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Myst (for DS, Empire Interactive, $29.99) - One of the most recognizable point-and-click puzzle games on the planet makes its debut on Nintendo’s hand-held console.

For the few folks who have never heard of it, Myst was a CD-based title for computer systems back in the early 1990s and was distinguished by its use of full-motion videos, photo-realistic environments and clever mechanical and written riddles.

Unfortunately, what made the game so visually appealing is a tough sell on 2.75-inch-wide screens, especially when the graphics are not so sharp.

Even the tools available for inspecting areas to solve the seemingly endless mystery are not very helpful. A magnifying glass zooms in on areas and items (some are still barely readable) while a notebook does not allow writing with the stylus pen (a natural element for the DS) but instead notes must be typed in. That’s just a Myst-ake.

Myst for the DS is a nostalgic ride at best. It’s too bad because the DS does offer more than enough technological punch to have made it a multigenerational experience.

Speed Racer: The Videogame (for Wii, Nintendo, $49.99) - A natural for the gaming console, this driving experience puts players in Tatsuo Yoshida’s famous universe and delivers, as the title suggests, high speeds and plenty of racing.

With a colorful, cartoony look close to the new Wachowski brothers’ “Speed Racer” film, the eye-popping visuals complement the frenetic action and ludicrously treacherous courses.

Competing within the World Racing League, one or two players choose from almost 20 characters’ vehicles - including Trixie’s pink TRX-Rod, a game exclusive - as they flip, jump, spin and drift their way to the finish line.

The frenzied pace of these slick Hot Wheels placed in roller-coaster-style tracks is enhanced by the use of Car-fu, stunt-filled attack maneuvers to get past fellow drivers.

The game also takes advantage of the Wii Wheel for an even more immersive experience.

Additionally, fans will find a DS version of Speed Racer: The Videogame ($29.99) that uses even better control of powerups and much more intense Car-fu encounters.

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