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2009: Glory to handheld gaming


These weren't the only notable releases this year. There were plenty of others worthy of your time and money.

The DQ remake train continued with Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, and the Shin Megami Tensei series received another solid entry with Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. Westerners were finally introduced to the beginnings of a long-lasting Nintendo franchise with Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Pokļæ½mon Platinum reminded us that we will never escape the little devils, and we got to peek a little deeper into Organization XIII with Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

Of a more arcade-y nature, DS owners were gifted the addictive Peggle: Dual Shot, the colorful Big Bang Mini, and the pulse-pounding Space Invaders Extreme 2. We were also surprised by Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure, the action-platformer/puzzler that came out of nowhere to drop classic side-scrolling challenge on our doorstep.

The DSi was released and with it came the DSiWare store. Though pickings on the service have been slim, we were still treated to such gems as the Art Style series and WayForward's clever Mighty Flip Champs. The real winner here is Flipnote Studio in which you can create your own animated short and upload it for all to see. And the best part? It's absolutely free to download!

I could keep going, but I think it's clear that handheld gaming stood tall in 2009. It's a shame that portable games never seem to register much of an impact on gamers and gaming sites for them to favor them above the home console fare. But you and I know what's up, right?

Wink, wink.
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