Nintendo DS Titles Expected: Week of 21st October 2008

Discussion in 'NDS - Console and Game Discussions' started by Hadrian, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Hadrian

    Hadrian Everybofy knows badgers like MASH POTATOES!

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    United States
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    Wow what an abysmal week! Nah not really but sadly my DS is screwed so I have to think that way. *sob*

    Lots of approvals and I've not really been bothered to write up the meh stuff but I'm sure you'll be way too busy with these games to care about the other ones.

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    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Tornado</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

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    <b>Region</b> North America <b>Genre:</b> Puzzler
    <b>Developer:</b> Success <b>Publisher:</b> Fillpoint

    Was due last year, then September, now next week. With the mass amount of big named titles will we see it delayed once more?

    So you play this cat who can turn into a Tornado, win? Tornado lets players join forces with Toki and the other members of the Cosmic Cleaners as they set out to restore all of Earth's buildings, vehicles, inhabitants and other obscure objects that have been stolen by the envious Prince using his mischievous "Black Hole Device." Using a combination of stylus and microphone activated controls, players will travel across Planet 69 as they level up and max out their "Tornado Machines" to literally uproot everything in their paths in effort to take back what Prince has wrongfully stolen and return it to Earth.

    There will also be a Battle Mode where you can challenge a friend and go head to head and collect stuff. I want this game, it sounds a like Katamari and will probably be the closest thing to that game on the DS

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    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Away: Shuffle Dungeon</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

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    <b>Region</b> North America <b>Genre:</b> RPG/Dungeon Crawler
    <b>Developer:</b> Artoon/Mistwalker <b>Publisher:</b> AQ Interactive

    From Artoon (the meh Pinobee, the bad Yoshi tilty thing & the good Yoshi's Island DS & Blinx games) and also Mistwalker (Blue Dragon Plus, ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat & Lost Odyssey) comes this new game some of you will cream over.

    In Away: Shuffle Dungeon, an unknown force has stripped Webb Village of its residents, and now the sole hero left behind, Sword, must rescue the stolen villagers from the ominous dungeons as he strives to expose and defeat the mysterious thief. Sword must first collect and use various objects including musical instruments to reveal the secret dungeons where prisoners are being held. But successfully saving them is another challenge altogether given a unique timed "shuffle" mechanic that reconfigures the dungeon prisons and hurts Sword and any survivors still caught within when the time runs out. Saved villagers will lend assistance to Sword's quest, as will the magical 'Fupongs' and dungeon treasure he finds that lets him shop in the village specialty stores for armor, weapons, health, medical aid and more.

    A RPG by Final Fantay father Hironobu Sakaguchi, Away: Shuffle Dungeon features a scenario from Sakaguchi himself, music from Nobuo Uematsu, and character designs by Sonic the Hedgehog creator Naoto Ooshima. Famitsu scores this 8/8/7/8 so it should be good if you like this sort of thing.

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    <b>Region</b> North America <b>Genre:</b> Action Adventure
    <b>Developer:</b> Konami <b>Publisher:</b> Konami

    How awesome is this looking to be? A sequel of sorts to the mobile game "Order of Shadows" but you don't really need to play that game to get on with this, which is good because that game was really dull and boring.

    This time you play as a member of the Ecclesia, an organization that has sworn to defeat the evil forces of Dracula. Use the brand new Glyph attack system which has more than 100 different combinations to battle Dracula and his minions throughout 20 explorable areas. Take part in side quests and collect items to power up your character in the next great Castlevania game produced by Koji Igarashi.

    The game features more outdoor sections this time which include forest, deserts & oceans. The battle system is said to give something new to the gameplay.Sell and buy items and equipment you have found while playing with other players & also go head to head with others too utilizing Nintendo DS Wi-Fi Connection. People who have played it said that while it retains the Castleroid feel, its the first Castlevania game in a long time to not feel like a clone of "Symphony of the Night". For me Konami have gone downhill, especially on the DS but you can always expect a great 2D Castlevania game from them. None of the screens I could find gave this justice, see the videos instead.

