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Weekly Nintendo Update

Monday, May 25th, 2009 by Zach Potts

First let’s start with the DSi. This week, we get American Popstar: Road to Celebrity and Photo Clock. American Popstar costs 800 points, is for 1-4 players, and contains four musical mini-games, like guitar and singing, as well as has you talking with a variety of characters, taking pictures, and signing autographs, all to become a top star. Photo Clock costs a mere 200 points, and is an application that both displays the time, as well as your pictures. You can set up to 3 alarms and view the clock in digital or analog; joy.

There are another 3 games for the Wii this week, which include the new BUBBLE BOBBLE Plus!, ADVENTURE ISLAND® The Beginning, and the classic Clay Fighter. Bubble Bobble Plus! is 600 points, while the other two are 800 points. Bubble Bobble Plus! features the original 100 rounds, as well as an additional 100 new rounds, plus multiplayer action, plus an online competitive mode, plus the ability to download new content in one of two add-ons. Adventure Island: The Beginning is a new game in the series, which features similar island-adventuring gameplay as the NES original, as well as new mini-games. The last treasure on the list is Clay Fighter, which is a pretty interesting 2-player fighter that features 8 characters and some cool graphics.

Pokemon Platinum Review

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 by Zach Potts

Title: Pokemon Platinum
Developer/Publisher: Game Freak / Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: 03/22/2009
Number of Players: 1, 2 local/online

Pokemon Platinum is the reinvention of both Pearl and Diamond which came out a few years ago for the Nintendo DS. Platinum does what Yellow, Crystal, and Emerald did before it, and combines the two games of the generation, while adding a handful of new features and elements. What all has changed and is it worth your time and money?


Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Review

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 by Zach Potts

Title: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Developer/Publisher: Intelligent Systems / Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: 02/16/2009
Number of Players: 1-2

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is a remake of the original NES game for the DS, melding together the story from the original with the game mechanics of recent iterations. If you’ve played past Fire Emblem games, like Sacred Stones, then you will be right at home with the goings on. Let’s see what kind of trouble Marth can get himself into.


Avalon Code Review

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 by Rafael Perez

Title: Avalon Code
Developer/Publisher: Matrix Software / Marvelous Entertainment and Xseed Games
Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: 03/10/2009
Number of Players: 1

Avalon Code is an action/RPG for the Nintendo DS that focuses on a mystical book and the ability to alter items via codes. You play a hero, destined to reinvent the world as you see fit. Currently, people are corrupt and sinister, and the powers at be have decided that the hero must be called on to recreate the world. Do you have it in you to decide what should stay and what should go?


101 in 1: Explosive Megamix Review

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 by Zach Potts

Title: 101 in 1: Explosive Megamix
Developer/Publisher: Nordcurrent / Atlus
Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: 04/21/2009
Number of Players: 2

101-in-1: Explosive Megamix is a compilation of, you guessed it, 101 mini-games. There is a great variety in the game of short, little games that you can play again and again, while unlocking new ones constantly.


World Championship Games DS Review

Friday, April 10th, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

Title: World Championship Games: A Track and Field Event
Developer/Publisher: The Code Monkeys/The Game Factory
Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: 03/01/2009
Number of Players: 1-4 players single and multi-card

After the Beijing Olympic Games it seems that it has become a high trend again to bring Track and Field event games back to all platforms. Not missing out on this boat, The Game Factory brings us World Championship Games: A Track and Field Event. Being a Nintendo DS title, it was to be expected that the stylus usage would be worked into the gameplay. Personally, I have found titles such as this to be very much a “hit or miss”. So it was with very low expectations that I entered into play with WCG.


DSi: Premium Edition

Sunday, April 5th, 2009 by Daniel Sandoval

Japan continues to get the enhanced versions of the Nintendo DSi. The game/system bundles are already rolling around to respond to the slowing DSi sales in Japan. Miles Edgeworth: Perfect Prosecutor (title pending), will be shipped alongside a limited edition Nintendo DSi.

While the color remains unchanged, the outer shell will contain a TAIHOKUN logo inspired by the game.


Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 by Zach Potts

Title: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Developer/Publisher: Rockstar Leeds/ Rockstar Games
Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: 3/17/2009
Number of Players: Single Player, 2 Local, WiFi

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars hit the streets earlier this week, and I was a bit leery like I’m sure a lot of you are. I was like, yeah, GTA on DS could be cool, but come on; it’ll probably be like those birds-eye view classic GTA games and be lame. However, after playing the game for only a few minutes, I soon understood that I was happily mistaken. I can easily say that Chinatown Wars has successfully recreated all the fun you had on the console versions, like GTA III – IV, and brought it to the DS.


Trackmania DS Review

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

Title: Trackmania DS
Developer/Publisher: Firebrand Games/Atlus
Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: 03/17/2009
Number of Players: 1-4 Multi and Single Card

What do you get if you toss a bit of racing game in with a touch of the old Excite Bike feel and smother it in a bit a rollercoaster sim? You get Trackmania DS, of course. Admittedly my Nintendo DS has been collecting dust a bit recently. That’s not because there’s anything wrong with it, not at all. I think it’s more of an issue that 2009 is already off to a banging start for gamers world-wide, and that’s a good thing. So, occasionally, certain titles or platforms get ignored for a week or two. When Trackmania DS showed up at the home office I thought it was time to dust off the DS and fire it up.


Nintendo Cares!

Friday, March 6th, 2009 by Daniel Sandoval

I wrote in to Nintendo in regards to getting some alternate DSi colors. It didn’t seem fair to me that the last couple of Nintendo consoles have been really lacking in colors here in North America. GameCube never got its Spice Orange launch and we never received our Lime-Green DS models. Nintendo of America responded.