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Alisha Karabinus
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Alisha Karabinus has been both playing video games and writing since she was very young. Sometimes she even does them both at the same time! She is a Castlevania nut, a college student, a hair dye fanatic, a killer cook, and she enjoys the occasional board game, too

Harvest Moon: Welcome to the debut trailer

Can you keep up with all these Harvest Moon games? It's getting pretty difficult, but the recently-announced Harvest Moon: Welcome to the Wind Bazaar should be memorable, thanks to the multiplayer elements ... but it's still Harvest Moon, and that means farming.

As with Animal Crossing, you can invite friends to visit your farm, but in Welcome to the Wind Bazaar, you can put them to work! You know someone's a good friend when they start taking care of your business.

Show and Tell: One dedicated community

We've been talking a lot about Mother 3 recently, and for good reason: the fan community is one of the strongest around, and they function without even a scrap of official love. Still, they soldier on, translating games, and, even better for us in this space, they make things.

Of course, a fan translation is about the biggest DIY project we could feature here, but we've already done that. Instead, let's talk other things Mother, and by that, we mean crafts and similarly fun and frivolity. Take the tour of our picks, or just jump right into the gallery below.

Show and Tell is all about fan stuff, so long as it's Nintendo-related. We love to see your collections, your crafts, your frosted creations, your t-shirts and swag of all sorts.Just snap a few pictures, tell us what's up, and send it all to showmeit [at] dsfanboy [dot] com. We'll take care of the rest. Not a handy type, but found something neat? Send us a link instead.

DS releases for the week of October 20th

There are a lot of games out this week. In fact, it makes other heavy weeks look absolutely empty, and yet, this blogger only has eyes for one game. In the shadow of Castlevania, there is so little room for anything else. Luckily, even with such a big list, there aren't a lot of contenders even trying for the spotlight.
  • Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?: Make the Grade
  • Back at the Barnyard: Slop Bucket Games
  • Backyard Football 2009
  • Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
  • Dancing With the Stars: We Dance!
  • Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell
  • Ener-G: Dance Squad
  • Ener-G: Gym Rockets
  • Ener-G: Horse Rider
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
  • Lovely Lisa
  • Master of the Monster Lair
  • Mechanic Master
  • My Baby Girl
  • The Naked Brothers Band: The Video Game
  • Pass the Pigs
  • Smart Girls: Party Game
  • Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
  • SpongeBob Squarepants: Nicktoons Globs of Doom
  • Tornado
  • TouchMaster 2
  • Transformers: Animated
  • What's Cooking with Jamie Oliver

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Infinite Space and a finite film

The above video is the best animated short made to advertise a video game you will see today (absolutely definitely), and maybe the best ever, even if this sort of marketing becomes commonplace. If it does? We all win, especially if the videos are half as good as this one, made by Production I.G. and Gonzo.

Below? The best screenshots you'll see from a game advertised in this way. Basically, we're just offering you the best of the best here. That's easy when you're talking about Infinite Space, and considering the pedigree, probably easy to say about anything Platinum Games decides to do, ever.

Gallery: Infinite Line

DS Daily: Browsing

Thanks to the DS homebrew community, you can enjoy at least one rudimentary web browser, and thanks to Nintendo, you can enjoy ... well, one official rudimentary browser. Come the time of the DSi, a browser will be included, and web browsing will just become a part of the DS experience.

Or will it? Not only was the official browser not very engaging, but we just never felt much need for net-surfing from the DS. Does that appeal to you?

It just makes sense: Settlers of Catan lands on the DS at last

video from the mobile version
Listen, we're appreciative of all versions of Settlers of Catan (except the card game, mostly), but this is the version we've been waiting for: the DS-bound Catan: The First Island. Really, it could have been called Catan: A Crappy Version and we'd still be chest-bumping and high-fiving; on this one, we're easy to please. Got numbers? Resources? We can make jokes about sheep? Done.

