If you have a Wi-Fi hotspot, most of your time will be spent in the Multiplayer Mode. With 31 of the 42 games playable online, Nintendo has another huge win for the Wi-Fi service.
In games with friends, you can use a PictoChat-like interface to doodle, otherwise you can pick from pre-made phrases like "Nice Game!"
On the negative side of Wi-Fi play, Worldwide games are not easy to find partners for if the game is not popular. You could be waiting for the service to match you with someone else looking to play the same game you want to for a very long time.
This is where having a bank of Friend Codes comes in handy. This is not a fault of the game so much as it is a fault of the Friend Code system. I have a lot of "Friends" in my DS so I can find games easier.
Ideally, this game and other Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection games would give you a list of available players for Game X, not just stick you with a "Quick Match" option. But again, this is a fault I have with the service, not the game.
The game supports up to 64 Friend Codes, so once you find enough people who play Clubhouse Games, your multiplayer experience gets even better.
Clubhouse Games has something for everyone, and is a game you simply should not be without. It has no equal on any of the current handhelds, or mobile phones/PDAs for that matter.
There are some games you won't care about in this compilation. But considering the stunning amount in total, there are enough that make this a very easy purchase, as well as a highly recommended game for under the Christmas tree.
Clubhouse Games is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB for Simulated Gambling.