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Paper Plane (DSiWare)

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Product: Paper Plane (DSiWare) | Publisher: Nintendo | Format: DSi | Genre: Arcade | Players: 1-2 | Version: Europe
 
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Folded and launched by the right hands, the paper plane is a thing of aerodynamic innovation and beauty. Sure, most examples may be constructed from exam papers and chucked by naughty school kids, but proper plane papers have been used by the likes of NASA to test the theories of low speed flight.

Despite being one of the first download-only games available on the DSiWare service for DSi console, Paper Plane is no trailblazer.

Indeed, you have to wonder what Nintendo was thinking of, whether in terms of having it as a launch title and/or charging for it. Okay, so it only costs 200 Nintendo Points (£1.80, €2, $2) but that's still money you could spend on something worthwhile. Like almost anything else.

Paper Plane is a slightly reworked version of an old WarioWare GBA mini-game, and not a very interesting one at that.

As the title suggests, you're in control of a paper plane that you have to guide around various obstacles as you float down within a tall brick room. The controls are all button-based (there's no use of the touchscreen here), so you tap or hold the left and right sides of the D-pad to turn the falling plane left and right.

Keeping it simple, there are just three angles of attack per direction, plus a vertical dive position for going straight down. The steeper the dive, the faster you go. The obstacles are vertical shelves of varying widths you float around, plus narrow sections you have to zoom straight down through.

There's definitely a rhythm-type of feel to the game and the floaty nature of the paper plane means you have to anticipate making your turns well ahead of the obstacles' actual arrival. This means every time you start a new level, you spend a lot of time crashing, and this being an old school game, any crash means Game Over.

Of course, this is fairly frustrating. At least in the Time Attack mode, the levels are shorter and you're trying to shave tenths of seconds off your time. Unless you have masochist tendencies, though, the Endless mode is almost completely joyless.

There's also a Race mode, but bizarrely this only operates with two players holding the same DSi; one using the D-pad, the other using the face buttons to control their planes, so you're both twisting to see the screen properly.

Maybe we're being a little uncharitable, but considering people have just spent rather a lot of money for another version of the DS console, we don't think it's unreasonable to expect the quality of the first batch downloadable games they’ve spent that money to get their hands to be higher than this. Even if Paper Plane was free, we'd find its inclusion as a launch game confusing.

All-in-all then, this is something of a throwaway throwback.
 
Paper Plane (DSiWare)
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Jon Jordan | 16 April 2009
A remake of an old WarioWare mini-game, Paper Plane is simple, frustrating and almost completely without merit
 
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Anonymous | 18:56 - 5 February 2011
yeah i like the game i just want to see it go 3d
Anonymous | 11:00 - 5 February 2011
great game, got a high score of 91
Anonymous | 22:24 - 29 August 2009
I actually really like that game.
Anonymous | 18:33 - 17 July 2009
I see im late to the party.
Anonymous | 10:36 - 9 July 2009
This game is adicting, frustrating but still fun. I found another version of this game on the internet
http://www.quickflashgames.com/games/paper-planes/

but its much harder. on dsi my highest score is 153 and 71 on the internet.
Anonymous | 23:45 - 27 April 2009
I just got Paper Air Plane today in the U.S., and this game is awesome. And if you have any comments or questions just ask me and I will surely be glad to answer your comment or answer.
Anonymous | 11:51 - 19 April 2009
From what I said before on the 19th I just wanted to say that my friend from the U.S. that moved to Japan went to vacation to New Jersey and let me play Paper Air Plane, so the game never came out in the U.S. yet.
Anonymous | 11:34 - 19 April 2009
This game is adicting, yes somtimes frustrating but that is the reason of never give up. Wario Ware games are fun and 200 points on the dsi, which is pretty cheap. The multiplayer is fun and a lot about the game is fun, and maybe if these games had WiFi you coyld post your high scores on WiFi and try to get to the top. Closing all of this up Paper Air Plane is a fun, cheap, game that is hard to put down after you start playing it.
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Damien McFerran | 22:03 - 18 April 2009
It does puzzle me a little also...surely Nintendo has the power to release these games in both NA and Europe at the same time?
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splat | 19:24 - 18 April 2009
totally agree with you Nick. I think there should be at least a couple of games released every week on DSiWare.
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