As several of you may know, I have a Nintendo DS now. Apologies to Zack for not yet arranging a wi-fi Mario Kart battle. I've made my way through the 50cc circuit so far, but if you are fine with racing someone with only the barest level of competence, have at it, sir.
Lately though, I've been devoting most of my DS time to Trace Memory, a sort of mediocre adventure game that is redeemed by slick anime-style graphics and my own undemanding tastes. The biggest complaints leveled against the game in reviews seem to be that it is too short and easily solved, but given my limited time and short patience, I don't consider those problems. I've spent probably three or four hours on it so far, and I'm only in Chapter Two. Granted, I don't know how many chapters there are, but I'm assuming Two can't be the last or this story has no right to have chapters. Oh, and I'm stuck on a puzzle. So there, game reviewers who say the game is over in four to five hours.
Amazon had Feel the Magic for ten bucks, and that arrived the other day. Aside from a brief Mario Kart race or two, this is the first time Stephanie has played the DS. Despite some reservations about the packaging and its potentially inappropriate exhortations to Rub, Touch, Shout and Blow, she seems to be enjoying it. So today the DS has been busy with that sort of business.
Right now I'm taking a wait-and-see approach to the suddenly out-of-print Phoenix Wright. That is, I'll wait and see if it shows up anywhere for less than fifty dollars. Lost in Blue, another adventure-style RPG, appears to be gone as well, which is frustrating because I miss adventure games and the DS hardware is uniquely suited to them.
We're looking to get some kind of puzzle game, since Stephanie likes those, and right now we're trying to choose between Meteos and Polarium. Meteos scores higher on Game Rankings, but Polarium has a glowing "best puzzle game ever!" blurb from Nintendo Power on its shrink wrap.
Also, are there any Game Boy Advance games worth getting? I feel kind of obligated to fill that extra slot on the DS with a cartridge, just so it's not sitting open all the time. So many GBA games, like Wario Ware, have DS versions anyway--is it worth it to get the GBA version? I guess I could just buy the Herbie: Fully Loaded game. It's not supposed to be all that good, but it'll fill the slot, and after all, when will there ever be another Herbie game?