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  • #2575
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    Any recommendations for any good games?, I’m mainly after puzzly type games really.

    #85235

    > I’ve just bought a DS…

    Unlucky

    #85236
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Unsurprisingly, Smeg4Brains is wrong. Mario Kart DS is one of the best versions, and New Super Mario Bros is pretty damned fantastic as well. I don’t actually own one, and even I know that.

    #85237
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    … but if you want puzzly, James recommended Tetris DS unequivocally back when it came out :

    http://noisetosignal.org/games/2006/04/block-to-the-future-a-tetris-ds-review.php

    #85238

    I can only stand playing a DS for about 15 mins.

    #85239
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    Not really a puzzle game as such, but The Phantom Hourglass has a fair few puzzly bits.

    And Mario Kart is awesome. Obviously.

    >Unlucky

    Now I understand the pseudonym.

    #85252
    Phil
    Participant

    Can I borrow your DS, Danny?

    #85261
    John Hoare
    Participant

    ANIMAL.

    CROSSING.

    #85293

    ANIMAL.

    CROSSING.

    KICKS.

    ASS.

    I.

    WILL.

    TYPE.

    LIKE.

    THIS.

    FOREVER.

    #85319
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    Please don’t.

    #85331
    p2p_productions
    Participant

    DON’T TAKE IT APART!

    Seriously, I bought a replacement case, and managed to damage the top screen flat wire and also the power button, all in one sitting. Believe me, I was careful, but the internal circuitry of the Lite is so delicate, it’s just not worth it.

    Games: Super Mario’s pretty good. If you’re lucky enough to get hold of an R4DS, you can upload SCUMM_DS, and a fair amount of compatible Lucasarts games, providing you have the original discs (and if you dig those games, of course).

    #85334
    Zombie Jim Undead
    Participant

    I liked the version of Mario 64 on the DS.

    It got mediocre reviews cos the controls are a bit awkward, but the sheer novelty of playing Mario 64 on the shitter got me so aroused that I had to ice the log.

    #85338

    You MUST get Brain Training, if only to give yourself necessary stress and heart problems trying to get your mental age to below three million years (see how I cleverly linked that to Dwarf?).

    #85344
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    Well, i’ve bought Brain Training, More Brain Training and Touch Master. Might get Mah Jongg as it’s a seriously fun game to play!

    #85345

    You pass the first part of the taste test. Now onto… Cooking Mama!

    #85604
    Phil
    Participant

    Hopefully this won’t make you feel too bad, Danny…

    http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3170305

    But at least now I know I’ll eventually be getting a DS. :-)

    #85606
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    Yeah, I was gonna post this.

    I’m now in a bit of a quandry as my oldstyle DS seems to be broken. The microphone no longer works and I can’t complete Phantom Hourglass without it.

    I was going to flog it on ebay (as slightly broken) and get a Lite, then I saw this new gubbins. Only problem is it doesn’t play GBA games.

    #85607
    Phil
    Participant

    >Only problem is it doesn?t play GBA games.

    Yeah, that is a problem. But the camera/web browser appeals to me in a way that GBA compatibility did not, so I really don’t have much right to complain.

    I’ll make my decision closer to release. If I decide to go with some overstocked old ones, I’ll be able to get it pretty cheap. Either way I win. For once…

    #85610
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    I don’t actually have many GBA game and most of them are SNES ports.

    I have already re-bought Super Mario World and Street Fighter 2 on the virtual console, but would be rather sorry to let go of Mario Kart Super Circuit. Definitely one of the best MK’s.

    #85614
    pfm
    Participant

    > I can only stand playing a DS for about 15 mins.

    I’m so sorry. Though that’s the least of your problems.

    #85620
    John Hoare
    Participant

    As far as I understand it, most GBA games that are SNES ports have butchered sound anyway, due to the limitations of the GBA.

    Mind you, I can’t say the new model excites me too much. But maybe I just need to see it in action. Either way, if it’s not arriving in the US until 2009, God knows when it’ll get to the UK!

    #85621
    Phil
    Participant

    Reading up on it, the ability to download games via a handheld virtual console seems to be what they’re working toward in lieu of the GBA slot. For anyone who already owns the actual cartridges, this means buying the games a second time. But for those who don’t–me–it’s a chance to cherry pick and miss out on nothing. Who knows…maybe games from even further back in Nintendo’s portable history will get another chance at life.

    Playing Phantom Hourglass is a good reason in itself for me to finally get a DS, but being able to replay Link’s Awakening and finally try out all the rest of the handheld Zelda titles…why…I’d be a fool to pass that up.

    #85622
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    Right, that’s convinced me. I’m flogging it.

    Not sure how much I’ll get for “A Slightly Broken oldstyle NintendoDS and some GBA games”, but it’s worth a punt. I don’t play it that often, so can cope with the wait for the new one

    #85874
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Rhythm Tengoku Gold. It’s Guitar Hero meets WarioWare. It’s noly out in Japan at the moment, but there’s minimal text so it’s worth importing.

    #85969
    Stabbim the Skutter
    Participant

    Diddy Kong Racing DS. It’s leaps and bounds better than Mario Kart, in that it actually relys on skill instead of hoping you don’t get bombed by blue shells.

