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DS Games
Since I got my DS Lite at the end of November, I've acquired a bunch of games for it. Here's a short thought on each:
  • Brain Age - This is a fun brain exercise game, with training and tests to improve and evaluate your "Brain Age". You unlock additional training excercises the more days you train. It also includes quite a few sudoku boards in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. I've found myself only playing a couple times a week now, but it's good for a quick session.
  • Metroid Prime: Hunters - A pretty well-done FPS, I've only gone through a couple of the levels so far. You can control aiming with the stylus and movement with the D-pad, which gives an almost numberpad/mouse feeling. Or, as some people prefer, you can aim with the AB/XY buttons. Perhaps more intriguing than the single player mode, though, are the local and WiFi options. You can play different scenarios, including your standard deathmatch battle, either online or with local wireless. You can even play with one gamecard (Download Play) for local battle matches. I'd probably play this game more if I didn't suck, and I had broadband.
  • Nintendogs: Dachshund & Friends - I really thought that Heather and I were going to like this game -- but we just didn't. Also, our real dogs didn't like it either. After a few days of playing with the dogs, entering competitions, and taking them on walks, I got bored. It just seemed like a chore to play. And whenever I would try to use the voice commands, our real dogs would get confused. However, some of our friends who came over one night played it, and seemed to love it. I did feel a little sorry when I deleted poor Stanley and Franny before I sold the game on Half.com, but the $22 (twice what The Exchange, Game Crazy, or GameStop offered me) made me feel a little better.
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike - This is a nice turn-based strategy game (I sux0r at RTS games), which I played non-stop for a couple of weeks. I'm sure I'll be back to it soon -- I was distracted by the new games I got for and after Christmas. The touch screen and stylus make it easy to select and move your army, and a variety of land, sea, and air vehicles will keep you busy.
  • Elite Beat Agents - I wasn't sure what to think of this game when I played a demo from the Download Kiosk at Circuit City, but I took a chance and asked for it. I was still a little unsure, working my way through the Breezin' difficulty level, especially the 22nd time I tried to win the very last challenge (I recommend headphones if you keep having problems with a level). However, once I finished and started the Cruisin' level, I was having a lot of fun. It's really a very unique and entertaining game, and I'm glad I stuck with it.
  • Big Brain Academy - Along the same lines as Brain Age, but with a totally different look and process. This time your measuring and improving your brain weight, through a variety of minigames in a variety of subjects. I haven't really played this one much yet, since I got totally hooked on a few other games at the same time I got it, but it seems like a great game to visit on a daily basis for a short session.
  • New Super Mario Bros. - A friend let me borrow this one, and told me that I'd end up getting it. I didn't believe him, since the original SMB had frustrated me, and the little I had seen of the game just looked like the old thing. But really, it's not. It's a lot of fun, and not just the part where mario eats the big floppy mushroom and gets huge -- it's all-around a very entertaining game. On top of that, there are a ton of minigames included, which double the worth of the game (in my eyes, at least). I've read that the minigames are the same as those in Super Mario 64 (for DS), so I guess they're not that exciting if you already own that game, but I liked them. So anyway, I bought my own copy. Heather's beaten all of the top worlds already, and is working through getting all of the Star Coins. I got a little caught up in the next game on the list, so I haven't gotten out of World 1 yet...
  • Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time - I must confess, this is really the first turn-based RPG I've played, and I had a blast. This game made me laugh out loud quite a few times. I don't want to ruin it for those of you planning to play, but the Hammer Bros. and Fawful had me rolling. It's a fairly short game -- it took me 26 hours to finish, and I probably could have finished off the last big boss a lot faster if I would have figured out the right process sooner, and not have wasted all my good items by that time.
Anyway, I've had a whole lot of fun with my little DS Lite, and so has Heather. It's done a pretty good job of quenching my Wii desire so far... although I don't think anything will keep me from getting one once Super Smash Bros. Brawl comes out!

2007-01-07 21:12:47 EST



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