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Nintendo Channel - DS demo reviews (part two)

posted 19 Nov 2008, 06:38 by Billy White   [ updated 19 Nov 2008, 06:48 ]

DS Downloadable Demo Reviews

Here you can check out our thoughts on the downloadable demos available for your DS via the Nintendo Channel. We’ve also listed game’s age ratings where they are 12+ or above.

Please note that demos featured are ones that are / have been available in the UK.

The download speed shown below is the speed it takes to download the demo temporarily to your Wii – though this may vary – usually only by a few seconds – depending on connection speed. The time it takes to send the game from your Wii to your DS is usually around double the time it takes to download it from the internet to your Wii.

All ratings are out of five, and do not reflect the actual game – just the demo.

All games featured have profiles available on the Nintendo Channel unless stated.

 

How to get these demos – a beginners guide

If you want any of the game demos, make sure your Wii is online, then go to the Wii Shop Channel. Click “Start Shopping”, go to the “Wii Channels” icon, choose “Nintendo Channel” and click on the download icon to download it to your Wii. From here, it will be featured on your Wii Menu.

Whilst still online, go into the program, and when it loads, go to the video menu, press “Find Titles For You” at the top of the screen and choose the DS Download Service icon. Scroll to find the game you want, click on it, wait for it to download, and then switch your DS on. Touch “Download Play” on the DS menu, wait for the respective demo to appear, touch it, and accept the download.

From here, you wait until the DS has finished downloading. If you switch your DS off, you will lose the demo until you re-download it. Once the game starts to play, you can exit the screen on the Nintendo Channel. 

Do not click on any other icons whilst your game is downloading or being sent to your DS.


Demo Index

Part one

Professor Kageyama's Maths Training ●◦◦◦◦

Picross DS ●●●●◦

Mario Kart DS ●●●◦◦

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training ●●●◦◦

Ace Attorney Apollo Justice ●●●◦◦

NINJA GAIDEN Dragon Sword ●●◦◦◦

Part two

42 All Time Classics (Checkers) ●●●●◦

Spore Creatures ●●●◦◦

Big Brain Academy ●●●●◦

Tetris DS ●●●◦◦

Lock's Quest ●●●●●

Part three

Doodle Hex

Combat of Giants Dinosaurs

Soul Bubbles

My Sims Kingdom

42 All Time Classics (Checkers)

Nintendo PEGI 12+

Download speed: 13 Seconds


With just one of the fourty two games available, it goes without saying that there is a lot more fun to be had in the full version of this game (named Clubhouse Games in the US), but since it’s only showcasing checkers, it still does a fairly good job.

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Big Brain Academy

Nintendo

Download speed: 19 Seconds


There’s a nice selection of games on show in this demo, which will give you an approximate brain weight. The brain weight is more detailed than Kawashima’s Brain Age demo, which means this one has also got more replay-ability as you try and gain better and better scores. Mini games only last for 30 seconds though, as opposed to the 60 seconds for each one in the full game. Plus, it’s more attractive than Brain Training, too.

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Tetris DS

Nintendo

Download speed: 11 Seconds

 

Unlike the old demo available in stores a while back, this game features the Vs computer mode, where you go head to head against the computer. This is all there is, but without any settings available, the computer will most likely be too tricky for many casual gamers to beat.

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Lock’s Quest

THQ

Download speed: 19 Seconds

 

This is probably the best game demo currently available. It is detailed, has a good length, gets you into the action fairly quickly and is a fairly good RPG/RTS game to boot. The fighting techniques are taught to you quickly, and are easy to get used to as you end up building a fort around your village so that the “clockworks” (evil robots) can’t reach the power source at the opposite end. If you get this right, there is fairly little to do towards the end of the demo, and I can see the full game being fairly tedious and repetitive, but for a demo – it’s ace.

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Spore Creatures

EA DEMO EXPIRED

 


Another game that the kids will love here. In this demo though, all that you do is choose what your creature will look like. You can add arms, legs, decorations, the lot, and then resize, recolour and redesign the whole thing to your hearts content. Otherwise, that’s it. There’s a small island to wander around (where you discover that you are of Super Paper Mario style thin-ness when you turn), but otherwise the creation is all there is to it.

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Nintendo Channel - DS demo reviews (part one)

posted 1 Nov 2008, 06:16 by Billy White   [ updated 19 Nov 2008, 06:48 ]

DS Downloadable Demo Reviews

Here you can check out our thoughts on the downloadable demos available for your DS via the Nintendo Channel. We’ve also listed game’s age ratings where they are 12+ or above.

Please note that demos featured are ones that are / have been available in the UK.

The download speed shown below is the speed it takes to download the demo temporarily to your Wii – though this may vary – usually only by a few seconds – depending on connection speed. The time it takes to send the game from your Wii to your DS is usually around double the time it takes to download it from the internet to your Wii.

All ratings are out of five, and do not reflect the actual game – just the demo.

All games featured have profiles available on the Nintendo Channel unless stated.

 

How to get these demos – a beginners guide

If you want any of the game demos, make sure your Wii is online, then go to the Wii Shop Channel. Click “Start Shopping”, go to the “Wii Channels” icon, choose “Nintendo Channel” and click on the download icon to download it to your Wii. From here, it will be featured on your Wii Menu.

