Friday, January 02, 2009

My Nintendo DS games

  • Club House Games* (=it's new to me)
    It has backgammon and Klondike. Way too easy, I can beat the chess and checkers games. (Update: Turns out you can unlock harder versions of these games, as well as droll features like the "Paper" backgammon board. Backgammon does support Doubles (and the Crawford Rule) if you turn on the multi-game series feature. If there's a version of Go on here, I haven't found it yet. The "Connect Five" game is actually Go Moku, a Japanese kid's game played on a standard Go board with black and white stones.)
  • Kanji Sonomama DS Rakubiki Jiten
    A Japanese-English dictionary with character recognition (very touchy about stroke order). If you need to use this, you'll also need to buy a second Nintendo DS Lite for casual play.
  • Metroid Prime Pinball
    There aren't many pinball games for the Nintendo DS, but this one is good. The theme is Metroid Prime, an annoyingly difficult First Person Shooter which runs on Gamecube.
  • My Spanish Coach*
    Don't pay more than $29.99 msrp for this, but as a drill-and-review toy for Spanish language acquisition it's pretty cool.
  • Revenant Wings (Final Fantasy XII)
    I'm stuck on (and intensely annoyed by) the last level. Sort of like Final Fantasy Tactics, but with Vaan and Penelo. Be warned, RW has a bad "well, that sucks" letdown in the storyline. Just when you get involved in the outcast viera story, the authors run all those rabbits through Hamlet's Last Act — "peurile and underdramatized," as Wednesday would say. Awful. (But who knows? Beat the last boss and maybe they'll all come back from the dead?)
  • Space Invaders Extreme*
    Nice retro game with postmodern "eXtreme" touches. I've been looking for a playable version of this game for decades.
  • Umezawa Yukari no Yasashii Igo
    Go, as in Baduk or Weiqi. Yukari Umezawa-sensei's Easy Go, i.e., "easy" only in the sense that single-CPU go opponents were still pretty weak in 2008. Umezawa-sensei's go puzzles, which require human thought but not computer A.I., are graded from easy to quite hard.
That's all, I'm not really into the DS a lot (the format is too small, until there's a good reason.)

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