"Anti-heroes" aren't supposed to look like Wario. Anti-heroes aren't really supposed to have preset characteristics at all - the whole point is that they're defined by negation - but in the course of countless Gothic vampire stories and cyberpunk adventures, the role has come to involve certain visual traits. Anti-heroes must be lean, sexy, glowering and little-spoken, with a regulation two days' worth of stubble and a variety of intriguing scars. Their lips must be curling, bleached, sardonic. The eyes? Glowing, slitted, bionic and/or bloodshot. The apparel? Trench coats, mirror shades, knee-high boots, flapping bandages and anything cut from dark leather with sharp angles that smells ever so slightly of S&M.
The latest iteration of Nintendo's popular handheld arrives with a bunch of downloadable software designed to show off its capabilities. Here's a look at some of the first titles to be offered via the DSiWare service, from the latest instalment in the Warioware series to the much simpler and self-explanatory Paper Plane. Read on to find out which ones are worth snapping up.
This is lightweight compared to what it could have been - it's more like a tech demo than a full game. However, Warioware Snapped does show off what the DSi was designed to do. The familiar Warioware mini-games are played by flailing about in front of your DSi as the camera tracks your movements. (It's strongly reminiscent of the Wii experience, in fact.) Once you've lined up your hands and face to be "recognised" by the camera, you proceed to wave, blow, shake, and wobble your way through a series of action-based puzzles.
The DSi Shop launches today in Europe offering five games and the free Opera-based web browser.
The five games are WarioWare: Snapped!, Pyoro, Paper Plane, Art Style: AQUITE and Art Style: CODE.
Before accessing the shop, DSi owners (welcome!) must download a system update, which took three attempts for us, perhaps because of service congestion.
Nintendo has apparently confirmed the line-up for the DSiWare launch in the US on 5th April when the console goes on sale.
According to IGN, the first games will be WarioWare Snapped!, Art Style: AQUITE and PYORO (known as Birds and Beans, and derived from a WarioWare mini-game).
They are all likely to mirror their Japanese pricing, which was 500 Nintendo Points (GBP 3.50 / EUR 5) for Snapped and 200 NP (GBP 1.50 / EUR 2) for each of the others. They will also be joined by the free Opera web-browser, apparently.
Nintendo has shown off a pair of the first Western DSiWare releases during Satoru Iwata's keynote address at GDC: Moving Memo and WarioWare Snapped!
Nintendo is planning a swathe of WarioWare games for release on the downloadable DS service, DSiWare.