DS Games Of 2008 - Part One

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  1. Hadrian
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    So theres very little coming out and what is coming out kinda looks turdy. so I've abandoned the weekly release thread for the rest of this year and instead I'll do threads about what to look forward to next year. As the title says PART ONE so no "Oh man you suck, wheres "Final Fantasy 17: Fanboy Dreams" or "My Little Fluffer" that comes free with the fleshlight or GBAtemp Adventures: Lagdrians Vs BoneHaZey"?" I haven't missed games out, just mentioning these for now...read on!


    Insecticide

    Month Expected: Febuary Genre: Action/Adventure
    Developer: Crackpot Entertainment Publisher: Gamecock

    Been keeping an keen eye on this for a while. Insecticide is a hard-boiled, fast-shooting detective game set in a festering future city where bugs have evolved as the planet’s dominant race. A murder at the powerful Nectarola soft drink company leads police from the Insecticide Squad on a bug hunt through the city’s seedy underbelly, and into a mystery of epic proportions. Join Detective Chrys Liszt and partner Roachy Caruthers on the case as they become entangled in a web of crime. It’s an action-adventure in the truest sense of the word, immersing players in cinematic combat levels, as well as a story-based detective investigation. Players can interrogate suspects, interview witnesses and play good cop/bad cop to get the info needed to solve the case and win the game.

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    Professor Layton and the Curious Village

    Month Expected: Febuary Genre: Adventure
    Developer: Level 5 Publisher: Nintendo

    The first of three titles, two of which are already out in Japan. The focus of this game is on solving puzzles, so we'll start there. The game presents its puzzles in a straightforward way. The top screen usually lists a problem with text, with the bottom screen allowing you to solve the problem directly with the stylus. Different from other puzzle and quiz based DS games, Layton has an adventure mode, with lots of text boxes and catchy character and background art. You move between the puzzles by selecting locations on a town map

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    N+

    Month Expected: Febuary Genre: Platformer
    Developer: SilverBirch Studios Publisher: Atari

    Yet another free flash game makes it to the this, but will it be worth paying money for? A minimalist and yet feature-packed puzzle/platform action game, N has you as greedy ninja driven for gold. New is downloadable content, multiplayer modes (with game sharing), and a level editor. Leader boards are planned to determine who is the greatest ninja of all. The original's fluid animation and pick-up-and-play mechanics will be retained in the translation.

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    Nanostray 2

    Month Expected: January Genre: Shoot-em-up
    Developer: Shin'en Publisher: Majesco

    Can't say I thought the first game was as great as some say maybe thats because I've gone through nearly all of the Arcade, Neo Geo and console shmups and fount it to be nothing new but it was a fun game despite various flaws. This one is said to be a lot better and more impressive as the developers have taken longer to make this and know the DS a lot better. Nanostray 2 features six game modes, including two-player co-op, two-player vs, Challenge (with 30+ different missions) and the brand new Simulator (go high-score hunting in four futuristic games). With both horizontal and vertical viewpoints that offer more variety between levels, Nanostray 2 also includes multiple control schemes and configurable weapons that are a necessity to defeat the game’s 16 formidable bosses. In addition, players can upload their scores via Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection so they can see how they rank against the best. Sounds better to me.

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    Teenage Zombies Invasion of the Brain Thingys

    Month Expected: April-June Genre: Platform puzzler
    Developer: Ignition Entertainment Publisher: Ignition Entertainment

    Teenage Zombies uses a whimsical style that focuses on, and parodies the Zombie genre, as well as 1950s style Science Fiction. This is presented in a comic book look featuring comic book panels, dialogue boxes and story telling. Gameplay involves side-scrolling adventures opening up to stylus mini-games, double-screen boss battles, and brain busting puzzle challenges. Sounding an awful lot like The Lost Vikings, the zombies (Fins, Lefty and Half-Pipe) each have unique attributes that are also leveraged through their power-ups within the game. Very quickly the player learns the idea that each zombie is best suited for different things, so swapping becomes second nature. The power-ups that are encountered are specific to each of the zombies. Fire puke, a vacuum cleaner, and huge skateboard wheels are a just few of the power-ups. As a publisher Ignition Entertainment have published a lot of crap but this is their first game they're developing. Lets hope it doesn't fail.

