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Bleach: The Blade of Fate (DS)

Bleach: The Blade of Fate review (DS)

Reviewed on April 29, 2008

The window for importing Bleach: Souten ni Kakeru Unmei has officially closed. It will always be one of the standout fighting games on the DS, given its strong technical execution and popular anime appeal. The fact that it come the 2-D masters at Treasure will also make many nod with knowing optimism. But players in glorious Nippon have moved on to the sequel, thinning the ranks for Wi-Fi multiplayer. Most important, though, the English localization is now upon us, providing outsiders...
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Draglade (DS)

Draglade review (DS)

Reviewed on April 28, 2008

As much as Draglade might sound like a cheap energy drink, it’s actually a DS action-RPG that feels like a cross between Pokemon and Megaman Battle Network, with an element of music-and-rhythm thrown in for good measure.
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Contact (DS)

Contact review (DS)

Reviewed on April 25, 2008

Contact has drawn strong comparisons to a few other games, but it reminded me most of Secret of Evermore - of that 16-bit Mana substitute's Frankenstein-like attempt to construct an RPG story without the slightest charm or spark of life. Evermore, though, had Jeremy Soule's evocative music and an inspired idea here and there, like the giant chess board with malevolent pieces or a uniquely sad cameo by Cecil of FF4. Contact, by contrast, boasts a development...
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The World Ends with You (DS)

The World Ends with You review (DS)

Reviewed on April 17, 2008

One of the biggest criticisms of post Final Fantasy 6 Square-Enix titles is Tetsuya Nomura, that being the character designer for pretty much every Square-Enix title that isn’t Dragon Quest related. Criticisms of Nomura include that he has a fetish for belts and zippers, and that he loves making bad emo protagonists (Cloud and Squall from FF7/FF8 respectively). The World Ends With You was supposed to be proof that Squaresoft could make something that wasn’t a standard JRPG with Nomura’s designs....
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Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS)

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword review (DS)

Reviewed on April 15, 2008

When a developer designs a DS action game around the touch screen, they’re just asking for trouble. All too often, action games that use the touch screen as the centerpiece of the experience end up playing like a complete mess. That didn’t stop Ninja Gaiden developer, Team Ninja, from trying. Amazingly, their newest effort, Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword, not only makes the touch screen work – it offers up some of the DS’ best thrills to date.
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Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS)

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword review (DS)

Reviewed on April 14, 2008

Dragon Sword sports a three-dimensional feel that is one of the game's most striking elements. Ryu ventures through a variety of hauntingly beautiful environments. Team Ninja does here what Capcom did with the Resident Evil games and that Square did with its PlayStation-era Final Fantasy efforts. You're simply wandering across static backgrounds with points of interactivity.
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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (DS)

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney review (DS)

Reviewed on April 08, 2008

Within the last year I’ve been catching on with various nerdy catchphrases such as Naruto’s “Believe it!” and Link’s “Well excuuuuuuse me, princess!” from the animated cartoon series. After recently getting into the Ace Attorney games, pointing my arm out and shouting “Objection!” has become my new mannerism. There have been three Ace Attorney games released in the U.S. known as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. After the third game in the series, Trials and Tribulations, Phoenix Wright’s story c...
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Crayola Treasure Adventures (DS)

Crayola Treasure Adventures review (DS)

Reviewed on April 05, 2008

I fully believe that it is possible to make compelling games without even the cartooniest amount of violence or negativity, but that should not be an obstacle to entertainment and complexity. Crayola Treasure Adventures is endearing, but the fun wears down quickly.
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Spitfire Heroes: Tales of the Royal Air Force (DS)

Spitfire Heroes: Tales of the Royal Air Force review (DS)

Reviewed on April 01, 2008

It’s a shame. This game reeks of wasted potential. While the World War II setting is certainly appealing, being forced to take down the Germans with a single plane isn’t. There could have been so much more here – tactical bombings, NPC allies, you name it – but you’ve just got some wings, a couple of machine guns, and a prayer.
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Bomberman Land Touch! 2 (DS)

Bomberman Land Touch! 2 review (DS)