There are no details available right now beyond the fact that there will be a DS version of the mobile Catan: The First Island released sometime, and it'll be similar to the game in the video above, but this is definitely one to keep an eye on.

DS Daily: Planning a costume?

We've looked at a couple of things lately -- cosplay and crafts -- that serve to remind us that the official Day of Costumes is just around the corner. Are you dressing up for anything this year? If so, gonna incorporate something from the gaming world?

Must confess that we are indoctrinating the boychild early ... my chubby baby is gonna be a moogle for his first Halloween. I'm going to just prep some cards with moogle information that I can hand out every time someone asks what he is, which will probably be about every four seconds.

Double the Chocobo, double the fun

How do you like your Chocobo: hanging with Cid, or, uh, hanging with Cid? While we're clearly gonna need to choose hanging with Cid, we'll offer a caveat -- everything Chocobo has to be super cute. With that in mind, while we know you're probably more interested in Chocobo's Dungeon DS+, that trailer is tucked away behind the break, because the above video, for the Chocobo Tales sequel, is just adorable.

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TGS08: Chrono Trigger, as good as it ever was

This Chrono Trigger trailer from TGS may seem familiar to you. No, not because it's the same ol' Chrono Trigger, but because it's the same ol' trailer. Not precisely the same -- the new trailer is a little longer and differs in parts, but most of it is the same.

Listen, we love Chrono Trigger. Which is why we think that maybe Square Enix could use that entire game they have lying around, largely unaltered, and hack out a little more footage for a new trailer.

Gallery: Chrono Trigger

Show and Tell: We salute you, Game Boys

We've said goodbye to the GBA, but it's not dead yet, and never will be if these people have a say. Modders and artists keep systems alive and relevant even after everyone else has forgotten about them. The Game Boy name and changing face has been a favorite of modders for some time, and today for Show and Tell, we're going to celebrate a small part of that.

Jump right into the gallery below if you're so inclined, or take the guided tour.

Show and Tell is all about fan stuff, so long as it's Nintendo-related. We love to see your collections, your crafts, your frosted creations, your t-shirts and swag of all sorts.Just snap a few pictures, tell us what's up, and send it all to showmeit [at] dsfanboy [dot] com. We'll take care of the rest. Not a handy type, but found something neat? Send us a link instead.

TGS08: Edgeworth points out his new trailer

The Tokyo Game Show has brought us quite a few things, but not many as exciting as the walking and arm-flinging in the latest Gyakuten Kenji trailer. All that effort spent on getting the movement just right seems to have worked out; the arm-flinging may be a little dramatic, but we're talking about the Ace Attorney universe, here -- the drama is what we've been craving.

Gyakuten Kenji is scheduled to come out next spring in Japan, which means it's a damn long time yet before we'll see it.

Gallery: Gyakuten Kenji

[Thanks, Justin!]

DS releases for the week of October 13th

You may not be terribly excited about some of this week's releases, but it's safe to say we can all agree on one thing: there's a lot of them! My Japanese Coach may actually hit this week, as well as Korg DS-10. What'll you be buying?
  • Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs
  • Bratz Girlz Really Rock
  • Cesar Millan's Dog Whisperer
  • FIFA Soccer 09
  • Korg DS-10
  • Littlest Pet Shop: Garden
  • Littlest Pet Shop: Jungle
  • Littlest Pet Shop: Winter
  • Lovely Lisa
  • My Japanese Coach
  • Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2
  • Prey the Stars
  • Rock Revolution
  • Smart Girl's Party Game
  • Tak: Mojo Mistake
  • Ultimate Card Games

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DS Daily: Camera games

Whether or not you're excited about the DSi's camera(s), it's sure to have some potential for future fun. Is there anything you'd like to see done with the handheld's included cameras? Any particular apps? Do you want to make faces? Wave things in front of the camera? Just take random pictures of friends who don't realize that's what you're doing with your DS?

