September 29, 2011

Review – Kirby Mass Attack

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Mister Raroo @ 4:05 pm

Review Kirby Mass Attack
HAL Laboratory was the first developer to truly show just how cool games could be on the Nintendo DS. Those of us who survived the dark, dreary days that were the DS’s first few months of existence know how slim the pickings were. But, like the sun breaking after a long night, along came Kirby Canvas Curse, and gone was any buyer’s remorse we had been feeling.

Canvas Curse skillfully demonstrated that the DS’s touch screen could be used for more than gimmicky mini-games, while also taking the Kirby series in an interesting new direction. I still play it on a regular basis all these years later – it is fabulous, and if you haven’t played it, do yourself a favor and track it down immediately.

Now we find ourselves in the twilight of the Nintendo DS’s reign, and HAL returns once again with an absolute knockout release. Kirby Mass Attack, like its cousin Canvas Curse, does away with a traditional control scheme and opts instead for stylus-driven control. Thankfully, the wizards at HAL superbly integrated this type of control scheme into engaging and intelligent level design and aesthetics, and the end result is one of the most interesting, innovative, and fun games to hit the Nintendo DS in quite some time.


June 8, 2010

North America Gets Midnight Blue

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , — Jamie Love @ 2:27 pm

Midnight Blue
Following on the revelation of three new color flavors for Japanese DSi LL owners, Nintendo of America has only announced one of them as destined for North American shores. What’s probably most interesting about the announcement is that the suggested retail price remains $189.99 for the system, which releases on July 11, 2010 – you may recall that the system is getting a price cut in Japan.

Guess we’ll have to wait it out for more distant 3DS motivated discounts.

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