DS Games of the Month: October 2010

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  1. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    A few things. First off I changed up formatting by adding cool little text box thingies (forget the "technical" name for them). Second off, here's something new I'd like to introduce: community input!

    If I missed a game you really want coverage on then simply send your write up to me (via PM). If it's good enough and follows proper formatting I'll add it here with credit to you! <b>Check the "Other Releases" section at the bottom and see the bolded games to see what games I would want write ups for but am not all too qualified to do myself</b>

    If you have a hype thread for a game please post it here or PM it to me so I can start adding them. It'll be a little something new I've decided to add.

    Overall though, this month is very good, probably better for most people who weren't looking forward to Pokemon in September.

    You can read the Wii version of this thread right <a href="http://gbatemp.net/t257026-wii-games-of-the-month-october-2010" target="_blank">here</a>

    Some rules and stuff.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <b>Super Scribblenauts</b>

    <b>Developed by:</b> 5th Cell
    <b>Published by:</b> Warner Bros. Interactive
    <b>Release date:</b> October 12th (America)
    <b>Genre:</b> Puzzle
    <b>My Hype Level:</b> Do really want
    <b>GBAtemp Hype Level:</b> Big flood!
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/t256034-super-scribblenauts-hype-thread" target="_blank">Hype Thread</a>

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    Despite all the flaws with the original Scribblenauts it was still a game that was a lot of fun to play with and it really is one of my favorite DS games around. That being said, the flaws made it seem the perfect game to get a sequel to sort those out. Super Scribblenauts looks to do just that, and right off the bat the touch screen movement is gone (which was one of my biggest gripes in the first game). Add in adjectives and a whole lot of more vocab and you've got a truly awesome sequel to the surprise smash hit of last year.

    <b>Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light</b>

    <b>Developed by:</b> Matrix Software
    <b>Published by:</b> Square Enix
    <b>Release date:</b> October 5th (America), October 8th (Europe)
    <b>Genre:</b> RPG
    <b>My Hype Level:</b> Worth a try

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    I don't have a particularly good track record with Final Fantasy as a main series, but I have become fond of a few of the spinoffs. The DS FFCC games weren't that bad and I was like one of the five people who actually liked the FFCC: The Crystal Bearers. Seeing as this is a spinoff and that it may actually be worth a look, I guess I'm cautiously optimistic for it.

    <b>Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs</b>

    <b>Developed by:</b> Creatures Inc.
    <b>Published by:</b> Nintendo
    <b>Release date:</b> October 4th (America)
    <b>Genre</b>: RPG
    <b>My Hype Level:</b> Trash
    <b>GBAtemp Hype Level:</b> It's Pokemon

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    Sorry, but Pokemon spinoffs are just bad. Outside of the early Pokemon Stadium games and the TCG game on the GBC, most of them are just boring and bad. The DS of course has more of these spinoffs, with Ranger and Mystery Dungeon both ranking amongst the mediocrity. This is the next Ranger game and I'm pretty much unexcited. I'd rather them spend more time on just making the same old Pokemon RPGs than this stuff.

    <b>Rock Band 3</b>

    <b>Developed by:</b> Harmonix
    <b>Published by:</b> MTV Games
    <b>Release date:</b> October 29th (America)
    <b>Genre:</b> Music
    <b>My Hype Level:</b> If it's anything like Unplugged or Lego, I do want
    <b>GBAtemp Hype Level:</b> They don't like the tracklist

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    Meh, I'll admit the DS got the short end of the full track list, but it's still a good DS rhythm game. I absolutely loved Rock Band Unplugged and Lego Rock Band was sorta like a crappy version of that for the DS (which was still good), so hopefully this may be another good button pressing rhythm game.

    <b>Golden Sun: Dark Dawn</b>

    <b>Developed by:</b> Camelot Software Planning
    <b>Published by:</b> Nintendo
    <b>Release date:</b> October 28th (Japan)
    <b>Genre:</b> RPG
    <b>My Hype Level:</b> I'll wait until next month's English version
    <b>GBAtemp Hype Level:</b> OMG OMG OMG OMG

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    I actually am not looking forward to this, mainly for the useless flood that will accompany it. People, the English version comes out in roughly 1 month. Yet people will be dipshits and ask for a translation anyway or start whining anyway.

    But on the game itself, I found I'm one of the few people who thought Golden Sun on the GBA was "alright" at best. It had good graphics and a good battle engine and plenty of depth but in the end it was still a turn based RPG with random battles, a formula we've seen for a long time. Didn't think the narrative was that gripping either but I usually have an uber high standard for storylines in games.

