Nintendo Everything: DS

Crash Tag Team Racing’s cancelled DS entry – images and details

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Crash Tag Team Racing was in the works for the DS back in 2005. Sensory Sweep was working on the project, which was intended to be as similar to the console versions as possible.

While Radical Entertainment provided Sensory Sweep with character models, the main artist decided to create his own models and textures from scratch. This is because characters would have looked boxy given how they would need to be reduced from thousands of polygons to a few hundred. Sensory Sweep also aimed to create tracks and their layouts based on the other versions.

The exact reasons behind Crash Tag Team Racing’s cancellation on DS are somewhat unclear. Even though only one or two months of development were required before completion, Sensory Sweep was apparently told by the publisher that the portable release would be cancelled as there were concerns about sales due to the imminent launch of Mario Kart DS. Questions have also been raised about Sensory Sweep’s management.

Crash Mania posted up some images of Crash Tag Team Racing for DS. You can find them above.

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The Top 10 Nintendo DS Soundtracks

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Highlighting the best soundtracks on the Nintendo DS might just be my favourite entry in our month-long series of DS-related articles. Not because it’s easy to write about soundtracks after dropping music class in high school, but because it turned me on to all the best music on the console. Shout-outs are in order to whoever put down the DS game adaptation of the animated movie Robots, which is the only thing more forgettable than the movie itself. The soundtrack, however, happens to be this amazing synth pop score, which turned out to be composed by the developer of Escape Goat! Well anyway, Robots didn’t come remotely close to making the list, but here are the DS soundtracks that did:

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The Top 6 DSiWare Titles

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The big (only?) selling point of the DSi was the existence of DSiWare, a collection of downloadable games available for purchase. From cheap, simple titles like Pyoro and other re-released WarioWare games to larger titles that were a bit too niche for a retail release like Wayforward’s Mighty Flip Champs, there was a fair bit worth playing on the service, so I thought it was worth highlighting the best it has to offer – or at least the games you readers claimed to be the best. I personally have minimal experience with DSiWare, only discovering a handful of games through the 3DS eShop, which is why other editors, namely Austin, are giving me a hand in writing this up.

I had initially planned to do all these lists as a “top 10” since it’s the tenth anniversary of the Nintendo DS, but since the DSi has only been out for six years let’s streamline things a bit. Yes, that’s the reason that only six games are on it and not because there were only a few entries that completely dominated the poll.

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Nintendo DS is now 10 years old

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November tends to be a pretty historic month for Nintendo, as that’s when many of the company’s systems launched. That includes the DS, which originally arrived on November 21, 2004 in North America. Can you believe it’s been ten years since then?!

 

Death Jr. DS was originally imagined as a two-player 2D Metroidvania style game

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Death Jr. came to the DS back in 2007 as a 3D platformer. However, it appears that there were originally very different plans for the project.

Mike Mika, who worked on a DS prototype of Death Jr., revealed on Twitter today that there were initially plans to make a 2D Metroidvania style game. Two players would have been supported.



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The Top 10 Most Visually Appealing Nintendo DS Games

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One of the big selling points of the Nintendo DS was its ability to render things in both 2D AND 3D. Wow! I mean sure developers could pull off polygons on the Game Boy Advance, but they probably shouldn’t have.

Like the jump from the 16-bit to 32-bit/64-bit consoles, the games on the DS contained a mix of art styles that don’t all hold up particularly well, but there are certain titles that overcome the low resolution of the console and deliver an experience that looks pretty darn nice. Consider this the top 10 least ugly games on the console, as voted by you:

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Japan: New 3DS sales stacking up favorably to the DSi

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The New 3DS and DSi are very comparable products in their nature. Neither system is a true leap to the next generation of Nintendo handheld hardware, but both act as notable upgrades over their predecessors. Given how similar the New 3DS and DSi are – at least in their purpose – it’s interesting to see just how similarly the two systems have sold in Japan thus far.

The New 3DS and New 3DS XL have sold over 500,000 units in five weeks, according to sales tracker Media Create. As it turns out, this was the same case for DSi. That system released on November 1, 2008 and sold over 500,000 units in five weeks.

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Have Your Say! The 10th anniversary of the Nintendo DS

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Vote here to help us determine the best (and worst) games on the Nintendo DS!

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since the Nintendo DS hit store shelves. From its humble beginnings an experimental “third pillar” to the existing GameCube and Game Boy Advance, the DS grew to become both Nintendo’s most successful console in terms of sales and the best-selling handheld of all time. The two screens and stylus controls might have been initially dismissed as a gimmick, but thanks to a great lineup of games everyone from existing fans to casual users seemed to be sold on that touch screen. Predating the boom in mobile gaming, software like Brain Training and Nintendogs helped to bring a new audience to the console. Heck, even my Grandma owns a DS!

What started as a truly terrible launch lineup (well, Super Mario 64 DS and Feel the Magic: XX/XY were okay) grew to an absolutely massive library of titles with something for everyone. Sure, there was a lot of shovelware, but it seemed like everyone from Atlus to Zoonami were backing the console. Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. and Pokemon games might have dominated the sales charts, but the DS became home to a number of more off-beat series like Phoenix Wright, Trauma Center, Etrian Odyssey and Dementium. I’d argue the Nintendo DS had the best third-party support of any Nintendo console since the NES, and this time Nintendo weren’t bullying publishers with oppressive, restrictive contracts!

But let’s get down to business; we’re running a bunch of DS-related features throughout the month and we need your feedback. If you remember our Big Huge NintendoEverything Wii Send-Off from 2012, you can expect something along those lines, with a series of top-arbitrary-number lists and other things. So please fill in our handy dandy voting form and help us in celebrating the best the DS had to offer.

 

A look at the sales of the last few Pokemon games

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Siliconera has compiled a listing of sales for the past few Pokemon games. We have data starting with the original Ruby/Sapphire, all the way up through Pokemon X/Y.

View the full lineup of sales information below:

As of March 31st, 2013:

Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire – 16.22 million
Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen – 12 million
Pokémon Black 2/White 2 – 7.81 million

As of March 31st, 2014:

Pokémon Diamond/Pearl – 17.63 million
Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver – 12.72 million
Pokémon Black/White – 15.58 million

As of September 30th, 2014:

Pokémon X and Y – 13.29 million

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