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    Metal Slug 7

    Month Expected: TBA Genre: Platform Shoot-em-up
    Developer: SNK Publisher: SNK Playmore

    Finally a new 2D Metal Slug game! And on the DS too! After Contra 4 my wanting for this has increased. Ok sure I'd rather have Metal Slug 3rd Mission but its great to see this appear on the DS, lets just hope SNK don't mess it up like they did with the GBA game. Shame Metal Slug 1 GBA never got released despite being finished but this will make do. There are little details and the screens issued are of a very early version.

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    Super Dodgeball Brawlers

    Month Expected:June Genre: Dodgeball
    Developer: ARC System Works Publisher: Aksys Games

    The dodgeball series is back! Loved this on the NES and SNES, not so on the GBA but lets hope that this is better on NDS. Super Dodgeball Brawlers maintains the great pick up and play feel of the classic Dodgeball series while adding in over 100 new super throws, as well as melee combat -- a first for the series. The versus mode of the original game has returned along with an all new 8-player Brawl mode. This NEEDS online but doesn't have it. Japan version is out shortly.

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    The World Ends With You


    Month Expected: June-August Genre: RPG
    Developer: Jupiter Publisher: Square Enix

    Remember the Japanese title "Its A Wonderful World"? This is the English version! At the moment only the Euro release has been announced but I'm sure elsewhere will get dates soon. The game follows a boy named Neck. who has woken up to realize that he has seven days left to live. The God of Death has decided to play a game with this Tokyo native, and as Neck steps out onto the Shibuya Crossings and looks up at the multi-story Outback Café building, he witnesses both horrible and wonderful things that he will have to use his mystical powers to deal with. Later he is joined by a girl named Tsuki, and together they must battle monsters known as "Noise" if they have any hope in saving Neck. The World Ends With You promises to be achingly stylish thanks to both this premise and also the game's setting. It takes place in Tokyo's trendiest district and is apparently influenced by all things Japanese and modern. The European version's soundtrack will deliver a range of hip-hop, rock and techno, while you'll be able to trade trends and items with friends over wi-fi. Activating the 'Chance Encounter' mode means you'll also be able to share data with fellow gamers you bump into in the real world.

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    Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe


    Month Expected: TBA Genre: Platform & Mini Games
    Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo

    Remember Kirby Super Star/Kirby Fun Pack? This is the DS remake! Never expected this did you? Its personally my favourite 16 bit Kirby game and I can't wait for this to be on my DS. It will feature new graphics, 3D cutscenes, and more minigames. A new card feature has also been revealed, showing characters from other games in the series. Its also rumoured to have WFC modes as well.

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    Soma Bringer


    Month Expected: TBA Genre: RPG
    Developer: Monolith Publisher: Nintendo

    The first game developed by Monolith since the company's acquisition by Nintendo back in April (they are also developing the Wii title Disaster: Day of Crisis). Monolith Soft is best known for their work on the Xenosaga and the Baten Kaitos series and features members who have previously worked with Square in the 90's. Very little has been revealed about the game, apart from the fact that the music will be composed by Yasunori Mitsuda and his Procyon Studio. A release date has not yet been determined. Why is it here? Its Monolith Software! They make brilliant RPGs and we could do with some better ones.

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    Galatrix


    Month Expected: TBA Genre: Puzzle/RPG/Strategey
    Developer: Infinite Interaction Publisher: D3

    Puzzle Quest was awesome and made by Infinite Interaction, they also did a old fashion Warlords DS title but thats still looking for a publisher. This is their next title for the DS . Galactrix is a unique blend of puzzle, RPG and strategy genres, set in a sci-fi world. Played out in battle as a match-3 puzzle game, players face enemies for control of the galaxy. Create a persistent pilot who gains skills and ships as he completes more battles and experience a conquer-the-galaxy style campaign mode. So basically its Puzzle Quest but using a different gridded puzzle game. Screens are from the PC version but like Puzzle Quest they should basically give you a good idea of what it'll look like.

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    Secret Files Tunguska


    Month Expected:Febuary-April Genre: Point & Click Adventure
    Developer: 10tacle Studios Publisher: Deep Silver

    An adventure title that originally appeared on the PC last year. Players take on the role of Nina Kalenkow, a Russian motorcycle mechanic investigating the disappearance of her scientist father. Nina's search leads her to Tunguska, Siberia, the site of a mysterious 1908 explosion that leveled an estimated 80 million trees over 830 square miles. These are the screens given to various sites from the publisher and to me they just look too high res and good for the DS so I reckon that they are just mock ups of using the PC screens, but I guess it'll give us an idea but don't expect it to look as good.

