The best and worst of DSiWare

6. The Master of Illusion Express series

Developer: Nintendo
Price: 200 points (each)

Above: Oh wow, who would have thought a handheld computer could do math? 

Why it’s one of the worst: This series was practically tailor-made to sucker people. Master of Illusion pulls off a series of card- and mind-reading tricks for you to “impress” your friends. These are routinely dull, and each individual trick costs two dollars. This series is an unfortunate blemish, and a lamentable cash-in. Don’t waste your money.

7. The myNotebook series

Developer: Nnooo
Price: 200 points (each)

Above: Having to pay for this is insulting 

Why it’s one of the worst: On its face, the concept irritates us. It’s a notebook. You can write and draw on it, and also play Hangman, which is great if you don’t have any friends who know words or phrases. Not inventive in any way, shape, or form. This should have been included on the DSi upon launch, or shortly thereafter, for free. But then, in a mind-bogglingly odd move, Nnooo released three notebooks, the only difference being the color: Red, Blue, and Green. You just know there’s someone with OCD who had to buy them all. Spend the two dollars at your local dollar store on a notepad and a pen. At least they don’t require a charge to work.

8. Rayman

Developer: Ubisoft
Price: 800 points

Above: Just try and remember the good times, and move on 

Why it’s one of the worst: This one’s painful to write, because the original Rayman was a great game. So this isn’t technically one of the worst games on DSiWare, but it is an exceptionally shitty port of a great game, which makes it sting all the more. The gameplay is clunky and the camera is way too zoomed in to get a real feel for the environment around you or see where other platforms are. Which can be troublesome, as the game is, ostensibly, a platformer. Not even those nostalgic for Rayman need apply.

9. Prehistorik Man

Developer: Interplay
Price: 800 points

Above: This screenshot does not do its crappiness justice 

Why it’s one of the worst: Another example of a good game ported badly. There are a lot of slowdown issues, making jumping from one platform to the next nearly an impossible task. If you’ve ever played the game before (and considering the number of times it’s been released, chances are you have), you know that causes some problems. The hit detection is also a problem; sometimes you’ll be nowhere near an enemy and still get cracked upside your prehistorik head, sometimes you won’t. It’s like a shell game – it depends entirely on luck. It also renders the game totally unplayable.

10. Miami Nights: Life in the spotlight

Developer: Gameloft
Price: 800 points

Above: We’ll pass on hanging out. We have anything else to do, first 

Why it’s one of the worst: This is one of the most excruciatingly average games we’ve ever come across. It’s a life sim in which your little avatar tries to become famous in the big city. To do so, you’ll have to play through a variety of activities and make all sorts of friends. The whole game takes just under three hours, the animation is total crap, the controls are muddled and there’s very little consequence for making the wrong decision in the game. What else can you expect of a remake of a game originally made for cell phones?

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  • CLEIP - April 10, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    Third party devs have made many a great game for the wii... ware (not that there is anything wrong with that). My impresion is that with the ds, it is the other way around. may be i am wrong, but i don`t own a dsi, so...
  • AZCardinalsfan762 - April 9, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    DSi ware seems really pathetic... im just gonna stick with my ds phat lol
  • philipshaw - April 8, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    There doesn't seem to be that many great games on the store
  • EricBratcher - April 7, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    I'm with Xplosive59 - make with the classic Rayman, will you Ubisoft?
  • grizzly311 - April 7, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    I bought Dr Mario Express with my launch points, and I must say I play it all the time. Actually, I am usually playing it while I am listening to TalkRadar.
  • Cyberninja - April 7, 2010 7:51 p.m.

    i have snaped and paper airplane chase and i say since i got them with the free points it was worth it and you guys and nintendo power should have a debate about this because some games you like they dont and vice versa
  • V13Dragongal - April 7, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    kool. i may buy these if i can get enough points.
  • Xplosive59 - April 7, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    nooooooooo!! they have have murdered rayman twice now, 1st with the rabbit thingys and now with a crappy port of a great game. bring back classic rayman and damn you casual gamers and your party games!!!
  • vigeoman - April 7, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    how is starship defense not on here? its the est game on dsi i think (its a tower defense shooter for u who dont know)
  • GameManiac - April 7, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    Still deciding whether I should get a DSi or the 3DS.
  • oryandymackie - April 7, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    What about the Flashlight app you were whining about?
  • sleepy92ismypsn - April 7, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    do a psp version of this article. you guys dont show enough love to sonys handheld
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 7, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    I'll wait till the 3DS.
  • yoyoguy - April 7, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    well if i ever get a dsi (which i wont) ill DEFINITELY pick these up
  • toastedmilk - April 7, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    some games to consider there. i still have my 1000 points from launch. after seeing the countless classics nintendo made downloadable on the wii i expected more from the dsi.

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