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Metal Slug 7 (DS)

Metal Slug 7 (DS)

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...

Colour Cross (DS)

Colour Cross (DS)

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..

Skate It (DS)

Skate It (DS)

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..

Littlest Pet Shop: Winter (DS)

Littlest Pet Shop: Winter (DS)

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..

100 Classic Book Collection (DS)

100 Classic Book Collection (DS)

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;...

Dinosaur King (DS)

Dinosaur King (DS)

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..

Ninjatown (DS)

Ninjatown (DS)

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..

Need For Speed: Undercover (DS)

Need For Speed: Undercover (DS)

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..

PictoImage (DS)

PictoImage (DS)

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..

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS)

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS)

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..

Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys! (DS)

Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys! (DS)

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..

Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (DS)

Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (DS)

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...

Ninja Reflex (DS)

Ninja Reflex (DS)

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..

Bleach: Blade of Fate (DS)

Bleach: Blade of Fate (DS)

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..

Transformers: Decepticons (DS)

Transformers: Decepticons (DS)

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...

Transformers: Autobots (DS)

Transformers: Autobots (DS)

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...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (DS)

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (DS)

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..

42 All-Time Classics (DS)

42 All-Time Classics (DS)

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...

Essential Sudoku (DS)

Essential Sudoku (DS)

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..

Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)

Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)

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...