2007 – Classics come home
Year in brief
: Touch Generations continues to dominate, but this year it’s all about Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Released in March, it unsurprisingly became one of the biggest games of the year, both in terms of sales and reviews. Its online trading system opened up the already bustling Pokemon community to a global audience, ensuring continued popularity well into the next console lifecycle. A new Zelda snuck in at the end too – Phantom Hourglass was another major success, as it was both a fantastic addition to the series and a wonderful introduction for those who hadn’t played games in years. Nintendo also brought the Opera internet browser to DS, though it would eventually be replaced.
Criticism: Another barren summer from Nintendo, with only Picross DS and Planet Puzzle League to tide us over. Granted, we were neck-deep in Pokemon all summer, but it’s sad when third parties have to carry your platform through the months when everyone ages 5~15 is dying for new games. Furthermore, there are still too few games really taking advantage of the stylus, microphone and dual screen presentation, even if the games themselves were excellent. Makes us wonder, did we need this setup in the first place?
Above: Planet Puzzle League is fun, but we’d like more over the summer
Sales: Once again, Nintendo’s numbers rise to absurd levels, with a reported 64 million units sold worldwide. That’s more than the NES, Super NES or Genesis pushed in their entire lifetime. Geeze.
Best game of 2007: Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Another year, another Nintendo title to take the top spot. We already praised Hourglass in the above section, so we’ll take this moment to predict Spirit Tracks will perform just as admirably.
Honorable mentions: Contra 4, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Worst game of 2007: Chicken Shoot
On the other end of the spectrum lies Chicken Shoot, aka the shovelware drivel that’s choking every inch of DS and Wii shelf space these days. As sad as it is, this is the true face of DS development, no matter how hard you want to believe otherwise.
Hateful mentions: Everything else like Chicken Shoot. Dozens. Hundreds.