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DS Fanswag: An Advance reminder

Time is short, soldier! March on over and throw your name in if you want a chance at Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, plus the Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card Game and a nifty accessory. You've got two chances to enter -- today and tomorrow -- but only if you go comment on the original post!

DS Fanswag: Take over an Advance Wars prize pack!

If you don't already have a copy of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin ($34.99), then rest assured: we're here for you. Not only do we have one up for grabs, but we're going to include a couple of spiffy extras to make your day that much brighter. We're offering up not only the best war/strategy game to release so far this year, but you can also pick up a copy of the Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card Game ($14.99), as well as one of those spiffy Jimi Multimedia shells ($8.95) as an extra bonus. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the question below between now and February 5th. The contest closes that night at 11:59 PM EST, and we'll announce one lucky winner the next morning. It may even be you!

As with most of our contests, you can enter once per day, and as usual, is limited to legal U.S. residents age 18 or older. For any other questions you may have, check the official rules.

Question: When it comes to Days of Ruin, are you more interested in online play, or single player?

The best and worst (that we've reviewed)

2007 is almost over, and the end of the year brings joyous tidings of List Season. It's the time for taking stock of the last 12 months of gaming, and trying to make sense of it by putting things in numerical order. Join DS Fanboy for our best-ofs, worst-ofs, and other categories-ofs.

We cranked up our review quotient in 2007 (and hope to do even more in 2008!), but we still can't review everything that comes out, to our chagrin. We wouldn't have time for anything else! However, we did try to hit a wide variety of titles this year, from the biggies like Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Phantom Hourglass, to some smaller titles, like WordJong and Duck Amuck. We even worked to review some more off-the-wall things, like the Nintendo Fan Network at Safeco Field -- you know, in case you happened to find yourself in the Northwest with a hankering for a day of DS and baseball.

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DS Fanswag: End of the Year Blowout!

It's been a good year, but sadly, like all those other years, it must come to an end. Before we roll out the red carpet for 2008, however, we wanted to give 2007 the send-off it deserves -- and what better way to do that than by offering up huge prize packs for our loyal readers? All you have to do is leave a comment on this very post telling us which DS model(s) you own, between now and December 26. The giveaway closes that night at 11:59 p.m. EST, and we'll announce the winners, chosen in a random drawing, on December 27. You may only enter once per day, and as usual, entries are limited to legal U.S. residents age 18 and older. Please check the official rules for any other questions.

But enough of the details -- let's get to the prize packages!

DS Fanboy's End of Year Fanswag Blowout
Grand Prize
  • Limited Edition Gold DS Lite + The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (bundle) ($149.99)
  • Nintendo DS headset ($9.99)
  • Custom Robo ($29.99)
  • Dementium ($29.99)
  • Drawn to Life ($29.99)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Trading Card Game ($19.99)
  • John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland ($29.99)
  • Mega Man ZX ($29.99)
  • Pokémon Diamond ($34.99)
  • The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night (GBA) ($19.99)
  • Geometry Wars: Galaxies swag
  • Dementium skin
  • Pokémon Diamond stylus
Cruise on past the break to see the rest of the prizes!

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DS Fanboy Review: Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card Game

Fullmetal Alchemist: Trading Card Game on the DS suffers from its source material on two different levels. First, the original property, Fullmetal Alchemist, doesn't really lend itself to a card game. Fullmetal Alchemist, for the uninitiated, is a show about two brothers who attempt to use alchemy to revive their dead mother, but fail and accidentally maim one brother and trap the other brother's soul in a suit of armor. Then they have adventures!

The card game, then, revolves not around simple competition with adversaries, as would be expected of card games; or rather, it does, but altercations are treated in the card game's "storyline" as ancillary to the goal of locating the powerful alchemical relic, the Philosopher's Stone, and fixing their bodies. Perhaps, then, FMA was not the ideal choice of properties to translate into cards.

Second, the DS game suffers by being such a faithful translation of said card game, which, to be blunt, is far too complicated to be worth attempting. The DS game makes valiant attempts to streamline the process and teach the game, but every person on Earth who has a strong enough interest in Fullmetal Alchemist to learn the card game has done so, and nobody else has any reason to try.

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DS releases for the week of October 15th

We're not ashamed to admit that we're somewhat excited about Hannah Montana: Music Jam. Oh, not because of Hannah herself or anything, but because this very random little title just looks like it could put Jam Sessions to shame. You thinking of at least renting it? It's okay to admit it. We won't tell. If not, there's plenty more to choose from this week:
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender -- The Burning Earth
  • The Bee Game
  • Disney Princess: Magical Jewels
  • Fish Tycoon
  • Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Trading Card Game
  • Hannah Montana: Music Jam
  • Power Rangers: Super Legends
  • Prism: Light the Way
  • Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
  • Tony Hawk's Proving Ground
And for the GBA:
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender -- The Burning Earth
Check out the rest of the world's major markets after the jump.

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