I love portable gaming. I'm not sure exactly why, but I do. It could be because the Gameboy Pocket was my first console. It could be because I like retro games and most portable games seem to have more of a retro style to them. For whatever reason though, I have more fun with a game when it's on a portable console. Puzzle Quest is a good example of this.
This generation of consoles is suffering from a problem that I'm surprised hasn't really been addressed. There's no one console that has an awesome balance of multiple genres. I know that the problem has definitely gotten better recently with Microsoft releasing a plethora of RPGs and Nintendo catering a bit more to the core gamer, but it's still a problem. You're just not seeing a console like the SNES or the PS2 in this generation... However, I think that we might be ignoring one little thing... The DS.
I was going through my DS library today and I noticed just how many different styles of games I owned (all of them great games). I had shooters, RPGs, Puzzle games, Racing games, Fighting games, etc. etc. This got me thinking about the DS's upcoming library as well and just how many awesome games are on their way for the little machine. I started searching through the DS trailers at Gametrailers.com and my browser soon became overwhelmed with "New Tab"s of trailer after trailer.
So, if you're a gamer like me (ESPECIALLY if you like RPGs) I want you to consider the DS if you haven't already and if you own one, to maybe pay a bit more attention to it. It's, in my opinion, the best console on the market now with the broadest and best library. I'd like to hear what you guys have to say about this as well so make sure and comment. For now, here are a bunch of videos for the games that I want the most for my DS, some have already come out, but I don't have them yet, haha.
This game is so gorgeous... I'm glad it's using those pre-rendered backgrounds too, I was wondering why more RPGs weren't doing that.
Dragon Quest IX:
I think that Square Enix's choice to release this on the DS was awesome. The DS is better fitting for Dragon Quest's simple, old-school gameplay than a home console anyway.
Winds of Nostalgio:
I'm a little iffy on this one, but it looks like a decent RPG with some pretty graphics.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time:
I LOVED the first FF:CC for the DS and I'm still playing it to collect all the equipment. This one's characters look even MORE customizable and the online co-op is going to rock. I can't wait for this one, it's a definite buy.
I need to see more on this game, but I pretty much love any JRPG on the DS and this one looks pretty with some neat character designs so it's piqued my interest.
Another iffy one, but the graphics are gorgeous and even if it's a grind-fest, that's always so much easier to do while on the go.
Castlevania: Order of Eclessia:
This game just looks so awesome in every way. I wasn't interested in the last few Castlevanias, but I'll be picking this one up.
I haven't picked this up yet, but I will when the price goes down a bit.
Kirby's Super Star Ultra:
I haven't gotten this one yet either, but it will not escape me for long.
Fire Emblem DS:
It's Fire Emblem on the DS. Nuff' said.
Mushroom Men DS:
The verdict is still out on this one, but I think it'll be good.
Valkyrie Profile: The Accused One:
Another one that I'm pretty much set on. Looks great.
Stop taking my money Nintendo...
I MUST have this game.
Tales of Hearts:
I REALLY wanted Tales of Innocence so I hope this one makes it state-side.
Chrono Trigger DS:
Line Rider 2:
I'm holding out hope for this one, I've heard a lot of good things about the controls.
Phantasy Star: Zero
I can't wait to play this one with friends.
Metal Slug 7:
There are plenty of other games as well, but I figured this was more than enough for now. As you can probably tell, I love RPGs, but there are so many other genres represented on the DS. I encourage you to give it a shot.
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About jackal27one of us since 1:28 AM on 06.16.2008
I'm mostly a retro gamer. I don't hate everything after the 90's, but I tend to prefer retro game design. I enjoy alot of indie and portable games, not to mention a blockbuster title every now and then. However, like I said, the majority of my gaming takes place on older consoles.
Game Run!- Check out the exciting life of a poor retro gamer!
11/19/08- Batman(NES) and Power Blade
10/11/08- Mystical Ninja and Clash at Demonhead
10/10/08- MASSIVE update! NES and loads of games.
8/12/2008- Killer Instinct, TMNT:TF, Super Tennis
7/20/2008- Inindo, Wonderboy, Crusader of Centy
7/9/2008- NBA Jam, Out of This World
Keep in mind that these change SO much... I'm terrible at lists...
...5 Consoles 1. SNES
...3 Games 1. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
2. Final Fantasy IX 3. Dragon Quest V