    #85991
    Tarka Dal
    Participant

    You can buy Subbuteo on DS. In the abscence of anyone to actually play against I’m actually quite keen on the idea!

    #86016
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Stabbim the Skutter is made from dust and lies…
    Diddy Kong Racing DS. It?s leaps and bounds better than Mario Kart, in that it actually relys on skill instead of hoping you don?t get bombed by blue shells.

    Diddy Kong Racing DS is probably one of the worst games I own. Really. I never got why N64 fans looked back on DKR64 with rose-tinted glasses – a friend of mine said it was awesome, and then dusted off his N64 in an attempt to prove it to me. We turned it off after the first two or three races, and he said, “Okay, well, it was better back in the day. You had to be there.”

    A truly good game stands the test of time and can be replayed again and again. Games like The Secret of Monkey Island, Cannon Fodder, Worms, and the original Super Mario Kart all fall under this category. Diddy Kong Racing does not, and nor does its DS counterpart. It’s just shit.

    #86018
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    You are wrong.

    It’s a great game with a ton of tracks. It’s also consderably better than Mario Kart 64. Worst Mario Kart by a country mile. Diddy Kong is a bit lacking in multiplayer, but MK64 is lacking all over.

    Haven’t played the DS port, mind. Remember thinking the graphics looked a bit ropey though.

    #86019
    Ridley
    Participant

    Worst Mario Kart by a country mile.

    Only if you’re not counting Double Dash as a Mario Kart game.

    #86020
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Double Dash is incredibly underrated. Brilliant game, that – the courses aren’t exactly Grade A stuff but the two-character-per-kart gameplay mechanic was an interesting twist on the norm and one I was disappointed to see disappear in MarioKart Wii. marioKart 64 wasn’t great, and it’s definitely the weakest of the series, but it’s still miles ahead of Diddy Kong Racing so far as I’m concerned.

    #86022
    Phil
    Participant

    I never had a problem with Mario Kart 64, at least at the time of its release, aside from the fact that my go-to guy, Koopa Troopa, was MIA. I haven’t really played it since the upgrade to Gamecube way back when, so I might be more critical nowadays. At the time, though, I loved it.

    The thing about Double Dash is that I’ve only played it once. Rather than renting it or buying it myself, a friend of mine got it and I went over to play it with her. We spent a few hours on it, and I didn’t dislike it exactly, but, afterward, I had no compulsion to play it again.

    Which, for a Mario Kart game, is just inconceivable to me.

    It could have been many different factors that kept me from being inclined to play it again, but it’s a really strange thing that it’s the ONLY Mario Kart game I’ve ever played that I haven’t specifically desired to pick up again.

    I’d give it another chance, but for now it’s my least favorite in the series by default.

    #86510
    Phil
    Participant

    http://www.wiiware-world.com/news/2008/11/new_dsiware_details_revealed

    Hmm. Still no news of classic handheld games being downloadable. PLEASE don’t tell me that the virtual console abilities will be limited to new minigames and puzzlers.

    #92032
    Phil
    Participant

    http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/Q5D4ti_bPqJO_I0Oup0AMFudaUOLz6C7

    New DSi coming April 5 to NA. $169.99 suggested retail.

    I’ll need Mario Kart DS, Metroid Prime Hunters, New Super Mario Bros., Phantom Hourglass and Electroplankton. If anyone would like to buy them for me…

    #92039
    si
    Participant

    They’re making a Coronation Street game for the DS, aren’t they? Do you think there’ll be a Dwarfy sub-game? Come to that, why not a full on Red Dwarf DS game? That’d be pretty cool.

    #92043
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    My kids have DS’s and apart from losing the bloody pen thingie I can vouch for them as excellent fun. The things I can do with a virtual dog…

    Brain Training rocks.

    #92044
    si
    Participant

    I like the ten pin bowling game.

    #92094
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The things I can do with a virtual dog?

    VIRTUAL DOOOOGGG?!!

    #92142
    si
    Participant

    Virtual?

    #92151
    Phil
    Participant

    I thought I was pleased with my April 5 release date, but it looks like you lucky EU bastards will be getting it April 3.

    #92152
    JamesTC
    Participant

    You can’t get anything in April, the days leading up to April 10 should be saved for meditation.

    #92154
    si
    Participant

    Or medication, whichever suits you best.

    #92169
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    #94471
    Phil
    Participant

    The DSi is getting a virtual console.
    http://ds.kombo.com/article.php?artid=7007

    Oh Link’s Awakening…how I’ve missed you…

    #94473
    Mr Flibble
    Participant

    Ooh, GTA for the DS seems quite good, but I’ve not played much yet.

    #94476
    JamesTC
    Participant

    GTA CTW does look good, I might get it, still need to finish Lost and the Damned though.

    #94501
    SkyAndSun
    Participant

    GTA CTW is brilliant. And it’s so much better than GTA4 (haven’t tried the expansion), which for me sucked the fun out of the franchise.

