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Take on the challenge of Pictobits, where you reconstruct iconic 8-bit art from an assortment of retro Nintendo titles, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Wrecking Crew, Excitebike, Ice Climber and Balloon Fight. Each level plays themes from the games, remixed by popular Japanese chiptune band, YMCK. The game is heavily themed around the original NES/Famicom era.

In Pictobits, both screens are used. The top screen is initially blank, while the touch screen displays the playfield and any blocks (which are called 'bits'). You can pick up to eight bits by tapping them with the stylus. You can then place them on any free place on the touch screen by letting go and tapping an empty area. Larger pieces, called 'megabits', slowly fall down from the top of the screen. These can be cleared by using bits of the same color to line up four or more horizontally or vertically, or make squares or rectangles. If you're in trouble, you can use the "POW" power to clear some of the screen of bits, but you'll be able to pick up one less bit as a result. As you clear megabits, the colors transfer to the top screen. When you have enough of each color, you reveal the secret image, which is a sprite from a Nintendo game.

As you clear megabits, you'll earn coins. Coins can be used to restore the amount of bits you can pick up as a result of using POW (each restore costs five coins). Any remaining coins get added to your game total. These coins can then be used to purchase music tracks, as well as more difficult "Dark" versions of the stages you have already cleared.


Art Style: Pictobits Nintendo DSi Title screen.
Art Style: Pictobits Nintendo DSi They're coming down fast now!
Art Style: Pictobits Nintendo DSi It kind of resembles Tetris.
Art Style: Pictobits Nintendo DSi Got some.

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Art Style: Pictobits Screenshot
Art Style: Pictobits Screenshot
Art Style: Pictobits Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "PiCTOBiTS" -- Alternate title
  • "Art Style: PiCTOPiCT" -- Australian title
  • "Art Style: PiCOPiCT" -- Japanese/European title

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Official Nintendo Magazine May 22, 2009 91 out of 100 91
Nintendo Life May 19, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Mag'64 Oct 04, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Retro4Ever Mar 21, 2012 8.25 out of 10 82
Giant Bomb May 19, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Pocket Gamer UK Mar 25, 2009 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot May 27, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65


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Ben K (23900) added Art Style: Pictobits (Nintendo DSi) on Jun 22, 2010