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Contra 4 (DS)

Contra 4 (DS)

Some of us have waited nearly two decades for this game - does Konami's latest 2D effort match the brilliance of the SNES Contra III?

Konami’s Contra (AKA Gryzor, Probotector) is one of those franchises that has struggled to make the transition from 2D to 3D. After the excellent arcade and 8-bit editions, lucky SNES and Megadrive owners were...

Boogie (DS)

Boogie (DS)

Dancing seems to be everywhere right now, so why not in your pocket?

More musical mayhem hits the DS in the form of the discotastic Boogie, a smaller, simpler sibling of the Wii title released a few months ago. The concept is quite simple, its a dancing game, pretty much in the vain of the infamous Dance Dance Revolution but with a few twists thrown in. Firstly your “controlling” your dance..

Orcs & Elves (DS)

Orcs & Elves (DS)

The orcs have overrun the mountain, can you get to the bottom and save the King?

Your father, Eöl, has recently passed away and so you are travelling to meet one of his old friends, a Dwarven King named Brahm. Eöl and Brahm once fought together in a great war aided by magical weapons gifted to them by a powerful wizard. Eöl was given a talking wand named Ellon and Brahm a war hammer named..

Bomberman Story DS (DS)

Bomberman Story DS (DS)

Hudson pulls Bomberman out of the multiplayer arena and drops him into another game type. Is it a successful transition?

When a company succeeds in creating a strong mascot chances are it will milk the character for all its worth. Mario has driven karts, gained a PhD and hosted numerous parties, for example. However, there’s a fine line between...

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)

It's taken a while but Link is finally ready to embark on his first DS adventure. Can he work his magic on the small screen?

No doubt many of you have already seen the many positive reviews for The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass dotted all over the Internet. We realize we’re a bit late with our own critique of this highly anticipated...

The Simpsons Game (DS)

The Simpsons Game (DS)

We've seen several Simpsons games over the years, not all of them good... can the DS version buck the trend?

Love them or loathe them, you can’t deny the incredible staying power of The Simpsons. This popular TV series has now been on air for almost two decades and shows no sign of running out of ideas – an incredible feat when you consider most...

Picross DS (DS)

Picross DS (DS)

Nintendo's latest in the 'Touch! Generations' series hits the DS. Is this the puzzle game to beat all puzzle games?

I'm not sure about you, but I love a good puzzle. Have done for years. When I was a kid, I used to love jigsaw puzzles. Nowadays, I don't like to do anything on a Sunday before finishing the Daily Mirror's Sumdoku puzzle. It's like Sudoku but way harder! I'm also a huge game fan,..

Honeycomb Beat (DS)

Honeycomb Beat (DS)

Another week, another DS puzzle title hits the shelves - but is this one worth your valuable time?

Here at NintendoLife we’re constantly surprised by the steady stream of puzzle titles released on the DS; rarely a month passes without a new game appearing on the shelves hell bent on exercising your flagging grey matter. The DS touch screen interface is undoubtedly well suited to the puzzle genre..

FIFA 08 (DS)

FIFA 08 (DS)

EA has already had several kicks at the ball when it comes to creating the ultimate DS soccer game - has the company finally succeeded with this latest effort?

With the Wii instalment of FIFA 08 leaving us extremely impressed indeed, we had particularly high hopes for the Nintendo DS version here at NintendoLife. Although the franchise has come in for some harsh criticism over the years, things..

The Sims 2: Castaway (DS)

The Sims 2: Castaway (DS)

EA's best selling franchise relocates to a somewhat less comfortable environment - but is this a situation worth surviving?

In the modern world of capitalism it’s a commonly accepted fact that when a company hits upon a successful concept they’ll flog it for all it’s worth. This is clearly demonstrated by EA’s highly lucrative Sims franchise - in the past year or so we’ve already..

