|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: TOMY Corp.||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: TOMY Corp.||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 10, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-6||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
But Does It Do Enough?
by Maria Montoro
Although they're somewhat rare, the DS has a few software titles that are not just games. They usually try to make up for the lack of extra features found on the Nintendo DS / DS Lite. This device, even though it's the best-selling handheld video game platform in history, can't do much more than play games, unless you completely hack the thing and start installing homebrew applications in it (not very recommendable because, amongst other things, it voids your warranty).
That's why a few companies like TOMY Corporation have decided to give it a shot and create software that will enrich the overall experience with your favorite travel companion. It's not a half-bad idea, at least until the DSi is around!
As you know, Nintendo is going to cover all the basis with the upcoming DSi system (already released in Japan). The DSi is a redesign of the DS Lite with several extra features like cameras, music playback, SD storage, downloadable software, calendar and organizer, etc. Rumors say it will be available for everyone this summer, but, in the meantime, there are other options to keep yourself organized like My DoItAll. Plus, who wants to spend almost $200 on the new system when you already own a sweet DS Lite and have access to a huge game library?
My DoItAll converts your DS into a helpful organizer and a learning tool, plus it can be a nice pastime once in awhile. The title comes packed with 15 applications, three of which are simple games you can play alone or with your friends when you're bored. As you can imagine, not everything in this package is very useful, but some things are better than others, and everyone should be able to find something there that's useful in different situations.
The productivity applications are definitely the most interesting and practical. Who doesn't need a handy calculator on the DS? It even has a nice unit converter, so you can figure out measurements you're not familiar with. I find this especially practical for traveling situations, as you can convert temperature from Fahrenheit to Celsius and vice versa, or from Kilometers to Miles, Milliliters to Ounces, etc.
The World Map could also be useful, as it shows you the different time zones and some basic info about each country. This feature could have been much more in-depth, but unfortunately, I find it a little lacking, especially in the time zone department. You can see the different areas and their current time, but you can't see exactly which countries belong to each time zone. It's nice that they kept Daylight Savings in mind, as you can see which countries have already changed the clock and which ones didn't do it yet.
The title also includes, of course, a Calendar where you can track down your appointments and dates of interest, as well as holidays, depending on the area where you live. You can also keep a journal and use cute icons to keep everything organized. The Notepad also lets you write quick notes and such, but all the typing is done with an onscreen keyboard. Unfortunately, no "doodling" tool has been included, so you can't quickly write your memos in actual handwriting. In my eyes, this is one of the biggest downfalls of the title, as it seems like an obvious feature to have in a title like this.
One thing I didn't expect is the Periodic Table. If you're at that age when it's important to learn all the different symbols and their chemical composition, this might come in handy. I personally will never use it, but at least a few chemistry-oriented people will find this interesting.