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Review: Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (DS)

Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (DS)

Hokey Poké?

There are two types of players in the world of Pokémon: those who enjoy capturing, training and battling with their Pokémon, and gentler, liberal-minded players who assume responsibility for the safety and well-being of the beloved pocket monsters. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, the third instalment in the Pokémon Ranger series, the latter brand continues. As the game opens,..

News: We Want Skinless Mr Science to Reach the Western World

We Want Skinless Mr Science to Reach the Western World

DS's oddest game ever

You don't need to have a very vivid imagination to guess what a skinless chap named Mr Science might look like, and you'd probably be right. Japanese TV show Tobidase! Kagaku-kun features the muscular man going on adventures and teaching kids about science, the perfect basis for a DS game, of course. Roughly translated as Fly Mr. Science – Great Expedition of the Earth!..

Review: Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS)

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS)

Worth its weight in gold?

When the Golden Sun series kicked off on the Game Boy Advance in 2001, it was lauded for its unique visual style and challenging puzzle elements, but after two releases the series took an extended break, so long in fact that many fans wondered if the series would ever see another entry. Now, over seven years later, Camelot...

Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops (DS)

Call of Duty: Black Ops (DS)

Portable ops

Even though they're wheeled out every year alongside their console cousin, n-Space's Call of Duty games on DS never cease to surprise. From making first-person gameplay work well on the unconventional handheld to pushing horsepower limits, each entry seems to have something new to prove. This year, Call of Duty: Black Ops pushes the DS...

Review: Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar (DS)

Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar (DS)

Top of the crops

Harvest Moon games have remained largely the same since the series made its debut on the Super Nintendo all those years ago. You get up, tend to crops, care for animals, get married, raise a sprog, and continue forever. However, the latest title to hit North American shores, Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar, strays from the template...

Review: Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest (DS)

Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest (DS)

Flail, you fools!

Released in parallel to the Headstrong Games-developed Wii title, it is worth noting that the DS version of Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest is a separate game, not just a handheld port of the Wii version. It shares similarities with the Wii game, predominantly in its hack-'n-slash gameplay, but it distinguishes itself in the way that it presents its stat-building character..

Review: Super Scribblenauts (DS)

Super Scribblenauts (DS)

Word

We've always had to accept that in video games, there will always be more objects we want to play with than those we're allowed to use. The original Scribblenauts changed all of that, allowing the virtual world to become a malleable, ever-changing playground. You solved simple objectives in search of a Starite, manifesting any object that its...

News: Radiant Historia is Waiting for You in February 2011

Radiant Historia is Waiting for You in February 2011

A time travelling RPG that's not made by Square?!

Atlus has been a staunch supporter of the DS for years, releasing some quality, quirky RPGs in that time, and the company has just announced another title bound for North America next year in the form of Radiant Historia. The press release hits all the key areas, promising to "channel the heart and soul" of 16-bit RPGs, deliver a unique..

News: Meet Snivy, Oshawott and Tepig, Pokemon Fans

Meet Snivy, Oshawott and Tepig, Pokemon Fans

Official names for Black and White starters

Regardless of how you feel about Pokémon Black and White's starter Pokémon, at least you now have official names you can call them instead of Smugleaf, Hamferno and The Water One. Yesterday, the names of the monsters who'll accompany you through thick and thin when the game reaches the Western world next...

News: Limited Edition Orange and Green DSis Spice Up Black Friday

Limited Edition Orange and Green DSis Spice Up Black Friday

New colours abound (now with press release)

It's one of the biggest shopping days of the year, so it's no surprise Nintendo has chosen to launch new DSi colours on Black Friday, according to this Gamestop catalogue. The new orange and green machines will go on sale from Friday with Mario Party DS, selling for $149.99 whilst stocks last. Nintendo News: Nintendo Adds Color to Black Friday with..

News: Price Slashing Helps Sonic Colours Jump to UK Top 20

Price Slashing Helps Sonic Colours Jump to UK Top 20

That's better

Whilst the first week of sales for Sonic Colours on DS and Wii resulted in a disappointing 36th place for the hedgehog's latest outings, his second week on sale has seen significant gains, breaking into the UK Top 20 at number 18. Whilst we like to think our Sonic Colours DS review and Sonic Colours Wii review helped boost his sales figures, the truth

News: Shopping Malls to Bring Gamers Together as Part of Nintendo's Tour

Shopping Malls to Bring Gamers Together as Part of Nintendo's Tour

Sample some of the top Wii and DS games of the year

With Christmas only a few weeks away, shopping malls are already getting crammed with people wearing a ridiculous amount of layers and all rushing about, reluctantly spending an amount of money that's even more ridiculous. Well, if you want to take a break from all that gift-buying, or even if you have nothing else to do, why not see if there's a..

News: Dive Into Lego Pirates of the Caribbean Next Year

Dive Into Lego Pirates of the Caribbean Next Year

TT Games raids Davy Jones' Locker

Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Batman: some of the world's biggest film franchises have received the Lego treatment, and now it's time for Disney's popular pirates to walk the bricky plank, as Disney announces Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game out next year. Heading to Wii and DS as well as other current-gen platforms – i.e. everything except..

News: WiiWare Developers Take On WarioWare: DIY

WiiWare Developers Take On WarioWare: DIY

Big and little names lined up

If you've hit a plateau with your game-making inspiration in WarioWare: DIY for DS, Nintendo's next series of downloadable minigames might put the spark back into your ideas. A string of WiiWare developers will be bringing their ideas to life in the coming weeks, kicking off on Friday with a game from Max and the Magic...

News: This Jedward Dragon Quest Promotion is Getting Too Much

This Jedward Dragon Quest Promotion is Getting Too Much

Bonkers video inside

Part of Jedward's joint role as face of Nintendo UK is, naturally, to draw attention to the company's fantastic line-up of games from users who might not normally be into gaming. This video below is a perfect example. At a recent canvassing event for Dragon Quest IX, the talented twins took to the stage dressed as their Dragon Quest characters to the sound of screaming teenage..

Review: Sonic Colours (DS)

Sonic Colours (DS)

All things bright and beautiful

The portable part of a hedgehog double whammy, Sonic Colours is – you guessed it – a high-speed 2D platformer. But wait, there’s more: this time Sonic is joined by a range of unique power-ups that help to refresh the standard formula. If you’ve played either of the hedgehog’s previous two outings on DS, the...

Podcast: NLFM Episode 10: Fear Your Tears

NLFM Episode 10: Fear Your Tears

From Kirby to 80's synthpop chip covers, this month's episode is all encompassing

Variety is the spice of life, and thanks to the insane variety of this 10th episode of our chip and game music podcast NLFM you'll be feeling that spice for hours after consumption. It's so spicy that we think we've got flavor for every mood, whether you're in the market for bathroom fisticuffs, looking to revisit the..