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Ossu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (DS)

Ossu! Tatakae! Ouendan! review (DS)

Reviewed on April 05, 2007

Intelligent gamers around the globe imported Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan when it was released in 2005. I’m not that smart. Elite Beat Agents had to smash its quirky brilliance into my brain to make me realize that its Japanese predecessor could be anything more than a foreign novelty. This is, after all, a game where a male cheerleading squad inspires people to overcome life’s tribulations. Some of Ouendan’s signature humor is lost without translation, but this rhythm game’s pr...
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Honeycomb Beat (DS)

Honeycomb Beat review (DS)

Reviewed on April 02, 2007

The game’s real beauty is that it has something for any puzzle game aficionado. If you like to take your time and think things through, the ‘Puzzle’ mode is that perfect blend of frustration and addiction that will keep you locked in its icy, wicked grasp for a very long while. Meanwhile, ten stages of varying speed give ‘Evolution’ mode some definite longevity.
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Lost in Blue 2 (DS)

Lost in Blue 2 review (DS)

Reviewed on March 29, 2007

When you encounter a wild wolf, alligator or tiger, you can dance around attacks and retaliate with quick thrusts from a spear. You can also build furniture, cook mushrooms and go fishing. Really, there’s no shortage of ways to pass the time. The problem is that you mostly don’t have time for them.
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Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits (DS)

Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits review (DS)

Reviewed on March 28, 2007

Personal preferences are bound to vary, but it seems like a safe bet that the selection here won’t ultimately do much to please any but the arcade purists that likely already have a few game cabinets set up in their garage. Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits could have been something truly special with another 15 or so quality offerings, but in its current form it’s just another of those compilations most will choose to avoid.
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Metroid Prime: Hunters (DS)

Metroid Prime: Hunters review (DS)

Reviewed on March 15, 2007

I get a call in the morning. Metroid Prime: Hunters is in stock. Well, that doesn't seem right - a whole day early? Deciding not to curse my good fortune, I set out to pick up the game and see what all the fuss is about. I was rather put off by the fact that I managed to blow through the entire game in a mere four hours, but the game was quickly redeemed in my eyes once I logged onto the Wi-Fi deathmatches for the first time. Though the wait was long (since few people had the game at this point)...
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Yoshi's Island DS (DS)

Yoshi's Island DS review (DS)

Reviewed on March 10, 2007

Poor Yoshi. Despite his role as one of Nintendo’s popular characters, he’ll never get the same kind of treatment that the Mario Brothers enjoy. This little green dinosaur amounts to little more than a sidekick, a beast of burden whose sole existence revolves around meaningless drudgery. Sure, Yoshi can eat wild berries and swallow enemies with a single lash of his lethal tongue. Big deal. He’ll never get the chance to kick Bowser’s ass, be the savior of the Mushroom Kingdom, or get smooched by P...
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Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 (DS)

Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 review (DS)

Reviewed on March 04, 2007

A missed crosskick.
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Meteos: Disney Magic (DS)

Meteos: Disney Magic review (DS)

Reviewed on March 01, 2007

There are familiar films like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “The Little Mermaid,” but “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast” and many others don’t make an appearance at all. At least those characters who do show up are represented well. You get neat little pseudo-animations, like Mulan riding a surfboard with Stitch or the fairy godmother getting ready to cast a spell.
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Lunar Knights (DS)

Lunar Knights review (DS)

Reviewed on February 26, 2007

Trapped in a never-ending night, humans have no choice but to be enslaved in the cities, or fight for survival on the fringes of society. Even in the darkest of times, one thing the human race can not be stripped of is hope.
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Lunar Knights (DS)

Lunar Knights review (DS)

Reviewed on February 25, 2007

After centuries of getting their asses kicked, vampires have learned one important thing: Dracula is overrated. No longer must the creatures of the night rely on some dark lord to suddenly appear. Instead, the bloodthirsty villains have taken over the world with a blend of magic, technology, and brute strength. To ensure their success, the vampires have created the paraSOL system, a satellite that blocks out the sun and envelops Earth in perpetual darkness. Without their precious sunlight, regul...
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Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (DS)

Hotel Dusk: Room 215 review (DS)

Reviewed on February 12, 2007

Hotel Dusk has the point-and-click feature down, but the adventure is conspicuously absent. The most exciting locales to visit in the two story hotel are a few vacant rooms, the lifeless bar, and three short hallways.
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Diddy Kong Racing DS (DS)

