Monday, February 25, 2008

Fancy Poker on the Nintendo DS?

I picked up poker, more specifically Texas Hold 'Em, during the recently concluded Chinese New Year season. It's not surprising since gambling is a quintessential part of CNY and poker so far has netted yours truly the most money, compared to other forms of card games such as blackjack and rummy.

Anyways, like any other n00b, I find myself in need of practice. One excellent way would be to practice on the Nintendo DS with Clubhouse Games, otherwise known as 42 All-Time Classics in Europe. It has all three card games that I love and many more.

I wonder why publishers change the name of games for different regions. Is it due to a copyright issue, or the title "Clubhouse Games" is too vague for Europeans?

Now, did you know that Clubhouse Games is the international version of Darademo Asobi Taisen (cover above)? According to Wikipedia, both versions had different games that were exclusive to them. Unlike Clubhouse Games, the original Darademo Asobi Taisen did not have WFC.

This was "rectified" later with the release of Wi-Fi Taiou: International Daredemo Asobi Taizen. This newer version has also all the games featured in Clubhouse Games, and I must say, a very nice cover as well.

If you need something a little bit more robust, there's the new World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets.

Another game with a strange name, but I actually would recommend getting Clubhouse Games instead. With its variety of games, casual players can continue playing other games should they get bored of poker. And don't forget that it features WFC connectivity as well.

All four titles mentioned here are available at Play-Asia. Click on the titles, or the screenshot for more information, or for purchase details.