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The big (only?) selling point of the DSi was the existence of DSiWare, a collection of downloadable games available for purchase. From cheap, simple titles like Pyoro and other re-released WarioWare games to larger titles that were a bit too niche for a retail release like Wayforward’s Mighty Flip Champs, there was a fair bit worth playing on the service, so I thought it was worth highlighting the best it has to offer – or at least the games you readers claimed to be the best. I personally have minimal experience with DSiWare, only discovering a handful of games through the 3DS eShop, which is why other editors, namely Austin, are giving me a hand in writing this up.

I had initially planned to do all these lists as a “top 10” since it’s the tenth anniversary of the Nintendo DS, but since the DSi has only been out for six years let’s streamline things a bit. Yes, that’s the reason that only six games are on it and not because there were only a few entries that completely dominated the poll.

One of the big selling points of the Nintendo DS was its ability to render things in both 2D AND 3D. Wow! I mean sure developers could pull off polygons on the Game Boy Advance, but they probably shouldn’t have.

Like the jump from the 16-bit to 32-bit/64-bit consoles, the games on the DS contained a mix of art styles that don’t all hold up particularly well, but there are certain titles that overcome the low resolution of the console and deliver an experience that looks pretty darn nice. Consider this the top 10 least ugly games on the console, as voted by you:

Vote here to help us determine the best (and worst) games on the Nintendo DS!

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since the Nintendo DS hit store shelves. From its humble beginnings an experimental “third pillar” to the existing GameCube and Game Boy Advance, the DS grew to become both Nintendo’s most successful console in terms of sales and the best-selling handheld of all time. The two screens and stylus controls might have been initially dismissed as a gimmick, but thanks to a great lineup of games everyone from existing fans to casual users seemed to be sold on that touch screen. Predating the boom in mobile gaming, software like Brain Training and Nintendogs helped to bring a new audience to the console. Heck, even my Grandma owns a DS!

What started as a truly terrible launch lineup (well, Super Mario 64 DS and Feel the Magic: XX/XY were okay) grew to an absolutely massive library of titles with something for everyone. Sure, there was a lot of shovelware, but it seemed like everyone from Atlus to Zoonami were backing the console. Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. and Pokemon games might have dominated the sales charts, but the DS became home to a number of more off-beat series like Phoenix Wright, Trauma Center, Etrian Odyssey and Dementium. I’d argue the Nintendo DS had the best third-party support of any Nintendo console since the NES, and this time Nintendo weren’t bullying publishers with oppressive, restrictive contracts!

But let’s get down to business; we’re running a bunch of DS-related features throughout the month and we need your feedback. If you remember our Big Huge NintendoEverything Wii Send-Off from 2012, you can expect something along those lines, with a series of top-arbitrary-number lists and other things. So please fill in our handy dandy voting form and help us in celebrating the best the DS had to offer.

Nintendo’s four major digital shops will be undergoing maintenance on Monday. That includes the Wii U and 3DS eShops, the Wii Shop Channel, and DSi Shop.

Maintenance will begin at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET. Expect it to last until 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET.

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Miiverse will be going through heavy maintenance starting tomorrow. The service will be affected starting at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT, which lasts until Tuesday at 4 AM ET / 1 AM PT.

In other news, shop maintenance is scheduled for Monday. The Wii U and 3DS eShops, Wii Shop Channel, and DSi Shop will be unavailable between 4 PM ET / 1 PM PT and 8 PM ET / 5 PT.

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Creator Keith Webb has finally provided an update on the 3DS eShop sequel to Go! Go! Kokopolo, and also explained why the original game is being pulled from DSiWare.

Regarding Go! Go! Kokopolo’s removal, Webb explained that publisher Room 4 Games shut down its office in the UK, which was used to bring the title to DSiWare. That means it can no longer be sold to consumers.

And how about Kokopolo 3D – Space Recipe For Disaster? It’s thankfully still in the works, but Webb “really can’t guarantee when that’ll be released.” We do at least know that the game will offer new levels, bosses, music intro’s, endings, and more. Currently, it’s about 60 percent complete.

Head past the break for all of Webb’s comments about Go! Go! Kokopolo and its sequel.

Go! Go! Kokopolo, one of the better-received DSiWare games, will be removed from DSiWare in just a few weeks. The team behind the game has confirmed officially that it won’t be available after August 31. It’s unclear why Go! Go! Kokopolo is being taken down.

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Three games have been confirmed for release on the North American eShops next week. Gaiabreaker (Wii U), Gothic Masquerade (3DS), Amida’s Path (3DS/DSiWare) are all due out on August 14. Soon Shine was also previously confirmed for the same day.

A number of new games are coming to the North American 3DS eShop this Thursday. The selection includes Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition, 2048, and more.

Here’s the full lineup:

3DS Download Only

– 2048 ($1.99)
– Euro Conqueror 3D ($0.99/1.09)
– Color Zen Kids ($3.99)
– Another World – 20th Anniversary ($7.99/8.69)

DSiWare

– Fashion Tycoon
– My Aquarium: Seven Oceans
– Mysterious Stars: Singer
– ATV Fever
– ATV Quad Kings

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XSEED released the first Retro Game Challenge in North America, but has confirmed numerous times that there are no plans to localize the sequel. The company doesn’t believe it would be viable from a sales standpoint to invest in the DS title.

But interestingly, Renegade Kid recently expressed interest in handling Retro Game Challenge 2 for XSEED. Co-founder Jools Watsham said on Twitter yesterday that a DSiWare release “would do great on the eShop.”

Check out all of Watsham’s comments below:


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