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Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ December 19, 2008

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Currently playing this for the DS. Literally don’t have a clue what the fuck is going on but its unique subject matter for a vertical-scrolling shooter caugh my eye. A pretty solid game and I recommend giving it a try.

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Appreciation Time: The World Ends With You September 9, 2008

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TWEWYI’m not usually a fan of your typical JRPG and upon first inspection The World Ends With You appears to be one of them. Thankfully though it isn’t, and it’s one of the best handheld games I’ve ever played. One of the many features that makes it stand out is the story which takes place in the modern setting of Shibuya district of Tokyo, Japan. Placed in what is essentially a twisted reality game, Neku – the central character – has to complete the game in order to be brought back to life.

Completely ignoring the random battles, turn-based combat etc. that is usually associated with this genre it instead uses real-time combat and you can chose whether you want to fight or not. Your combat abilities come from pins (badges to you and me) which grant you various powers such as lightning strikes and slash attacks. These attacks are activated via different gestures on the touchscreen. While that happens on the bottom screen, your partner simultaneously fights on the top screen and can either be computer-controlled or manually by pressing the d-pad in the direction show by the scrolling arrows. It all seems rather daunting so it is probably best to initially set your partner’s AI to automatic.

The J-pop soundtrack perfectly matches up with the unique graphical style. The story is utterly compelling and the whole package is unlike anything else available on the DS.

Rhythm Tengoku: Old vs New August 13, 2008

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Rhythm TengokuI was only made aware of the original Rhythm Tengoku (translates as Rhythm Heaven or Rhythm Paradise) on the GBA somewhat recently from a friend while discussing the recent release of Rhythm Tengoku Gold on the DS. I managed to track down a copy of the original on eBay for a decent price, as well as the DS game. First of all, these are two of the best rhythm-action games you will ever play. They are both made by the same team as the Wario Ware series so if you are a fan of them you know what to expect. Click the jump for more.

For those of you who have never played them before, they consist of minigame stages where you have to press a button in time with the music. After five of these stages (four in Rhythm Tengoku Gold) you then have the remix, which is basically a “boss” stage and consists of a song made up of the previous set of minigame stages.

When comparing the two versions I’d have to say overall I prefer the original GBA version over the DS version. Mostly due to the diversity of the minigames and the control method. In the DS version the stylus is used to tap the screen in time with the beat. Sometimes you are required to hold it on the screen and swipe which works fine 99% of the time but that other 1% can mean the difference between passing and failing the stage. The quality of music in both games is pretty much excellent and is hard to separate and wearing headphones is highly recommended to make the most of it.

Unlike the original game which unfortunately never saw a western release, Rhythm Tengoku Gold is being released as Rhythm Heaven in the west but the date remains unannounced. However, since these games are based on music the language barrier shouldn’t cause too much of a problem so if you are a fan of this type of game there really is no reason not to snap them up.

Chrono Trigger DS Trailer July 7, 2008

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Turns out its just a lazy enhanced port rather than a Final Fantasy IV-style full 3D remake.

Chrono Trigger DS Confirmed July 2, 2008

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Chrono Trigger DSYup, this is the site that hinted at it. Click the jump for the official press release and a magazine scan.

CHRONO TRIGGER Returns! The Timeless Classic Teleports to Nintendo DS This Holiday Season

Journey Through Time with the RPG Masterpiece that Started It All

LOS ANGELES, July 2 — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(TM) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that it will release CHRONO TRIGGER┬« in North America this Holiday season. Remastered exclusively for Nintendo DS(TM), this marks the first time that the groundbreaking RPG will be available on a handheld console.

Originally released in 1995 on Super NES┬« and shipping more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, CHRONO TRIGGER has been hailed as one of the greatest games of all time by critics and fans alike. With a unique and multifaceted storyline, the game revolutionized the world of RPGs with never-before-seen features, including an unprecedented soundtrack and multiple endings determined by side quests and the player’s actions.

With artwork by famed manga artist Akira Toriyama and an unprecedented and inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda, CHRONO TRIGGER represents the best-in-class of the video game world. This newly revamped edition maintains all of the game’s original elements and spirit while introducing the portability, dual-screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality of Nintendo DS. Players will soon be able to rediscover the exhilarating RPG experience, breathtaking storyline and innovative gameplay in the palm of their hands.

STORY

When a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his misfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils. The swashbuckling adventure that ensues soon unveils an evil force set to destroy the world, triggering Crono’s race against time to change the course of history and bring about a brighter future.

FEATURES

— A masterpiece with an engaging and unparalleled storyline, leading to the discovery of multiple epic conclusions to a journey that transcends time

— An unprecedented and inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda

— Intriguing battle system made possible by the unique combination of the Active Time Battle system and Tech skills

— Famed character designer Akira Toriyama lends his signature art style to create the vibrant world that has captivated gamers around the world

— Taking advantage of the Nintendo DS hardware, CHRONO TRIGGER makes its way onto the portable platform with all-new dual screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality

— A brand new dungeon and a Wireless Play mode adds exciting new dimensions to this timeless classic

Chrono Trigger DSThe SNES original is regarded by some as the best game of all time. I never got the chance to play it in any form so this is a welcome release. I hope it is a full 3D remake like Final Fantasy IV but from what I’ve heard it is just an enhanced port.