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Published on December 8th, 2005 | by Greg


Better, Worse, Same? Recent Nintendo Games

If you don’t have Mario Kart DS, and you have a Nintendo DS, you are missing out. Go get it. On the other hand, if you like Metroid and you like pinball, you still might not like Metroid Prime Pinball. Finally, Donkey Kong Country 3. isn’t the best game around, but if you haven’t tried DKC2 you’ll find it has plenty to offer.

Let’s break it down. Mario Kart DS is the first Nintendo DS game to make full use of the Nintendo WiFi capabilities and allow you to play online (at McDonald’s, for instance, free). Not only is it a lot of fun in single player, especially now that you can play against the computer in Battle Mode, but the multiplayer is a lot of fun. Sure, the system has some bugs- dropped connections, a lack of meaningful communication between players, no way to gracefully bow out of a match or allow additional players in… but it’s still a surprisingly rich experience for a handheld, and really easy to setup. Long and short- Mario Kart DS is a rare game that kids and adults can enjoy, that is deep on gameplay, easy on the eyes, and offers something new to a favorite series. The controls are odd and tough to get used to, but the new features make up for it.

Samus… oh, Samus, beloved ball of alien-destroying fury. You are probably the best pinball game on DS (which doesn’t have any other decent ones to speak of), but you could’ve been so much better. Alas, even the inclusion of the rumble pack (which slides into the GBA slot) couldn’t save you, since it doesn’t add a whole lot. Not only are you far too hard on me during mission mode, you don’t give me a way to save my progress. And with a very small number of tables, it almost seems like you were a bonus game expanded a bit. The boss battles are kind of fun- once. If other games make use of the rumble pack, then we’ll talk, but it seems a shame for Your Roundness to go to waste on a short, less-than-exciting game.

Last, but not least in Donkey Kong Country 3. It’s a GBA game, unlike the DS games above, and is a basic platformer- fun, straightforward, plenty of secrets. Like all Donkey Kong games, you either love the characters or hate them, and the same goes for the gameplay. Unfortunately, if you’re already a fan, then there’s not much here that is new. If you’re not a fan, there isn’t much here that’s different. The graphics and sounds are good, and the game is certainly fun. And the game is long enough, you can expect several hours of Dixie and Kiddy grabbing bananas.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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