EA has a full lineup of casual gaming for the DSiWare download service. Sudoku
, MySims Camera
, and Littlest Pet Shop
will all be available this fall. I think this a great use of the DSiWare service--puzzle games and kid stuff that you'd play on the bus or spend a few bucks on to keep your children occupied for a while. These smaller licensed spinoffs and classic puzzles are better as DLC because they don't warrant a full retail release, leaving more space on shelves for unique titles that are usually passed over for the distracting barrage of franchise fluff. This way the casuals and kids get their gaming fix on a service that's cheaper and easier to use anyway, and games like Moon
get the attention the deserve.
Check the press release for full descriptions of each DSiWare game.
WORDS, PICTURES, PETS AND MORE! - EA ANNOUNCES DIVERSE LINEUP OF DSIWARE TITLES
SCRABBLE, MySims Camera and LITTLEST PET SHOP Amongst EA Titles Coming This Fall
Redwood City, Calif., – September 21, 2009 – DSi owners get ready to download. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), today announced MySims™ Camera and SUDOKU are available for download from the Nintendo DSi Shop. LITTLEST PET SHOP and SCRABBLE (in the U.S. and Canada) licensed by Hasbro (NYSE: HAS), along with original EA titles are also in development and will release later this fall.
“EA has fully embraced the Wii and the Nintendo DS, bringing custom-built DSiWare games to the Nintendo consumer is an exciting opportunity for us to reach DSi owners with easy to play games that they can download and play whenever they want,” said Rod Humble, Head of the EA Play Label. “The lineup of games we have in development will appeal across the diverse DSi consumer base so whether players want to showcase their creativity and humor using MySims Camera or sharpen their math and word skills with SUDOKU or SCRABBLE – our first games in the DSi Shop will deliver a quick and fun experience.”
MySims Camera is a camera application that utilizes popular MySims characters. You can take photos and overlay 3D MySims characters to bring them into the real world. The 3D characters can be animated, moved, scaled, rotated and cropped. You can also draw on the photos with the stylus pen or use the stamp tool to add more art and style. Create a unique frame and save the photos to the DSi photo album to share with friends. With MySims Camera, you make picture taking with MySims a fun creative experience for the entire family.
SUDOKU offers hundreds of number-crunching puzzles that will stretch your brain to the limit! Play the exclusive Newspaper Mode, adding puzzles from your favorite black & white and starting your own collection! SUDOKU features a host of grid designs, stat tracking and an in-game timer to test your reaction time. Play on 5 different levels from Easy to Insane. This engaging game has been polished to perfection and renders a sleek design that’s easy on the eyes.
LITTLEST PET SHOP allows you to experience your favorite LITTLEST PET SHOP pets in a whole new way! Collect lots of pets, each with unique personalities and new, super cute animations. Interact with your pets and watch their adorable reactions to their favorite toys and activities and dress them up in fun accessories. You can also throw a dance party for your pets and watch them groove to a cool song.
SCRABBLE comes to DSi with several unique gameplay experiences such as SCRABBLE Classic, which is the original crossword game that fans know and love as well as SCRABBLE Tools, which helps players hone their skills by strengthening their vocabulary, pattern recognition, and score strategies through fun and interactive training exercises. Each version will be sold separately.
Additional EA titles in development including: Downtown Texas Hold’em and unannounced original titles will be available later this fall. Pricing has not yet been announced. For more information visit www.info.ea.com.