I would't call a DS flimsy by any means. Nintendo's portable are alwasy sturdy and can take a beating. Afterall, they are kid tested. :) It wouldn't bother me if I dropped my DS, but if I dropped a PSP I would probably have a minor heart-attack.
I think their target is primarily adults that grew up on Nintendo games and still play them; like me. :o I wouldn't percieve Tiger Woods or NFL as kids games. Most of the DS games generally cover all ages. But there are the exceptions, like Pokemon. blah. Nintendo's main staple is characters like Mario, so even if and when they "do" produce adult games, ignorance (street cred) dictates that it's not available. If you want one of the best games right now, (Not talking about racing, so leave GT4 out of this. :) ) that is primarily for adults, then last I checked it was only available for the Nintendo GameCube and that's RE4. It's coming out for the PS2, but the graphics will be dumbed down and the game will suffer from sloooow load times.
I really like the games I currently own, but I would've liked to have seen a good RPG at launch. My friend (The one that manages serveral game stores.) said that Nintendo would release tons of game right when the PSP came out, but that didn't happen. Blah...
There is the prospect of dozens of games currently in development, so it's only a matter of waiting. I guess June will be the month for the DS with Golden Eye and I think Shogun Warrior will also be released. Between the 2 portables, I'm definately sticking it with Nintendo since they have the most promising system for the games I enjoy. But if I ever want a purdy portable that's better for racing games as an example, then I'll make room for a PSP. But never would I replace my DS with one.
Nintendo has already done one thing right for adults and that's better spacing on the DS's controls. The truly backlit screen was also a great bonus, since GBA games look amazing on it. And no load times is a major plus in my book.
Here's the kind of street cred the PSP has. I doubt that she'll ever carry around a jewel-encrusted DS.
The DS also has no load times. The amount of time it took for his PSP to start up ranged from instant to ~5 seconds, and 10 seconds for loading from the disk (as well as a previously unmentioned 4 or 5 second wait for the MS data to be read for a saved game) is irritating.
Load times suck. Nintendo is the only game company that gets this and makes systems that aren't plagued by it. My GC's load times are minimal to none.
The only load time I have ever had on a gamecube is when I had a faulty game disc in there. It took a while to say it didn't work.
Survey of Stores; SIMS
Costco sells the DS bundled with various games like Mario. None of the titles really interests me as I have eyes only for Urbz.
On the Nintendo DS, Walmart appears to have some of the best prices at ~$150 plus tax.
On the topic of Nintendo selling points, elsewhere in the Internet, I read that a lady could transmute her GameCube Sims characters. She could zap them from her GC into her Nintendo Advance. She liked to take her Sims with her for her waiting time in the Doctor's office.
Have you played Animal Crossing? If not, it's another game kind of like Sims where you manage your character and build up their place of living by befriending the local peeps. It's on the GameCube right now and will be coming out for the DS shortly.
The one draw back with a DS, is that it can not link with the GC. I'm hoping Nintendo will offer a solution, since I do have a few games that take advantage of it and would rather use my DS then my GBA, because of its nicer screen and easier to hold controls. Apparently the DS was designed to link with Nintendo's next gen machine the Revolution. This is what my friend has been telling me.
Yes, the DS is supposed to interact with the Revo like (depending on who tells you the info) a controller or with the Revo acting like a DS online gateway thing.
Animal Crossing has got amazing reviews. Animal Crossing, when it arrives, should push the Nintendo DS.
List of RPG's To date
The List Will include simulation RPGs, and strategy RPGS.
1)Advance Wars 3: Battle for Omega Land
2)Age Of Empires 2:The Age Of Kings
3)Animal Crossing To Go!
