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March2009

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    Review DK: Jungle Climber

    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...

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    Review Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir

    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..

  • News GDC 2009: The Best Of The Rest

    A recap of all the third-party news and announcements for Nintendo consoles from this year's Global Developers' Conference.

    Sotoru Iwata's keynote speech at this year's Global Devopers' Conference revealed more than a couple of exciting projects for Nintendo fans to look forward to in the coming months. It's not just the Big N who came to the party, however; third-party developers both independent..

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    Review Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director’s Cut

    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..

  • News Nintendo's GDC '09 Keynote At-A-Glance

    For those unable to keep up, an overview of the stories and announcements made during Satoru Iwata's keynote speech.

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata dropped more than a few bombshells today during his keynote speech at the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco - some surprising, some predicted months ago, all exciting news for Nintendo fans. Here's a look at all the announcements in brief:..

  • News The Giana Sisters are back on DS after a long sabbatical

    That great old C64 platformer that DIDN'T feature a mustache or a plumber

    Here's a little history lesson for you - back in the day (1987) there lived a pretty shameless Super Mario Bros rip off called "Great Giana Sisters", which was designed for the C64 home computer. It was in fact immensely popular, probably in part simply because it's inspiration was sweeping the globe, and Great..

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    Review Kirby Squeak Squad

    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...

  • Preview Rhythm Heaven

    Taking the Nintendo Channel's new demo for a whirl!

    Nintendo has really unloaded on us today. With a storage solution for the Wii, the announcement of a new Zelda for the DS, and all the other news, it's possible that one might miss one little news item. You may or may not have known that in North America, Nintendo added Rhythm Heaven to its list of DS Downloads on the Wii's Nintendo Channel, and..

  • News The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

    Earlier today at GDC 2009 Satoru Iwata announced a brand new Zelda game for the DS, Spirit Tracks.

    The new The Legend of Zelda™: Spirit Tracks game that Iwata announced will utilize the intuitive touch control of Phantom Hourglass in an all new adventure that will please longtime Zelda™ fans while keeping the game accessible to all DS owners. The concept behind this Zelda game includes..

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    Review Professor Layton and the Curious Village

    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..

  • News Eyes on DSi - hands-on report

    Earlier today I was fortunate enough to have a little face time with the new DSi, and I came away pretty impressed by Nintendo’s new baby.

    The first thing you notice compared to the DS Lite is the DSi’s matte finish, which makes it easier to hide those troublesome fingerprints. Although you could say it looks a little dull compared to the shiny glory of the DS Lite, the upside is that it felt..

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    Review Pokémon Platinum

    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..

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    Review Suikoden: Tierkreis

    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...

  • News Rising Star Games: 2009 Line-up Revealed

    Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga, Steal Princess, Avalon Code and more dated for European release.

    Rising Star Games, publisher of such games as Rune Factory, No More Heroes and Bomberman in Europe, has unveiled its full release line-up for 2009. Included in the eleven-game line-up are a whopping ten releases for the Nintendo Wii and DS platforms, hand-picked from the Japanese market for localisation..

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    Review Henry Hatsworth in The Puzzling Adventure

    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..

  • News Nintendo Lets You Know Who Is The Daddy

    Wii and DS sales continue to dominate in February. Yes, they still print money!

    This past February, Nintendo sure felt the love by the consumers. Selling over seven hundred fifty thousand Wiis, a seventy-four percent increase over the Wii’s 2008 February. The DS reached slightly above five hundred eighty handhelds. Following the ambiguous duo is the Xbox 360 with almost four hundred thousand..

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    Review Big Bang Mini

    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..

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    Review Populous 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..

  • News Picross Hits the Third Dimension

    For those who are about to block... we salute you.

    As if the original grid-colouring puzzler Picross weren't tricky enough, Nintendo have just released the sequel Rittai Picross ("Solid Body Picross" - similar to what they call me at the gym) in Japan and it's taken the series firmly into 3D territory for the first time in its near-fifteen year heritage. For those of you unfamiliar with..

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    Review Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume

    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...

