261 posts tagged dsiware
Rhythm Core Alpha 2 Demo
What happens when a chiptune artist makes music with an eShop app?
A while back, we received a review copy of SoftEgg’s DSiWare music app Rhythm Core Alpha 2. While I don’t make music, I do have several friends in the area who do, so I handed my 3DS to my good buddy Kris Keyser and asked him to give me his view of this excellent but somewhat advanced music-making software.
I should say that I didn’t show Kris the manual or point him at the excellent tutorial videos on their YouTube channel; I wanted his impressions jumping into it cold.
This track is what Kris managed to make in a week. He sent it along with these Rhythm Core Alpha 2 impressions:
Circle Entertainment CEO Chris Chau, explaining how the company became such an unusually prolific DSiWare developer. Siliconera’s interview is a really interesting profile of the company behind Bookstore Dream (and many other things), a company that is almost totally invisible despite releasing what seems like several games a month.
Publisher Dream, an upcoming DSiWare title that has you running a game company. You’re in charge of developing, licensing, and publishing “cShop” games in this Circle Entertainment sim — if the premise sounds familiar, that’s because Kairosoft made a splash last year with a very similar smartphone release, Game Dev Story.
A few details posted by Nintendo Life:
“You’ll be able to develop up to four games at the same time, publish games from smaller studios, and make staff happy by adopting a cat. Fans of indie games on DSiWare may also get a kick from some other developers making a cameo as employable staff: these will include Keith (Tanukii studio), Peter (Moragami), Seigai (Flyhigh work), Chris (CIRCLE) and Hugo (Goodbye Galaxy games).”
Circle Entertainment laid the groundwork for this kind of sim with Bookstore Dream a few months back, which was decent and inexpensive at 200 Points. I’m hoping the company keeps this cheap, while somehow finding ways to improve upon Game Dev Story’s formula.
Buy: Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL consoles
See also: More DSiWare news and media
Teaser image for Nintendouji, an original DSiWare card RPG that is only being released on the 3DS eShop, and only as a Platinum gift from Club Nintendo in Japan. The name is a pun containing the first two characters of “Nintendo” and the word “douji,” which means “boy” or “child.”
Other Platinum gifts include a Pikmin tote bag, which I totally wouldn’t mind flaunting at the Whole Foods, and some clear Mario playing cards.
Buy: Nintendo 3DS XL Red or Blue, Nintendo 3DS See also: Previous Club Nintendo rewards
There are so many missed opportunities in Bookstore Dream, a DSiWare shop sim that I hoped would resemble Kairosoft’s fun iOS games like Game Dev Story.
Managing a bookstore sounds like a compelling concept, but where are all the fun parodies of familiar fiction? The titles they briefly show here seem generic, when we could have had some creative and hilarious spoofs.
Why carry something as boring as “The Classic” when you could have “Larry Cobbler and the Shaman’s Shoe?” Instead of “100 Faces,” I want “Four Shades of Grey,” an NYT best-seller and coffee table book collecting BDSM photos taken with a Game Boy Camera.
Buy: Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL consoles See also: More DSiWare news and media
As many suspected, Nintendo has swapped out its Club Nintendo game offer mid-month, switching Electroplankton: Rec-Rec for Starship Defense, a sort of tower defense thing by Pixeljunk developer Q-Games.
The Club Nintendo download is only available for 3DS owners, for 150 coins.
Petit Computer trailer shows you some of the possibilities of the DSiWare tool. You can do all kinds of DS programs! As long as you can… program… in BASIC…
This is going to be so rad for so many users, who will suddenly get to make DS homebrew using a simple app. And it’ll be rad for me too, because, uh, I’ll get to see said homebrew.
Your Club Nintendo 2012 Platinum and Gold prizes, at least according to an update reportedly posted on the official site last night but has since been taken down.
So, Platinum members will get their pick from a new set of Mario-themed playing cards, a set of three new posters, or any of the Gold member rewards: another calendar and several Virtual Console/eShop downloads.
Judging from the reactions I’ve seen online so far, people seem to be underwhelmed — to put it lightly — with these prizes. It’s hard for me to complain over free stuff, but I can’t help but wish the loyalty program would dole out something on the level of the Super Famicom Classic Controller, Tingle’s Balloon Fight DS, or Exclamation Warriors Sakeburein.
Buy: Nintendo 3DS XL Red or Blue, Nintendo 3DS Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more See also: Previous Club Nintendo rewards
[Via Pappasman, IGN]
My chance to understand how Goodbye Galaxy Games’ Ace Mathician works is almost here, to be followed immediately by my frustration at having to do middle school-level math to succeed. It’ll be published on DSiWare in North America July 12, under the umbrella of prolific DSiWare publisher Circle Entertainment.
July is looking great for the eShop!
Smileboom’s Petit Computer, that neat DSiWare app that lets you code games right in your own handheld, is coming to North America this summer thanks to Go Series publisher Gamebridge, bless their hearts.
Some of you might remember us writing about this before, noting how users have re-created classics like Tiny Trek and After Burner with the BASIC programming app. This is the mkII edition that came out in Japan in February with new features like voice synthesis, SD Card saving, and QR code sharing for your games.
It probably won’t be as approachable as WarioWare DIY when it comes to making your own video game snapshots, but it’s perfect for making an epic RPG starring Tiny.
This month’s collection of free Club Nintendo games (for those with coins to cash in) is slim — just two games instead of the usual four: Mario Tennis for Wii’s Virtual Console and Electroplankton Rec-Rec for eShop.
Oddly, both games expire during the middle of July, which could mean that the loyalty program will introduce more downloadable titles later in the month.
Anyway, I’m not that annoyed by the poor selection (one of them’s just a DSiWare mini-game from Electroplankton!) because Club Nintendo is set to announce the prizes for its Gold and Platinum status club members soon. I hope you kids remembered to register your games and fill out surveys, because we’re due for some nice bonuses after last year’s unexciting calendar and pin badges.
It being the 1st of tha month, there’s a new batch of free Nintendo downloads for Club Nintendo members willing to cash their coins in: Donkey Kong (GB, 3DS VC), Brain Age Express: Sudoku (DSiWare), Kirby Super Star (SNES, Wii VC), and Maboshi’s Arcade (WiiWare).
By the way, Club Nintendo card holders, you should note that some significant changes are coming to coin values for games starting July 1st, including reduced coin rewards for eShop games, post-play 3DS surveys, Nintendo Selects, older Wii games, and DSi/XL registrations due to the recent price drop. Coin rewards for all first-party and some third-party titles have increased, though.