DS News

August2006

  • Competition Mario Fanatics Competition

    Nintendo have teamed up with Buzznet giving you the chance to win a DS Lite completed with New Super Mario Bros game.

    Still not managed to go and treat yourself to a brand new DS Lite system? Nintendo are now offering you the chance to WIN one simply by showing your eternal love for Mario. "Remember the time you freaked out because the power...

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    Review Break 'em All

    For those of you who would love to play Breakout again.

    If you've ever had an addiction for the game Breakout or Arkinoid, you may have interest in the DS game Break 'Em All, especially with the price tag of $19.99. There are 12 power ups you can gain, 50 pre-set levels to play, and a massive number of randomized levels. Unfortunately, this may not...

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    Review Trauma Centre: Under The Knife

    Get prepped for surgery, stat!

    Trauma Centre is one of those games that I never imagined would become a game. You play as a new, rookie surgeon. That's right, a doctor! Using the touch screen, you perform a variety of surgeries on all sorts of patients. From burning away tumors, to massaging someone's heart to resuscitate them. The game's...

July2006

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    Review Monster House

    It's actually not that bad...

    Monster House, of course, is based on the movie that just got recently released. I must say that I'm quite surprised that the game isn't bad, for a movie tie-in game. The game is in the same style as Smash TV or Total Carnage, with great run and gun action, and a bird's eye view. I have not yet gotten a chance to see...

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    Review Yoshi Touch & Go

    Touching is good!

    Yoshi Touch & Go was an early title for the DS. The game centres on getting the highest score possible, making it feel like an arcade game. With other excellent selections for the DS with much more depth though, this game has been overlooked by many. However, it isn't all that bad. The game starts out with you controlling baby...

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    Review Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

    Court is now in session! Will the defendant please take to the stand?

    For everyone outside of Japan, Phoenix Wright is a bold and new concept for a game. Can Western gamers really appreciate a highly text driven game about a defence attorney? For the case against this game for being a waste of money, I plea with you, members of the jury, hear this...

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    Review The Urbz: Sims in the City

    Boooorrrinnggg!

    The Urbz: Sims in the City is a poorly made Sims experience. In fact, this is a completely different experience from the original Sims title. The Sims was a slow paced game where you could play God and control how people live their lives. Unfortunately, the Urbz doesn't give you the same freedom that the original Sims gave you. The...

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    Review Point Blank DS

    Dr. Don & Dr. Dan return to our screens, breaking free from the PlayStation universe and emerging on the DS.

    For those that don't know, Namco's Point Blank series originated as an arcade title back in 1994 along with its partner in crime, Time Crisis. Both games were ported over to the PlayStation using the fashionable G-Con 45 light gun. Point...

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    Review New Super Mario Bros.

    New and improved?

    Just a little over 20 years ago, Nintendo released their Nintendo Entertainment System onto the US gaming market and packaged with it, a game that would forever change the landscape of video games. This game was the original Super Mario Bros. and it single-handedly sold millions of NES systems. Over the next five years Nintendo...

June2006

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    Review WarioWare Touched!

    You've got the touch

    The biggest mistake you could possibly make with WarioWare Touched! is overlooking it due to the simplistic visuals. Until you play the game it isn't apparent that this simplicity is what keeps WarioWare so entertaining. If there ever was a DS game that can appeal to all ages, this surely is it. I must admit that the subset of...

May2006

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    Review Sonic Rush

    Our favorite blue hedgehog returns in his first DS outing and along with that brings a new friend along for the ride: Blaze the cat.

    So what does this mean for all those Sonic fans who still feel Sonic 3 and Knuckles was the last great Sonic game? Nothing because this is just as good if not better! No longer do we have bottomless pits from Sonic...

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    Review Pac N Roll

    Pac's on a roll, with no self-control

    Everyone knows Pac-man from his highly addictive debut arcade game, but for a while now Pac-man has been taking a walk on the wild side and venturing into the world of 3D. So it came as no surprise to see that the yellow gobbler has made it onto another DS game, this time 3D. And Thus starts the Pac 'n Roll...

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    Review Project Rub

    "The Rub Rabbits help you to score with the girl, but how does the game itself score?"

