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Arkanoid DS (DS)

Arkanoid DS (DS)

It's not quite as fun as it should be

Released simultaneously with another Taito revival, Space Invaders Extreme, Arkanoid DS is an attempt at trying to breathe life into an old arcade classic. When Arkanoid was originally released, it was essentially a clone of the Atari classic Breakout. Despite this shameless copying, Arkanoid became quite a hit and Taito duly ported the concept to pretty much..

Rhythm Heaven (DS)

Rhythm Heaven (DS)

Take a trip to heaven, Nintendo style!

Simplicity in game design is often a double-edged sword. On the positive side, the player is provided with a sleek and easy to understand interface. However, this often has an equally negative impact on the depth of the experience and what you’re left with is a quick 'pick up and play' variety of game. With Rhythm Heaven however, simplicity fuses with a..

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (DS)

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (DS)

What if you awakened one day as a Pokemon?

What if you awakened one day as a Pokemon? What if all of a sudden you find yourself in an unknown world, where you can speak and interact with many other Pokemon? Well essentially, that’s what happens in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team; you wake up one day in a strange new world where you have...

Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol (DS)

Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol (DS)

Saving our ecosystems, one park at a time.

Chibi-Robo Park Patrol is one of those few great games that many people are just going to skip over because of its exclusivity to select retailers. Well at Nintendo Life we took it upon ourselves to give this game the review it deserves, and we must say that doing so put huge smiles on our faces; the unique...

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (DS)

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (DS)

The stylus is mightier than the sword.

With a name like Advance Wars, one is likely to expect an action packed, heart pounding war game. Needless to say, the Advance Wars series is really none of those things. Rather, the franchise has focused on slower paced turn-oriented strategy gameplay that is not unlike a glorified game of chess. So what is...

Time Hollow (DS)

Time Hollow (DS)

Time travel has never been so complicated

Ever since the launch of the Nintendo DS console, the format has been heralded as a great way to bring out adventure games to make use of the stylus as a mouse substitute. In many ways this has borne fruit, with releases like Another Code, Hotel Dusk and the Phoenix Wright series all proving to be excellent...

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (DS)

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (DS)

Pokemon Ranger 1.5 arrives on the Nintendo DS

During the holiday season of 2006, the attention of gamers the world over was focused solely on the release of the Wii and Playstation 3, the latest consoles from Nintendo and Sony. As a result, quite a few gems for the Nintendo DS got lost in the marketing onslaught, most notably Elite Beat Agents and Pokémon Ranger. The former is often cited as one..

Eledees: The Adventures of Kai and Zero (DS)

Eledees: The Adventures of Kai and Zero (DS)

The Elebits head to the Nintendo DS in this action-packed sequel.

Shortly after the Wii was launched in 2006, Konami released one of the most bizarre and enjoyable third-party games that year. Entitled Elebits, the game showcased the new functionally of the Wii Remote. Played from a first-person perspective, players explored the land looking for tiny electrically charged creatures, appropriately..

DK: Jungle Climber (DS)

DK: Jungle Climber (DS)

You spin me right round baby right round...

It's time to spin, swing, and fling yourself into adventure with DK: Jungle Climber! Using the game’s simple controls, players take control of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong as they journey throughout the land trying to assist a talking banana known as Xananab. For you see, the evil King K. Rool stole five...

Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir (DS)

Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir (DS)

Is this addition to Nintendo's Touch Generations line worth investigation?

If there’s one thing that the Nintendo DS has excelled at, it’s that it managed to expand the remit of the video gaming industry. Prior to the release of the Nintendo DS, Nintendo wasn’t doing too well in Japan. With great software failing to sell well, Nintendo had to try to find a solution to their problems. The..

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director’s Cut (DS)

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director’s Cut (DS)

Murder, mystery and… Clowns?

It is a terrible mistake to call Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars a simple port seeing as it’s a game that has more added material than Nintendo have fanboys. Yet there is some basis to the claim; this game has been released on a handheld before. Originally brought to Nintendo through the GBA, Broken Sword was undeniably a classic in its time. But why would you..

Kirby Squeak Squad (DS)

Kirby Squeak Squad (DS)

Does Kirby still have the old magic or is he just full of air?

The old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" holds true in many formats. Encompassed by that is essentially everything we deal with, and the ultimate lesson is to avoid judgment based on appearances. Needless to say, it also applies to games. To simply glance at the Kirby series, you...

Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)

Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)

Get your thinking cap on!

A glass jar holds a single germ. After one minute, the germ splits into two germs. One minute after that, the two germs each split again, forming a total of four germs. Continuing at this rate, a single germ can multiply to fill the whole jar in exactly one hour. Knowing this, how long in minutes would it take to fill the jar if you had started with two germs? Did you find..

Pokémon Platinum (DS)

Pokémon Platinum (DS)

The unstoppable Pokémon returns to the Nintendo DS

It’s hard to believe that a decade has already passed since Pokémon first debuted in North America. In 1998, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Red made gamers want to attempt and ‘catch-em all’ as they explored the vast land of Kanto, unearthing its secrets along the way. The game became a worldwide hit and quickly became known as one of the most..

Suikoden: Tierkreis (DS)

Suikoden: Tierkreis (DS)

Is the first handheld instalment in Konami's classic RPG series as fun to play as it is to pronounce?

Who could have guessed that the current console generation's go-to platform for RPGs both old and new would turn out to be the humble DS? It's a hand-held, it's manufactured by Nintendo and the hardware leaves a lot to be desired in comparison to...

Henry Hatsworth in The Puzzling Adventure (DS)

Henry Hatsworth in The Puzzling Adventure (DS)

Henry Hatsworth stars in one of the Nintendo DS' best puzzler offerings

First looks can be very deceiving. Just by taking a quick glance at Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure, it isn’t difficult to assume it’s aimed at younger audiences wanting in on a simple and fun puzzle experience. Surprisingly though, there’s actually a rather deep, original, and above all, hardcore experience..

Big Bang Mini (DS)

Big Bang Mini (DS)

Is that a rocket in your pants or are you just pleased to see me?

Modern videogames can be rather depressing sometimes. As the industry becomes evermore concerned with reaching as many gamers as possible in order to generate the most cash, we’ve seen imaginative concepts fall by the wayside as ‘sure fire’ hits fly onto store shelves with discouraging regularity. Thankfully, every now and then..

Populous DS (DS)

Populous DS (DS)

Handheld heaven or a portable pariah?

A few years ago, EA tapped a rich vein of old-school strategy games by revamping Theme Park and Sim City for the DS's touch screens. A few years later, Bullfrog's famed God game has received similar treatment, but is it the second coming or just a slap-headed Samson? The DS's twin screens are a natural fit for many strategy games, and here the view is split..

Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (DS)

Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (DS)

Strategy RPG fans rejoice - another gem has come to the DS

Never played a Valkyrie Profile game before? No problem! This is the first time a Valkyrie Profile game has been on a system outside one of Sony's and you need not know a thing about tri-Ace's successful franchise or its history to jump right into the DS's first installment of this 10-year...

Chrono Trigger (DS)

Chrono Trigger (DS)

Has it stood the test of time?

Without a shadow of a doubt, there will be two groups of people reading this: those who have played Chrono Trigger before, and those who never had the privilege. If you are of the former, then you’ll not find too many surprises waiting you in this remake: most of what you'll find was either included on the SNES...