100 Classic Book Collection

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100 Classic Book Collection
100 Classic Books
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Developer(s)Genius Sonority
Publisher(s)Nintendo
HarperCollins
Platform(s)Nintendo DS
Release date(s)
Genre(s)Educational
 
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100 Classic Book Collection
100 Classic Books
100 Classic Book Collection.jpg
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 in Europe on December 26, 2008.[1] It was 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]

TitleAuthor
Little WomenLouisa May Alcott
Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen
Mansfield ParkJane Austen
EmmaJane Austen
PersuasionJane Austen
Sense and SensibilityJane Austen
Lorna DooneR D Blackmore
The Tenant of Wildfell HallAnne Brontë
Agnes GreyAnne Brontë
Jane EyreCharlotte Brontë
ShirleyCharlotte Brontë
VilletteCharlotte Brontë
The ProfessorCharlotte Brontë
Wuthering HeightsEmily Brontë
Pilgrim's ProgressJohn Bunyan
The Secret GardenFrances Hodgson Burnett
Little Lord FauntleroyFrances Hodgson Burnett
Alice's Adventures in WonderlandLewis Carroll
Through The Looking GlassLewis Carroll
The Woman in WhiteWilkie Collins
The MoonstoneWilkie Collins
The Adventures of PinocchioCarlo Collodi
Lord JimJoseph Conrad
What Katy DidSusan Coolidge
What Katy Did At SchoolSusan Coolidge
Last of the MohicansJames Fenimore Cooper
Robinson CrusoeDaniel Defoe
Adventures of Sherlock HolmesArthur Conan Doyle
The Casebook of Sherlock HolmesArthur Conan Doyle
Bleak HouseCharles Dickens
Barnaby RudgeCharles Dickens
A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens
David CopperfieldCharles Dickens
Dombey and SonCharles Dickens
Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens
Hard TimesCharles Dickens
Martin ChuzzlewitCharles Dickens
Nicholas NicklebyCharles Dickens
The Old Curiosity ShopCharles Dickens
Oliver TwistCharles Dickens
The Pickwick PapersCharles Dickens
A Tale of Two CitiesCharles Dickens
The Count of Monte CristoAlexandre Dumas
The Three MusketeersAlexandre Dumas
Adam BedeGeorge Eliot
The Mill on the FlossGeorge Eliot
Silas MarnerGeorge Eliot
MiddlemarchGeorge Eliot
CranfordElizabeth Gaskell
King Solomon's MinesRider Haggard
Far From The Madding CrowdThomas Hardy
Under the Greenwood TreeThomas Hardy
Tess of the d'UrbervillesThomas Hardy
The Scarlet LetterNathaniel Hawthorne
Les MisérablesVictor Hugo
The Hunchback of Notre-DameVictor Hugo
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.Washington Irving
The Turn of the ScrewHenry James
The Aspern PapersHenry James
The Water BabiesCharles Kingsley
Westward Ho!Charles Kingsley
Sons and LoversD.H. Lawrence
The Call of the WildJack London
White FangJack London
Moby DickHerman Melville
Tales of Mystery and ImaginationEdgar Allan Poe
IvanhoeSir Walter Scott
Rob RoySir Walter Scott
WaverleySir Walter Scott
Black BeautyAnna Sewell
All's Well That Ends WellWilliam Shakespeare
Anthony and CleopatraWilliam Shakespeare
As You Like ItWilliam Shakespeare
The Comedy of ErrorsWilliam Shakespeare
HamletWilliam Shakespeare
Henry VWilliam Shakespeare
Julius CaesarWilliam Shakespeare
King LearWilliam Shakespeare
Love's Labours LostWilliam Shakespeare
MacbethWilliam Shakespeare
The Merchant of VeniceWilliam Shakespeare
The Merry Wives of WindsorWilliam Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's DreamWilliam Shakespeare
Much Ado About NothingWilliam Shakespeare
OthelloWilliam Shakespeare
Richard IIIWilliam Shakespeare
The TempestWilliam Shakespeare
Timon of AthensWilliam Shakespeare
Twelfth NightWilliam Shakespeare
The Winter's TaleWilliam Shakespeare
Treasure IslandRobert Louis Stevenson
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeRobert Louis Stevenson
KidnappedRobert Louis Stevenson
The Black ArrowRobert Louis Stevenson
Uncle Tom's CabinHarriet Beecher Stowe
Gulliver's TravelsJonathan Swift
Vanity FairWilliam Thackeray
Barchester TowersAnthony Trollope
Adventures of Tom SawyerMark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain
Around the World in Eighty DaysJules Verne
20,000 Leagues Under the SeaJules Verne
The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar Wilde
The Importance of Being EarnestOscar Wilde

