Professor Layton and the Curious Village of the Nintendo DS is a game that is all about puzzles. From ridiculously easy puzzles to extremely annoying trick questions, you solve one puzzle after another. Every thing you find on earth, every conversation you initiate with a random villager introduces you to a new puzzle to be solved.

However, this is a very enjoyable game precisely because of all the puzzles. Do not buy this game if you are looking for straight action. The title alone should give you an idea of ​​what this game is all about. Another good thing about this game is its strong playback value. When you are done with the game, you can download one of the many puzzle sets available on the internet so that you can repeat the game with a whole new set of puzzles that you can solve.

In this game you score based on how many attempts and how long it takes you to answer a particular question or solve a particular puzzle. While there is no direct reward for your speed and intelligence, you can show your high scores to your friends and family. If you want to and if your conscience can take it, you can also cheat the system by turning off your Nintendo DS right after you have found the right answer. That way, you can keep your flawless record in the game.

If you are looking for a game that will challenge your puzzle skills in the fun way, then Professor Layton and the Curious Village of the Nintendo DS is the game for you.

While all of this is cool, the best way is to integrate it directly into games. When playing New Super Mario U, MiiVerse updates can appear on the world map above each level. Or when sitting in the Mii slot, the Miis that appear speak essentially using the MiiVerse posts. You can even see Miis show up in games; the best example right now is in Nintendo Land, where they walk around your amusement park or show up in the background of the games. MiiVerse can be accessed instantly while playing any game, so you can always update it or see what someone else is saying about the game. When you switch to MiiVerse, your games take breaks, and that screen is what you can send to MiiVerse if you wish. Some games may even implement some sort of performance system where they ask if you want to post to MiiVerse when doing something cool; New Super Mario U is doing this now.

All this is connected and used with a Nintendo Network ID, ie your username. This makes users easy to find and find, a great and welcome change to the deserved malignant friend codes. Unfortunately, these IDs are linked to the console where you register them; this is certainly related to some sort of privacy and protection policy, but inconvenient if your system should die or if you later want to update to a special edition color. Nintendo has suggested changing this, but nothing has happened yet.

Wii U is backward compatible with Wii and Wii U games support Wiimotes and other Wii accessories. Compatibility features for Wii games get you started on a new menu. You are using your Wiimote at this time and only Wii accessories. Wii games actually play in 1080p, just like all menus and everything else. I played Goldeneye a bit and you can see a difference, both good and bad. Some things in the game look much smoother from the exclusive, but bugs or ugly filters stand out more; the cut scenes looked really rough. This is because it is an upscaling of resolution, but there is no rendering, no new filter or anything. This is not like emulation, where new rendering processes can be used; it's just a resolution increase. So you get good things and bad things by playing Wii games on Wii U - it depends on the game. Whatever backward compatibility is a good and welcome feature.

To sum it all up, I'm pretty happy with my Wii U and feel it has a promising future, even after a very slow year. My Wii had its moments of constant play and heavy dust collection, and even though my Wii U faces the same kind of fate, I do not feel like my money was wasted. The system had a decent price point, which is only better with the recent price drop of $ 50 and has already proven that it can be a lot of fun and opens up a world of new gaming options. As the library increases, we will see some fun games; If you are a social gamer and a lover of the social network, it may be a system to check out just for that. The only issues the Wii U has are a sparse library that needs to be improved and the fact that despite being a good piece of hardware it does not hold up so well during this next generation of games. It's a sharp HD system, but due to the small power gap, it will eventually fall to be a Nintendo exclusive system again.

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If you are looking for a game that will challenge your puzzle skills in the fun way, then Professor Layton and the Curious Village of the Nintendo DS is the game for you.