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Tokyo Crash Mobs' Grace and Savannah

Lost in yesterday’s dump of release dates and the hype around Fire Emblem: Awakening's demo was this eShop release, Tokyo Crash Mobs. It’s a bit like the Magnetica/Puzzloop series (or PopCap’s clone Zuma), except really wacky, in an amazing way.

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Nintendo’s human Puzzloop/Zuma game keeps getting weirder. This trailer for Gyoretsu Nageloop not only demonstrates some novel mechanics for the puzzler (e.g. UFOs), it introduces us to Grace, Savannah, some ninjas, and a bunch of folks in really bright suits.

Not sure what’s going on with this eShop game’s presentation, nor do I understand why the silhouettes in Gyoretsu Nageloop's logo seem to be sporting erections. Whatever, I’m just glad Mitchell found a way to add some pizzaz to this formula. Here’s another gameplay trailer NintenDaan uploaded for the odd puzzler.

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Escapee Go!, a new DSiWare game that released in the U.S. DSiWare shop this week for 200 Points. This trailer makes it look like a combination of Metal Gear and Pac-Man!

Escapee Go! features a story mode in which you play a female amnesiac trying to find out about her past while using psychic powers to avoid her pursuers, and there’s a four-player local multiplayer mode that plays like Pac-Man Vs. You can learn more about the game on its fab mini-site set up by Singaporean developer Gevo Entertainment — more DSiWare devs should make these.

And if you also have a spare 500 Points lying around, pick up Mitchell Corp.’s addictive puzzler Number Battles (a.k.a. Suujin Taisen) on DSiWare. I hear this one’s really fun!

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Two interesting Japanese DSiWare puzzlers coming to the West

Scarcely two days after I spurned JC for predicting that Nintendo would bring its DSiWare games based on Japan-only releases to the West, Nintendo revealed it is doing just that. So, yeah, what do I know.

Australia’s ratings/classifaction board put up a listing for Suujin Taisen Number Battles, the Chotto version of Mitchell Corp.’s 2007 puzzle-battle game Suujin Taisen (trailer above). From what I hear, the original was addictive and fun, and the DSiWare version supports two-to-four-player online matches.

The Australian organization also lists Wakugumi: Monochrome Puzzle (Kakonde Keshite Wakugumi no Jikan in Japan), another Mitchell puzzler. This one looks like the spiritual successor to Polarium.

With these two planned for Australia, it’s very likely they’ll travel further West to the States and Europe soon. Perhaps we’ll see other first-party DSiWare excerpts from Japan-only retail games then, like Card Hero Speed Battle Custom and Kuru Kuru Action Kuru Pachi 6.

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Nintendo of Japan is breaking its routine of posting new DSiWare games and applications only once a month, now releasing programs every week!

Last week, Hudson put out two versions of a generic Sudoku game, one with 50 puzzles and another with 150. In two days, the DSi’s download store will receive Korogashi Puzzle Katamari Damacy, Phantasy Star Zero Mini, and the curious “manners training” game Kuukiyomi.

And on April 1st, Nintendo will trot out a new round of first-party titles, like Kuru Kuru Action Kuru Pachi 6:

Kuru Kuru Action Kuru Pachi 6 (500 Points) - Rotate and line up like-numbered pieces! Based on the “Kuru Pachi 6” mode in Nonono Puzzle Chairian, a GBA puzzler released only in Japan, this title offers four different modes — a puzzle mode with 198 problems, a challenge mode, score attack, and time attack.

Kakonde Keshite Wakugumi no Jikan (500 Points) - I was just wondering if Mitchell (Magnetica, Polarium) was developing for DSiWare, as its games are well-suited for the platform. Here, players surround pieces of one color with another in two modes — piece attack and time attack.

Band Bros. DX Radio with Photo Stand (500 Points) - With Daigasso! Band Bros. mascot Barbara the Bat serving as a DJ, this program plays songs created with Band Bros. DX by Nintendo staff and players. It also acts as a photo stand, presenting photos taken with the DSi camera.

DSi Clock: Famicom Mario Type and Animal Crossing Type (200 Points each) - The former clock enables you to collect coins by hitting the A button, while the latter offers a musical component for creating a melody that is then played back as a new hour begins.

Ganbaru Watashi no Osaifu Ouendan (500 Points) - Budgeting software that can export data to your SD card as a CSV file to view your monthly budgets on a PC.

Chotto Magic Taizen: Suki Kirai Hakkenki (200 Points) - A bite-sized magic app that uses the microphone to determine whether someone likes your or hates you.

Unfortunately, there were no games from Skip in March. This is very sad, as Hacolife and PiCOPiCT were gold.

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[All titles and descriptions via Andria Sang]

Nintendo of Japan announced several new games and applications coming to its digital download service for the Nintendo DSi this Wednesday (January 28th), including several “excerpts” from existing puzzle titles and two new Art Style releases.

Art Style: PiCOPiCT (500 Nintendo Points) combines Picross with falling blocks and Nintendo franchises. It also features chiptune tracks from YMCK!:

Art Style: Somnium (500 NP) features slide puzzles:

Chotto Panel de Pon (500 NP): Panel de Pon, or Planet Puzzle League, without multiplayer support.

Chotto Suujin Taisen (500 NP): Based on a Mitchell Corp.-developed puzzle-battle game that never made it to the States, but received positive import impressions. Includes WiFi support for up to four players.

Chotto Asobi Taizen: Jikuri Trump (500 NP): Bits from Clubhouse Games, including Blackjack, Poker, and more. Features local multiplayer, but no online.

Hobonichi Rosenzu (500 NP): Map application for train/metro routes in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Sapporo. Users can search for stations and routes, as well as add bookmarks, notes, and photos to the map.

DSi Solitare (200 NP): Solitaire, Klondike, and Spider with cat shapes on the cards!

DSi Clock: Slide Show Type (200 NP): A clock using photos taken with the DSi. Also has alarm/sleep functions — you can even record your own alarm sounds! This is the first in a series of planned downloadable Clock apps.