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jdc
11-16-2005, 06:30 AM
I'm buying a Nintendo DS Mario Kart bundle when it arrives this week. I've had the store put a copy of Mario 64 DS away as well.

The PSP has it's stellar games like Hot Shots, Wipeout and Lumines. I'm not familiar with the DS lineup at all and was wondering, at this stage in the game, which are the gotta haves and which are the games to stay away from? I was surprised at the bad review that Ridge Racer DS got, considering that the PSP RR was brilliant. Being a Lunar fan, I was also shocked at the slamming that the Lunar DS game received. It has to be a reviewer bias....how can it be bad?

Lastly, how and WHAT exactly IS Nintendogs? Is it a modern "Tamagotchi", or is it a doggie Pokemon? Is there a story involved or is it a pain in the ass dog that you have to go out of your way to check on and feed and exercise every day? The reason I ask is that I could also go for the Nintendogs limited edition bundle and grab Mario Kart as a seperate game.

I'm planning on picking up 5 games when I get the system.

atari_overlord
11-16-2005, 06:37 AM
In my opinion Zoo Keeper is a MUST have. If you are into puzzle games. I have wasted way too much time sliding animal heads around. At only $20 clams its well worth it.

mikeetler
11-16-2005, 07:20 AM
Lastly, how and WHAT exactly IS Nintendogs? Is it a modern "Tamagotchi", or is it a doggie Pokemon? Is there a story involved or is it a pain in the ass dog that you have to go out of your way to check on and feed and exercise every day? The reason I ask is that I could also go for the Nintendogs limited edition bundle and grab Mario Kart as a seperate game.

You summed up Nintendogs very well as a modern Tamagotchi. You don't have to check on it daily though, but before going for a walk or entering a competition you will have to feed him and occasionally clean him. The amount of time you put in will affect your trainer points, which are what unlocks other breeds. You can also unlock breeds by connecting to another system that has a dog you currently don't have in your kennel.

As for other games to check out, Meteos is excellent. Zoo Keeper was already mentioned but I'll second it. Feel the Magic was a blast and can be had for cheap (Target's got them clearanced and I've seen it in a few of them for $10). Bomberman was really good. And while I haven't played Castlevania or Trauma Center yet, I have hear lots of good things about both.

davidbrit2
11-16-2005, 07:38 AM
Pac'n Roll is excellent. It's sort of a REALLY fleshed out Marble Madness. I'd also recommend Asphalt Urban GT, as it's still by far the best auto racer for DS. Ridge Racer is basically Ridge Racer 64, but without the options to make the controls not suck horribly. Need For Speed Underground 2 is also terrible, mostly because the physics are so bad. It's like you're driving on a road composed of mattresses a dozen thick. Stick to the fantastic GBA version for that one.

le geek
11-16-2005, 08:42 AM
Zoo Keeper is fun, but the music sucks... but as a cheapie it's not bad...

games that seem to get consistent high marks, but that I haven't played:
Advance Wars DS
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Mario Kart DS
Meteos
Nintendogs

Others that I've played:
Feel the Magic XX/XY is fun while it lasts
Polarium is interesting but the challenge mode gets hard quickly
Yoshi Touch 'n Go is too short for my tastes
The Urbz: doesn't tax the system, but is a long enjoyable game.
Sprung is kind of fun while it lasts
Super Mario 64 DS is fun, but suffers from the lack of an analogue stick and gets too hard to control in the later levels. Has some fun minigames though...

Games that I want to try even though they have gotten mixed reviews:
Dig Dug: Digging Strike
Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits
Pac 'n Roll
Pac-Pix
Trace Memory
Warioware Touched!
Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble

GrandAmChandler
11-16-2005, 08:45 AM
Kirby's Canvas Curse! Best use of the touch screen! A must have.

n8littlefield
11-16-2005, 08:51 AM
I would second Zoo Keeper - great fun. I personally feel Castlevania, Advance Wars, Meteos are must owns. Trauma Center is likely one as well, I rented it and can't wait for the $$ to buy it.

I personally LOVE Yoshi - it's not too short, it's just not a traditional adventure game Yoshi - it's more like a puzzle game that looks like a platformer. Great stuff IMHO.

Gamereviewgod
11-16-2005, 10:36 AM
http://www.digitpress.com/reviews/index_ds.htm

Never hurts to check. ;)

calthaer
11-16-2005, 11:23 AM
I will second and / or add the following:

Lost in Blue
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Advance Wars DS
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Trauma Center: Under the Knife

Nanostray is a good shmup, but it is certainly not Ikaruga. It's decent, though, and if you're a fan of the genre you'll most likely enjoy it.

Lost in Blue is just a very different sort of game...don't know how to describe it apart from a "survival" game - gotta stay well-fed, watered, and rested while still trying to "get ahead" and explore the island can be a challenge.