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    Dragon Quest IX: Protectors of the Sky


    Month Expected: TBA Genre: Action RPG
    Developer: Level 5 Publisher: Square Enix

    DQM: Joker looked good didn't it? This will look a lot better! Finally a brand new PROPER DQ game on a Nintendo system. Expect this to be a best seller in Japan, and I really hope that we get it in English in 2008. Dragon Quest 9 features an action-oriented battle system playable cooperatively by up to four players via Wi-Fi. The DS's dual screen setup is also put to use, with the top screen showing a map and the bottom screen housing all the action. Thats all we really know about the game but the developer is promising it to be quite a lengthy game and that it'll be of very high quality.

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    And thats all for now, if this thread does well then more next week!
     
  2. CockroachMan

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    Woah.. lot's of good stuff coming in January/February.. Didn't know about the english version of "It's a Wonderful World".. great news! [​IMG]
     
  3. Icarus

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    What sucks is that Nintendo isn't making any first party DS games anymore. So all we have is the 3rd parties and some 2nd parties[like Kirby for instance]
     
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    Wow, fantastic! I'm interested in most of these games. [​IMG]
     
  5. xcalibur

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    Wow!
    This next year is packed with even more quality games.
    I have to fix my touchscreen or get a lite.. whichever comes first
     
  6. Hadrian
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    Oh yes they are!

    Bimoji Training! This title offers players a chance to practice their kanji.
    Wander Donkey. No idea what this is.
    DS Air (US version of Jet Impulse) IF it ever comes out over here.
    Nintendo Crossword.

    So erm not exactly what we wanted (apart from DS Air) but I'm sure theres some to come soon, didn't they have like 75 DS titles in development last year? Maybe some of those will come out.
     
  7. Law

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    Sounds like a semi-decent year to me, although I can't wait for an English version of Tales of Innocence.

    Can't wait to see what will be in Part Two.
     
  8. Railgun

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    wow, 2008 will be a good year [​IMG]
     
  9. pasc

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    Semi Decent ? Kingdomhearts 358/2 Days has yet to come and hadrian forgot to tell us that Ninja Gaiden will come out december (according to the demo).
     
  10. Law

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    I meant Semi-Decent towards what I had seen in that post, I have no idea what other games are coming in 2008.

    Although, I'll probably love Nanostray 2.
     
  11. Zarcon

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    No no, he didn't forget, this is simply part one. =P

    About DQ9, I'm pretty sure I heard that they decided to change the battle system back to turn-based because JAPAN HAET REAL-TIME ACTION.
    If that was just a rumor though...yay!
     
  12. SinR

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    why is the Tales Of ... "Linear Motion Battle System" so popular then? been used in every game (with slight modifications every time). most of the Tales games are japanese exclusives with no chance at American bastardizations
     
  13. pasc

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    You forgot one IMPORTANT thing:

    Tales has been Realtime ever since back in the SNES days but the change of the Battlesystem in DQ just to be able to make decent Wifi Fights would make a big cut to the series and therefore stop the japs from buying it (just specualtion on SE's side maybe)
     
  14. GeekyGuy

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    DQIX, no doubt the apple of my eye, but Soma Bringer is another I've been excited about, too. But you forgot about Exit DS. I've read they've tinkered with the controls some and the game now will offer more than just the touch-screen control option. I look forward to that game as well.
     
  15. Slipurson

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    Sweet list.. i must say i really like your posts with upcoming games Hadrian.

    FFXVII Fanboy Dreams would actually be a cool game.. where they would make it so that everyone gets to do everything they want to be able to do in a FF game (in the 3-4 hours they actually play the game before they move on to the forums/irc to scream for releases [​IMG])

    The world ends with you.. soma bringer and DQIX are the ones that catch my eye.
     
  16. jgu1994

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    Wow, some amazing games are coming out, i can't wait, thanks hadrian!
     
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    Dragon quest IX looks awesome.And I hope that they won't screw metal slug up [​IMG]
     
  18. Zarcon

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    That's the gist of it basically.
    The Tales of... games are famous for their real-time action system while DQ is famous for being one of the greatest turn-based series out there.
     
  19. Shanshobo

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    As for me most interesting are:
    Professor Layton and the Curious Village and Super Sodgeball Brawlers... [​IMG]
    With such games for the begining, I'm most certain that the new year won't be as bad... [​IMG]
     
  20. cupajoe

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    Great post Hadrian! (With the exceptions of the few errors made).