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Simple and Addictive Picture-Puzzle Fun!

Fill in squares using simple hints to reveal the hidden picture. Players need both puzzle-solving skills and creativity to earn a picture reward.

Each puzzle has a sequence of numbers written in the margins of each column and each row. Those numbers show how many squares within that column or row need to be filled in. Players must deduce where each filled square is based on the numbers in the puzzle. Incorrect guesses earn the player a time penalty. If players solve the puzzle in under one hour, they earn a reward picture, an animated illustration of the thing represented in the puzzle. Puzzles range in size from simple 5x5 squares to much more challenging 15x15 squares—and larger. Players can create and swap puzzles with one another.

As of May 20, 2014, the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service for Nintendo DSi and Wii systems has been retired. Online features of this game are no longer available after this date but this game still provides an entertaining experience in offline mode.

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  • Creating your own puzzles is a snap! Design your puzzle by hand or draw any picture you like and convert it automatically into a Picross puzzle. Picross DS automates the process and helps correct errors in your homemade puzzles!
  • Trade puzzles with friends using local wireless or Nintendo WFC or download free bonus puzzle packs.
  • Up to five friends can play in Picross-themed minigames over local wireless, or race to complete puzzles against other gamers on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
  • Daily Picross mode features a series of quick-play puzzle sets that players can return to day after day to test their skill over time.


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Game Details
  • System Nintendo DS
  • Release Date Jul 30, 2007
  • No. of Players up to 4 players
  • Category Puzzles
  • PublisherNintendo
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