    #94503
    Mr Flibble
    Participant

    However apparently it’s only 10 hours long, so I’m wondering whether to leave it for the plane when I go away in a few weeks or play it now.

    Are you allowed to play DS on the plane with their WiFi?

    #94504
    SkyAndSun
    Participant

    I have heard that the campaign is short – but there is far more optional content than GTA4. I’ve had the game since last Thursday and I’m about a quarter of the way through the campaign, if that. Things like tattooing people, ambulance driving, rampages, random pedestrians with missions, races and drug dealing have kept me busy.

    #94567
    JamesTC
    Participant

    I will have to go and look at some screen shots of CTW. I will end up buying it but the screen shots might tempt me to get it sooner rather than later.
    While GTA IV was a bit lacking in the optional content I did find the main game to be up there with Vice City. Not to say San Andreas was bad, just not as good as VC or IV. One thing that is annoying about GTA IV is the amount of repetitive Taxi missions.

    #94568
    JamesTC
    Participant

    It looks very cartoony, not to say that is a bad thing, it is a good direction for a DS incarnation.

    #94569
    Mister E
    Participant

    Games that a worth a shit for the DS:

    -Elite Beat Agents
    -Mario Kart DS
    -The World Ends With You
    -Final Fantasy IV
    -Sonic Rush
    -Super Mario 64 DS
    -New Super Mario Bros.

    I’ve heard good things about GTA: Chinatown Wars as well.

    #94574
    Liam Fretwell
    Participant

    I play Professor Layton and the Curious Village on my sister’s DS when I’m at my parents. Also play the Touchmaster games.

    I’d get a R4 cartridge for your DS if I were you… ;)

    Not that I condone that sort of thing of course

    #94576
    Richey
    Participant

    If you grew up playing Nintendo games, buy New Super Mario Brothers. Quality retro style gaming updated to look smashing.

    #94578
    Liam Fretwell
    Participant

    The problem I had with New Super Mario Brothers was I found it far too short.

    This is coming from someone who completes the original NES version in just over 6 minutes ;)

    #94579
    Richey
    Participant

    Then there is no pleasing you! :P

    #94581
    Liam Fretwell
    Participant

    There never is when it comes to Mario. With the exception of Galaxy and Mario Kart Wii of course. Actually, no, I lie. I like all the Mario games…. Except Dr. Mario. That sucked ass.

    #94584
    Richey
    Participant

    Hahahaha Dr Mario :P

    #94585
    Liam Fretwell
    Participant

    If anyone has a copy of Mario Sunshine for the Gamecube that they don’t want, send it my way! I think that’s one of the few I’m missing….

    #94589
    Phil
    Participant

    >Except Dr. Mario. That sucked ass.

    Get out.

    #94594
    JamesTC
    Participant

    The new Super Mario is fantastic if you ask me, so much replability, I have finished the game with everything twice and those mini games, well they are worth the price tag alone.

    #95106
    Phil
    Participant

    Writing this on my new dsi, jiggazz! Time for porn and Mario Kart.

    #95107
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    Got 50 notes for my old-style DS on eBay and my DSi is waiting for me at the Post Office. Now, with the aid of a microphone that actually works, I can progress further in Phantom Hourglass.

    #95112
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I bought Chrono Trigger recently with a view to playing it on the flight back to Los Angeles next week.

    #95113
    mick
    Participant

    I’d love a DS…

    #95119
    Phil
    Participant

    >Got 50 notes for my old-style DS on eBay

    I don’t know what the going rate is, but that sounds like you did pretty good for yourself on that deal…considering it’s a few years old and kind of broken.

    I just have Phantom Hourglass and New Super Mario Bros., and two games from the DSi Download shop. (You get 1000 free points just for logging in!)

    So far I can’t keep my hands off it.

    …Maybe later I’ll play with the DSi.

    #95122
    JamesTC
    Participant

    So how does the DSi work with a connection to the internet, wireless or can you connect it to your laptop.

    #95124
    Phil
    Participant

    There’s a USB adapter available (no idea what it costs, but it’s mentioned somewhere in the system settings menu) if you need it, but I think it “intends” to connect to a network wirelessly.

    So yeah, there is some way to get a wired connection out of it, but I don’t know how much that configuration actually entails.

    #95212
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    >Just have Phantom Hourglass and New Super Mario Bros., and two games from the DSi Download shop. (You get 1000 free points just for logging in!)

    Which two games did you get, Phil? Are the points only for DSi games (ie. you can’t use them for Wii downloads instead)?

    #95213
    Phil
    Participant

    I bought Pyoro (a standalone version of some WarioWare game I never played), which was only 200 points and definitely worth the download, if only to have a genuinely fun, addictive time-waster ready at all times on your DSi.

    And the underwater Art Style game. Because everything Art Style touches turns to sex. It was 500 points so if you’re not a big puzzler fan already, don’t bother. If you ARE, then you’ll appreciate the calm hypnosis of the game, and the truly excellent interactive soundtrack.

    Also, as far as I am aware, the points are only good on the console you purchased them on. If you buy a points card, you can use it on either the Wii or the DSi, but you can’t swap them back and forth; the points are tethered to that particular console.

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