100 Classic Book Collection

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100 Classic Book Collection
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Developer(s) Genius Sonority
Publisher(s) Nintendo
HarperCollins
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Educational

100 Classic Book Collection, known in North America as 100 Classic Books, is a computer program published by Nintendo and developed by Genius Sonority, which was released exclusively for the Nintendo DS. First released in Europe on December 26, 2008,[1] it was later released in Australia on January 22, 2009[2] and in North America on June 14, 2010. The program includes one hundred public domain works of literature.

Also, it was released in Germany in German with the titles 200 klassische Bücher DS (with German and international books) Bibliothek der klassischen Bücher (with only German books), and in France in French with the title 100 Livres Classiques. It is unknown if the program is going to be released in Spanish and Italian.

Genius Sonority had previously released a similar collection of books in Japan under the title DS Bungaku Zenshuu (DS文学全集?) on October 17, 2007.[4][5] A smaller version of the collection consisting of 20 books under the title Chotto DS Bungaku Zenshu: Sekai no Bungaku 20 (ちょっとDS文学全集 世界の文学20?) was released in Japan as a downloadable DSiWare application on February 25, 2009.[6][7]

Features[edit]

100 Classic Book Collection features one hundred books stored into the DS cartridge. Several of the works included are Othello by William Shakespeare, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, and The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Currently, 10 extra books are available to download through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.[8]

The player is required to hold the DS like a book and is able to adjust the text size and change background music to listen to while reading.[8] A bookmark feature allows the player to mark their place in the book, as well as resume from that point on restart of the game. The game offers a search feature for books in a number of different ways, including genre, author, and length. Also, players can access introductions for the books, and read about the authors themselves.[8] An in-game quiz features asks players personality-related questions and recommends certain novels depending on the answers given. Players can also send "trial versions" of the game to other DS users via the local Wi-Fi.[8]

List of books included[edit]

100 Classic Book Collection - UK Version[edit]

Title Author
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Mansfield Park Jane Austen
Emma Jane Austen
Persuasion Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
Lorna Doone R D Blackmore
Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Anne Brontë
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Shirley Charlotte Brontë
Villette Charlotte Brontë
The Professor Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little Lord Fauntleroy Frances Hodgson Burnett
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Through The Looking Glass Lewis Carroll
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
The Adventures of Pinocchio Carlo Collodi
Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
What Katy Did Susan Coolidge
Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
Bleak House Charles Dickens
Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Hard Times Charles Dickens
Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens
Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens
The Old Curiosity Shop Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
Adam Bede George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss George Eliot
Middlemarch George Eliot
King Solomon's Mines Rider Haggard
Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
Under the Greenwood Tree Thomas Hardy
Tess of the d'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
The Mayor Of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
Les Misérables Victor Hugo
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Victor Hugo
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Washington Irving
Westward Ho! Charles Kingsley
Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence
The Phantom Of The Opera Gaston Leroux
The Call of the Wild Jack London
White Fang Jack London
Moby Dick Herman Melville
Tales of Mystery and Imagination Edgar Allan Poe
Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott
Rob Roy Sir Walter Scott
Waverley Sir Walter Scott
Black Beauty Anna Sewell
All's Well That Ends Well William Shakespeare
Anthony and Cleopatra William Shakespeare
As You Like It William Shakespeare
The Comedy of Errors William Shakespeare
Hamlet William Shakespeare
Henry V William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar William Shakespeare
King Lear William Shakespeare
Love's Labours Lost William Shakespeare
Macbeth William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare
Othello William Shakespeare
Richard III William Shakespeare
The Tempest William Shakespeare
Timon of Athens William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night William Shakespeare
The Winter's Tale William Shakespeare
Titus Andronicus William Shakespeare
The Taming Of The Shrew William Shakespeare
Romeo And Juliet William Shakespeare
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift
Vanity Fair William Thackeray
Barchester Towers Anthony Trollope
Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde

