Thu 8 Mar 2012
As software for the original Nintendo DS winds down, each game released seems more and more important. Think of Persona 4s release in the twilight years of the PS2, amidst all the Disney franchises and Guitar Hero ports. For a game that was never going to appeal to most gamers out there, this last hurrah for such a revered platform garnered an amazing amount of press attention, eventually culminating in Giant Bombs first Endurance Run.
This will not be the case with the upcoming DSi Ware release Cat Reversi, which we can assume and indeed hope will be limited to a Japanese release. Even the Andriasang article translating its release info is spartan, two lines a bunch of screenshots. In a way, however, I feel that Cat Reversi is a fitting title to help close out the DS download service. A parlour game, known to everyone and their mothers, adapted onto the service with cute graphics to draw you in. Its reminiscant of My Notebook in all its various colours, or any of the other quality titles put out by Nnooo prior to escapeVektor.
DSi Ware is on the way out, if it did indeed ever arrive. Between titles like the adorably devilish Pushmo and the quirky Dillons Rolling Western, the 3DS eShop has already garnered more attention from the Big N than the DS ever had. Its fitting indeed that the unsteady trickle of games does finally come to an end, it does so not with a bang, but with games like Cat Reversi.