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Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2009

November 4, 2009

Holiday Buyer’s Guide Top Nintendo DS & DSi Games of 2009

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars


Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a GTA game specifically tailored for the Nintendo DS platform, and while the Nintendo DS may be the weakest current generation system in terms of hardware power, Rockstar doesn’t let that get in the way of producing one of the deepest and extremely fulfilling chapters in the Grand Theft Auto saga. More…

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 Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story


Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

Mario and Luigi’s eternal struggle against the forces that threaten the Mushroom Kingdom—and frequently kidnap Princess Peach—continue in Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, the latest in the lighthearted, action-oriented role-playing game series. More…

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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box


Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is the second game in the Professor Layton series created mostly by Level-5’s puzzle-obsessed Akihiro Hino. Like the other games, the plot of Diabolical Box is driven by the Professor’s need to solve an overarching mystery – this time around, it’s the death of his friend and mentor. More…

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Rhythm Heaven

Rhythm Heaven


Rhythm Heaven

It’s not surprising to find out that Rhythm Heaven has been produced by the same team responsible for unleashing Wario Ware: it’s crazy, experimental, and it never takes itself seriously. It’s also surprisingly robust and addictive as hell. More…

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scribblenauts

Scribblenauts


Scribblenauts

There are very few games in which the biggest obstacle that stands between you and success is the limitation of your own imagination. In Scribblenauts, you have access to thousands of objects that can be summoned at any point using the in-game keyboard, and your goal is to push the boundaries of your creativity and vocabulary to solve the puzzles in whatever fanciful way you dream up. More…

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Animal Crossing: Wild World

Animal Crossing: Wild World


Animal Crossing Wild World

It’s a difficult task to convince someone, simply by describing what’s involved, that Animal Crossing: Wild World is an enormously fun and engaging game experience. I mean, much of the focus is turning menial, real life tasks like housecleaning, landscaping, and scavenging,  More…

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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass


The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Alright, baby! The famous Nintendo cash cow the Legend of Zelda finally makes the big jump to the DS here in this Phantom Hourglass game and it just so happens to be the sequel to the Gamecube title: The Wind Waker. More…

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Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS


Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS, Nintendo’s pulled out all the stops for this “next generation” Mario Kart sequel, and though it’s a handheld game, there’s nothing small about this design. here’s absolutely not a doubt in my mind: Mario Kart DS is the greatest Mario Kart game ever, which, in turn, makes it the greatest Kart racer game ever created. More…

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New Super Mario Bros.

New Super Mario Bros.


New Super Mario Bros.

Despite the sort of weird title, New Super Mario Bros. is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a new Super Mario Bros. game that pulls off the series’ classic 2D, side-scrolling gameplay without feeling contrived or like a needless nostalgia trip. While there’s plenty of old memories referenced in this game, it is most definitely new. More…

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The World Ends With You

The World Ends With You


The World Ends With You

Most gamers out there would probably agree that the world of role-playing games has been stuck in a specific rut for quite a while. We’re not talking down on games like Fire Emblem and Advance Wars on DS (RPG-like tactical games), or the still-remarkable Final Fantasy series, but rather the hundreds upon hundreds of RPGs out there that don’t dare to be different. More…

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