DS NON-Download Locations

Well, I visited the local branch of Game to try out their DS Download Station. It was switched off.

So I headed downstairs to the local independent game retailer, which is listed as having a Download Station. There was no sign of one anywhere.

Over the weekend I went on a little shopping trip to Milton Keynes, so I figured I’d try to find a working Download Station there. The Virgin Megastore had one, the light was on, the demo DS there was working… but the download part failed miserably.

Finally we tried ePlay whose Download Station was switched on and fully working. Hurrah! My girlfriend was able to meet Shigeru Miyamoto’s Nintendog, and was also able to get some rare item in Animal Crossing.

I downloaded the demo of Nintendo Touch Golf, which was actually quite fun in a golfy sort of way. I’ll probably buy it if I ever see it cheap enough, but I’m not convinced enough to make it a full-price purchase.

But that’s the point, really. The beauty of the Download Station is that it lets you try a demo of a game before you buy it. Previously I wouldn’t have considered buying Touch Golf at all, but now I will consider buying it when the price drops. For Nintendo that’s probably not as good as a full-price sale, but it’s got to be better than no sale at all.

Which makes it all the more frustrating that I had to try four different shops and travel 20 miles to another town before I found a Download Station that actually let me, you know, download something. The theory behind the Download Stations is great, but the implementation leaves something to be desired…

DS Download Locations

If I can tear myself away from Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for long enough I might head into town this weekend to see what’s available at the local Nintendo DS Download Station. Not that I even knew there was a DS Download Station nearby, but thankfully the British Gaming Blog have posted a nice long list of all the DS Download Stations in the UK.

Now if only there was some more information about what’s available on them so that I can make a better informed decision as to whether or not it’s worth the hike into town…