    <b>Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II</b>

    <b>Developed by:</b> LucasArts
    <b>Published by:</b> LucasArts
    <b>Release date:</b> October 26th (America), October 27th (Australia), October 28th (Europe)
    <b>Genre:</b> Action
    <b>My Hype Level:</b> Didn't try the first one on the DS
    <b>GBAtemp Hype Level:</b> DS version, meh

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    I have yet to try the first Force Unleashed on the DS but this just seems like a poor cash in on the sequel. Although with the cut of the PSP version they may (hopefully) put more time and effort into the only handheld outing of this game.

    <b>Kingdom Hearts Re:coded</b>

    <b>Developed by:</b> Square Enix
    <b>Published by:</b> Square Enix
    <b>Release date:</b> October 7th (Japan)
    <b>Genre:</b> Action RPG
    <b>My Hype Level:</b> 358/2 Days was bad, Kingdom Hearts is average
    <b>GBAtemp Hype Level:</b> KINGDOOOOM HEAAAAARTS
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    Boxart appropriately sized much appreciated.

    I probably won't bother with this game until an English release, but as a game I'm not too excited. The last DS outing, 358/2 Days, was pretty mediocre. Repetitive gameplay, lack of level variety, and all the usual problems associated with Kingdom Hearts. I just don't see this magically fixing all the wrongs with the last DS game, let alone the series. I do have yet to try the other portable outing, Birth By Sleep though. I need a damn PSP charger/USB cable.

    <b>Lufia: Curse of the Sinsitrals</b>

    <b>Developed by:</b> Neverland
    <b>Published by:</b> Natsume
    <b>Release date:</b> October 12th (America)
    <b>Genre:</b> Action RPG
    <b>My Hype Level:</b> Haven't tried Lufia yet
    <b>GBAtemp Hype Level:</b> Do want

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    Boxart provided by <a href='http://gbatemp.net/member.php?name=phoenixgoddess27' target=_blank>phoenixgoddess27</a>, thank you <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

    Of all the RPG series out there I still haven't given Lufia a try. This may be a good or bad thing depending on how this game shapes out. It could give me a good first impression or a bad one. But still, it's apparently quite a revamped battle system from the original game so I won't let it influence me too much.

    <b>Other titles</b>

    - <b>Shantae's Risky Revenge: 10/4 (America) [DSiWare]</b>
    - Ginga Tetsudou 999: 10/14 (Japan)
    - Tokyo Twilight Busters: Kindan no Ikenie Teito Jigokuhen: 10/14 (Japan)
    - <b>Intellivision Lives!: 10/15 (America)</b>
    - Ivy the Kiwi?: 10/15 (Europe)
    - Puzzle Quest 2: 10/15 (Europe)
    - Monopoly: 10/21 (Australia), 10/26 (America), 10/29 (Europe)
    - Professor Layton and the Lost Future: 10/22 (Europe)
    - Bakugan: Defenders of the Core: 10/26 (America)
    - The Sims 3: 10/26 (America), 10/29 (Europe)
    - <b>Solatorobo: Sore kara Coda e: 10/28 (Japan)</b>

    <b>Overall Summary</b>

    A good month is ahead! Super Scribblenauts tops my list personally, with Rock Band 3 and Final Fantasy Gaiden coming in behind it. Japanese versions of Kingdom Hearts and Golden Sun are sure to interest some who don't mind a language barrier (or know Japanese) while The Force Unleashed and Pokemon Ranger may provide some "throwaway" entertainment.

    Next month is shooters galore! Two Bond games, Goldeneye and Blood Stone are (apparently) dropping on the DS, as well as the new Call of Duty. Sonic Colors also provides some fast paced platforming fun (hopefully) as well as 999, Rune Factory 3, Michael Jackson: The Experience (for handhelds), a new Mario vs. Donkey Kong, and the English version of Golden Sun paving the way for another great month.

    Have a nice October!
  2. basher11

    basher11 GBAtemp's Official Vocaloid Lover

    Jun 29, 2009
    United States
    rock band 3?
    hope it's better than the other.... rock band game..

    super scribblenauts?
    trying it out

    pokemon ranger?
    no thanks

    kingdom hearts?
    so trying [​IMG]

    final fantasy?
    heard about it. willing to try it out.

    new call of duty game? (black ops?)
    hope it's better than the older ones on the DS
  3. Slyakin

    Slyakin See ya suckers

    Oct 15, 2008
    United States
    Soviet Slyakin
    Wow, you must be one of the few people that doesn't like Golden Sun.