100 Classic Books - USA Version[edit]

Title Author
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Emma Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum
Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
Little Lord Fauntleroy Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
Tales from the Arabian Nights Richard Francis Burton
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll
Don Quixote of La Mancha Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Napoleon of Notting Hill G.K. Chesterton
The Awakening Kate Chopin
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Bleak House Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas
Middlemarch George Eliot
Silas Marner George Eliot
The Diary of a Nobody George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith
Allan Quatermain Henry Rider Haggard
King Solomon's Mines Henry Rider Haggard
Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
Tanglewood Tales for Girls and Boys Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Four Million O. Henry
The Odyssey Homer
The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Victor Hugo
Les Misérables Victor Hugo
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Washington Irving
The Aspern Papers Henry James
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
Kim Rudyard Kipling
The Man Who Would Be King Rudyard Kipling
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
The Call of the Wild Jack London
White Fang Jack London
The Princess and Curdie George MacDonald
The Princess and the Goblin George MacDonald
The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli
Moby Dick Herman Melville
Utopia Thomas More
Rights of Man Thomas Paine
Tales of Mystery & Imagination Edgar Allan Poe
Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott
Waverley Sir Walter Scott
Black Beauty Anna Sewell
Hamlet William Shakespeare
King Lear William Shakespeare
MacBeth William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare
Othello, The Moor of Venice William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare
The Tempest William Shakespeare
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula Bram Stoker
Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
Walden Henry David Thoreau
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Barchester Towers Anthony Trollope
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Mark Twain
Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne
The Time Machine H.G. Wells
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

List of additional books available for download over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection[edit]

Note: After 20th May 2014, it will not possible to download the additional content, as the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service will be terminated on that date.[9]

100 Classic Book Collection - Europe Version[edit]

Title Author
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Agnes Grey Anne Brontë
What Katy Did At School Susan Coolidge
Silas Marner George Eliot
Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell
The Aspern Papers Henry James
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
The Water Babies Charles Kingsley
The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson

100 Classic Book Collection - US Version[edit]

Title Author
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling
Twelfth Night William Shakespeare
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Laurence Sterne
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
The Prince and the Pauper Mark Twain
Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne
The Happy Prince and Other Stories Oscar Wilde

100 Livres Classiques - French Version[edit]

Title Author
Eugénie Grandet Balzac
Le Petit Chose Alphonse Daudet
Trois contes Flaubert
Claude Gueux Victor Hugo
Ramuntcho Pierre Loti
Le Horla Maupassant
La Vénus d'Ille Mérimée
La Petite Fadette George Sand
Les révoltés de la Bounty Jules Verne
Micromégas Voltaire

Reception[edit]

100 Classic Book Collection debuted on UK sales charts at number 17 during its week of release, and moved up to number 8 the following week.[1][10]

The content was well received but critics felt the DS was not a suitable platform. Prior to the advent of Kindle, The Guardian newspaper reviewed the game as part of the "minority fad" of e-readers, declaring it bland and impersonal but good value for money.[11] Eurogamer magazine criticised Nintendo for only using texts that were out of copyright and for not spending the extra for modern classics. It also found the text difficult to read due to the size of the screen, with unhelpful hyphenations, a low word number per page and distracting animations.[12] The Telegraph newspaper agreed that the game offered good value for money but also criticised the size of the screen.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jenkins, David (January 6, 2009). "UK Charts: Wii Play Is 2009's First Chart Topper". Gamasutra.co. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b Kozanecki, James (January 19, 2009). "AU Shippin' Out January 19–23: Skate 2". GameSpot.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  3. ^ Cabral, Matt (February 24, 2010). "DSi XL Hits North America Next Month For $190". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  4. ^ Spencer (October 27, 2007). "Siliconera " Books on your DS? Hands on DS Bungaku Zenshuu". Siliconera.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  5. ^ DS文学全集. Nintendo.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  6. ^ Spencer (February 20, 2009). "Here Is Your Nintendo DSiWare Line Up For February". Siliconera.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  7. ^ "ちょっとDS文学全集 世界の文学20". Nintendo.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  8. ^ a b c d Riley, Adam (December 28, 2008). "100 Classic Book Collection (DS Novel) at C3 Reviews". Cubed3.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  9. ^ "Titles with additional downloadable content". Nintendo. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Jenkins, David (January 13, 2009). "UK Charts: Wii Fit Sprints Back To Number One". Gamasutra.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  11. ^ Anderiesz, Mike (January 6, 2009). "Guardian review". The Guardian (London). 
  12. ^ Gibson, Ellie (February 9, 2009). "Eurogamer review". 
  13. ^ Hoggins, Tom (January 6, 2009). "Telegraph review". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

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