On this day (April 8) in Nintendo history…
Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo was released in 1998 for the Super Famicom in Japan. In this adventure game, developed by Nintendo R&D1, the music and graphics for the entire game have been entirely overhauled for this remake of Famicom Tantei Club Part II. Released on the 10th anniversary month of the original Famicom Tantei Club. The core gameplay and plot remains the same.
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside was released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64 in North America. In this sports game, developed by Left Field Productions, before each game, you set your players on your team and on the bench, the position of the players and strategies for play. Fronted by basketball star Kobe Bryant. When play begins, you either control the player in possession of the ball or, if the opposing team is in possession, a nearby player.
Picross NP Vol. 1 was released in 1999 for the Super Famicom in Japan. In this puzzle game, developed by Jupiter, a Character Mode features 12 puzzles based on Pokémon. Each of the picture crossword puzzles is a grid with numbers along each row and column, representing a solid line that must be filled in. More than one number means there is at least one space between the lines. Some puzzles are timed and you lose time by making mistakes, some are timed but your mistakes aren't corrected and some have no time restrictions or hints.
Picross NP Vol. 7 was released in 2000 for the Super Famicom in Japan. In this puzzle game, developed by Jupiter, a Character Mode features 12 puzzles based on Wario Land 2. Each of the picture crossword puzzles is a grid with numbers along each row and column, representing a solid line that must be filled in. More than one number means there is at least one space between the lines. Some puzzles are timed and you lose time by making mistakes, some are timed but your mistakes aren't corrected and some have no time restrictions or hints.
Animal Crossing Clock was released in 2009 for DSiWare in Japan. In this utility, developed by Nintendo Software Technology, you'll always have the time wherever you go! Wake up with your favourite Animal Crossing music, or simply use the Nintendo DSi as a desktop clock with an authentic Animal Crossing background. You can even compose a Town Tune to play at the top of every hour! Customise the clock to your liking: choose from analogue or digital displays, 12-hour or 24-hour modes, and set up to three separate alarms with different Animal Crossing tunes or use your own saved sounds from the Nintendo DSi Sound application.
Ganbaru Watashi no Osaifu Ouendan was released in 2009 for DSiWare in Japan. In this utility/reference software, developed by Nintendo, find a simple household budget calculator. Enter your daily expenditures and a summary is automatically provided. You can set yourself a monthly budget and compare against it. Up to 25 months of budget data can be input before the earlier information is overwritten. The data can also be exported to the SD Card as a CSV file and transferred to a computer spreadsheet program if required.
Mario Clock was released in 2009 for DSiWare in Japan. In this utility, developed by Nintendo Software Technology, sprites and scenes from Super Mario Bros. feature. You can tap the A button to make Mario jump and collect coins in the background. Select between analogue and digital displays, 12 and 24 hours and change the time without changing the time set to the Nintendo DSi. You can also set an alarm function.
A Little Bit of… Magic Made Fun: Mind Probe (known as Master of Illusion Express: Mind Probe in North America) was released in 2009 for DSiWare in Japan. In this non-game, developed by Tenyo with Eighting, impress your friends with mesmerising magic – a collection of easy-to-perform tricks that you can carry wherever you go! Uses the built-in microphone in magical new ways! Ask a spectator to write down the names of six people, including someone they really like, and then ask them to read the names into the microphone.
Photo Stand Tsuki: Ban-Bro DX Radio was released in 2009 for DSiWare in Japan. In this utility/music software, developed by Nintendo, enjoy a radio station hosted by Band Brothers star, Barbara. Each hour a different show is played, and the broadcasts require an active internet connection to listen to them. As well as music, photos taken with the Nintendo DSi Camera can be displayed on the top screen.
Spin Six was released in 2009 for DSiWare in Japan. In this puzzle game, developed by Zener Works, rotate number panels to make horizontal or vertical lines of the same number to clear them from the board. While that sounds simple, the challenge lies in your ability to make chains of number panels to score even bigger points. There are four unique game modes, each with various skill levels. Puzzle mode brings you nearly 200 puzzles, split into One-Turn or Chain categories, or you can challenge your panel elimination skills in Time Attack mode. Pit yourself against a time limit in Score Attack mode.
Wakugumi: Monochrome Puzzle was released in 2009 for DSiWare in Japan. In this puzzle game, developed by Mitchell Corporation, clear black and white blocks from the play area, 'capturing' blocks of one colour by surrounding them with blocks of the opposite colour. You control the action with your stylus, swapping blocks back and forth to make the perfect captures. Learn the basics in Training Mode, then test your capturing techniques in Score Attack as you try to clear as many blocks as possible within a time limit, chaining captures together to score bonuses.
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