Reviewed on March 30, 2008

Touch 2 does a good job of throwing an insane selection of just how many games you play and at varying the difficulty of them all. You’ll also have problems with a game that asks you to slingshot yourself into the air to try and collect coloured bombs for point, but you’ll have less of a problem pulling the same bombs out of a pond when you take on a fishing mini-game. It will probably take you a few turns to rack up enough points to pass a stage that has a hanger spit out a constant stream of tanks at you that you need destroy by lobbing bombs into their path, but you’ll probably find it easier to finish off a game of air-hockey played with an explosive puck you need to explode in the face of your challenger
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Neves (DS)

Neves review (DS)

Reviewed on March 30, 2008

Neves’ simplicity might make it seem dull or uninviting, but in reality it’s an extremely entertaining and seriously addictive puzzle game.
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Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)

Professor Layton and the Curious Village review (DS)

Reviewed on March 25, 2008

Imagine a place where instead of going down the pub for a pint and pig snacks, you'd rather have your brain smashed by a perplexing puzzle than a pool cue, and that a test of a man's will is not a gun duel at dawn or glove slap to the face but by solving mind bending puzzles. Welcome to St. Mystere! Professor Layton and his happy-go-lucky assistant Luke are called into town to help settle an inheritance dispute, but gets tied up with a various other mysteries along the way including a murder, st...
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Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)

Professor Layton and the Curious Village review (DS)

Reviewed on March 23, 2008

“Raring to try another puzzle? Ooh, nothing gets my heart racing like a passionate man!” coos the corpulent innkeeper, laying bare her ulterior motive. Usually a proper English gentleman like Professor Layton would politely talk his tophat out the door, but this smitten woman dangles the promise of a puzzle. As a world-renowned riddle-solver, the Professor just can't resist.
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Puchi Puchi Virus (DS)

Puchi Puchi Virus review (DS)

Reviewed on March 20, 2008

Of course, let's also not forget the fact that swiping the stylus around the screen in a flurry of quick pokes is likely to lead to some moments where you can't see much because your hand or wrist is briefly in the way. You'd think the developers would account for the natural phenomenon of non-transparent limbs, but they didn't. Indeed, they did quite the opposite; not only do viruses soon congeal too quickly, but they also move.
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The World Ends with You (DS)

The World Ends with You review (DS)

Reviewed on March 07, 2008

It’s hot out today. The sun is baking the pavement, turning the downtown asphalt into a stove. That doesn’t deter the people, however. The Shibuya shopping district is never slowed down by weather. Hundreds of sightseers are lounging in their chairs, wolfing down their fast food as they plan their next stop. Children and parents wander up and down the streets, gazing longingly into the store windows they pass. Others are meandering through the crowd, lost in whatever thoughts or problems they mi...
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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (DS)

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney review (DS)

Reviewed on March 05, 2008

Apollo Justice is exactly like the Phoenix Wright games. The formula has been beaten to death at this point; what was fresh and original in the first game is feeling awfully worn-out now. Despite being the first game in the series developed with the DS in mind, and getting a new main character, almost nothing has changed for better or worse. None of the nagging flaws from the previous Ace Attorneys have been addressed, which is very annoying, considering the developers have had three sequels wit...
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (DS)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix review (DS)

Reviewed on March 03, 2008

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix marks the fifth title in the series of games EA has produced for the movies. In so doing, it reaches a number of sequels that goes unrivaled by almost everyone who is not Megaman. Thankfully, EA usually manages to change the series gameplay with each release, meaning they have hits and misses across all platforms. Unfortunately in the case of the recent DS title, it's a miss.
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Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (DS)

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime review (DS)

Reviewed on March 01, 2008

Slimes, you know them, you love them, and you can't live without them. However, these blue little blobs have a dark, dank secret. They're actually communists. They distract us with their cute little antics which results in easy experience points. Meanwhile, Castro and Lenin use this opportunity to convert all RPG players to communism. Of course these allegations can't be proven, but that may change after playing a game where they're the star of the show in Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime for t...
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Mega Brain Boost (DS)

Mega Brain Boost review (DS)

Reviewed on February 28, 2008

I suggest passing on Mega Brain Boost since it offers less content than the Brain Age games it imitates.
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Big Brain Academy (DS)

Big Brain Academy review (DS)

Reviewed on February 26, 2008

Big Brain Academy is a sequel to the smash-hit game Brain Age. It follows the same basic principals as it's predecessor by giving you an examination of your brain after completing various mini-games. The game only contains 15 different mini-games for you to test your brain on, although fun they do start to get repetitive after a while and this is the game's main fault.
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