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by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 02 Oct 2008 21:11
Tags: action ds exit puzzle screens video

EXIT DS: Action Puzzling and Indentured Servitude

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Taito is bringing EXIT, their PSP action puzzler, to the DS. WiiHD was remiss in not bringing this one to your attention earlier. We're all for a great brain teaser, but when we were putting together a 1001 piece "horse in front of barn" puzzle yesterday at WiiHD headquarters, we realized what was missing from the equation: Action! Taito's "Action Puzzler" solution is dramatically better than our idea of trying to put the horse puzzle together while the pieces were on fire. Live and learn.

You are Mr. Esc. With a name like that, your career options were pretty much limited to "professional escapologist". Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to run into the face of danger and peril to rescue the downtrodden from impossible situations, and then escape with them in tow. You work on a contingency, so try to make sure you actually escape WITH your damsel in distress in tow.

EXIT has a pretty sweet gameplay mechanism which they surprisingly did not label "slavery" or "indentured servitude". They call it "turning victims into allies". But we can read between the lines. After you rescue someone, you can make them do some of your heavy lifting in escapes. Back problems can be a real bummer, so why risk yours when you can put a resentful delinquent grateful rescuee to work for you?

Speed is a big part of the game, and Taito doesn't want you to be the only one to appreciate your super-fast scores and mad skills, so you can upload your times from over a hundred different missions via WiFi and show them off to the world.

Out in Europe this month. In the US on November 4th. Video and screens after the break.

Via Square Enix Press Release | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 02 Oct 2008 05:19
Tags: ds hardware news

Behold the DSi

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"i" as in "eye", I assume. Clever (deadpan).

2 cameras. No GBA slot, and thus, thinner. SD slot. On board memory for a DSWare game download service. Bigger screens. Launches 11/11 11/01/08 (Japan) for 180$. US Launch will come at a yet to be decided date well into 2009.

DSWare sounds cool, so I'm a fan of storage. Screen size can't hurt. No GBA slot seems tragic. Cameras seem like a precursor to a thousand "face-trainer" games, not my thing.

How about you? What do you think?

Via DS Fanboy | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 02 Oct 2008 00:16
Tags: ds fps moon scifi screens

Moon Shots (DS)

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Yes, Call of Duty: World at War is coming to DS. Yes, Quantum of Solace is coming to DS. But the DS shooter WiiHD is most eager to see is Moon. From the makers of Dementium, another original DS shooter, this bad boy has all the makings of a dark and cool portable shooter experience.

Renegade Kid was kind enough to dump a load of new screens on us, so we're dumping them on you. Catch the gallery after the break.

Via Michael Myers PR | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 01 Oct 2008 18:35
Tags: ds hardware rumor

New DS Rumors Reach Crescendo

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MCV reports:

According to our impeccable source in Japan, Satoru Iwata will make the announcement at 5am UK time – as first predicted by MCV last month.

Little is known about the machine's exact extra functions, but we do know the product will be the ‘multimedia’ model mentioned by Nikkei this week – with an MP3 player and camera function.

It's still a rumor, but at least this one won't take long to validate.

MCVuk Via Endgadet | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 10 Sep 2008 18:23
Tags: action adventure ds mushroom-men preview screens video

DS Fanboy Gets Their Stylus-on Mushroom Men: Rise Of The Fungi

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We told you about Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars for Wii. Now it's time for DS to get some exposure with Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi. Featuring an entirely different story line in the Mushroom Men universe, Rise of the Fungi tells you about the early stages of sentience for the races of Mushrooms and spiders and beetles and hornets (oh my!). They are just beginning to seperate into the 4 Mushroom Nations that will be battling it out in The Spore Wars. You're a member of the Bolete Tribe, first facing the challenge of how to survive in a hostile enviornment, and then facing foreign Mushroom Men that aren't as peaceful as you'd hoped.

DS Fanboy got their hands on Rise of the Fungi, so we're going to give you some quotes:

The first level's weapon: the Last Line of Defense, which is a fishhook, a tiny metal rod, and a crankshaft stuck together. That enabled me to fight the Mosquito General somewhat successfully, and then it mysteriously disappeared. Following my defeat of the General, I was sent back through the level to pick up Bits of Food for my mushroom tribe, then onto the next level. To reach the entrance, I had to float down on a leaf parachute. To build this, I had to solve a puzzle (identified by a puzzle icon in the level) in which I arranged a picture of the item out of fragments.

all [enemies] have weaknesses and resistances to certain types of weapons and attacks. When you accost one of these enemies, the non-gameplay screen changes to information about your enemy's HP and attributes. Not listed in the mosquitoes' info: they're huge jerks and it can be hard to hit them with a stick.