  • News Nintendo to force games on DS buyers?

    In future, DS Lite consoles will only be available packaged with first-party Nintendo titles, limiting choice for customers

    Following on from previous special occasion bundles, Nintendo are now increasing their distribution of DS Lite consoles pre-packaged with software titles, and completely ceasing production of the white and silver models. A Nintendo spokesperson gave this statement: We will be..

  • News Mario & Luigi 3 Makes Its Mark In Japan

    Bowser takes the front seat in this zany RPG adventure.

    Mario and Bowser have a long running history in gaming as rivals. Occasionally though, the pair cooperate to accomplish a common goal. In Mario & Luigi 3, a new DS RPG which just released in Japan, this is only half the case. In a strange series of events, Bowser ends up ingesting some Mushroom Kingdom residents, including red and green..

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    Review Chrono Trigger

    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...

  • News EA Serves a Tea Cup Full of Dual Screen Action

    Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is released today in North America, and on Friday in Europe

    Visitors to Nintendo Life this week must need their eyes testing if they haven’t comes across EA’s upcoming DS puzzler Henry Hatsworth in The Puzzling Adventure yet – after all our homepage is bright orange and features the man himself! If you still need any more persuasion to go out and buy..

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    Review Peggle: Dual Shot

    Peggle heads to the Nintendo DS in one of the handheld's best offerings.

    Over the past few years, Peggle has become known as one of the most addicting and enjoyable puzzle action games on the market. After playing for only a few minutes, you know you’re playing special and will immediately become hooked on the game. After already hitting the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 as well as the iPhone,..

  • News Pokémon Platinum Makes its U.S. Arrival Well Known

    Pokémon Platinum hits U.S. shelves March twenty-second. Does Nintendo have any special preparations for this next installment? You sure can bet they do!

    Believe it or not, March twenty-second marks the launch of Pokémon Platinum. It doesn't seem that long since Diamond and Pearl arrived, or is it just me? In Platinum, expect a plethora of features and locations, from the new Distortion world,..

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    Review Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

    What this remake lacks in innovation it more than makes up for in polish

    Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the Nintendo DS is the best current generation system to look to when it comes to role-playing games. With titles like Final Fantasy IV, Dragon Quest V, The World Ends With You and Children of Mana, this portable gaming wonder plays host to some of...

  • News Nintendo Ships Hundred Millionth DS System

    Nintendo rejoices over a milestone of their greatest hand-held, but it has much more to overcome.

    Nintendo’s DS Lite systems have been a true eye-catcher, and it’s showed with over ninety-six million sales around the world as of last year. While one hundred million shipped and ninety-six million sold are very impressive numbers, they still have to pass up the PlayStation 2’s one hundred two..

  • News Grand Theft Auto: ChinaTown Wars Gameplay

    Dealing and Delivering

    Fancy yourself as a bit of a drug dealer do ya? No of course you don’t, you’re a DS gamer after all! Well just pretend you are delivering Christmas presents rather than narcotics and you’ll be fine. Following his father’s murder, Huang Lee has a simple mission: deliver an ancient sword to his Uncle Kenny to ensure his family retains control of the Triad gangs of..

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    Review XG Blast

    It’s a blast!

    I promise that’s the first and only pun you’ll see in this review - If you’ve played any of the popular Geometry Wars games on Xbox 360, Wii or DS you’ll be perfectly at home when you fire up XG Blast. From its instantly gratifying action and futuristic aesthetic, it borrows from any one of a dozen classic shooters, but does it have enough firepower to blow a hole in the..

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    Review Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon

    Use the hoe!

    For years, Natsume’s Harvest Moon series has been repeating the same old formula – grow crops, brush cows, get married and live happily ever after. The first DS release was the snappy Harvest Moon DS, which lazily reused graphics from GBA’s Friends of Mineral Town (FoMT) and the town and characters from the Cube’s A Wonderful Life (AWL). Then came the disastrous HM: Magical..