Diddy Kong Racing DS review (DS)

Reviewed on February 10, 2007

Meet Diddy Kong. He’s one of the few video game sidekicks that have managed to garner the attention of countless gamers around the world. At first glance, you wouldn’t think that this little primate is one of the greatest unsung heroes of Nintendo’s many franchises. Compared to his more popular partner Donkey Kong, Diddy seems pretty weak, useless, and wimpy. Don’t let his appearance fool you; this guy can kick evil’s ass with supreme prejudice. If brutally slaughtering baddies with lethal cartw...
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All (DS)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All review (DS)

Reviewed on January 30, 2007

Justice for All is a complete rehash of the first Phoenix Wright. The engine is the same, just about all of the graphics are reused, some of the music is recycled, and the gameplay is virtually identical. Can you live with that? If the answer is "yes", then you should enjoy your time with Phoenix Wright 2.
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Elite Beat Agents (DS)

Elite Beat Agents review (DS)

Reviewed on January 27, 2007

What are the odds that a quirky and comic style music game released by a little known developer would be the best DS game of 2006? Well apparently very good, if Elite Beat Agents is anything to judge by. Elite Beat Agents comes very close to flawlessly combining colorful manga, beat dancing, and saving the world, while still creating an environment that is loads of fun. Developed by little-known company Inis, Elite Beat delivers an experience unlike anything you’ve probably played before. Furthe...
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Ganbare Goemon: Toukai Douchuu Ooedo Tengurigaeshi no Maki (DS)

Ganbare Goemon: Toukai Douchuu Ooedo Tengurigaeshi no Maki review (DS)

Reviewed on January 24, 2007

As the sun rises of the land of Edo, Goemon wakes up to the sound of angry yelling. Before he can even get his bearings, he is faced with a large mob of irate villagers armed with torches, pitchforks, spears, and other pointy objects. Apparently, they’ve come to either arrest Goemon or lynch him on the spot. Using nothing but his skills of disguise and a little luck, our hero manages to escape his likely death and meet up with Ebisumaru, his best friend/ partner/ ambiguously non-straight ninja. ...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Spirit Caller (DS)

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Spirit Caller review (DS)

Reviewed on January 23, 2007

Much strategy comes into play. What cards should you put in that will complement each other and make their powers stronger together than divided? What can you do to counter common card effects your opponent might use?
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Cartoon Network Racing (DS)

Cartoon Network Racing review (DS)

Reviewed on January 11, 2007

The game is designed well enough that it doesn’t have to dumb itself down to hide design deficiencies. The sluggish controls from the PlayStation 2 version are here replaced with responsive ones. The d-pad works great and when you need to take a sharp corner, pressing the ‘R’ button lets you brake into a drift that will soon find you navigating all sorts of twists and bends.
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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS)

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin review (DS)

Reviewed on December 17, 2006

The last thing Portrait of Ruin could be called is innovative. This is the definition of the assembly-line, take-no-chances, use-all-of-the-assets-from-the-previous-game sequel. If you've played Symphony of the Night, any of the three GBA games, or Dawn of Sorrow, you should know exactly what to expect: you'll trek through a labyrinthine castle, upgrading your abilities to access new areas ala Metroid, and beat up a whole bunch of enemies along the way. Luckily, Portrait of Ruin is as well-craft...
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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS)

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin review (DS)

Reviewed on December 17, 2006

Meet Jonathan Morris. He’s the son of the late John Morris, vampire hunter extraordinaire and the late hero of Castlevania: Bloodlines. Unlike his badass of a father, however, Jonathan is moody, self-righteous, and occasionally tempermental. Considering the legacy of his family established from previous adventures, it’s little wonder that this would-be hero has such a massive inferiority complex. He can’t even wield Vampire Killer, the legendary whip handed down from the Belmont family to...
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Meteos (DS)

Meteos review (DS)

Reviewed on December 16, 2006

Combining three like objects somehow never loses its appeal, as long as there is a twist, and for Q? Entertainment, that twist was probably found by wanting to reach the stars. With rockets in hand, Meteos lights a fuse under a puzzle concept that has been worked to death and blasts it off into space. Instead of evaporating into the pixilated void after forming lines and assorted shapes, Meteos blocks turn into incendiary squares with fire jets flaring underneath, propelling any bl...
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