DS Reviews

Yoshi's Island DS (Wii U eShop / DS)

Yoshi's Island DS (Wii U eShop / DS)

Swap-a-bye baby

The challenge of having to follow up such a hot act as Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is staying true to the original while simultaneously feeling fresh and exciting. The original Yoshi's Island was a pioneer in its design; that design can be straight-up copied again, sure, but the sense of surprise that the first possessed...

Yoshi Touch & Go (Wii U eShop / DS)

Yoshi Touch & Go (Wii U eShop / DS)

Fleeting fun

Between the DS, 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo has delivered many touch screen gaming experiences throughout the years. While some are genuinely creative and/or mechanically deep, others have ended up feeling like little more than an experiment or a tech demo rather than a full-fledged game; Yoshi Touch & Go falls into that latter...

WarioWare Touched! (Wii U eShop / DS)

WarioWare Touched! (Wii U eShop / DS)

A Touch of Magic

Nintendo's initial Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS Wii U Virtual Console titles certainly are an eclectic mix - with WarioWare Touched! perhaps being the most unexpected inclusion of the bunch. Having been initially released on the Nintendo DS in February 2005, WarioWare Touched! is one of the DS's earliest titles, coming from an era of...

Mario Kart DS (Wii U eShop / DS)

Mario Kart DS (Wii U eShop / DS)

Flawed perfection

The 2005 hit, Mario Kart DS, marked a new era for Nintendo and its long-running racing series. This particular iteration was released during a transitional phase for the company, with Nintendo beginning to rethink the conventions of gaming. Mario Kart on the DS mirrored this fresh approach, incorporating a portable online...

Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain? (Wii U eShop / DS)

Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain? (Wii U eShop / DS)

Brain food

It seems like only yesterday that we got Game Boy Advance games on the Wii U Virtual Console, but now DS games have also joined the party. Curiously enough, Nintendo has chosen not to start off with one of their classic franchises, like Mario or Zelda, but has instead opted to go with one of their best-selling titles, the original Brain...

Smurfs 2 (DS)

Smurfs 2 (DS)

To Smurf, or not to Smurf?

Recently we got a little down and smurfy with our review of The Smurfs 2 for the Wii U, and now, we’ve set our focus on the DS version which offers a completely different gameplay experience, despite sharing the same title. Where the former offered up uneventful platforming that should only appeal to novice players or...

Puzzler World 2013 (DS)

Puzzler World 2013 (DS)

A puzzling affair

There are a number of reasons why the Puzzler World series continues to see new life on DS. For one, it's still a bestselling series, which is no doubt partly down to the DS's impressive install base around the world. However, it's also the fact that the titles' word and logic puzzles — which historically have been restricted to...

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! (DS)

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! (DS)

I'm ready for you now Brad

Back in March 2012 fans of the cult TV series Adventure Time rejoiced around the world, as series creator Pendleton Ward announced via a doodle on his Twitter page that WayForward Technologies and D3 Publisher would be working on a video game adaptation for the DS and 3DS, the absurdly named Adventure Time: Hey Ice King!...

Thundercats (DS)

Thundercats (DS)

Thundercats, noooo!

Perhaps we were foolish to get our hopes up about Thundercats. It is a licensed game, after all, and while that's not a universally bad thing, it should by this point at least make us think twice. Then again, it's Thundercats! The original cartoon is an enduring classic, the recent reboot was surprisingly good, and the...

Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2 (DS)

Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2 (DS)

Is history repeating itself?

In these risk-averse times, publishers are increasingly relying on sequels to existing IPs to ensure that they turn over a profit. The problem doesn’t stem so much from a dearth of creativity in the industry, but rather as consumers we have a horrible habit of sticking with what we know. Much like the video game...

Pokémon Black and White 2 (DS)

Pokémon Black and White 2 (DS)

Pokémon used Sequel! It’s super effective!

It's fitting that the franchise typically relied upon to sell Nintendo handhelds is also the swansong that bids farewell to the mighty Nintendo DS. The enormously popular Pokémon series graces the highest-selling handheld console of all time for one last hurrah and the result is nothing short of...

Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure (DS)

Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure (DS)

SEMI-COLON COMMA WOOBAT

It would be very easy to dismiss Learn With Pokémon Typing Adventure as ‘just another Pokémon spin-off’, or even worse, an ‘edutainment game’. Yet in fact, the title conceals a rather addictive addition to the Pokémon franchise, bundled with a nifty Bluetooth keyboard and stand. As with most Pokémon spin-offs,...

Pokémon Conquest (DS)

Pokémon Conquest (DS)

Resistance is feudal

Peanut butter and chocolate, Chris Farley and David Spade, Marvel and Capcom. Taking two great things and smashing them together is a long-standing tradition of the human experience. Now, in the year 2012, another legendary combination can be etched into the annals of history – Pokémon and Nobunaga’s Ambition. Pokémon is...

Inazuma Eleven 2 Firestorm (DS)

Inazuma Eleven 2 Firestorm (DS)

Back of the net

It’s time to save the world from aliens, but how? We could solve a lot of puzzles, blast enemies away with big guns, fly through space in an intergalactic warship or, alternatively, play football. In the universe of Inazuma Eleven 2 there isn’t a single problem that can’t be solved with a football – or soccer – match...

May's Mystery: Forbidden Memories (DS)

May's Mystery: Forbidden Memories (DS)

Never send a kid to do a professor's job

We've seen the rise in popularity of a few new or previously underappreciated genres within the current generation, among them rhythm-based games, brain training titles and life simulators. Another is the puzzle- and brain teaser-centric adventure, which rose to popularity with Level-5's Professor Layton...

Power Rangers Samurai (DS)

Power Rangers Samurai (DS)

Go go Power Rangers

Centuries ago, dark forces threatened to destroy civilisation in Japan. The danger was thought to have been destroyed by a clan of fearless warriors wielding power symbols that had been passed down for generations. Now these dark forces have returned to finish the destruction they started so long ago, and the survival of Earth...

999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (DS)

999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (DS)

Fine, fine, fine

You wake up in a cabin on a ship, clueless as to how you arrived. You soon remember a mysterious figure in a gas mask and an odd odour filling your apartment. Before you have time to put the pieces together, the window cracks and water begins to flood the small space. Either you find a way out of the locked room, or you drown. This...

Professor Layton and the Last Specter (DS)

Professor Layton and the Last Specter (DS)

Smells like evil spirit

By this point, most of our readers already know if they will like a Professor Layton game long before it's actually released. This is due to the fact that while the specifics of Layton's investigations change, the gameplay remains largely the same. With games such as these, however, that's not a bad thing. The Professor...

Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (DS)

Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (DS)

Farm-assured prime cut

Thanks to Rising Star Games, gamers in Europe have finally caught up on the Rune Factory series — until Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny launches on Wii in North America next week, that is. Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon on DS is the third and so far final portable instalment in the Harvest Moon spin-off, and the strongest so far. If you've not picked up a Rune..

Aliens: Infestation (DS)

Aliens: Infestation (DS)

"Another glorious day in the Corps!"

Of the four main Alien films, it's James Cameron’s action packed 1986 movie Aliens that provides the most explosive source material for a video game conversion. Konami knew this when it picked up the licence and released a fun arcade game, enabling players to blast pink xenomorphs in 1990. SEGA fans have...