DSiWare games that ARE worth buying

I recently came about some Nintendo points for pre-ordering a certain game… my boyfriend and myself wanted to save the points for when we got a Wii, but seeing that the points expire at the end of September, we decided to put the points onto his DSiXL, instead.  I know what you’re all thinking: The DSi Shop is complete crap, and even those 500 points would have likely been better to expire than put on there.  Well… you’re mostly right.  But I’ve scoured the ENTIRE shop, done my research… and I think I’ve found a gem or two among the rubbish to prove that maybe there are SOME worthwhile games on the DSiWare.  Who knows… maybe there’ll be more, if someone actually supports the good games… So, why don’t you take a gander at these and maybe give a thought to buying a few?

Aura-Aura Climber
200 Points

Aura-Aura Climber is a fun arcade style game.  You play a little fallen star, who is trying to get back into the night sky.  It’s a simple, cute premise, and the gameplay (involving grappling, which everyone loves) seems solid.  I couldn’t find too many reviews for the game on the web, but for only 200 points it’s hard to really be disappointed.

G. G. Series: Ninja Karakuri Den
200 Points

The G. G. Series is well-known in Japan, with the company pumping out DSiWare games left and right.  However, Ninja Karakuri Den is the first game in the series to make it overseas.  This is another arcade style game, though it’s more action-packed than Aura-Aura.  It’s a little hard to explain, but the video should explain the premise well.  Since this game is 200 points as well, it’s hard to really do wrong.

A Kappa’s Trail
500 Points

A Kappa’s Trail seems to be a cute little DSi game.  You control a Kappa with the stylus, drawing a line that the cute little guy will follow.  The whole thing is stylus based, with a time limit giving the game a bit of a challenge.  For 5 bucks, it seems like a worthwhile investment is you like puzzle games.

Artstyle (series)
500 Points

The Artstyle series is well-known for most gamers, so I won’t go into much detail about them here.  There are many games in the series, with radically different game mechanics, most everyone would find at least one game that would interest them.

Castle of Magic
500 Points

Castle of Magic is an interesting game in the DSi library, though considering the system, it shouldn’t be.  It’s a relatively simple looking platformer, but you use the camera, and the pictures you take, to give yourself some power-ups.  It’s a title that takes advantage of the DSi’s new feature, and it seems to do so nicely.

Dark Void Zero
500 Points

Dark Void Zero is basically an old game thrown onto the DSi.  But it’s a good old game.  This action platformer is worth the five bucks, though some say it’s a little short overall.

Soul of Darkness
500 Points

I know it’s a German trailer, you’ll have to make do.  Anyway, Soul of Darkness is a shameless Castlevania clone.  Regardless of that, it is still a decent game.  You run through stages, defeat demons, and… er, Castlevania stuff.  It’s worth a look.


Well, here we are.  Hours (?) of research rounded up in this post.  What does that say for the DSiWare?  Well… that it is mainly full of crap.  But there are some nice little gems in there, and some things to look out for… while it’s not full of winners, at least there’s something to support.


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