  • News Super Mario Galaxy scoops BAFTA "Best Game"

    More awards for Mario but on the whole not a fantastic night for Nintendo and the Wii

    The GAME British Academy Video Games Awards which took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane, were hosted by games aficionado Dara O'Briain who described these times as a 'Golden Age' for video games. Consoles like the Wii, and handheld devices like the PSP, DS and iPhone have revolutionised the gaming world..

  • Out Today Big Bang Mini

    Exploding onto stores across the UK is SouthPeak Games' fireworks shooter, Big Bang Mini.

    In Big Bang Mini, your objective is to destroy wave upon wave of enemies, which in turn lights up the night sky with bursts of colorful fireworks. Use the stylus to dodge enemy fire and debris while collecting stars. Specifically designed with the Nintendo DS Touch Screen in mind, Big Bang Mini packs a..

February2009

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    Review Metal Slug 7

    Europe has had to endure a painful wait for the seventh entry in SNK's epic 2D blaster franchise - but has it been worth it?

    As you may already be aware, we’re massive fans of SNK’s Metal Slug series. The Wii Anthology went down a storm in the Nintendo Life office and when we became aware of plans for a seventh instalment we became very animated...

  • Podcast Episode 1

    Nintendo Life steps into the world of Podcasting, our very first episode is available now, presented by our very own James Newton.

    In our first ever podcast episode James takes a look back at 2008, looking specifically at three outstanding Wii titles, Zack & Wiki, Mario Kart Wii and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Next on the agenda is 2009, where we...

January2009

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    Review Colour Cross

    Now you can paint by numbers on DS!

    This review has already been delayed twice in the past month; first by Royal Mail taking two weeks to deliver the game, then again by my inability to put the game down long enough to review it. Colour Cross is a new take on the Nintendo favourite puzzler Picross, but with its own pigmented personality. Each puzzle is a grid that tells you how many consecutive..

  • Competition Win a DS Lite with Big Bang Mini

    To celebrating the upcoming release of Big Bang Mini on Nintendo DS, SouthPeak games and Nintendo Life are offering a DS Lite + Big Bang Mini and another four copies of the game for the runners up.

    Your objective is to navigate your ship through a brilliant array of lights, dodging intense streams of fireworks. Defeat waves of enemies by deploying...

  • Competition And The Winner Is...?

    Much like Santa, Nintendo Life loves giving things away, it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

    It's come to our attention that we've been kind of lazy with our competitions, we've emailed winners but never published them on the website itself, in the vein of doing things "betta'" in 2009 we'll be publishing the winners, because we...

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    Review Skate It

    Tony Hawk has a new competitor for the skating crown..

    When Skate originally appeared on the Xbox 360 and PS3, it was something of a revelation to skateboarding fans who had previously only had the Tony Hawk series to contend with, each iteration proving to be similar to the last. Rather than focus on huge combinations of tricks like the Hawk, Skate flipped the genre on its head with a more..

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    Review Littlest Pet Shop: Winter

    Your chance to have your very own Pet Shop...

    Even though Littlest Pet Shop Winter is clearly aimed at a younger audience, I found the game strangely addictive for a while. Defined as “a special place where your pets will come to life and you can play with them in a whole new way,” the aim of the game is to adopt all of the pets (20 different animals are available), and keep them happy by..

December2008

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    Review 100 Classic Book Collection

    100 classic books write their way into the DS’ history

    100 Classic Books has had me intrigued since it was first announced. Being the massive bookworm that I am, I’ve been itching to give this a go for a while now. It’s here at last, and the selection on offer is simply fantastic: 22 Shakespeare; 12 Dickens (Charles, not Anthony); 5 Austen;...

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    Review Dinosaur King

    Talent borrows, genius steals. The developers of Dinosaur King have IQs in the thousands.

    Over the years we’ve seen many companies try to beat the success of Pokemon, each with their own set of cuddly and heavily market researched monsters. Of course, nobody can beat Nintendo at their own game, but that hasn’t stopped Sega trying with Dinosaur King, based on a popular 4kids cartoon series, as..