    I hate it too.

    Can't wait for Shantae though, that'll be amazing.
  4. prowler

    prowler Sony

    Jul 14, 2009
    Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light is out soon?
    Wow, didn't know. Some of the trailers looked good.

    I'll be sure to buy download it.
  5. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    That's not out until November though, just keep that in mind. For some reason there's some confusion about Black Ops' release date, and it's November 9th across the board (for America at least).
  6. CamulaHikari

    CamulaHikari Kami Kurai

    Jul 10, 2008
    The Chocolate Factory~<3
    Seems like I'll be kept busy next month~! :3
  7. Phoenix Goddess

    Phoenix Goddess The Ninja's Protégée

    Apr 25, 2009
    United States
    Away from civilization.
    Lufia, eh? Hmm, guess I'll try it.

    Final Fantasy seems to be on my list, though I'm not a big fan, I do want to try this one [​IMG]
  8. deathking

    deathking GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Mar 15, 2009
    United States
    lufia 2 all the way
    i still think they butchered the original lufia 2 which was one of the best snes games
    but i will consider it a re imaging sort of like silent hill shattered memories
  9. Nobunaga

    Nobunaga Empty

    Apr 19, 2010
    i want:
    Super Scribblenauts i have heard is cool so i want
    Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light:I really like FF so i won t miss that one
    Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs:Cause i am a Pokemon fun(I have finished the JAP version too though)
    Golden Sun: Dark Dawn:Really Cool game
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II:Well i have played the first one and i have to say it impressed me a lot
    Kingdom Hearts Re:coded:lol i really like KH [​IMG]
    Bakugan: Defenders of the Core:I wanna try that one
    Solatorobo: Sore kara Coda e:Awesome game [​IMG]

    I can't wait [​IMG]
  10. Goli

    Goli RPG

    Jul 16, 2008
    Cote d'Ivoire
    I'm one of the five people who liked the Crystal Bearers too [​IMG].
    And FFT4WoL is more akin to FFI-III than the CC games... So even if you liked/disliked them doesn't mean you will like/dislike this one.
    Also, The Sims 3 omg omg.
  11. gameboy13

    gameboy13 Orange and fluffy since 1995.

    Mar 21, 2010
    United States
    The Fur Side.
    Kingdom Hearts and Golden Sun both look good. I can't wait to download them.
  12. EpicJungle

    EpicJungle stop browbeating me can't you see i'm sexy

    Aug 28, 2009
    Super Scribblenauts: OMG yay!

    Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light: Might try it...

    Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs: PFFT~

    Rock Band 3: Eh.

    Golden Sun: Dark Dawn: Never played any Golden Sun games but i'm excited i guess...

    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II: I don't liek Star Wars...

    Kingdom Hearts Re:coded:
    Lufia: Curse of the Sinsitrals: I guess

    Other Games EH
  13. Nah3DS

    Nah3DS Madre de Dios! Es El POLLO DIABLO!!!

    Feb 9, 2010
    Final fantasy 4 heroes of light = girl´s game
    Golden Sun = best game of the GBA and probably best game of the DS
  14. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

    Former Staff
    Jan 14, 2007
    United States
    I hope that Intellivision Lives compilation doesn't get pushed back again......I really want that one. I've wanted that on DS for years now. For me, all other games take a back seat to that particular compilation.
  15. Goli

    Goli RPG

    Jul 16, 2008
    Cote d'Ivoire

    Also, use apostophes " ' ", not acute accents "´".
  16. emigre

    emigre An electric type pokemons

    Jan 28, 2009
    United States
    Super Scribblenauts and the E version of Layton are the games I really want. I'll try out Sonic colours but FInal FAntasy and Lufia will probably wait on my backlog of RPGs.
  17. rockstar99

    rockstar99 Hi

    Dec 3, 2008
    Hyped for scribblenauts, fifa 11, kingdom hearts, rockband and LUFIA!!
    Lufia is proabbly my second most hyped game of the year, 1st being golden sun.
    Great month again
  18. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    If I had a DSi then I'll be wanting Shantae's Risky Revenge.

    Other than that I'll probably try Super Scribblenauts though the concept has grown tired for me now.
  19. Twin989

    Twin989 Advanced Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    United States
    great thread, but Golden Sun and 999 won't be out until november in NA.
  20. NinjaMic

    NinjaMic Advanced Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    United States
    Lufia looks good