Tag Archive: nintendo ds

Aliens Infestation

With the Nintendo DS at its end of life, gamers have been blessed with an atmospheric Metroidvania-style love letter to the Aliens franchise.

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Disgaea DS initial impressions

After having missed the original as well as the PSP remake, I’m finally getting around to playing the DS version of Disgaea. I’m familiar with the game world, and I played the everlovin’ heck out of the Prinny games on the PSP, so I pretty much knew what to expect from a style point of view…but even still, this is one crazy fun game.

Offering up more challenging fare than Final Fantasy Tactics or Valkeryie Profile, the variety and depth of Disgaea is only outdone by its amusing narrative and surprisingly deep characters. The visuals are great, and having a simple map displayed on the top screen of the DS makes movement much easier on crowded maps with a lot of varied terrain heights.

From what I’ve read, seen, and heard, there’s the potential for hundreds of hours worth of gameplay, depending on how much of a completionist you feel like being. With only a handful of hours under my belt, I know I’ve barely scratched the surface of what Disgaea has to offer, but I get the feeling I’m going to try to take this one all the way to the end. I really dig what it has to offer, and I highly recommend you check it out on any of the systems it has been released for. If you play it on the DS though, just make sure you turn off the spoken dialogue…the English voices are absolutely horrid, and unlike other versions of the game, there’s no way to switch it over to Japanese.

The final ten hours

After dozens of short bursts of gameplay, I decided I was ready to finish off Radiant Historia and move on to something new.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVED Radiant Historia, and consider it to be one of the best RPGs of the past decade (which is funny, when you consider I hadn’t even heard of it a month ago!)  Still, I was ready to leave the world of Stocke and Heiss behind.  I figured that Memorial Day Weekend was the perfect time to go nuts and finish it off.

As of Friday afternoon (May 27th), I had just over 19 hours of time played on my save file.  We had a lot going on this weekend, so I had to multi-task a bit…I spent a couple hours gaming while watching old South Park episodes, then while watching Tales from the Script (look for a review soon), and then while watching Color Me Kubrick.  I took my DS with me any time we went anywhere, sometimes putting in just a few minutes at a time while waiting around at a friend’s place, or while talking with another group of friends, or while walking to the car.  Finally, after what felt like forever, I finished off the game on Sunday night (May 29th) with a total playtime of 30 hours and 25 minutes.  Those final ten hours felt like they took longer than the previous 20!  Insanity!

Time to move on!  I plan on picking up The Witcher 2 at some point, but I felt like I wanted another DS game for now.  After hearing about Takashi Miike working on a Phoenix Wright movie, I decided to go through the whole trilogy.  I’m only at the start of the third case in the first game, but I can already see why this series is so well liked…it’s hilarious, relaxing, and requires nothing more than your own brain to figure everything out.  I know I’m late to the party on this, but I highly suggest checking them out.

My favorite Nintendo DS RPGs

No genre has flourished more on the Nintendo DS than the RPG.  Turn-based, strategy, action…they’re all represented.  With the DS’ lifespan coming to a close, I figured it was time to appreciate some of the best role playing experiences the system has to offer.  Here, in no particular order, is a list of what I consider to be the best Nintendo DS RPGs.

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999 preview

9 Hours, 9 Persons, and 9 Doors is like an interactive novel crossed with an old-school first-person adventure game like Myst.  The storyline, which is undeniably inspired by the Saw films, really gets its hooks in you and doesn’t let go.  Toss on some headphones, turn out the lights, and the game becomes incredibly immersive.  You should definitely check it out…just make sure you have a lot of spare time on your hands, as it’s nearly impossible to turn this one off.  Look for our full review to post up soon.

Pokemon Black and White

The latest pair of Pokemon games have been loosed upon North America’s shores.  Are you ready to catch ‘em all…again?

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Portrait of Ruin

The second of three Castlevania games released on the Nintendo DS, Portrait of Ruin is well worth your time.

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Sands of Destruction

On a portable console filled with primitive-looking 3D RPGs, Sands of Destruction kicks it old school.

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Etrian Odyssey

A cross between old-school first person dungeon crawlers and more modern fare, Etrian Odyssey is a beautiful journey into the deep.

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FIFA Soccer 10 (Nintendo DS version)


FIFA 10 has been highly regarded throughout the gaming world.  How does one of its portable iterations match up?  In today’s review, we cover the Nintendo DS version.

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