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    <b>Region</b> North America <b>Genre:</b> RPG/Dungeon Crawler/maker
    <b>Developer:</b> Global A Entertainment <b>Publisher:</b> Atlus U.S.A

    This has been out in Japan since October last year and a lot of people took a shine to it. And as always when I wrote this up last year, I hoped that Atlus would pick it up and guess what? They did!

    The quiet town of South Arc is about to have some monster trouble. Foul creatures with serious attitude problems have infested nearby forests and are now slowly moving into the village. The townsfolk, fearful for their safety, do not even dare to leave their homes. Calls for help have gone unanswered, likely because every other town in the Kingdom is similarly troubled.

    You play this young fella and you end up finding a talking shovel and the discovery of this talking shovel begins an eccentric adventure where you become the master of the monster lair! As the shovel's new owner, you're given the incredible job of digging a dungeon and hunting the monsters that come to live in it. Be the architect of your lair & transform a small hole in the ground into a huge dungeon for hunting monsters! Fill it with over 20 different types of rooms, including Chapels, Cellars, Stables, Trash Dumps, and more to attract different types of monsters and help you obtain different items. Share your lair & challenge your friends to reach the end of your custom monster lair and see what monsters and items are waiting in theirs. Trade designs over local wireless and prove that you're the best dungeon digger around!

    Sounds like a winner to me, and a good time killer, I am kinda bored with these sort of titles but this one sounds like it'll be fun and different to what we usually get. Please watch the trailer as it gives a better impression than these screens ever will.

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    <b>Region</b> North America <b>Genre:</b> Action Platformer
    <b>Developer:</b> Griptonite <b>Publisher:</b> Activision Blizzard

    Spider-Man on the DS as been pretty meh, the GBA had much better games (even Spider-Man 3 was good on that) but this actually looks like the developers want to make a good game instead of just gimicking one up with touch screen bollocks.

    Spider-Man: Web of Shadows immerse players in an all-new action-adventure saga that gives them unprecedented control, never before seen in a Spider-Man game. Armed throughout the battle and confronted by an unrecognizable New York City, players choose to play as a heroic web-slinger or a volatile, destructive anti-hero, fighting with or against a vast number of fan-favorite Marvel heroes and villains, switching instantly between sides, and deciding which missions to undertake to save mankind. An all-new combat system combines web slinging and customizable superpowers to give gamers the freedom to fight and explore in a free-roaming, open-ended environment. Battles blend Spider-Man's speed and agility with the landscape, challenging players to master fast moving acrobatic combat, powerful new web-slinging moves and destructive combo attacks, as they take the fight from the streets, up the sides of buildings and onto rooftops. Exclusive characters for the DS are Nightcrawler and Green Goblin.

    Several previews say its a Metroidvania style game, one such <a href="" target="_blank">previewer</a>said "Beating enemies earns XP for you to use to customize your character, allowing you to unlock new suit powers, upgrade additional ones, and access new combos. While there are specific upgrades for each suit, you can also do general character upgrades that apply to both suits" and all say that its a lot less linear and more freeroaming. The first must have DS Spider-Man title? Maybe. The screens are shit, the video is better.

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    <b>Region</b> North America <b>Genre:</b> Action
    <b>Developer:</b> ? <b>Publisher:</b> Activsion Blizzard

    Based on the new crap Cartoon series which just fails in every way, this is yet another cash in from Activision who I feel are becoming the new EA, which is odd because EA are starting to suck less with each month.

    As usual with Activision cash in games, not a lot else has been said but Nintendo Power recently gave it 7/10 but then they also gave the fudge awful Brother In Arms Wii game the same rating so who can tell if thats right or not.

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    <b>Region</b> North America <b>Genre:</b> Platformer / Shooter
    <b>Developer:</b> Etranges Libellules <b>Publisher:</b> Activision Blizzard

    Activision are weird, they bought Sierra but decided to release this game instead of Ghostbusters. Not sure why, Spyro hasn't sold that well since the 90's & not one person has thought "OH HOT TITS A NEW SPYRO GAME" whereas Ghostbusters is a game people want and will do well on nostalgia alone. Oh well at least the DS version looks good.

