Sept 27, 2007
What's a few pixels among old friends? That's the question Namco Museum DS asks - you love old-fart games like Xevious and Galaga so much, you'll accept it if they, you know, don't look like they should, right?
We won't dive into the technical side of games too deeply here, but stick with us. The screen size of the original Pac-Man was 224 pixels by 288 pixels. The native resolution of the DS is smaller, just 256 x 192. So in order to make Ol' Yellow Mouth fit, Namco had
You know how Forrest Gump's momma told him, "Life's like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get"? She never played Nanostray. This old-school 2D shooter shows you its goods right there on the front of the box. Spaceship. Laser beams. Explosions. Any
Peanut butter and jelly. Root beer and ice cream. Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus. All those things are great individually, but they're even better together. Now, Nanostray 2 brings that "best of both worlds" mentality to video games, in the form of a wicked tight spaceship shoot-em-up that offers both horizontal and vertical stages.Yes, this is one of those hybrid shoot-em-ups where half the levels scroll from right-to-left and the other half
Those crazy ninja adventurers are back from their foray into RPGs, and have returned to Street Fighter-esque beat 'em-ups once more. It's one of the very, very few one-on-one fighting games available for the DS, but sadly it's not filling any
There are some great licensed games out there, and then there are titles like Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Council 4. Obviously trying to appeal to younger audiences, it makes the grave mistake of interpreting that to mean easy and bland. No matter their age, most gamers will have trouble finding anything of substance here.
Once again everyones favorite boy ninja has come to town to defy what we expect from licensed anime titles. People whove enjoyed the ladss Wii and PS2 outings (or just looking forward to his upcoming 360 debut) are left with little to bellyache about when it comes to Naruto on the go. Comfortably starddling the line between fighting game and 2-D side-scroller, Naruto: Ninja Council 3 offers up sixty plus unique missions for you and your friends to play. And its not all about the kicking of ass
If you're a Naruto fan who's been enjoying the Clash of Ninja series for the past few years, we have good news for you. Now, you can take that goofy 3D fighting with you wherever you go. Naruto: Ninja Destiny for the Nintendo DS lets you go one-on-one with 16 familiar characters taken from the Naruto comics and TV show, and it delivers the sort of cartoon style characters and smoothly animated Jutsu attacks that you want from a handheld Naruto
Oct 29, 2007
Every gamer knows that the path of the ninja is tread quietly, strewn with sliced-off heads and populated by dark, silent killers. Unless you're talking about the anime/manga/videogame juggernaut Naruto, in which case that same ninja path is tread clumsily, strewn with preteen hijinks and walked by a hero who dresses like a traffic cone and sounds like Bart Simpson. Path of the Ninja, the new DS Naruto RPG, will accordingly play - for the Naruto-ignorant - like a kind of Before
If you’re having trouble keeping track of the zillion or so Naruto games out there - and there’s no shame in it if you are - this is the one that’s a role-playing game with turn-based battles. This obviously has a huge effect on the pace of the game.
More than thirty years ago, Ataris block-smashing game Breakout established a whole new kind of gameplay (there were only about three back then, so it wasnt so tough, but still…). Now Nervous Brickdown comes along, re-re-re-reinvents the genre, and makes us care again. Instead of just giving you a paddle at the bottom of the screen, a wall of bricks at the top, a ball that bounces between the two, and near-instant ennui, it sweetens the pot by constantly switching up its look and