Feature: Great DSiWare Games for Kids

“This month marks the one year anniversary of the launch of Nintendo’s DSiWare service, and with multiple new releases coming out each week since it made its debut, there’s a ton of games currently available to dive into along with new ones on the way. Modeled after the popular WiiWare service for the Wii, DSiWare features a variety of smaller, cheaper downloadable handheld games created by large and small developers alike. The past year has seen some excellent and affordable titles launched through DSiWare, and parents will be happy to know that the vast majority of these games are all-ages friendly. Here’s a selection of some of the best DSiWare games available for kids and adults alike.”

Check out the full feature here at What They Play.

Feature: All About XBLA


“Xbox Live is kind of like the granddaddy of online downloadable gaming services on home consoles. It first launched on the original Xbox, allowing players to access online play and game downloads from home, and was reborn in a snazzier format with the launch of the Xbox 360. It’s been around for many years now and only seems to get better with age, thanks to steady updates and new features.  If you own Microsoft’s gaming console, you’d be remiss not to check out the downloadable games available. Here’s what you need to know to get started!

Check out the full feature, which is geared towards newcomers to the Xbox 360,  here at What They Play.

Top Downloadable Games March 2010


“The month of March is so jam-packed with hotly anticipated downloadable games that it was a real challenge to decide which games to highlight this time around. While there are quite a few other excellent games worth checking out that didn’t make it onto our list, this month’s gaming download picks cover some diverse ground. Fire up your high-speed internet connections and get ready for sports enthusiast blobs, rampaging hotrods, magic doodles, and murder mysteries.”

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Feature: DSi XL – What’s New and Notable

“Nintendo has been well known for constantly retooling its handheld gaming systems and strategically releasing upgraded version with enhanced features and fresh designs. The Game Boy and Game Boy Advance lines went through many such redesigns during their lengthy life spans, and the DS is getting similar treatment. Hot on the heels of last year’s DSi, Nintendo is launching the DSi XL on March 28.. Here’s a rundown of what’s new and notable on the handheld and what’s unchanged.”

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Top Downloadable Games: February 2010


“The downloadable gaming delights just keep coming, and February has a glut of new affordably priced games that are absolutely worth your time. This month’s top downloadable games list is packed with action. Grab onto your seats, as we go toe-to-toe with hovering space tanks, heavy metal monsters, firepower-packing towers, and musical block puzzles.”

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Feature: Aliens vs. Predator: 7 Things Parents Should Know


“This latest take on the ongoing extraterrestrial grudge match provides a truly authentic heart-pounding action-adventure revolving around a new eerie tale that features both bloodthirsty alien races and the unfortunate humans who wind up caught in their midst. After digging into the darkest depths this game has to offer, we’ve put together all the gory details parents should be aware of when considering picking up this M-Rated shooter.”

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M-Rated Swap: The Conduit for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Reflex

Modern Warfare Reflex is filled with gory deaths, gratuitous killings, profanity, and other situations that can be quite jarring and fairly disturbing at times. If you’re looking for a tight first-person shooter experience on the Wii that’s slightly toned-down but doesn’t sacrifice fun FPS gameplay, The Conduit is a great alternative. This sci-fi themed shooter is rated “Teen” and stars a special agent who must stop a government conspiracy tied to an alien invasion.”

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Feature: 8 Things Parents Should Know About No More Heroes 2


“Just in time to fill the traditionally quiet release period following the holidays with ample blood spray and excessive cleavage physics, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle has arrived on the Wii, and it’s even wilder, gorier, and sexier than its predecessor. After meticulously exploring many of the game’s nooks and crannies, we’ve compiled all the important information parents need to know about this M-rated title.”

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Column: Top Downloadable Games for Jan. 2010

“With the glut of pre-holiday retail releases finally beginning to subside and pocketbooks slowly recovering from their recently empty, threadbare state caused by the big annual splurge of massive gift purchasing, it’s a perfect time to get caught up on some of this month’s top digital game downloads. Your wallet will thank you. We get a little zany this month with a fun medley packed with marching muscle heads, rocket-propelled pixel men, turn-based RPG adventure, and warring puzzle nations.”

Check out the full installment of my column here at What They Play

Feature: All About DSiWare

“Let’s face it; sometimes you crave a fresh dose of quick gaming fun without having to put forth a lot of physical effort or lay down a ton of money. With the prevalence of high-speed wireless internet and improved hardware capabilities, it’s becoming a lot easier to instantly purchase and download new games without even having to set foot in a store. Wii owners may have hundreds of low-cost classic Virtual Console NES and downloadable WiiWare games available at their fingertips, but now even DSi owners can get in on the downloadable fun.”

Check out the full article here at What They Play.