    Looks like the developers saw how well received the last GBA game was and has instead carried on to make something similar instead of the last sucky game. It looks like a mixture of 2D side on platforming and 3D Panzer Dragoon style shooting. I didn't show the screens as they looked awful, see the video instead. I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays, could be one of those nice surprises.

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    <b>Also out on this day:</b>
    Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader: Make the Grade
    Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell
    Back at the Barnyard: Slop Bucket Games
    Ener-G Dance Squad
    Ener-G Gym Rockets
    Ener-G Horse Riders
    High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE!
    Backyard Football 2009
    futureU: The Prep Game for SAT
    The Naked Brothers Band: The Videogame
    Pass the Pigs
    SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom
    Dancing With the Stars: Get Your Dance On!
    What's Cooking with Jamie Oliver
    My Make Up
    Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp
    Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals

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    <b>Region</b> Japan <b>Genre:</b> Bullethell Shooter
    <b>Developer:</b> Cave <b>Publisher:</b> Arika

    So Contra 4 was too hard for you? Stay away from this game then as it will screw you so hard that you'll feel like you've given birth.

    So its basically you against some bosses, hundreds of bullets get shot at you and if you're not a absolute hardcore, hard as nails gamer then you will die constantly.

    When I replace my DS this game will own me and call me its bitch, I find most "hard" games to be not so hard but this will tear me a new one, which is good because I could do with being taking down a whole peg.

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    <b>Region</b> Japan <b>Genre:</b> RPG
    <b>Developer:</b> Namco Bandai Games <b>Publisher:</b> Namco Bandai Games

    Based on Manga which is actually owned by Square Enix and yet...Namco are making the games. Its some sort of hack & slash RPG that probably won't get a release outside of Japan.

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    <b>Region</b> Japan <b>Genre:</b> RPG
    <b>Developer:</b> SNK Playmore <b>Publisher:</b> SNK Playmore

    A cutesy pie RPG aimed at gamers who don't really have time for RPG's. Each of the sections in this game are said to last half an hour. Looks generic.

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    <b>Also out in Japan</b>
    Saihai no Yukue
    Josei no Hinkakujuku DS
    Wagamama Fasion: Gals Mode
    Morinaga Takurou no Okane no Shin Joushiki DS Training

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    <b>Region</b> Europe <b>Genre:</b> Puzzle
    <b>Developer:</b> Collision Studios <b>Publisher:</b> Southpeak Interactive

    Ever since Puzzle Quest, people have been trying to make puzzle games are more deeper experience.

    Brave: Shaman's Challenge is a puzzle game with an intricate storyline and thoughtful, strategic gameplay. Taking place in a land called Native America, Brave: Shaman's Challenge follows a young boy named Brave in his quest to protect everything he holds dear. He alone stands against a group of evil Shaman dead set on reviving their old master; the Wendigo. Brave: Shaman's Challenge features a cast of intriguing characters, a diverse set of amazing magic spells, a richly developed game world, and more puzzles than you can shake a shaman’s stick at!

    Not sure what to make of this.

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    <b>Region</b> Europe <b>Genre:</b> Future Racing
    <b>Developer:</b> Midas Interactive Entertainment <b>Publisher:</b> Midas Interactive Entertainment

    Yet again I add this to the thread and yet again it'll probably not come out. I've messaged Midas who are publishing it and they've not got back to me so...whatever.

    I hope that this is a good racer but two things make me think that it won't. 1. Its being released at £8.99 and 2. Midas Entertainment release crap games, but hey lets be optimistic here, the game does feature online wi-fi mode (something most bigger games don't even bother having) and seeing as we probably won't get Wipeout it'll have to do for weapon based future racing. If its bad then I guess back I go to Speed Racer.