Also true in real life JC. The two screens are the main action screen, and the other which is enemy info when you're fighting and inventory when you're not. When you need to swap inventory items, you can quickly hit an icon on the action screen and pull up your inventory for swapping items.

Read the whole thing at DS Fanboy, and catch the full gallery with two vids after the break.

Via DS Fanboy | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 24 Aug 2008 19:44
Tags: ds fps moon news sci-fi shooter

Moon (DS) Weapons and Environments

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The Official Moon Website has achieved liftoff. You've already seen the screenshots and the videos, but the website also offers a list of weapons, vehicles, and environments along with a brief description. This list functions as a nice preview of the depth of the game.

Weapons List:

  • Guns
    • SAR - A high impact energy weapon.
    • Lepton Spread - A neutron shotgun.
    • Oxid Cannon - A short range, portable nuclear cannon. Yes, nuclear.
    • Seeker Pod - A gravity weapon prototype for clearing room prior to entering, not for close range.
    • Fermion Sniper - A laser based sniper rifle.
    • Quanta Rifle - fires highly corrosive (affects metals and organics) ionic projectiles
    • Muon Pistol - Handgun with more range and precision than normal.
  • Vehicles List:
    • Remote Access Droid - a robot that established a direct neural link and leaves you vulnerable to attack while you manipulate it. Think about the spider droids in Bond: Everything or Nothing or the Ninja kitties in Tenchu 4.
    • LOLA RR10 - Low-Gravity Land-based Recon and Repulse Vehicle is equipped with a powerful laser turret. You'll be driving this from the cockpit, not a neural interface.

After the break there's some screens and a description of each environment.

The Official Moon Website Via N4G | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 15 Aug 2008 22:55
Tags: ds fps moon scifi

There's More Than One Dark Side of the Moon (DS)

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With Civilization Revolution out of the way, Moon is quickly becoming WiiHD's most anticipated DS title. Eerie, moody, suspenseful and brimming with action, it has elements more closely associated with Microsoft's gaming division than Nintendo's. One of the advantages to being on top, as the DS is in the portable wars, is getting a little bit of everything.

The point of this post is to let you get a gander at the new Moon trailer. It isn't big, but it doesn't really need to be. It's after the break (would that WiiHD's plumber would keep his moon after the break too), so see for yourself.

Via DS Fanboy | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 11 Aug 2008 19:07
Tags: ds mass-effect rpg sci-fi

Mass Effect DS

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BioWare's Miles Holmes prompted some DS speculation over the weekend when he talked about Sonic Chronicles, his upcoming DS RPG to eurogamer.de.

"We have a lot of big plans for Mass Effect. Having a DS version would be an awesome way to keep interest alive and keep it going in addition to the next one [Mass Effect 2]," said Holmes.

Also mentioned as possible DS titles were Jade Empire and Dragon Age. Kotaku suggests that Sonic Chronicles is a way for Bioware to test the water before putting their own IP on the DS.

Mass Effect was a huge game for the 360, and it's hard to imagine it not being a welcome addition to the DS library. Bioware has a knack for high quality, so let's hope Sonic Chronicles turns out to be a successful test.

GamesIndustry.biz Via Kotaku | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 06 Aug 2008 06:53
Tags: ds ms7 shooter

Pack Some Portable Heat with Metal Slug 7

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Is Contra 4 just not doing it for you anymore? Looking for some frantic side-scrolling shoot 'em up action that you can stow in your pocket in between sessions? Keep your eye out for Metal Slug 7, the next big shooter for DS. Coming November 18th to a store near you, the latest installment in the Metal Slug series hopes to recapture the never-say-die spirit of the franchise in a more portable package than you might remember it from. You'll have 7 all new missions and 6 characters to play them with, as well as new weapons, bosses, slugs and modes.

Check out the media after the break.

Via SNK Playmore Press Release | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 31 Jul 2008 20:14
Tags: civrev ds feature screens strategy

Official Civilization Revolution Tech Tree

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2K put up a sweet PDF with their official graphcial tech tree today (they tried to do it 2 days ago, but the link was bad), to aid you in your thirst for world domination. There have been some similar community efforts here and elsewhere. As always, this Civ Rev Tech Tree applies to all versions of the game. To see First to Discover bonuses for tech, be sure to check out WiiHD's own tech guide

Grab it here (mediafire backup link). You can also get a pdf of the Building, Unit and Wonder Guides here (mediafire backup link). Enjoy.

Via Official Civilization Revolution Site | Permalink


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