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DS Daily: So very attractive

Of all your DS games, which do you think are the best-looking, and why? After all, some people prefer sprites to 3D models, so we figure everyone will have different criteria. What does it for you? And on the other end of that spectrum, what hasn't?

Really, despite the occasional hate for DS games we've run across, we really think most games look pretty good. The exceptions, of course, come when developers just seem to have not put much effort into things, but that happens on every system. Of course, most of our games do look better in motion, but hey -- it's Nintendo.

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David D.1

10-21-2007 @ 11:01AM

David D. said...

I'd have to say Mega Man ZX/ZX Advent. They have some cool stuff going on in the backgrounds. (Like lightning storms.) I'm also a sucker for sprites, but I think they are what the DS does best. I just think that they have the same, nice look throughout the whole game.


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10-21-2007 @ 11:04AM

Metal_Link said...

Mario Kart DS is still pretty good looking. ^_^

Those Baby Pals screens you showed us a while ago are just plain creepy, however... and plain...


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10-21-2007 @ 11:09AM

DaveH said...

In all honesty, Phantom Hourglass looks amazing. Especially the Boss Fights!

Touch Detective 2 1/2 (Haven't played the original, but I'm sure it looks the same) also looks incredible.


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10-21-2007 @ 11:11AM

Eddie said...

The best looking game:
Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

The worst looking game:
Fifa '08


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10-21-2007 @ 11:14AM

Foodie_Monster said...

I agree, Phantom Hourglass really does look amazing. But some games look amazing too, in a different way. For example, Hotel Dusk or Trace Memory. Those game are, in style and design, beautiful. Yes, even if they are not technically impressive. Same can be said about Phoenix Wright. Hell, even Tingle's Rosee Rupeeland.

Although I'll agree that Touch Detective, while all pre-rendered graphics, does look very nice.


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Pizza Pasta6

10-21-2007 @ 11:26AM

Pizza Pasta said...

Either Mario vs. DK2 or Hotel Dusk are my favorite looking.

The only bad looking DS game I own is the newly purchased Chibi Robo: Park Patrol.

I think that the graphics are too messy.


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10-21-2007 @ 1:32PM

Crazylink said...

For 2D games, I'd say Portrait of Ruin.
For 3D, Mario Kart's looking kinda cool.


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10-21-2007 @ 2:04PM

awesom0 said...

Best looking 3D game: Nanostray
Best looking 2D game: Touch Detective
Most disappointing in terms of style and graphics : Yoshi's Island DS.


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10-21-2007 @ 3:46PM

deadrabbit2600 said...

I like the way new super mario bros uses sprites and 3D, but metroid prime hunters takes the cake for the insane amount of detail in the levels and characters.


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10-21-2007 @ 4:56PM

Brello said...

I liked both New Super Mario Bros. and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. Good mix of polished sprites and a bit of polygons in the mix. I also liked the spritework in Mario & Luigi Partners in Time, All the characters seem to have a number of animations all done with sprites, It was nifty.


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10-21-2007 @ 4:57PM

Wilerson said...

The game itself is not so good, but Mario Hoops 3-on-3 really looks nice.


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10-21-2007 @ 5:21PM

FantomRedux said...

FFIII looks good, and the screenshots that are out atm for IV look good. but then, squenix don't seem to be able to make a bad looking game. just look at FFVII Crisis Core.


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10-21-2007 @ 6:00PM

ssuk said...

It's best to have artistic games on the DS, as realistic really requires 3D to pull off... And let's face it, blurry textures and low-polly models don't scream realism. Thus, the most beautiful games on the DS are those which mainly use 2D visuals.
My personal favourites are Hotel Dusk, it's art style is fantastic. Expressions people uses are very vivid and you can easily tell their emotions at a glance. Another Code (yeah, I'm a CiNG fan, sue me. =P) was also pretty nice. Mainly because of it's use of pre-rendered CGI pictures on the top screen while having real-time 3D at a distance to have maximum impact on the less-zoomed 3D textures.
Osu! Tatake! Ouendan! 2 succseeds where EBA and OTO1 failed, it looks bright and vibrant. EBA was quite... Dark and dingy compared to OTO2 which has a more modern and 'glass'-like apperance and everything just looks a lot better. As a result, the game looks 5x as good as it did before. But the whole EBA/OTO series is very pretty both in images and HUD icons.

There are more, however I don't want to repeat what others have said and let others explain these titles better than I can.


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10-21-2007 @ 8:02PM

Zsy said...

Sonic Rush Adventure looks perfect.

(If anyone wants to race IM me at Kylelyle06)


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10-22-2007 @ 8:15AM

pman1225 said...

Best Graphical in terms of polygon count, textures, etc.: Metroid Prime Hunters
Best Art Design: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin


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10-23-2007 @ 3:28PM

Trogdor said...

PH and Metroid Prime Hunters are my personal favorites. None of the games I own look bad, to tell you the truth.


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10-30-2007 @ 6:09AM

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11-19-2007 @ 10:01AM

nintendolover said...

Mario Kart DS and Garfield's Nightmare


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