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    Review Ninjatown

    The crazy world of Shawnimals comes to life in this excellent take on the 'Tower Defence' genre

    Like bread always falling butter-side down and buses coming two at a time, it’s one of life’s universal truths that whenever ninjas are added to something, it becomes infinitely cooler (with the possible exception of the lamentable Ninjabread Man, of course). That is certainly true of Ninjatown, but..

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    Review Need For Speed: Undercover

    EA attempts to cram a living, breathing city into the DS - the results aren't pretty...

    It’s easy to be pessimistic about EA’s Need for Speed franchise. Considering the staggering number of titles to bear the brand name (this is the 12th game since the franchise’s inception in 1994), there have been precious few true classics. However, we admit to having the faintest degree of anticipation..

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    Review PictoImage

    A work of art, or a real mess?

    With the DS’s touch screen and wireless communications, it’s a wonder there’s no Pictionary game available. Lucky for us, here comes Sega to plug the gap with PictoImage, their take on the classic draw-it-guess-it game. The single player mode consists of 300 pictures drawn by people of all ages, from 4 upwards, and you simply guess what the picture is. When you..

October2008

  • Competition Sonic Chronicles Goodies!

    Really want to get some new Sonic goodies, feeling the credit crunch? Not to worry, you can win some right here at Nintendo Life!

    Our dear friends at SEGA are giving you the chance to win some Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood goodies, we've got a host of prizes up for grabs including 10 x Sonic Chronicles sets of 3 styluses, 2 x Sonic...

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    Review Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

    Is Sonic’s first foray into the unknown land of RPG actually any good?

    Let’s face it; Sonic has been a bit of a dick lately hasn’t he? You can mark the start of Sonic’s dive into mediocrity from a point in the late 90’s when someone at SEGA decided it would be “cool” to give him a “rad attitude”. From that moment onwards we’ve winced as Sonic has “rocked out” a slew of..

  • News The DSi – One Step Closer to a Portable Virtual Console?

    Nintendo has just unveiled details of a new handheld console called the DSi.

    But before you get too excited and spill your Sunny D all over the keyboard, it’s worth noting that it’s essentially a DS with slight modifications rather an all-new machine. Improvements include larger screens (3.25 inches, up from 3 inches), two cameras (both 0.3...

June2008

  • News Family Gamer: Dad Edition

    Tis week Paul looks at what games Dad likes to play and when

    Dads are a tricky subject. Some are loving and inspiring whilst others absent and off hand. Some are communicative and open, whilst others are as hard to fathom as the depths of loch Ness. Some are in touch with their creativity and at ease with their feminine side, whilst others are...

April2008

  • News Nintendo Squash "New DS" Rumour

    Well that's no surprise then. What did I tell you? You can't remember. Well, I told you it was too damn early for a new DS.

    And I was right. Following on from our report last week about the possibility of a new DS to be announced at E3. The news came from Hamamura-san (head of Japanese publishing giant Enterbrain) and has been squashed by both Nintendo of Japan's head of PR Ken Toyota and..

  • News New DS Castlevania Is Given A Name

    More vampire-hunting tomfoolery on your portable

    The Entertainment Software Rating Board of America (better known by the shorter title of ESRB) has revealed the name of Konami’s next DS Castlevania adventure: The Order of Ecclesia. Series producer IGA hinted some time ago that another DS installment was in the offing, but this is the first news we’ve heard since that announcement. There’s no..

  • News This Is A Pretty Hearty Rumour: DS 2 At E3?

    And it's all down to an article posted by Bloomberg Japan which has caused a whole host of rumours across the nerd-o-sphere.

    According to the article, the president of Japanese magazine publisher "Enterbrain" (which hosts the gaming bible "Famitsu") has commented that Nintendo may (note the emphasis) be announcing a new version of their blow-away success console: the Nintendo..

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    Review Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys!

    Brains. Yum.

    Picture the scene; you’re happily going about your business one day when suddenly a vast armada of evil alien Brain Thingys descends from the sky and rapidly proceeds to zap your friends and relatives with deadly lasers. Those they don’t fry to a crisp they turn into mindless robots via malevolent mind-control, and order them to lay waste to our green and pleasant land. In..

