]Official site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsiware/kamj/index.html[/li]

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        This is also an arranged version of a mini-game from Made in Wario. You use left or right to control the angle of descent for the plane. The sharper the angle, the faster the plane falls.

        This game has three modes:

        Tokoton
        In this mode, you guide your plane through a randomly generated course. Your score accelerates as you increase the length of your fall
        Time attack
        Attempt to reach a goal as fast as you can on a pre-made course. The game includes eight courses.
        Battle
        Using one DSi, two players compete to see who can reach the goal the fastest. One player uses the D-pad while the other player uses A and Y. Courses are the same as those available for the time attack mode.

        A Little Magic Collection

          [li]Full Japanese Name: Chotto Magic Taisen

          [li]Available As: Three Shuffle Games (Mitsu no Shuffle Game), Funny Face and Scary Number (Osoroshii Suuji)[/li]

          [li]Price: Each 200 DSi Points[/li]

          [li]Space: Respectively 23, 24, and 22 Blocks[/li]

          [li]Genre: Magic Performance Software[/li]

          [li]Player Count: 1[/li]

          [li]Official site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsiware/magic_taizen/index.html[/li]

          [/ul]

          This set of three DSi Ware titles, each priced at 200 DSi Points, lets you show magic tricks to your friends. The magic was supervised from magic goods maker Tenyo. For those who played Magic Taizen on the DS, the included magic was all originally included in that title.

          The following three games are available:

          Three Shuffle Games
          Have your friend read out a list of countries that's displayed on the screen. You'll be able to name the country to which they want to go. Also included are versions where you guess your friend's birthday and the place to which they'd like to go. As a bonus magic, the game includes "Kieru Trump" (Disappearing Trump), a magic act that the DSi performs for you.
          Funny Face
          Have your friend select a card. You then draw a face on the DSi, and the face will say the selected suite and card number. This game also includes Disappearing Trump
          Scary Number
          This game includes three forms of magic that you can enjoy yourself: Scary Number, Today's Special, and the same Disappearing Trump game that's included with the other titles.
          Scary Number
          Three Shuffle Games
          Funny Face

          DSi WARE 500

          Art Style Series: Aquario

            [li]Price: 500 DSi Points[/li]

            [li]Space: 91 Blocks (previously listed incorrectly as 93 blocks)[/li]

            [li]Genre: Puzzle[/li]

            [li]Player Count: 1[/li]

            [li]Official site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsiware/kaaj/[/li]

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            In this puzzle game, you push colored panels into a pipe in an attempt to make similar panels disappear from within the pipe. Line up three like-colored panels in threes, and the panels disappear. The screen slowly fills with a dark void, known as the "game over line," if you fail to make panels disappear. Your goal is to make a diver, shown to the far right, reach the bottom of the lower screen.

            To control the game, you move your piece up and down with the D-pad and rotate it with B, Y, L or R. To push the piece into the pipe, you press A. You can make the diver move faster by performing combos. The game also includes "item panels," which when cleared push the game over line back towards the top of the screen.

            Three modes of play are included:

            Interval Dive
            Progress level by level, attempting to make the diver reach the bottom of the screen before the game over line does.
            Endless Dive
            Continue to clear panels until you hit game over. This is a race for the deepest dive and the highest chain count.
            Aquarium
            Select a number and you can view the game's collection of sea creatures. The available numbers increase as you clear the Interval Dive mode.

            Art Style Series: Decode

              [li]Price: 500 DSi Points[/li]

              [li]Space: 89 Blocks (previously listed incorrectly as 95 blocks)[/li]

              [li]Genre: Puzzle[/li]

              [li]Player Count: 1 to 2[/li]

              [li]Official site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsiware/kadj/[/li]

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              You hold the DSi in book form for this number-based puzzle game. Number panels enter the screen from left to right. Using the stylus, you shuffle current panels around on the screen in an attempt to form groupings that sum up to ten.

              As you move the numbers around, they reverse themselves, so 2 becomes 5, 5 becomes 2, and 8 becomes 8. 3 can become 3, but can also become E, in which case it can no longer be used as a number during sums.

              Some number panels have special colors. Create a sum of 10 using these panels, and all like numbers on the board will disappear. These special color panels cannot be moved around the play field.

              The game ends when the screen becomes filled with numbers.

              Four modes of play are included:

              Norma Mode
              For each stage, clear a set number of number panels as quickly as possible. The difficulty changes based off the types of number panels that appear.
              Puzzle Mode
              Presented with a pre-set board of number panels, attempt to clear all the numbers in as few steps as possible.
              Endless Mode
              Coninue clearing number panels until you reach game over.
              VS Mode
              A versus mode where you send cleared panels to your opponent. This mode can be played via DS Download Play, even on a non DSi system.