4)Animetic RPG - Working Title
5)Baten Kaitos: The Start of the Wings and the Heir of the God
6)Chibi Island 3
9)Dragon Warrior DS
10)Dragon Quest Monsters
11)Dragon Quest Slime Morimori
12)Egg Monster Heroes
13)Europa Universalis II
14)Final Fantasy III
15)Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
16)Fushugino Dungeon Pokémon World: Pikachu's Adventure
17)Harvest Moon DS
18)Jinsei Game DS
19)Lost in Blue
21)Magical Vacation II (I'm pretty sure this is an RPG)
22)Mega Man Battle Network DS
23)Monster Rancher Jamboree
25)Phantasy Star Online DS
29)Secret of Mana
30)Shin Megamitensei DS
31)Shogun Warriors: The Lost Army
Got that little list for you just cause i know you wanted to see some RPG's Jack.
I want it now, so that I can touch the action.
How about a future where the starbks are all Nintendo DS parlors where people might engage in ad. hoc. games.
thatd be so sweet.
I hear that DS tunneling starts its beta test the 11th and then one month later its online.
Would a MORPG consist of a group on DS machines playing online RPG via Wi-Fi?
After running a9 on Nintendo Tunnel, I found no useful information.
I bought Rayman DS, but so far I'm just "eh" with it. This is a game that would definately be way better on a PSP. I'm going to give it a chance though, I'm just hoping the fact I'm having trouble collecting these bubbles for breathing under water is just me and not because the game has terrible collision-detection. The game is also very pixelated compared to the other 3D games I have on the DS, so I know they could've done better. They seemed to have cut corners on this just to get it out. For example they let me use the touch screen to move Rayman, but they don't really use it as an option selection screen. Plus they allow me to make my screen controler bigger, but instead of providing a clean image at the bigger size, the simply scale it up using hardware, which looks like crap.
I would've rather seen this game be released as the classic Playstation side-scroller for the DS. I love old school games, so I hope cheeseball 3D ports don't become the norm for my DS.
Something that's annoying me about the first batch of DS games, is that they sometimes cop out and don't use the touch screen for all areas that it would be very usefull. They alwasy go about half way. It seems that most developer are "quite" lazy now days, especially since everything is a rehashed port. I look forward to "original" DS titles that really take advantage of its potential.
If this Rayman DS game doesn't pan out, then I'll just regret the fact I could've bought the Yoshi DS game. Anyways it was only $26, so not bad.
Have you bought Wario Ware Touched? I'm going to when I get a chance, that game is nuts!
Another game that I'm going to buy when it comes out is Electroplankton.
My friend showed me Wario, he says it's a blast. I watched him play briefly, but haven't actually tried it yet.
I just want all my options to be available on the touch screen. I don't like it when they only go so far and leave most things on the buttons. I suspect that this is because they're just porting games.
I've been looking at homebrew DS games. I'm going to buy a Passthrough once they're a little bit more refined. I downloaded all the schematics showing memory regions, so hope to be doing something by this summer.
I hate IGN, can't find that many screen shots on this Electroplankton game and they want me to register to see a video.
Wario Ware is nothing but the touch screen. I'm going to get that, Electroplankton, Katamari DS, Final Fantasy 3, and Xenogears.
Yep, I watched me friend play, it even has a portion where you blow on the screen.
I'm definately getting FF3, the other two I'll need to see more on.
I plan on getting those and more.
They look terrific.
Jack, you end up getting YTAG?
Arrr, what be this YTAG? :)
Yoshi's Touch and Go. :)
I should of got it, I bought Rayman instead. It isn't bad and some peeps really like it, but I would've probably enjoyed Yoshi allot more.
Did you get it? :)
The Electroplankton official site (Japanese) has some video of the game in action and loads of other great random stuff (character and creator info, wallpapers). It may be a bit of trial-and-error maneuvering the site if you're not familiar with Japanese though.
Oops, no. I thought you said you were going to get it :) Though, i have around 30 bucks now... I might head over to Walmart later. I want to read a few more reviews though to see if i do want it for sure.
They were selling it at Costco for $26, so next time I'm there, I'll pick it up.
Freak, why does everything come out in June. Gueist for the GameCube looks to be fun.
I picked up Star Wars Episode 3 DS earlier today and it's a blast. It's in the flavor of the old arcade games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Final Fight, but much much better. You upgrade your character via stats and learning new force powers. It supports 4 players with only 1 cart, so I'll be playing next week when I'm standing in line with a friend to see Episode 3.
