The Nintendo Download: DSiWare Feels The Need For Speed

As Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii owners prepare for Hot Pursuit tomorrow, DSi gamers can download Need for Speed: Nitro-X right now.

Need for Speed: Nitro-X is a light version of Need for Speed: Nitro, the colorful candy installment of the franchise that hit the Wii and DS last year. It features 16 different tracks, a special Pursuit Mode that lets you play as a cop, and a Camera Tag Editor, that allows you to plaster images taken with the DSi camera all over the place. It's no Hot Pursuit, but at least it's not a dog simulator, foot racing game or another version of Blackjack.

As for the rest of this week's Nintendo Download, it's two dog simulators, a foot racing game, and another version of Blackjack.

Need for Speed: Nitro-X Publisher: Electronic Arts Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Violence Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Get in gear for the super-charged thrill of driving the world's hottest cars and the flat-out fun of arcade-style racing. Access awesome custom features such as the Camera Tag Editor. Snap images with the built-in camera and plaster racing environments with your personal tag. Touch controls give you the feel of real racing too. Push it to the limit in up to 18 supercars, including the Pagani Zonda R, Porsche Carrera GT and Lamborghini Gallardo. You can also set your sirens off in the exclusive Super Pursuit Mode that lets you drive as a cop. Lay down the law in up to six never-before-driven police cars, including the Hummer H2 SUT. Chase or be chased through 16 detailed tracks. Factor in tracks that can be reversed and you've got nearly 30 amazing runs to choose from. Accelerate through three streamlined tiers as you pull off extraordinary maneuvers, win awards and blow away up to three friends in local multiplayer mode. Feed your need for speed like never before on the Nintendo DSi system.

Go Fetch! Publisher: Agetec Inc Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: The idea of Go Fetch! is simple yet entertaining. Balls are thrown and players must use the stylus to guide the puppy and collect balls. The puppy must avoid various obstacles and collect items in order to complete stages. A wide variety of locations, including Backyard, Park, Beach, Riverside, School, Plaza and Parking Lot, offer various challenges. Choose from different breeds of puppies, each with its own unique appearance and attributes. Remember, puppies are easily distracted, so don't get too close to a cat or you'll lose valuable time. If the puppy knocks something down, time is lost since the item must be picked up. Fetch this game and enter the doggy dog world.

21: Blackjack Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Simulated Gambling Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Now you can take the thrill of the casino on the go with 21: Blackjack. Whether you're a seasoned player or a rookie at the table, 21: Blackjack has a variety of game-play options to take your skills to the next level. You can change the payouts, the number of decks in play, splitting options and even choose whether or not the dealer hits on a soft 17. These are just a few of the many advanced game-play options. If you want to know how well you've been playing or how many Blackjacks have taken you to a winning hand, check out a full range of player stats available for viewing at any time. Now's your chance to Hit, Stand or Double Down with 21: Blackjack.

Derby Dogs Publisher: Aksys Games Players: 1-8 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Derby Dogs is a simulation that lets you raise, breed and compete with dogs by feeding them and training them in a variety of exercises. You can also frequent a virtual dog shop to rent dogs or buy new doghouses or meals. Your dogs can race on numerous courses to win titles and prize money. You can also breed your dogs to create even better dogs. Raise your dogs and have them compete with players far and wide via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service (broadband Internet access required). Can you become the best handler around?

Triple Running Sports Publisher: The Code Monkeys Ltd Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Triple Running Sports is one of the most advanced recreational running games available for the WiiWare service, immersing players in the world of competitive running. Most events consist of activities that are traditionally derived from hunting and combat skills. Over time these practices have evolved into a variety of competitive sports that include 100m, 400m Sprints, Hurdles and the 1500m race. As with real-life running events, players have full control over the pace of each race. They must also account for the finish-line surge and the timing of hurdle jumps, as these factors can all influence their success.


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