Professor Layton and the Last Specter IN ENGLISH!

layton4 The non-3D DS ain't dead yet folks. After what seems like forever, for me anyways, we finally get an english trailer for the 4th installment in the Professor Layton series with Professor Layton and the Last Specter.

I hope that once this game is released that Nintendo officially declared the end of the DS since there is still a 5th Professor Layton game that still needs to be localized.

Oh, if you're wondering about the release date of this game. It's on October 17, 2011. Yaaaay!





All Kamen Rider - Rider Generation Impressions

Until Kabuto Henshin! Now it may not look right for a grown man to be watching a kids show of a Grasshopper man fighting costumed badguys but it's what makes part of the world go round. I recently got All kamen Rider - Rider Generation for the Nintendo DS and if you're a Kamen Rider fan or love super hero cross-overs then maybe you should check this game out.

Rider Generation is a simple beat 'em' up action game similar to Double Dragon or Streets of Rage but instead of controlling unrelated brothers or a a bunch of ex-cops you control bug-themed super heroes called Kamen Riders. The roster comprises of every main Kamen Rider hero from every show up until Kamen Rider 000. You can choose 2 Riders, with the 1st being your controlled character and the 2nd being an AI controlled character as you punch, slash, shoot and Rider kick your way through waves of bad guys. It's a simple concept with some cute little sprites to go along with it.

I haven't gotten far in the game but it looks like something I will enjoy playing for a bit and I haven't found any use of the touchscreen yet. I also haven't found an option to switch control between you and your partner either. However these are just things that I might have missed since I can't read any Japanese.

Duke Nukem: Critical Mass

Critical Mess Never heard of this Duke Nukem game? I'm not surprised. I had never heard of this game too up until one of my trips to Datablitz. When I saw it on the shelf I went "wtf?" and as soon as I got home, I did some research on the game.

There were two of these Duke Nukem games in development, one for the Nintendo DS and the other for the Sony PSP. Trailers of these games exist on the internet and while the PSP one looked like a fun little budget 3rd person shooter, it never made it out to the market. The DS one got released and I gotta say after playing the little sucker I'd tell anyone to steer clear from this game, even if it's just for shits and giggles.

The DS version is a mix of many types of shooters. For the most part it's a really bad side scroller then it goes into these sniper segments. After that you find Duke wearing a jet pack and it becomes a top down space ship shooter style and to finish it all, the game becomes a 3rd person shooter similar to the PS1 Duke Nukem games.

Now if the developers just focused on one of these aspects then I think the game would have been decent or at the most part playable. But since it's split up into all of these game types, it just becomes a cluster fuck or bad controls, half-assed gameplay, and just downright utter confusion.

I had intially planned to beat the game and then review it just to be able to show the world how bad this is but I can't even work up the nerve to pop the game back in my poor DS Lite.


Kirby Mass Attack

Looks like the DS hasn't been completely forgotten yet.

Known as Atsumete! Kirby in Japan, you take control of not 1, not 2, but what looks to be up to 7 (maybe more) Kirbys at the same time. From the trailer, it looks like you control them via the touchscreen. You can attack, jump, or direct the little marshmallows by tapping, draggin and flicking the touchscreen using the stylus.


I'm glad to see that Nintendo is still giving the DS some love by releasing new games for it. To all you 3DS owners, don't forget that it's backwards compatible with DS games.

Kirby Mass Attack is schedules for release on September 19, 2011 in North America.



One Piece: Gigant Battle


Could it be? An english One Piece game?!

I find it weird that they localize this game now. I mean the graphics look the same as Jump Superstars but with less characters.

I guess if you REALLY like One Piece then maybe check this game out (Jump Superstars was sooo good, I just can't read Japanese) because this is probably the closest we'll get to an english Jump Superstars.