Whilst still online, go into the program, and when it loads, go to the video menu, press “Find Titles For You” at the top of the screen and choose the DS Download Service icon. Scroll to find the game you want, click on it, wait for it to download, and then switch your DS on. Touch “Download Play” on the DS menu, wait for the respective demo to appear, touch it, and accept the download.

From here, you wait until the DS has finished downloading. If you switch your DS off, you will lose the demo until you re-download it. Once the game starts to play, you can exit the screen on the Nintendo Channel. 

Do not click on any other icons whilst your game is downloading or being sent to your DS.


Demo Index

Part one

Professor Kageyama's Maths Training ●◦◦◦◦

Picross DS ●●●●◦

Mario Kart DS ●●●◦◦

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training ●●●◦◦

Ace Attorney Apollo Justice ●●●◦◦

NINJA GAIDEN Dragon Sword ●●◦◦◦

Part two

42 All Time Classics (Checkers) ●●●●◦

Spore Creatures ●●●◦◦

Big Brain Academy ●●●●◦

Tetris DS ●●●◦◦

Lock's Quest ●●●●●

Part three

Doodle Hex

Combat of Giants Dinosaurs

Soul Bubbles

My Sims Kingdom

Professor Kageyama’s MATHS TRAINING

Nintendo

Download speed: 13 Seconds

 

This demo is absolutely dismal. You get the chance to fill in a 10x10 grid of multiplications – not the most persuasive advertisement for the full game.

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Picross DS

Nintendo

Download speed: 11 Seconds

 

This demo includes a few simple Picross puzzles – nothing too in depth, but with the help of the “how to play” section, you’ll be hooked before you know it. It certainly made me buy the full game.

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Mario Kart DS

Nintendo

Download speed: 21 Seconds

 

With just two of the first tracks, this demo is very simple, but it does it’s job and lays out what you need to do for people who have never played a game in the series before. To be honest, there are few people that would be persuaded by the first two tracks anyway – even if there are still some DS owners somewhere who don’t have the full game.

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Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training

Nintendo

Download speed: 20 Seconds

 

This cut down version of the game is very simple, with little fun to be had other than checking your brain age. Once you’ve done that (by completing quite an annoying little game where you say the colours of words), there is a bit of sudoku to keep you occupied. For those who wouldn’t mind a bit of brain training, it’s still worth a look in.

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Ace Attorney Apollo Justice

Capcom PEGI 12+

Download speed: 18 Seconds

 

The demo of this game would be more suited to Pheonix Wright fans, due to his appearance in it, but for those who have never played it before, you can still learn how to play the critically acclaimed Ace Attorney games.

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NINJA GAIDEN Dragon Sword

Ubisoft PEGI 16+ DEMO EXPIRED

 


This is basically just a fighting game, where you swipe your stylus rapidly over enemies to send them to their death. There’s little else, other than the odd special move, but really all there is here is a bunch of seemingly endless enemies that you kill whilst you wait for more to come. In a word, this game is repetitive.

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Game that's destined to be awful #001

posted 20 Oct 2008, 12:02 by Billy White   [ updated 23 Oct 2008, 12:32 ]

Fun Park

Wii retail (Also coming to Nintendo DS)
Release date: 31st October 2008 (UK) RRP: £19.99
Official website: Brash Entertainment
Also known as: Six Flags Fun Park

Description


  • Fun Park features a single-player Adventure Mode that allows the player to explore the storyline line and progress through the narrative by completing various quests
  • There are 40 individual minigames that can be accessed at any time in multiplayer mode
  • There are 8 totally unique gestures with the Wii Remote
  • Fun Park features both turn based multiplayer games and games that are played simultaneously
  • Each minigame presents the player with a new challenge
  • Fun Park features stylised character customisation
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        Fun Park is all fun and games - not only do you get to meet new characters and friends with quests and missions but you also get all the competitive fun of minigames too! It's filled with all the excitement you'd expect to find at a theme park including rides (ferris wheel, haunted house, etc.), booth games (milk bottles, ring toss, etc.), and coin-operated machines (skee-ball, claw catcher, etc). It's family fun for everyone!
     

    Why it's destined to be awful


        First of all - it has an RRP of £19.99 - though Play.com is already taking pre-orders for £9.99, proving the game's trade price is next to nothing and that they believe that the game won't sell (since people are now becoming more aware over the tosh they buy - Big Beach Sports, for example). Second - it's a game where you complete mini games based on fairground attractions. And they've gone and included an adventure mode. As well as all that, we have to ask: how are virtual rides half as exciting as going on a real rollercoaster? And come on, a mini game based on "claw catcher" and ring toss? Sheesh.
     

    Don't believe us?


        Why not buy it for yourself at Play.com and then send us a 5/30 scoring review? The people who buy this have no condolences from us, and judging by the amount of time it's been at the top of the Wii pre-order list on the website, we're guessing that's a lot of people.
     

    Alternatives


        Why not try Carnival Funfair Games? Okay, it's not excellent, but some people enjoyed it. Or if you're online, why not check out Bomberman Blast or Actionloop Twist on the WiiWare service for some family friendly fun at just £7.00? If you're looking for something suitable for a party or just a family game that doesn't involve pewter cast irons or tiles of letters which read "spelling error arguments", why not try the fairly good Cranium Kabookii, which you can also get for a tenner if you shop around.

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