              A Little Dr. Mario

                [li]Full Japanese Name: Chotto Dr. Mario[/li]

                [li]Price: 500 DSi Points[/li]

                [li]Space: 29 Blocks[/li]

                [li]Genre: Action Puzzle[/li]

                [li]Player Count: 1[/li]

                [li]Official site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsiware/kd9j/[/li]

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                This latest version of Dr. Mario has the same basic rules as past entries: rotate capsules as they fall from the top of the screen in order to line them up horizontally or vertically with viruses, which disappear when you have groups of four items lined up. The game includes combo options for higher score.

                Two modes of play are included:

                Original
                Play until you reach game over. You clear a stage once you've cleared all viruses from the screen. As you advance through the stages, the number of viruses increases. Prior to the start of play, you can set the number of viruses, the capsule falling speed, and select four forms of background music: fever, chill, random, or off.
                VS Com
                A battle mode against the computer where you attempt to make the CPU reach game over. Prior to battle, you can set the virus count for yourself and for the CPU, and also adjust the CPU's strength. In versus mode, scoring combos sends half capsules to your opponent's bin.

                Based off the information at the game's official site, this game has no multiplayer mode.

                Picture Made in Wario

                  [li]Full Japanese Name: Utsusu Made in Wario[/li]

                  [li]Price: 500 DSi Points[/li]

                  [li]Space: 43 Blocks[/li]

                  [li]Genre: Moment a Picture is Taken Attraction[/li]

                  [li]Player Count: 1 to 2[/li]

                  [li]Official site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsiware/kuwj/[/li]

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                  This DSi Ware version of Made in Wario (Wario Ware overseas) is set in a theme park. Players work through four roller coaster themed courses run respectively by Wario, Mona, Jimmy T, and Kat & Ana.

                  You first begin the game by taking a commemorative picture, making sure to fit into the frame that the game draws for you. The stage's roller coaster takes off following this, and you have to clear a series of five stages by moving your body around.

                  The Nintendo description for this particular game is a bit on the vague side, so we'll have to wait for impressions to see what Wario's DSi debut is all about.

                  A Little Play Collection: Simple Trumps

                    [li]Full Japanese Name: Chotto Asobi Taizen: O-tegaru Trump[/li]

                    [li]Price: 500 DSi Points[/li]

                    [li]Space: 30 Blocks[/li]

                    [li]Genre: Table Game Collection[/li]

                    [li]Player Count: 1 (2 to 8 during wireless play)[/li]

                    [li]Official site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsiware/ktpj/[/li]

                    [/ul]

                    This title includes five card games, all of which were previously included in iehter Daredemo Asobi Taizen or Wi-Fi Taiou Sekai no Daredemo Asobi Taizen, both package DS titles (wireless play is not supported with owners of these two titles).

                    The included games are: Old Maid (3 to 8 players), Speed (2 to 4 players), Sevens (3 to 8 players), Shinkei Suijaku (2 to 8 players), and Doubt (3 to 8 players).

                    While not mentioned at the official site, it was originally announced that this game would have download play and the ability to send demo copies of games to friends who can play until their system's power has been turned off.

                    DSi WARE PREMIUM

                    A Little Train Your Brain Adult DSi Training

                      [li]Full Japanese Name :Touhoku Daigaku Karei Igaku Kenkyuujo Kawashima Ryuta Kyouju Kanshuu Chotto Nou wo Kitaeru Otona no DSi Training[/li]

                      [li]Available as: Humanities, Sciences[/li]

                      [li]Price: Each 800 DSi Points[/li]

                      [li]Space: Respectively 67 and 51 Blocks[/li]

                      [li]Genre: Brain Activity Software[/li]

                      [li]Player Count: 1 (at most 1 save data)[/li]

                      [li]Official site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsiware/kndjknrj/[/li]

                      [/ul]

                      These two versions of the Brain Age series, available at 800 DSi Points each, include three new training types each along with a selection of training areas from past Brain Age games. The training, age check, and topics differ for the Humanities and Sciences versions. The former focuses on kanji and memory training. The latter focuses on numbers and math training.

                      As new training examples, the official site mentions a memory game in the Humanities version where you select the picture that was just shown to you, and a counting game in the Sciences version where you attempt to count people while computing sums.

                      The games also make use of the DSi's camera and sound recording features. In addition to being able to take a picture for your profile, one type of training requires that you make facial expressions to match a topic.

                      Your friends and family can enjoy the games with you. The game can store training data for up to 5 people and brain age check data for up to 7 people. This can be increased by saving the record data to your DSi's camera album.

                      As with the first two Brain Age games, Professor Ryuta Kawashima is listed in the game's full Japanese title as supervisor (although the name of his division at Tohoku University has changed to "Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer.")

                      Humanities Edition
                      Sciences Edition

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