Slick Anthology

A video game collection in blog form… a constant work in progress

Category Archives: DS

Metroid Prime Pinball

Metroid Prime Pinball Cover

System: DS

Genre: Pinball

Release: 10/24/05

Completed: No

I call myself a collector, but I don’t consider myself an all-knowing video game guru. Well, at least not yet. Point in case, I picked up Metroid Prime Pinball here and didn’t even realize that it came packed with the official Nintendo DS rumble pak. Even worse, I didn’t even know there was a DS rumble pak! Where have I been! What’s even crazier, I happened to notice the rumble pak at the same store for just a couple bucks, and I picked that up too! Completely unknowingly I assembled the complete package for the game.
The more you know!

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Brain Age 2

Brain Age 2 Cover

System: DS

Genre: Puzzle

Release: 8/20/07

Completed: Partially

Pretty much more of the same when put up against the first Brain Age, but that’s a good thing. The simple yet addictive formula worked out so well that I think a sequel was inevitable and good for gamers. Some games I’ve played so far are simple, like placing the correct mathematical symbol to complete an equation, but others are a bit more challenging like playing a piano and hitting the correct notes in beat with the rhythm. Even with the hit-or-miss games, seeing my brain age in the 30s makes me want to play more and more.

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Zoo Keeper

Zoo Keeper Cover

System: DS

Genre: Puzzle

Release: 1/18/05

Completed: Partially

Along with Pokemon Sapphire on the Game Boy Advance and Meteos on the DS, Zoo Keeper was the game I purchased to keep me entertained while on my flight to Japan. I believe I grabbed the game because it was cheap, maybe something like $10 and it was a puzzle game. I don’t remember too much about the game besides having to match up animal icons instead of plain colored jewels in order to clear a puzzle, so that’s not saying much for the game’s staying power. For all intents and purposes it’s a Bejeweled clone so you should know what you’re getting from it.

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X-Men: Destiny

X-Men Destiny Cover

System: DS

Genre: RPG

Release: 9/27/11

Completed: No

In concept the game sounded perfect: an RPG focusing on the X-Men, where players can create their own mutant, team up with other popular X-Men characters, and take on the bad guys from the X-Men universe, both old and original. But in execution the game was horribly, horribly bad. The DS version only has one character to choose to play. On top of that, critics lamented the game’s poor gameplay and story. It’s really unfortunate too, as Destiny looked like it was going to be a good RPG starring everyone’s favorite mutants. Sadly the company that made the game, Silicon Knights, has since been shut down.

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The World Ends With You

The World Ends With You Cover

System: DS

Genre: RPG

Release: 4/22/08

Completed: No

I have heard nothing but excellent things about The World Ends With You, and yet I’ve still managed to not play it. I was given the game by a friend who adored the combat system, which is intriguing indeed. Not having played the game though, I really can’t speak much on it at this time. There is an iOS port of the game, and the main character appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for the 3DS, but that’s all I know about the title.

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Trauma Center: Under the Knife

Trauma Center Under the Knife Cover

System: DS

Genre: Simulation

Release: 10/4/05

Completed: Partially

When the DS first game out, Trauma Center here was one of the games I was most excited to play. It seemed like everything the DS was made for: surgical like precision while working on patients, treating diseases with anime-influenced characters, and a heart pounding soundtrack to make sure the action of dressing wounds never stopped being intense! Thankfully the game was all of those things, and is still a very memorable title. There’s a Wii remake of this game as well (Trauma Center: Second Opinion). I really enjoy games that are strange and out there, and a game that is basically an action-packed version of the TV show ER has my name all over it.

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Super Scribblenauts

Super Scribblenauts Cover

System: DS

Genre: Puzzle

Release: 10/12/10

Completed: Yes

Sequel to Scribblenauts, what makes Super Scribblenauts, well, super, is the inclusion of adjectives. Instead of being limited to writing just nouns, Maxwell is now able to add descriptors to each word entered in book. A generic vampire can now become an invincible green zombie vampire, or any other combination of adjectives you can think of. What this does is make an already brilliant game even better. The game is really more of a fun diversion from whatever it is your supposed to be doing than an actual game though, as the story mode and all its puzzles will be completed rather quickly. Fortunately the game is incredibly charming and fun to play in its own right without the limitations some stages give you. I spent plenty of time just messing around in the Sandbox mode, creating new entries and just goofing off. Now that it’s on the cheap it’s very much worth looking into.

Read my review of the game here.

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Super Mario 64 DS

Super Mario 64 DS Cover

System: DS

Genre: Adventure

Release: 11/21/04

Completed: Partially

A launch game for the Nintendo DS, Super Mario 64 DS is, naturally, a port of Super Mario 64, which just so happened to be a launch game for the, again naturally, Nintendo 64. This version though featured additional characters to play as: Luigi, Yoshi, and Wario. The three offered slight changes to gameplay, like jump distances and what not, but ultimately didn’t change up the overall experience. There were some added bonus features as well, like exclusive minigames, and changes to the way power ups were utilized. Overall it’s a nice port of a truly classic game, but I’d still recommend the Nintendo 64 version over this one just for authenticity’s sake.

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Sonic Colors

Sonic Colors DS Cover

System: DS

Genre: Action

Release: 11/16/10

Completed: No

I received this game as a gift and have still yet to play it. Though I did play and enjoy the Wii version of the game, I wonder how different this one will be. My nephew has the game and he seems to like it. The little aliens (called Wisps) provide Sonic with a variety of power-ups that he must use to navigate successfully through each stage. Apparently, this DS version is a side-scroller, as opposed to the Wii’s fully 3D type of gameplay, so there’s that. The game is intriguing enough and seems to be a decent game for Sonic fans to enjoy.

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SNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS

SNK Vs Capcom Card Fighters Cover

System: DS

Genre: Card Fighter

Release: 4/24/07

Completed: No

The rivalry between Capcom and SNK is all but over, but it used to be a heated debate. Which side had the better games? Which side had the better characters? Which side was the future of the fighting genre? Seeing as most all of those questions can be answered by saying “Capcom” and the rivalry between the two has been over for some time now, you might not understand the entire idea behind a title like SNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS. Strangely enough, this is the third game in the series, the first two coming out on the ill-fated Neo Geo Pocket handheld. Like those goes, Card Fighters DS is a card battling game in which you build a deck composed of characters across both companies storied franchises and use said deck to knock out your opponents in duels. It’s a fun game that is going to be enjoyable only to those that are die hard Capcom and/or SNK fans. Even then it’s a bit of a stretch, as the gameplay isn’t too thrilling. But seeing all these characters in one place is fun, and that’s not to mention the chibi art style is pretty neat too.

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