List of DS:Style products

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DS:Style is a series of educational software products for the Nintendo DS console. The series was created and published in Japan exclusively by Square Enix, a Japanese video game developer and publisher, and developed by both Square Enix and several other companies. It includes reference guides, travel guides for different countries or cities, and study guides for Japanese professional licensing and civil servant exams. The motto for the series is "The fun of games, the joy of learning".[1] Despite the motto and being sold for a game console, the products actually include almost no gaming elements, instead functioning as reference guides and knowledge quizzes.[1] The series was perceived when it launched as an attempt by Square Enix to break into a new market, that of "non-traditional gamers".[2]

The first nine products in the series were announced on April 4, 2007 and the first five were released on July 5, 2007; the latest DS:Style release was on February 3, 2011.[3] Several of the products were named after other non-software products, such as the Lonely Planet series of travel guides, the Japanese Legal Mind (LEC) test preparatory company, or the Japanese Tipness yoga studio.[1][4][5] While not a part of the DS:Style series, the bookkeeping and real estate certification products (Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukaku - DS Hishou Boki 3-Kyū and Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukaku - DS Takuchi Tatemono Torihiki Shuninsha) were also released on the PlayStation Portable.[6][7]

The releases, as they fell in the line between games and software products, went largely unreviewed. Prior to release, the initial products were regarded as having "potential".[1] Critics' reactions to the series were tepid; they felt that the products would sell well, given the publisher and subject matter, but that there was little interesting about them. They felt that it would not be worth localizing the products to sell in non-Japanese markets, as there was not much of a market for non-game software for the Nintendo DS without heavy advertising, due to prior failures in promoting such products.[2]

List of products[edit]