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    <b>Also out on this day</b>

    Guinness World Records: The Videogame

    Sorry about the lack of Wii titles, there are quite a lot but at the moment I've not got the time to write them up. I did plan to write them up today but my kid is needy today and I've got things to do tomorrow. There will be a seperate thread before Sunday hopefully.
  2. SkyintheSea

    SkyintheSea GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 15, 2008
    United States
    Awesome list, the games keep getting better and better. Can't wait for most of them!
  3. GeekyGuy

    GeekyGuy Professional loafer

    Former Staff
    Jun 21, 2007
    United States
    Wow, now we're talkin'! That's a full week, jam-packed with plenty of good games to toy with. Though there are a couple of top-tier games too, I'll probably fool with Tornado first. The reviews haven't been great thus far, but it still looks like it could be fun.
  4. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    Great topic, very interesting!
  5. DivineZeus

    DivineZeus GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 19, 2008
    Rovigo, Republic of Venice
    Ayeeee!!!! not a worth week without a horse game... [​IMG]

    BTW thanks again for ur effort hadrian, i really love ur preview topics... [​IMG]
  6. Das_Biotop

    Das_Biotop Newbie

    Oct 10, 2008
    Gambia, The
    wow awesome list and an awesome week to come! yay!

    tornado looks very interessting, after the psp katamari was such disapointment.
    theres even a good licence game with spiderman.
    Spyro looks cool too and Ketsui will be the greatest game on earth.
  7. Vague Rant

    Vague Rant Deceptively cute

    Aug 7, 2008
    Uh? Whee!DS 2 homebrew vs. Gravity Zero Racing.


    Anyone else see it?
  8. Chrono_Tata

    Chrono_Tata GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 26, 2008
    New Castlevania on by birthday? Best... birthday... ever.

    So you can tell how shit my birthdays usually are.
  9. Bergunzo

    Bergunzo GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 14, 2007
    Waiting for Castlevania, Tornado, Spider-man and spyro (after the delusion of crash mind over mutants).

    Maybe Guinnes World Records may be fun. (screens?)
  10. Szyslak

    Szyslak Nudibranch Lover

    Oct 31, 2006
    United States
    Woo Hoo! Awesome! I can't believe it's finally time for The Naked Brothers Band: The Videogame and Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals! Been waiting all year for these! Need more exclamation points!!!

    Seriously though, I'm really excited for CV: OoE. All the other good games will go on a list entitled: "Games to play after I have sunk 250 hours into the new Castlevania".

    I really am looking forward to playing Tornado, Shuffle Dungeon, Spider Man, maybe Spyro.

    Thanks for the list Hadrian!
  11. HeatMan Advance

    HeatMan Advance GBAtemp Fan

    Jun 22, 2004
    United States
    I have a crap load of games to finish before next week.
  12. Toni Plutonij

    Toni Plutonij *has TrolleyDave & tiny p1ngy on moderating shelf!

    Former Staff
    Dec 22, 2007
    Depths of Nuclear powerplant
    Great week...can't wait for some of these games.....

    And I really hope that F-Zero G game is coming out...NO MORE DELAYS...
  13. soulfire

    soulfire gear... secando

    Sep 12, 2008
    soul eater for ds.
    good thing that "my japanes coach" the nds game is released today.
  14. Doomsday Forte

    Doomsday Forte GBAtemp Maniac

    Apr 22, 2007
    United States
    Huh, I just saw the JP version of Away come up on my ROMsite. So a partially simultaneous release?

    Master of the Monster Lair sounds ridiculous and hilarious too. Building your own dungeon to attract monsters to kill them...that's so bizarre. XD
  15. Xuio

    Xuio GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 19, 2007
    Eh... as bizarre as Dungeon Keeper...
  16. Leamonde.Halcyon

    Leamonde.Halcyon 6x9=42

    Apr 16, 2008
    United States

    Another fantastic week, I can't keep up with all the great games coming out [​IMG]
  17. War

    War Take it easy~

    Oct 26, 2007
    Well, this week makes up for the shit-filled last week.
  18. Brian117

    Brian117 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Oct 1, 2007
    United States
    Cleveland, OH
    Eh...Not many good games except that Zero Gravity game.

    And sorry about your DS D:, I know what it's like to loose a baby, rofl.
  19. kaspal

    kaspal GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 21, 2006
    a really packd week...
    im looking forward for tornado, castlevania and specially KETSUI!!!... that game will make my day... my YEAR FOR CHRIST SAKES!
  20. OnurD.

    OnurD. Newbie

    Oct 16, 2008
    United States
    Can't wait for Spyro and Tornado.
    Looks great.

    P.S. Great Topic! [​IMG]