MuppetMaster
11-16-2005, 11:25 AM
The DS is a fantastic system! As for games the more inovative the better but good puzzler or platform games are allways welcome. If I had to pick 5 games they'd be:

Zoo Keeper-AKA Puzzle crack
Castlevania DOS-Platform crack
Trauma Center-Unique and challengeing
Phoniex Wright-Classic Adventure with good humor
Advance Wars DS-Brilliant Strat very replayable.

other to look for:

Feel The Magic-Magic indeed
Pack N Roll-excellent MM clone
Mario Kart-Heard great things
Metroid pinball-great game

and a few others but that should give you an idea.

AlexKidd
11-16-2005, 11:28 AM
Of the games i've got Castlevania is my favorite. That's the game i bought the system for. Other ones I enjoy are Advance Wars, Metroid prime pinball and Kirby:canvas curse.

JJNova
11-16-2005, 02:24 PM
Three titles that made the DS a worthwhile purchase.

Kirby Canvas Curse is the most fun I have had in a game for years. Pure, sidescroller, get from here to there kind of fun.

Advance Wars has a nice learning curve that will get you through the first 4 or 5 missions, and then only teach you the new stuff in the gameplay. If you havent played an Advance Wars previously, be aware that some of these missions will take you about an hour or so to beat.

Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow. No explanation. It's just great. ANd listening to the director speak, maybe the last 2d Castlevania.

XxMe2NiKxX
11-16-2005, 03:46 PM
My suggesiton? Buy Mario Kart DS 5 times.

Julio III
11-16-2005, 04:22 PM
out of what i have, the must haves are:

Meteos
WarioWare/Project Rub

Ouendan is brilliant also
There are too many games for this system which i need to get though

sharp
11-16-2005, 05:03 PM
My top 3 is:
Advance Wars
Zoo Keeper
Castlevania

also liked Pac-Pix, although it's a bit short, just like Project Rub/ Feel the Magic XX-XY. Mario 64 never got me, but that's personal as I never liked the game and only bought it again as I would like to give it another try as some many people say it's a great game. Also I liked Bomberman, which is great n multipalyer as usual.

njiska
11-16-2005, 05:07 PM
MUST HAVE IMO:

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Mario Kart DS
Meteos
Phoneix Wright (It's far too liniaer but the humour and writing in the game, make it worth ever signle penny)
Trauma Centre: Under the Knife (Unique and Challenging)
Feel the Magic: XY/XX

Good but not must own:

Kirby Canvase Curse
Nintendogs
Metroid Pinball
Bomberman

Interesting for Niches

Trace Memory (Simple straight forawrd, but if you love point and clicks, you'll like this)
Lost in Blue
Nanostray (for the SHUMP lover)

ubersaurus
11-16-2005, 05:08 PM
some of my favs:

Super Mario 64
Nanostray
Mario Kart DS
Advance Wars Dual Strike
Pac-Pix
Wario Ware Touched
Space Invaders Revolution
Mr Driller: Drill Spirits

Feel the Magic, Trauma Center, Meteos, Sonic Rush, Castlevania, Pheonix Wright, Kirby, and Pac-n-roll are all games I've heard good things about, but I can't personally vouch for.

squidblatt
11-16-2005, 06:22 PM
Here's what I've got:

Zoo Keeper - simple puzzle fun, but if you have Meteos, you don't need it.

Meteos - awesome.

Castlevania DOS - If you have a DS, you need this game.

Lost in Blue - It's niche, but I love it. If you're the type who enjoys Harvest Moon, you'll probably like it, too.

Nintendogs - It's cute. And by that I mean "great." By now you know if it's for you or not.

Trauma Center - It's a must own for me, but I'm sure there are plenty of people who won't get into it since there are no explosions.

Matt-El
11-17-2005, 03:18 PM
Phoenix Wright. Bar none.

snes_collector
11-17-2005, 04:20 PM
Polarium. My personal favorite, but it's got a love-it or hate-it appeal. My other two DS games(and the MP demo) Wario Ware, Meteos are brillant too.

goatdan
11-17-2005, 05:48 PM
Polarium. My personal favorite, but it's got a love-it or hate-it appeal. My other two DS games(and the MP demo) Wario Ware, Meteos are brillant too.

God yeah.

I just got my DS (opened on Tuesday) and so far own seven games for it, although two were loaned out a while ago as I had a bunch of games well in advance of the system. So, here goes in a longer post ;)

Polarium I absolutely love for some reason. I think if you like puzzles (the real-world version) you'll love this game. It requires quick thinking and quick fingers in challenge, and just teases your mind in the other. While I haven't been able to put it down (I have solved about 70 of the 100 puzzles already and played challenge probably 100 times) it does have it's flaws.

For one, it uses almost exclusively a grey / dark grey color scheme. Why they couldn't make each level a different color that you were trying to change into the other color instead of exclusively grey / grey is beyond me. Because of that, it is very drab to look at.