Title Topic Developer Release date Ref(s)
Hanasaku DS Gardening Life
(花咲くDSガーデニングLife?, Gardening Life DS: Blooming Flowers)
Gardening Elements July 5, 2007 [8]
Anata mo DS de Classic Kiite Mimasenka?
(あなたも DSでクラシック 聴いてみませんか??, Classical DS: Won't You Listen?)
Music iNiS July 5, 2007 [9]
Chikyū no Arukikata DS Tai
(地球の歩き方DS タイ?, Lonely Planet DS: Thailand)
Travel (Thailand) Will July 5, 2007 [10]
Chikyū no Arukikata DS France
(地球の歩き方DS フランス?, Lonely Planet DS: France)
Travel (France) Will July 5, 2007 [11]
Chikyū no Arukikata DS Italia
(地球の歩き方DS イタリア?, Lonely Planet DS: Italy)
Travel (Italy) Will July 5, 2007 [12]
Anata dake no Private Lesson DS de Hajimeru Tipness no Yoga
(あなただけのプライベートレッスン DSではじめる ティップネスのヨガ?, Tipness Yoga DS: Private Lesson Only For You)
Yoga Square Enix October 4, 2007 [13]
Chikyū no Arukikata DS Taiwan
(地球の歩き方DS 台湾?, Lonely Planet DS: Taiwan)
Travel (Taiwan) Will October 4, 2007 [14]
Chikyū no Arukikata DS Hawaii
(地球の歩き方DS ハワイ?, Lonely Planet DS: Hawaii)
Travel (Hawaii) Will October 4, 2007 [15]
Chikyū no Arukikata DS New York
(地球の歩き方DS ニューヨーク?, Lonely Planet DS: New York)
Travel (New York City) Will October 4, 2007 [16]
Wine no Hajimekata DS
(ワインのはじめかたDS?, Wine DS: How to Start)
Wine Square Enix November 15, 2007 [17]
Jinsei 87000 Kai no Shokuji o Tanoshiku suru Oishiku Kiwameru Shokutsû DS Otona no Shûmatsu Henshûbu Gensen no Osusume Omise Jôhô Hairi
(人生8万7000回の食事を楽しくする おいしく極める食通DS おとなの週末編集部厳選のオススメお店情報入り?, Gourmet DS: Editorial Selection of 87000 Deliciously Fun to Eat Once in a Lifetime Meals with Recommended Shop Information)
Cooking h.a.n.d. December 13, 2007 [18]
Chikyū no Arukikata DS Igirisu
(地球の歩き方DS イギリス?, Lonely Planet DS: UK)
Travel (United Kingdom) Will December 13, 2007 [19]
Chikyū no Arukikata DS Shanghai
(地球の歩き方DS 上海?, Lonely Planet DS: Shanghai)
Travel (Shanghai) Will December 13, 2007 [20]
Chikyū no Arukikata DS Hong Kong
(地球の歩き方DS 香港?, Lonely Planet DS: Hong Kong)
Travel (Hong Kong) Will December 13, 2007 [21]
Chikyū no Arukikata DS Seoul, Busan
(地球の歩き方DS ソウル・釜山?, Lonely Planet DS: Seoul, Busan)
Travel (Seoul, Busan) Will December 13, 2007 [22]
Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukaku - DS Hishou Boki 3-Kyū
(本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS日商簿記3級?, I Really Learn - LEC Passing Guide: Level 3 Bookkeeping DS)
Certification (Bookkeeping) Matrix Software April 17, 2008 [23]
Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukaku - DS Hishou Kentei 2-Kyū/3-Kyū
(本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS秘書検定 2級/3級?, I Really Learn - LEC Passing Guide: Level 2/3 Secretary Test DS)
Certification (Secretary) Square Enix February 26, 2009 [24]
Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukaku - DS Takuchi Tatemono Torihiki Shuninsha
(本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS宅地建物取引主任者?, I Really Learn - LEC Passing Guide: Real Estate Transaction Specialist DS)
Certification (Real estate) Square Enix February 26, 2009 [25]
Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukakuru - DS Koumuinshiken Suumato Shori
(本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS公務員試験・数的処理?, I Really Learn - LEC Passing Guide: Civil Service Test and Process DS)
Certification (Civil service examination) Square Enix December 3, 2009 [26]
Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukakuru - DS Kikenbutsu Toriatsukaimono Otsushu 4-Rui
(本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS危険物取扱者乙種4類?, I Really Learn - LEC Passing Guide: Hazardous Materials Officer Class B Type 4 DS)
Certification (Hazardous materials) Square Enix December 3, 2009 [27]
Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukakuru - DS Gyouseishoshi
(本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS行政書士?, I Really Learn - LEC Passing Guide: Administrative Writer DS)
Certification (Business writing) Square Enix September 2, 2010 [28]
Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukakuru - DS Takuchi Tatemono Torihiki Shuninsha 2011-Toshi & 2012-Toshi Nendoban
(本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS宅地建物取引主任者 2011年&2012年版?, I Really Learn - LEC Passing Guide: Real Estate Transaction Specialist DS - 2011 and 2012 Edition)
Certification (Real estate) Square Enix February 3, 2011 [29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gantayat, Anoop (2007-05-13). "Hands On: DS Style". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  2. ^ a b Sheffield, Brandon (2007-04-18). "From around the interweb: Talking about "DS Style"". Siliconera. Archived from the original on 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  3. ^ "Square Enix Goes Non Game". IGN. 2007-04-04. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  4. ^ Fletcher, JC (2007-11-21). "Square Enix creates the most boring training game ever". Joystiq. Archived from the original on 2013-12-11. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  5. ^ Spencer (2007-10-04). "DS Style, take two". Siliconera. Archived from the original on 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  6. ^ "本気で学ぶ LECで合格る 日商簿記3級ポータブル" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  7. ^ "本気で学ぶ LECで合格る 宅地建物取引主任者ポータブル" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  8. ^ "Hana Saku DS Gardening Life". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  9. ^ "Won't You Also Listen to Classical Music on Your DS". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  10. ^ "Chikyuu no Arukikata DS Thailand". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  11. ^ "Chikyuu no Arukikata DS France". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  12. ^ "Chikyuu no Arukikata DS Italy". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  13. ^ "A Private Lesson Just for You: Start Yoga with Tipness on your DS". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  14. ^ "Chikyuu no Arukikata DS Taiwan". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  15. ^ "Chikyuu no Arukikata DS Hawaii". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  16. ^ "Chikyuu no Arukikata DS New York". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  17. ^ "Wine no Hajimekata DS". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  18. ^ "Jinsei 8-Ban 7000-Kai no Shokuji o Rakushi Kusuru: Oishiku Kiwameru Shokutsuu DS". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  19. ^ "Chikyuu no Arukikata DS Great Britain". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  20. ^ "地球の歩き方DS 上海・杭州・蘇州" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  21. ^ "地球の歩き方DS 香港" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  22. ^ "Chikyuu no Arukikata DS Soul". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  23. ^ "Pass The LEC By Really Learning DS: The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bookkeeping Level 3". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  24. ^ "Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukaku DS Hishou Kentei 2-Kyuu/3-Kyuu". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  25. ^ "本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS宅地建物取引主任者" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  26. ^ "本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS公務員試験・数的処理" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  27. ^ "本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS危険物取扱者乙種4類" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  28. ^ "本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS行政書士" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  29. ^ "本気で学ぶ LECで合格る DS宅地建物取引主任者" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on 2013-08-11. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 

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