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    Review Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer

    The biggest Japanese RPG series you've never heard of gets a new lease of life on the DS

    ChunSoft’s Mystery Dungeon series (better known as Fushigi no Dungeon in its native Japan) has been running for more than a decade and has become linked with other famous videogame brands such as Pokemon, Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. Amazingly, despite the...

March2008

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    Review Ninja Reflex

    Ninja Reflex is essentially a minigame collection in the same vain as Brain Training, Maths Training, Sight Training, Potty Training and Learn-To-Walk-With-Nintendo. Ok so I made the last two up but you get the idea.

    The only real exception with Ninja Reflex is that instead of teaching you everyday things, this game teaches you how to be a ninja – which is pretty darn badass. Essentially the game..

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    Review Bleach: Blade of Fate

    Finally - a fighting game DS owners can be proud of

    Although the DS has witnessed some truly amazing titles in its lifetime, one genre that has singularly failed to translate effectively to the format is the fighting game. While the PSP has experienced some particularly impressive brawlers (despite its woeful d-pad which is put firmly in the shade by the one showcased on Nintendo’s portable..

February2008

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    Review Transformers: Decepticons

    Transformers: Decepticons is practically the same game as the Autobots edition told from the angle of the “evil” Starscream as opposed to the “heroic” Optimus Prime.

    All the gameplay flaws are present (see our review of Transformers: Autobots for the full details) the only difference being you are treated with a whole new set of cut-scenes...

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    Review Transformers: Autobots

    I, like most other Transformers fans was pretty upset to hear that my “backpocket interest” was to be thrust into the mainstream once again.

    Having loved The Transformers since I was very young sometimes it’s pretty irritating hearing all the tweens talking about something you’ve loved so much longer than them. It must be some kind of...

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    Review Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

    Mario and Sonic are back sooner than you think in the DS version of SEGA's biggest hit in 10 years.

    With Beijing only a few months away SEGA (finally) bring us the handheld dose of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, a game that wasoriginally to be released along side the Wii version in November. Better late than never, that's what we say. Mario and Sonic are joined by a cast of 14 other..

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    Review 42 All-Time Classics

    The problem with compilations is that as a general rule of thumb, they tend to feature a handful of good games, with the rest being a load of all tat just there to make up the numbers or act as padding.

    It's even worse if you come across some of those packs that boast over a thousand games, only to discover that actually, there are probably ten...

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    Review Essential Sudoku

    We know what you are thinking.

    You have looked at the score at the bottom of the page, noticed that it is quite high and wondering how on earth a Sudoku package could possibly be rated so highly. The answer is that it isn't the Sudoku that holds our interest, it's the rather well hidden mode of picture puzzle that has us gripped, otherwise known as picross. For those who haven't played 'Picture..

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    Review Metroid Prime Pinball

    Morph (pin)ball

    “Chalk and cheese” is a phrase usually used when comparing two objects of juxtaposing qualities. Such a phrase could be applied to the titles “Metroid Prime” and “pinball”, so it's quite a compliment to developers “Fuse Games” that it merged these two contrasting entities into an enjoyable DS game. Metroid Prime...

January2008

  • News Disney Turn The DS Into An Interactive Tour Guide

    Never get lost within the Magic Kingdom again - whoopee

    Some interesting developments are happening in the Magic Kingdom. In a recent post on a Disneyland fan website (we don’t make a habit of visiting these places, honest), a recent vistor to Walt’s Wacky Wonderland reveals that they were asked if they would like to participate in a trial run of the park’s new guide system. Amazingly, it..

  • News DS:London - Meetup, Have a Pint, Multiplayer DS

    Who's in?

    Recently I had the privilege of meeting up with a great bunch of people who make up the band of travelling DS gamers, DS: London. I got the chance to ask one of the organisers (Joe Lee – a.k.a. thiswayup) a few questions at the same time as playing some hardcore DS. DS: London is bringing the multiplayer gaming scene from the dark &...