It also should've had more puzzles. Sure, 100 is a lot, but I solved the 70 that I have solved so far in about two hours. Because of that, I feel that I'll probably finish the entire puzzle mode in four to five hours, which seems too short when the possibilities are basically endless.

I also do not understand why Challenge mode doesn't allow you to select your starting level. I almost always get game over between 230 and 260 lines eliminated, and I would MUCH rather be able to start at 200 than at 0 and work from there. If this was changed, I would definitely want to play challenge more.

Overall though, it is addictive as hell (to me) and one of the most fun games that I have played in a long, long time.

Mario Kart: DS is the system that got me to hold onto one of the Nintendogs packages that I bought. So far, it is easily the best Mario Kart since the SNES one, and I might like it even more than that. It is very fairly balanced, it fixes all the problems that I had with the N64 version that I was worried would return, and the challenges are an awesome addition.

While I honestly don't have anything I can even think of to complain about with it (other than I haven't yet unlocked Koopa Troopa as a racer, and he is my usual go-to guy), but it just hasn't kept my attention like Polarium. (by the way, Drexel, thanks :D)

Nintendogs is something you'll love if you want a pet but can't easily have one. That's my position. I want a cat. Badly. But everyone in both my wife and my's family is very allergic to them, as well as most of my friends. Since I like our families and my friends, I don't want to get a cat and have everyone avoid us. I'm not as into dogs, but I like playing with puppies.

Enter a virtual puppy that is really fun to play with. Enter Nintendogs. You don't have to spend much time with this game (and honestly, I don't know how you would every day), but it is fun for a 10-20 minute play every day.

I still haven't really learned how to make my dog do tricks, but I'm still having a lot of fun just taking it for walks, petting it and grooming it. I can't believe I just typed that, but it's true. That having been said, I've spent probably 30 minutes with it total so far, and I've already started to think, "Maybe I don't need to keep playing this..." but for a while at least, I know I will.

Feel the Magic XY/XX is the most f---ed up game that I think that I have ever played. Not saying it is bad in any way -- it isn't. In fact, it is quite fun. The minigames are cool. I don't know what else to say about it, but if you get it, you'll see what I mean. By the way, it's $10.00 at Toys R Us on green tag right now (along with Atari Retro and Polarium for $15.00).

Finally, I picked up Metroid Prime Pinball with some credit the other day, and so far... I'm not as impressed as I thought I would be. The game is very solid, don't get me wrong, but I think that I liked the store demo game that I played more than I should've. In retrospect, I wouldn't have paid the $26.00 (in credit) that it cost me to purchase.

By the way, the "Rumble" feature for it is, in my opinion, about the most worthless rumble thing ever. All it seems to do for me is create an obnoxious noise, not give me any more feel like I'm in the game. The only time I like it is the "shooting" levels.

I haven't played it too much, but I hope to later. Right now, I'm much to focused on Polarium and Mario Kart.

Soon, I'll get back the games that I loaned out -- Advance Wars DS and Zoo Keeper, of which I both expect to be very good. I'm getting Atari Retro in the mail probably today also. After that point, I'm not sure what else I'll be picking up. I'm looking for Mr. Driller Drill Spirits, but after seeing a million copies every week at EB, suddenly they all dried up. Beyond that, while other games look interesting, I'm not yet ready to purchase.

The current games that I have for it make it more than worthwhile as a console however, and I know that I'll be happily gaming on it for a long time.

GrayFox
11-17-2005, 11:31 PM
There's plenty of must-have's

Castlevania DoS... Feel the Magic.... Advance Wars.... Nanostray...

But one trumps them all!

Sonic Rush! Nuff' said!

Mason P.
11-18-2005, 08:20 AM
NanoStray
Mario Kart DS
Casltevania DoS
Polarium
Trauma Center

Close favs are
Advance wars
Kirby Canvas
Bomberman

tholly
11-18-2005, 11:50 AM
Trauma Center: Under The Knife & Feel The Magic: XY / XX are both MUST HAVE Nintendo DS games.....

...Also, the worst game I have played thus far is Sprung...stay away from that one....the $9.98 I paid for it new was $9.97 more than it is worth.....

DDCecil
11-19-2005, 07:21 PM
On the import front, from the creators of Gitaroo Man, iNiS:

http://www.ncsx.com/2005/ncs072505/ouendan.htm

It's different than GM (You tap numbers as they appear on the bottom screen and do other touch-related moves) and features 14 full length Japanese songs. Plus it is one of the highest rated DS games thus far and Japanese is only needed for the story. Highly recommened.

Lemmy Kilmister
11-19-2005, 07:35 PM
Has anyone here ever played the import Ganbare Goemon game for the DS before? I'm interested to know if it's any good.

Oh, and Castlevania's definitely worth getting if you own a DS.