Fossil Fighters Comes to DS

Can you dig it?

Nintendo will launch their newest DS title today in North American with the release of Fossil Fighters.

Not only do you get to search for and dig up tons of fossils, but you also get to clean them and revive them for use in battle. Your vivosaur's strength depends on how well you clean the fossil, not to mention how many of the various body parts you're able to locate for each species.

You can check out the official press release below for more information on the game and remember it hits store shelves in North America today!

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Dinosaurs may be long gone from the earth, but for owners of the portable Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems, a new breed of prehistoric excitement is just now coming to life. With today's release of the Fossil Fighters™ video game, Nintendo is delivering a dino-sized gaming experience that fans of any age or background can pick up and enjoy.

Fossil Fighters invites players to enter a world in which fearsome creatures are hidden as fossils for players to collect, using the unique touch-screen controls of Nintendo DS. Players can clean, collect and battle their discoveries. The game features more than 100 dinosaur-like creatures called Vivosaurs, each of which can be revived and deployed in strategic turn-based battles. With fun tactical elements, vast environments to explore and a lighthearted storyline and characters, Fossil Fighters allows players to control and customize a team of Vivosaurs as they battle their way through the mysterious Vivosaur Island. Players can also connect over local wireless with friends to battle customized teams of Vivosaurs or trade their fossils.

"Dinosaurs are a source of endless fascination for the young and the young at heart," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Combining customization and social play, Fossil Fighters brings together the best elements of hand-held gaming for players of all ages."

Using the Nintendo DS stylus and touch screen, players can chip and drill away at each fossil they find. They can even blow into the Nintendo DS microphone to clear away dust. Once a fossil head is cleaned, the Vivosaur can be revived and used in battle. Other fossilized body parts can also be found and cleaned to imbue each Vivosaur with special powers. Players can create custom teams of three Vivosaurs, strategically selecting the best trio for each encounter.

For more information about Fossil Fighters, visit www.FossilFighters.com.

We'll have a full review of Fossil Fighters soon. Until then you can check out the official gameplay trailer and screenshots below for a taste of what you can expect.

[via youtube.com]