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It's very easy for any DSi-owner to complain over what Nintendo has done in the release of these clock and calculator applications, but when you think about it, the price isn't that unreasonable. Sure it would've been nice if it were free but just think: the money you'd normally spend on an alarm clock from Wal-Mart or even the dollar store would be equivalent to, or even more than the asking price for this app. If you're a person who uses the DSi's alarm (or even a standard alarm) to wake yourself up during the week and the premise appeals to you, then by all means go for it. If you prefer the Animal Crossing theme instead, just be warned that there's more bang for your buck here than there is in the Animal Crossing counterpart. By the end of the week, you may be surprised to find yourself pleased with the 200 points you spent on this useful, nostalgic application.
It's tough to criticize anything that features our beloved Mario, but as with the previous clock applications for the DSi you have to wonder what the point is in releasing a separate clock program, especially one that has to be launched in order to be used when there's a perfectly suitable clock on the DSi main menu that pops up as soon as you start up your DSi system. Sure, the Mario theme is cool and the ability to actually have some interaction with the experience makes it a bit more practical than the Animal Crossing Clock, but ultimately it's still not enough. Maybe at some point Nintendo will wise up and allow DSi owners to put these themed clocks on their DSi main menu screen, but until then, you'd be better off using the 200 Nintendo Points for something a bit more useful and fun.
I'm really hoping this is the last time I have to review something from the DSiWare store that's existence is absolutely pointless. I've already gone through the whole song and dance with the Animal Crossing Clock, and luckily Lucas agreed with me when he was put to the task of reviewing the Photo Clock, but now the same thing has to be said one more time: Mario Clock, not worth even the budget 200 points. The Mario Calculator is much more worthy of the premium, though there'd be far less room to complain if Nintendo just combined the two instead of making them individual purchases. Would it have killed you, Nintendo, to give us two things for the price of one?