Shovelware Type Ranking for the NDS

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Jun 8, 2012
  1. hiroakihsu
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    Now that we're approaching the end of the NDS life cycle, I thought I'd compile a top-10 list of the types of shovelware there are too many of on the NDS, just for the fun of it (entries with (?) are ones I'm not sure of and are open to discussion):

    1. Bejeweled (Match-three) clones
    2. Pony/Horse/Pet games (except Nintendogs)
    3. Titanic games
    4. Seek-and-Find games
    5. Sudoku games
    6. Occupation games i.e. Imagine series (thx Sora de Eclaune/Foxi4 for the contribution)
    7. Western Fashion model/dress up/makeup games (thx Vampire Lied for the contribution)
    8. Games based on TV programs(?)
    9. Any game with the word "ZOO" on its cover(?)

    Can anyone think of any others?
     


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    What a fun thread.
     
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    Imagine games.
     
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    Does this really need to be said?
     
  5. Sora de Eclaune

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    Yes, because some games look like shovelware and play like shovelware and sound like shovelware, which makes you think it's shovelware when it's really not.
     
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    The horse/pony games could be expanded to include "animal games" in general.
    The only possible exception being nintendogs since it supposedly is high quality for a pet game.
    Id also include all the dress up/makeup games like tangled, moxi girls, barbie etc.
    The system was flooded with crap titles.
    Maybe that's what makes the good ones really shine.
     
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    Definitely "Games connected with various types of dream occupations for kids". I've seen games about police officers, firefighters, hospital employees, astronauts... Not sure if that counts as an "Imagine" game or not, but there's a myriad of those.
     
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    Animal games seem too wide a genre...all those pet games though (except nintendogs and maybe a few others) definitely fit the shovelware bill.
     
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    Supposedly Love and Berry / Fashion Street and Pop Cutie are really good, though.
     
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    Those two were made by Japanese companies later converted to other regions...So I guess it's safe to say western-produced dress up/makeup games are the sour grapes?
     
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    In that case, it doesn't even matter.
     
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    mama games.
     
  13. Sora de Eclaune

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    What? No! Cooking Mama, Crafting Mama, Camping Mama, Gardening Mama, and Babysitting Mama are really good games.
     
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    Couldn't agree more with that.
     
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    Lego games. They've made so many of them that it's getting really old. And they're still doing it on the 3DS.
     
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    I don't know if that qualifies them as Shovelware, though. Rehashes, maybe. Cash-outs, probably. Shovelware, I'm not so sure.
     
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    Lego games=shovelware? I don't know about other people, but I've had tons of fun playing Lego games (at least the movie tie-in ones).
     
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    Has anyone mentioned those "word coach" games?
     
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    The language games? You mean like "My Spanish Coach" and "My Chinese Coach"? Those aren't bad. In fact, our own Japanese expert Densetsu recommended "My Japanese Coach", and I've played it, it's pretty good.
     
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    Oh really? those ARENT shovelware? interesting. Ive been judging them all wrong.
     

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