100 Classic Books - USA Version[edit]

TitleAuthor
Little WomenLouisa May Alcott
EmmaJane Austen
Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen
Sense and SensibilityJane Austen
The Wonderful Wizard of OzL. Frank Baum
Lorna DooneR. D. Blackmore
Jane EyreCharlotte Brontë
Wuthering HeightsEmily Brontë
Little Lord FauntleroyFrances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret GardenFrances Hodgson Burnett
Tales from the Arabian NightsRichard Francis Burton
Alice's Adventures in WonderlandLewis Carroll
Through the Looking-GlassLewis Carroll
Don Quixote of La ManchaMiguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The Man Who Was ThursdayG.K. Chesterton
The Napoleon of Notting HillG.K. Chesterton
The AwakeningKate Chopin
The MoonstoneWilkie Collins
The Woman in WhiteWilkie Collins
Heart of DarknessJoseph Conrad
Lord JimJoseph Conrad
The DeerslayerJames Fenimore Cooper
The Last of the MohicansJames Fenimore Cooper
The Red Badge of CourageStephen Crane
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll FlandersDaniel Defoe
Robinson CrusoeDaniel Defoe
Bleak HouseCharles Dickens
A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens
David CopperfieldCharles Dickens
Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens
Oliver TwistCharles Dickens
A Tale of Two CitiesCharles Dickens
The Brothers KaramazovFyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and PunishmentFyodor Dostoyevsky
The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesArthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the BaskervillesArthur Conan Doyle
The Count of Monte CristoAlexandre Dumas
The Man in the Iron MaskAlexandre Dumas
MiddlemarchGeorge Eliot
Silas MarnerGeorge Eliot
The Diary of a NobodyGeorge Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith
Allan QuatermainHenry Rider Haggard
King Solomon's MinesHenry Rider Haggard
Far from the Madding CrowdThomas Hardy
Tess of the D'UrbervillesThomas Hardy
The Scarlet LetterNathaniel Hawthorne
Tanglewood Tales for Girls and BoysNathaniel Hawthorne
A Wonder-Book for Girls and BoysNathaniel Hawthorne
The Four MillionO. Henry
The OdysseyHomer
The Prisoner of ZendaAnthony Hope
The Hunchback of Notre-DameVictor Hugo
Les MisérablesVictor Hugo
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.Washington Irving
The Aspern PapersHenry James
The Turn of the ScrewHenry James
The Jungle BookRudyard Kipling
KimRudyard Kipling
The Man Who Would Be KingRudyard Kipling
The Phantom of the OperaGaston Leroux
The Call of the WildJack London
White FangJack London
The Princess and CurdieGeorge MacDonald
The Princess and the GoblinGeorge MacDonald
The PrinceNiccolò Machiavelli
Moby DickHerman Melville
UtopiaThomas More
Rights of ManThomas Paine
Tales of Mystery & ImaginationEdgar Allan Poe
IvanhoeSir Walter Scott
WaverleySir Walter Scott
Black BeautyAnna Sewell
HamletWilliam Shakespeare
King LearWilliam Shakespeare
MacBethWilliam Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's DreamWilliam Shakespeare
Othello, The Moor of VeniceWilliam Shakespeare
Romeo and JulietWilliam Shakespeare
The Taming of the ShrewWilliam Shakespeare
The TempestWilliam Shakespeare
FrankensteinMary Shelley
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeRobert Louis Stevenson
KidnappedRobert Louis Stevenson
DraculaBram Stoker
Uncle Tom's CabinHarriet Beecher Stowe
Gulliver's TravelsJonathan Swift
Vanity FairWilliam Makepeace Thackeray
WaldenHenry David Thoreau
Anna KareninaLeo Tolstoy
War and PeaceLeo Tolstoy
Barchester TowersAnthony Trollope
The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain
The Adventures of Tom SawyerMark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtMark Twain
Journey to the Center of the EarthJules Verne
20,000 Leagues Under the SeaJules Verne
The Time MachineH.G. Wells
The Age of InnocenceEdith Wharton
The Importance of Being EarnestOscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar Wilde

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

100 Classic Book Collection - Europe Version[edit]

TitleAuthor
Northanger AbbeyJane Austen
Agnes GreyAnne Brontë
What Katy Did At SchoolSusan Coolidge
Silas MarnerGeorge Eliot
CranfordElizabeth Gaskell
The Aspern PapersHenry James
The Turn of the ScrewHenry James
The Water BabiesCharles Kingsley
The Merry Wives of WindsorWilliam Shakespeare
The Black ArrowRobert Louis Stevenson

100 Classic Book Collection - US Version[edit]

TitleAuthor
The Secret AgentJoseph Conrad
Nicholas NicklebyCharles Dickens
The Three MusketeersAlexandre Dumas
Just So StoriesRudyard Kipling
Twelfth NightWilliam Shakespeare
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, GentlemanLaurence Sterne
Treasure IslandRobert Louis Stevenson
The Prince and the PauperMark Twain
Around the World in Eighty DaysJules Verne
The Happy Prince and Other StoriesOscar Wilde
The Witch of Blackbird PondElizabeth George Speare

100 Livres Classiques - French Version[edit]

TitleAuthor
Eugénie GrandetBalzac
Le Petit ChoseAlphonse Daudet
Trois contesFlaubert
Claude GueuxVictor Hugo
RamuntchoPierre Loti
Le HorlaMaupassant
La Vénus d'IlleMérimée
La Petite FadetteGeorge Sand
Les révoltés de la BountyJules Verne
MicromégasVoltaire

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][9]

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.[10] 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.[11] The Telegraph newspaper agreed that the game offered good value for money but also criticised the size of the screen.[12]

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. ^ Jenkins, David (January 13, 2009). "UK Charts: Wii Fit Sprints Back To Number One". Gamasutra.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  10. ^ Anderiesz, Mike (January 6, 2009). "Guardian review". The Guardian (London). 
  11. ^ Gibson, Ellie (February 9, 2009). "Eurogamer review". 
  12. ^ Hoggins, Tom (January 6, 2009). "Telegraph review". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

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