    Rub It! Touch it! Breathe on it! Yell at it! Are the best phrases to describe Project Rub (Feel the Magic). The game makes use of every feature that is individual to the DS. Making it one of the most exclusive and refreshing titles around. Quirky can not even...

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    Review Metroid Prime: Hunters

    Prime pocket power

    Retro Studios' highly regarded Metroid Prime games may only be available on home consoles, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from bringing a slice of first-person Samus to the DS in the form of Metroid Prime: Hunters. In Hunters, you take the role of the female bounty hunter, Samus Aran, who seeks an "ultimate power." In...

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    Review Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain?

    I can now add and subtract small numbers without using my fingers.

    In the past, I have heard many things about how good video games are for you. I've heard that they help with hand-eye coordination and can even help increase knowledge. Of course, I never understood how, in anyway, it could really help. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day...

April2006

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    Review Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble

    Superhero Joe returns for a portable adventure, but is it Henshin a good-good baby?...

    Viewtiful Joe Double Trouble is yet another instalment in the classic Capcom series about the superhero who loves films, Viewtiful Joe. The DS outing had a lot to live up to in comparison to the console versions, maybe a bit too much was expected? For me the first...

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    Review Animal Crossing: Wild World

    It's so cute!

    To tell you the truth, I don't feel like Animal Crossing: Wild World is a video game. To me, it's more of a hangout. It's a fantasy world you can go to, to escape from reality…especially if you enjoy collecting furniture and planting pear trees. Wild World takes you away from your dull and boring life, to an alternate world full of...

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    Review Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan

    Welcome to the world of quirky Japanese rhythm games. I hope you enjoy your stay...

    As you may have guessed Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (in English; Go! Fight! Cheer Squad) is a musical rhythm game for your Nintendo DS. As it is only available in Japan the game is host to many Japanese tunes (catchy ones at that) and the typical quirky scenarios you would...

  • News Lost Magic Details

    Ubisoft have released another snippet of information for the upcoming "Lost Magic" title for Nintendo DS.

    Today, Ubisoft have published a fact sheet overview of its upcoming "Lost Magic" game for Nintendo DS set to release on April 28th. In a world after the "Creator" has passed away… He left humans 6 types of magic (earth, water, fire,...

  • News Tetris Grows Up

    Tetris DS is coming soon, classic gameplay with added Touch Control and Wi-Fi enabled.

    Nintendo hype up the revamped "Tetris DS" with a press release, the game is set to feature 6 themed gaming modes and of course, online multiplayer action. Launching across Europe on 21st April, Tetris is ready to re-capture the hearts of millions once again...

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    Review Super Princess Peach

    FINALLY, Princess Peach gets her own solo adventure to herself, and even gets a chance to save Mario!

    It's been a long while since Nintendo has made a traditional 2-D Mario game, so you could imagine what excitement I had when I found Nintendo would be releasing one. To my surprise, Super Princess Peach was nothing I thought it would be like. Sure...

February2006

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    Review Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time

    Just in time

    If you are one of those lucky people to have played Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga on the GBA you will understand the hype behind this new game. Set after the events of their GBA adventure Mario and Luigi are once again called upon to restore peace to their beloved Mushroom kingdom. The previous instalment saw us play as both Mario and...

January2006

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    Review Pac-Pix

    Draw Pac-Man, move him and gobble as many ghoulies as possible in this DS adventure.

    We all remember Pac-Man as being one of those highly addictive early games that you still play to this day. Recently he has been going through some changes, there are now several 3D adventures and a Mrs Pac-Man ;). Pac-Pix sees Pac-Man back on a 2D plain but this...

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    Review Jump Superstars

    Characters from Japanese manga Jump's franchise's all duke it out in a Smash Brothers style game.

    Jump is a manga company/publisher in Japan who owns a large proportion to the rights of most Japanese cartoons that you have seen. These feature the likes of Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, GTO and Rurouni Kenshin. In America they are under various...

December2005

  • News Japanese DS Sales Hit 5 Million

    Just over 12 months were needed to sell over 5.4 million Nintendo DS units.

    Reuters has today reported Nintendo's Satoru Iwata confirming that domestic sales of the DS portable game machine reached 5 million units in less than 13 months after its launch in early December 2004, becoming the fastest-ever pace in Japan's video game market. Whatever the...