Posts tagged Nintendo DS
Nintendo and Sony constantly compete against each other, as major companies in any industry are wont to do. Last week, the competition hit a pitch fever with the launch of the PS Vita. The gorgeous handheld is a dedicated mobile gaming platform, a sphere of the gaming industry that Nintendo has long dominated. The PSP saw moderate success, more in Japan than elsewhere, but it didn’t measure up to sales of the DS. Sony hopes to lead a revolution in the mobile gaming sphere with the PS Vita. (more…)
Time is running out to get those presents under the tree, and even if the Nintendo DS is a dying system, there are plenty of great games that deserve a place in any gamer’s library. However, some of the games on this list may have passed completely under your radar. Therefore, allow this list to surprise and delight you. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single game that you will be paid to take away.
Let’s begin this list with a game that isn’t actually a game. America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking is an ebook for your Nintendo DS.
However, what any fan of Create Channel’s TV show can look forward to is easy recipes and trustworthy advice on ingredients. Best of all, as gamers have never been known for their cooking abilities (habenero-tuna pizza and chocolate milk, anyone?), this collection of 300 recipes make seemingly difficult dishes easy.
If for no other reason, this gift will guarantee that the DS gamer in your life will be able to impress a date or family with awesome meals.
As a direct sequel to Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, this game takes place in 2036. In fifteen years, Soma Cruz discovers a cult planning to revive Dracula.
Soma Cruz must infiltrate a replica of Dracula’s castle, battle monsters, and retrieve new Magic Seals to defeat the cult and stop the rise of Dracula.
The game features gorgeous art styles in 2D gameplay styles. There will be some references to the previous game, but players will quickly catch up on the plot within the first hour.
As unkind as 2011 was to the Wii, the Nintendo DS got it far worse. And while there are technically five games here, two of the games are virtually the same. Here are the five “best” games the DS has to offer from 2011!
Average price: $17.86
Sure, it’s also on the Nintendo Wii list, but THQ had a great showing this year with this sequel! However, this is not the same as the Wii game.
The premise remains the same: collect paint and bring color back to the city to open new areas.
But the gameplay is changed for the DS. Instead of a 3D world, like the Wii and PS3 versions, the DS game is a 2D sidescroller, making it a unique experience next to its big brother.
Average price: $24.49
As a remake of a Japanese exclusive, this is the third of the newly minted Super Famicon Dragon Quest games.
It feels old, as it is a return to basic RPG standards. However, by the same token, the game doesn’t ruin itself by trying to be something it’s not.
As a history lesson, Square and Enix were once rivals, making similar games and letting the consumer decide the winner. To Square’s Final Fantasy, Enix released Dragon Quest. Unfortunately, most of those games were exclusive to Japan, and when the two companies merged, Dragon Quest was buried.
Now, players get a chance to relive the original games with updated graphics and full localization.
Nintendo’s success among young gamers and families goes without saying, but now Sony is trying to hit the same market. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan stated, “I think you’ll see us taking the console more towards a slightly younger demographic. More family market.” This would be a smart move for Sony because they already have success among core gamers, and their Vita is not looking good when it comes to hitting a broad demo.
Ryan goes on to say that core gamers will not be neglected with the shift, and that plenty of core-gamer oriented content will still be on the way. The competition looks tough for Sony in the future with the Kinect and Nintendo peripherals dominating gamers’ interests.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor was one of the best-reviewed RPGs for the Nintendo DS.
Now, Atlus is releasing the American-localized and expanded sequel Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2!
Admittedly, I don’t know much about the original, and I know less about the sequel. Still, for fans of Japanese-styled RPGs, this one offers loads of customization and personalization.
Expect SMT: Devil Survivor 2 in early 2012!
Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat Gameplay Trailer
Slated for December 2011 for those who forgot to buy their Christmas presents!
King of Fighters XIII Delivers 6 New Trailers
This epic fighter will be available November 22!
Zumba Fitness 2 Media
I have no idea when this is going to be released, but I was sent some new screenshots and the Wii trailer. If these screen shots were taken from the Wii, you have to give it up to Majesco: They have pulled a lot of graphical power out of that little machine!
Nano Assault Shows Screen Shots
This little 3DS game deeply interests me. It’s a third-party game on a Nintendo program that is a great idea. It looks good. My biggest concern is that it will be a one-note game from start to finish.
DaGeDar launches November 15 on the Nintendo DS. It reminds me of Uniracers from the SNES, but I don’t know if that’s enough to justify this bargain-bin game.
Sanctum Announces a Patch
But this patch is for DLC! “The Old City” will feature two new maps, a new weapon, and a new tower.
Trine 2 Launches Official Website!
And on top of the Trine 2 website, 18 new screenshots have been posted for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to put Trine 2 in your bookmarks for more trailers, screenshots, and news to the sequel of one of my favorite RPG-platformers of all time!
Pillow Pets for the Nintendo DS is scheduled to release on October 25.
I know you’re thinking what I’m thinking after seeing that name.
No, Pillow Pets has nothing to do with sex.
FINAL WORD: Pass
Mad Max and the Magic Marker is coming to the Nintendo DS this holiday season!
This award-winning indie game has been available on the iPhone and iPad for a while, and while there are reports that it will also be available on PSN and XBLA, without the touch screen controls, it loses its charm.
Fortunately, the Nintendo DS will have the best port available this year. Just be prepared to pay the price for the game on an actual gaming machine.
The only thing that could kill this darling would be a release after Black Friday.
FINAL WORD: Buy
DaGeDar looks like a cross between Mario Kart, Bay Blades, and Little Big Planet.
Aimed directly at children fuming over Mario Kart on the 3DS, this title features multiplayer racing, collectibles, and a few tracks to enjoy.
It’s cartoony and will be forgotten, but I don’t think it should. There are some interesting features here, and for casual play, this is worth a seven-year-old’s bus trip to and from school. Click the above link for more screen shots.
FINAL WORD: Good for little kids