Anyways, this game is not a dissapointment at all and was everything my friend's had stated it would be. This game is definitely missing the suck factor, that sooooo many other Star Wars titles suffer from.
You peeps probably are thinking I'm smoking cracck on this Star Wars game, but so far it is a great game and has great replay value.
Anyways, it includes a 3D combat simulator which has been done quite well. It even has basic shield power allocation and you can play death match mode against your friends with just one cart.
If you have a DS, pick it up, you won't be dissapointed. :D
Nah, i dont think your on Crack.
I will be sure to pick it up. My brother got YTAG but i havent been able to get it out of his hands as of yet, so I am guessing its good.
I'll get that game sooon. It would've been in my hands, if SW hadn't been released. :)
Dammit, why can't they be quicker about releasing more E-laced Zelda games. I'm tempted to buy The 4 Swords for my GC, but would rather buy it for the DS. Must have more Zelda.
Oh my gAwd.
Just wait for the new one for GC...
Anyway; Thought this'd be a cool read - Star Wars games through the ages.
I want portable Zelda. I still need to finish Wind Waker on the GC. :p
Speakin gof Oh my gAwd. The BONEHEAD that wrote that artice, "DID" not account for one of the greatest Star Wars game "EVER!!! :eek: " X-Wing on the PC, released back in the early ninties. All the sims they have now days are VOMIT!!! This game is considered an all time best by many peeps. How this dorkous ingnoramotous forgotified about it, is beyond me. There has "NEVER" been an equal, not even with all the new flashy-purdy graphics.
Ok, I'm done rambling.
Hey, I used to love that game!
Played with a crappy joystick on my PC! Unless thats the wrong game i am talking about, but i am pretty sure its not.
The new E-Laced Zelda will be owning everything in its path later this year.
Guess what Link can do.
Thats right. Change into a wolf. This new game promises to be the darkest yet most beautiful entry in the series to date.
The PSP feels better made than the DS and looks fraggin' awesome but all the games suck except for Lumines :(
Which bring us to the point, what's the use of a nice PSP if there's no games you want for it?
My friend made that same exact commen, about all of the games sucking on his PSP. Guess what his favorite game is right now, Episode 3 on the DS. He's one of the peeps that pointed it out to me. :)
Speaking of which. I didn't see a single PSP at the theater last night, but I saw at least 20 DSs.
The PSP has looks and seems sturdy, but tell this to all the peeps that actually had one break in their hands while playing it. In reality the DS is a much sturdier unit and I wouldn't be afraid to give it to my 4 year old nephew to play.
And something I really apreciate abou the DS now, besides its extra long battery life and lots of "fun" games, is that the games are sooooooo tiny. I had 4 games in my pocket and I couldn't feel that they were there. I really wouldn't want to carry around 4 UMDs in my pocket, that would be quite annoying.
Bah, they both suck. My TH55 beats them allllll!!!! :p
Mmm, y'know, if they took a GP32, put it on PSP hardware and put a DS-style touchscreen flip panel somewhere, that'd be one sweet handheld.
I was really tempted to get a GP32 (It's really cool handheld system - emulates almost every oldsk00l console in existance. Portable ChronoTrigger and Sonic! :D) but it's really f'ing bulky.
I remeber that thing. I can also do something similar with my DS and a GBA Flash or SD cart. :p Their are SNES emulators for the GBA in the works, a NES emulator and even Sega emulator.
And of course I can already play GBA games. :D
Your TH55 has blah controls and blah games. :p Tis why you bought a PSP and why I bought a DS. I wish the Palm had the same calibre of controls and games though and some day I hope it will. :)
Anyways, just by a Black GBA micro to go along with your PSP and you'll have access to all the old school kick arse games. :) But also buy a DS so that you can play with peeps like me at the movie theater and of course for all the kick arse strategy, RPG and FPS games coming out.
And I'll pick up a PSP when the price drops.
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