  • News Apollo Justice Demo Released

    And the best thing is, no DS is required to play it

    Capcom has released a rather neat Flash-based demo for its upcoming legal sim Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. http://static.capcom.com/apollojustice/embed.swf[/flash] The game is the next in the Phoenix Wright series of games, although Phoenix himself has stepped down and made way for the up and coming Apollo Justice. Now there’s an excellent name..

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    Review Contra 4

    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...

  • News Assassin's Creed DS Gets A Subtitle

    Altair's back for another stab on the DS

    The home console version may have been the most crushing disappointment your humble reporter has experienced in quite some time, but we’re nevertheless still quite excited about Assassin’s Creed: Altair's Chronicles on the DS here at NintendoLife. Publisher Ubisoft has released some details on the forthcoming prequel, which will utilize a 3D engine and..

  • News First Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Screens

    First shots of BioWare's latest RPG epic, featuring Sonic himself!

    American softco Bioware, famous for its Star Wars RPGs on the Xbox (as well as numerous other titles) has released shots of its upcoming Sonic title for the Nintendo DS. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (to give it it’s full moniker) is looking very promising indeed and the initial scans published in the latest edition of..

  • News Advance Wars: Days Of Ruin Gets Euro Name Change

    Just to make things even more complicated

    Intelligent System’s latest entry in the massively popular Advance Wars series has been given a new name for its forthcoming European release. The eagerly awaited title, which will be released in the US as Advance Wars: Days of Ruin and in Japan as Famicom Wars DS 2 (which is in keeping with the Japanese name for the franchise), will now be called Advance..

  • News Infinite Frontier Super Robot Wars OG Saga

    Features robots and large breasts, in that order

    Fans of obscure Japanese RPGs should rejoice - Famitsu magazine has recently revealed that Nintendo's Monolithsoft is working with Banpresto to create a new title called "Infinite Frontier Super Robot Wars OG Saga". I'm sure you'll agree, that's quite a mouthful. Coding duties are being handled by Terada-san, who is responsible for the..

  • News Nintendo Triumphant In Japan This Christmas

    Videogame giant is unstoppable on home soil

    Early figures from Famitsu magazine indicate that Nintendo has dominated the Japanese sales charts over the Christmas period. Although a PS2 title (Super Robot Taisen Original Generation Gaiden) took the number one position, a quick glance at the rest of the top 20 shows that the Big N is firmly in control; 7 of the top 10 titles are for Nintendo consoles..

  • News Full Game DS Downloads NOT Coming After All

    A simple case of crossed wires?

    It seems that our man Reggie was misunderstood in a recent interview with the New York Times. As we (and pretty much the rest of the internet) reported a few days back, his interview with the well known newspaper seemed to indicate that ‘full’ DS titles would be made available for download in the future. However, Nintendo has now released a statement clearing up..

  • News Boffins Brand Nicole Kidman A Dirty Liar

    Claims that Brain Training can boost intelligence may not be true after all - well, duh

    You might have seen Nintendo's Brain Training adverts, in which well-known celebrities like Patrick Stewart and Nicole Kidman gleefully promote the software like it’s a one-stop miracle solution to being a bumbling thickie. "I have quickly found that...

  • News Virtual Console Coming To The DS?

    Reggie speaks about the upcoming game download service on the DS

    The rumours have been circulating for quite some time but the concept of downloading ‘complete’ games to your Nintendo DS is becoming a reality, if a recent interview with Reggie is anything to go by. Nintendo’s main man spoke to the New York Times recently about the new ‘Everybody’s Nintendo’ channel and how DS owners..

  • News Sim City DS 2 Revealed In Famitsu

    Long-running Japanese publication has the scoop on this interesting update of the classic city building franchise

    The latest issue of Japanese videogame magazine Famistu carries an interesting news story regarding the next instalment of the Sim City franchise. Dubbed Sim City DS 2, the game appears to be heavily tailored towards younger gamers with some cute looking townspeople not a million miles..

  • News PS2: Pwnd!

    The DS passes PS2 lifetime sales in The Land of the Rising Sun

    We all know that the Nintendo DS has been a massive success for its parent company but the latest figures from Japan still make for stunning reading; the likeable handheld has now surpassed the PS2 in terms of Japanese sales. To put this into perspective, the PS2 has sold millions of units since its release several years ago and is..

