Nintendo's efforts to attract non-gamers to the DS seem to go in waves. First we saw the launch of the Touch Generations brand, and now Nintendo is making another push with a group of new games and accessories. The company recently sent out a list of its latest efforts, which include new Touch Generations titles, the DS headset, and the recently-launched web browser.
On the gaming front, Nintendo is expanding the Touch Generations brand with a handful of new games. Recently, Nintendo launched Planet Puzzle League, a new take on the Tetris Attack/Pokemon Puzzle League formula that includes online play, voice chat, and a sleek, futuristic graphic style. The game also includes daily two-minute puzzles. On July 30, another puzzler, Picross DS, will join Touch Generations, challenging players to uncover pictures by filling in numbered columns. This game will also support Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Rounding out the Touch Generations update is Brain Age 2, which will offer seventeen new brain-training activities.
Nintendo isn't stopping with games, though. Back in April the company released a DS headset, making it easier to talk into games like Brain Age and Nintendogs. The headset also works with all voice chat enabled online titles, such as Metroid Prime Hunters, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, and Planet Puzzle League. Earlier this month we also saw the release of the DS Web Browser. Developed by Opera, the application plugs into the DS like a standard game card and offers instant web browsing at free hotspots and on wireless networks. The program includes full touch screen support and multiple site viewing options that span both screens.
Outside of new releases, Nintendo wants to catch the eye of non-gamers with DS Download Stations at both retailers and select airport terminals. To date, over 7.6 million Touch Generations titles have been sold in the United States, and with these new products, Nintendo is hoping for that number to grow. Keep checking RN for the latest on the Touch Generations initiative.