MySims (DS)

MySims (DS)

MySims arrives on the DS. Is it time to remove Animal Crossing: Wild World from your DS cart slot?

On paper EA’s MySims seems like the perfect game concept for the Nintendo DS. The machine has already proven it can play host to vibrant ‘virtual worlds’ thanks to Nintendo’s best selling Animal Crossing: Wild World. The enduring allure of the ‘Sims’ brand is also a massive plus point and..

Luminous Arc (DS)

Luminous Arc (DS)

Altus bring us yet another slice of Japanese RPG gaming - but can Luminous Arc present a solid challenge to the best the genre has to offer?

While it’s certainly true that we’re all hardcore Ninty fans here at Nintendo Life, it would be silly to suggest we don’t dabble with rival systems from time to time. One manufacturer that is almost...

Dragon Ball Z: Goku Densetsu (DS)

Dragon Ball Z: Goku Densetsu (DS)

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[screenshot=468bc2098dbeb]Card Based Combat[/screenshot]Sorry, I had the overwhelming urge to begin this review with a play on words involving DBZ and cards… and that was the best I could do! Anyway, to the point. Dragon Ball Z is quite easily the most recognisable cartoon to come out of Japan. I remember the days of my childhood where I would wish to have the strength of Goku, the..

Worms: Open Warfare 2 (DS)

Worms: Open Warfare 2 (DS)

Worms kinda lost it’s way big time. Some games welcomed the switch into 3D, making them feel fresher, fuller and on the whole a lot more enchanting. Worms was not one of those games.

Last year, Team 17 decided to bring the series back to it’s routes. DS and PSP iterations of the game reminded us why the game was so crudely popular on the PC way back in the mid/late 90s. A combination of..

SimCity (DS)

SimCity (DS)

The big city is here... on the little DS.

Sim City is arguably one of the best simulation games out there: it practically wrote the book on the genre. On the PC it's a tried and tested formula. But, never before has it made a comfortable transition to any other format. So, has Sim City DS achieved the grandeur of modern day society, or does it bear more semblance to the dark ages? The concept of..

Guilty Gear: Dust Strikers (DS)

Guilty Gear: Dust Strikers (DS)

The cult 2D fighting game series makes its debut on the Nintendo DS, but has the magic of the previous titles been retained?

The Nintendo DS often represents a rather difficult proposition for developers. The unique nature of the hardware can sometimes pose a significant stumbling block when it comes to porting existing franchises to the popular handheld. Do you stay true to your roots and ignore..

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (DS)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (DS)

Can EA atone for the shameful lineage of Harry Potter games with their latest instalment on the Nintendo DS, or will this particular spell fizzle out like the rest?

If you’ve had the forethought to read our recent preview of the Wii version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (let’s compress that down to HP:OotP from hereon in) you’ll be aware that we were pleasantly surprised..

Trioncube (DS)

Trioncube (DS)

The DS certainly isn't short of puzzle games. Does Namco Bandai's latest release have enough charm to stand out from the crowd and represent a worthwhile purchase?

Handheld consoles and puzzle games go hand in hand. Through the history of portable entertainment every major machine has played host to at least one truly ‘essential’ puzzler. The Gameboy was practically sold on the back of the..

Final Fantasy III (DS)

Final Fantasy III (DS)

The 'lost' Final Fantasy is at last made available to the English-speaking world. Is it a glorious reinvention of a genre classic, or merely a pointless step back in time?

Given the stature of the Final Fantasy series, it’s somewhat surprising to think that only very recently has the entire franchise been made available to a worldwide audience. Up...

Pokemon Diamond & Pearl (DS)

Pokemon Diamond & Pearl (DS)

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl have finally arrived on the Nintendo DS. Was it worth the long wait? (Yes!)

Pokemon returns to your DSPokemon fans have received three lackluster Pokemon Games since the Nintendo DS launch over two years ago. Pokemon Dash, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, and Pokemon Ranger were poor offerings, almost as if...