December2007

  • News Wii And DS Dominate In Japan

    Sony and Microsoft struggle to get a look in

    Sony’s Gran Turismo 5 Prologue may have entered the Japanese sales charts in the top 5 but a cursory glace at the rest of the chart should make depressing reading for anyone not affiliated with Nintendo. The Wii and DS continue to dominate the Japanese market in a way that hasn’t been seen since the days of the Famicom and Gameboy. Here's the lowdown..

  • News Europe Loves Brain Training

    It's already sold bucketloads of copies in Japan, American and the UK - now our European friends are warming to Dr. Kawashima's unqiue brand of mental fitness.

    Nintendo's amazing success story continues with the news that its Brain Training series has topped sales charts in two key European territories. Nintendo's DS Brain Training games have...

  • News DS Breaks UK Sales Record Again

    The Nintendo DS continues to sell like cakes that are rather hot, effortlessly breaking the UK hardware sales record for the second week running.

    All the predictions of a bumper Christmas for Nintendo in the UK seem to be proving accurate, with news that its consoles are selling in record numbers. The DS has now broken the previous UK weekly hardware sales figure twice this month, shifting 185,000..

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    Review Boogie

    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..

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    Review Orcs & Elves

    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..

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    Review Bomberman Story 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...

November2007

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    Review The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

    Join Link on his first DS adventure

    No doubt many of you have already seen the many positive reviews for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass dotted all over the Internet. We realize we're a bit late with our own critique of this highly anticipated videogame, but with a series like Zelda you simply have to take your time. It wouldn't be wise to...

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    Review The Simpsons Game

    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...

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    Review Picross 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,..

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    Review Honeycomb Beat

    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..

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    Review FIFA 08

    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..

October2007

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    Review The Sims 2: Castaway

    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..

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    Review MySims

    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..

  • Competition Beat The Brat Content

    To celebrate the 2008 "World Series of Poker" video game Activision welcomes you to try and Beat The Brat and win a trip to Las Vegas.

    "The grand prize is a trip for two to Las Vegas. The trip includes airfare, hotel accommodations, and a trip to the spa to relax after a long day of gambling. Three runner ups will receive a copy of the World Series...

September2007

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    Review Luminous Arc

    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...

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    Review Dragon Ball Z: Goku Densetsu

    Cardmehameha!

    [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..

  • News Trade Pokémon With New Site

    Trade Pokémon all around the world.

    Nintendo have launched a new site that will help trade Pokémon all around the world. The website named Pokémon Global Trade Station is compatible with both Diamond and Pearl versions of the game. If you like Pokémon and are having trouble locating that level 100 Snorlax you may want to read on for the...

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    Review Worms: Open Warfare 2

    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..

  • News EA Get Boogying On DS (and PS2)

    EA Montreal have been confirmed as making a DS version of the recently released Wii game Boogie. Release set for November: Gimmicks included...

    Electronic Arts, in their wisdom, have confirmed that a DS version of the recently released Wii title Boogie is currently in development at it's Montreal studios. Pop legends such as Kool and the Gang and current favourites like the Black-Eyed Peas are..

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    Review SimCity

    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..

August2007

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    Review Guilty Gear: Dust Strikers

    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..

July2007

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    Review Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    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..

  • News Nintendo DS Camera Revealed

    It's been a touted announcement on message boards for some months now but today gamers got the information they've been waiting for.

    The Nintendo DS camera has finally reared it's head onto the Internet and we have the screens to prove it. The camera slots into the GBA port on the Nintendo DS and includes a stand which keeps the DS upright when you're trying to take a photo of your beautiful mug..

June2007

  • Competition Trioncube Competition Winners

    We announce the winners of our Trioncube competition, selected at random by our super computer shuffle routine.

    To celebrate the launch of Trioncube on the DS we partnered up with Atari to give away 3 copies of the game to our members. We asked the question What is the name of the King in Trioncube? which of course was King Pluto. We powered up our...