Gallery: Nintendo DSi

Point/Counterpoint: How do you feel about the DSi?

After another compelling pair of arguments, it's up to you to decide the fate of the Nintendo DSi! Okay, actually, it's just time for you to click something. If you want. You don't have to.

But it makes us feel good when you do.

P/CP: Is the DSi all that and a couple bags of chips?

Counterpoint: More like DSstuff-we-already-have

I'm having a hard time getting excited about the DSi. The prospect of the store is great (in theory), but it's about the only thing that gets my blood pumping ... and it is an idea that has its own issues, as I'll get to.

When the rumors of an added camera first broke, the only, only question that came to mind was: Why? Raise your hand if you don't carry a cellphone that has a camera as good as (or better than) the DSi's. Music playback? Raise your hand if you don't have an iPod, an MP3 player (or similar functionality in, again, your phone). These additions were all great before we had them in one or two tiny devices. Putting them into a slightly larger device which also plays games is neat, but since I'm not likely to leave my phone or iPod at home, are they really necessary?

So what else is there? The DSi has a built-in browser ... which would be awesome, except it won't be unless it's significantly different from Nintendo's official DS browser, which was terrible. Oh, it's thinner. Since the DS Lite already fits comfortably in a pocket or backpack, this is nice, but not drop-a-lot-of-money nice. Same for slightly bigger screens (and how will that affect the look of current games?) And that's almost all there is when it comes to the smaller differences. For my money, that's not enough of a return on the bigger investment. Moving from a Phat to a DS Lite was a huge jump in usability for me, and all without a major outlay of money.

But none of those features are what's really interesting, of course; they're neat and all, but it's the meat of the upgrade that is most potentially exciting. The problem is that the differences that are interesting -- DSware, SD card, memory -- are nearly all duplicated by DS homebrew, and that's without losing the GBA slot, which likely adds more to the DS's library than DSware ever will.

It follows also that Nintendo must be doing something about that whole DS homebrew "problem." Piracy seems to be the foremost concern for all the people not buying handhelds these days, and for those of us who are, it's one of the most compelling features. Homebrew programmers are doing a lot of things that really appeal to me personally as a gamer, and I'm not willing to sacrifice that for DSware.

And that brings us to DSware, which is compelling in theory, but after watching WiiWare and the Virtual Console, I'm just not sure it's enough for me to justify buying another handheld next year. WiiWare and the VC both have some really compelling titles, don't get me wrong. I just don't end up buying that many. There are already more retail games than I can possibly keep up with, and while they're more expensive, they're also often heavier in content. With a few killer apps, I might be convinced, but at this point, DSware is only moderately exciting to me, and the fact that it's going to be region-specific, like the Wii's online marketplace, makes it less compelling. I can't read enough Japanese (or, uh, any) to import and navigate actual important menus ... and that's even if they make it an option. After what we saw with DSVision, without a Japanese credit card, importers may be out of luck (and a pile of cash).

In the end, I find the DSi compelling, certainly, but at this point in time, I'm just not really sold. The DS itself is so good -- I'm satisfied with it. I really am. I adore the homebrew community and just don't really feel the urge to upgrade.

Of course, I'll probably get one anyway. I mean, I'm a DS Fan(girl) here, c'mon.

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This Month's New Games

Name Date
Bleach: Dark Souls
Oct 6
Legend of Kage 2
Oct 6
Crash: Mind Over Mutant
Oct 6
Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals
Oct 6
My Japanese Coach
Oct 14
Korg DS-10
Oct 14
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2 Oct 14
FIFA Soccer 09 Oct 14
Populous Oct 14
Rock Revolution
Oct 14
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Oct 21
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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Oct 21
Away: Shuffle Dungeon
Oct 21
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Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
Oct 21
What's Cooking? With Jamie Oliver Oct 21
MySims Kingdom
Oct 28
Ninjatown Oct 28

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