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Deca Sports possibly multiplied by two screens

In an interview with Cubed3, Hudson's Mike Pepe floated the possibility of a future DS version of their sports minigame collection, Deca Sports. It's far from OMG CONFIRMED, but Pepe remarked that Hudson is "exploring other platforms. The DS being one of them."

He followed with a disclaimer that, to us, sounds more like support, saying that the controls were central to the Deca Sports experience. Which system has the control scheme best suited to translation from Wii games? The DS is the only one we know that also involves waving a stick around to control things.

If Hudson decides to port or remake Deca Sports, the DS seems like a natural choice. It's already got a built-in "DS" name!

Gachapin Challenge puts Gachapin in a Hudson classic

Gachapin, the fuzzy green character from the NHK show Hirake! Ponkiki, adorns some of our favorite DS accessories, along with his nervous friend Mukku. He's also been the star of his own DS game from Hudson, Gachapin Nikki (Gachapin Diary), a jigsaw puzzle collection.

The latest game to bear the character's amusing likeness is Gachapin Challenge DS, which is a 20-sport collection. We're pretty sure running or otherwise exerting himself in a sporting exercise would kill the guy in the Gachapin suit, but it's safe on DS. Some of the events include hovercraft racing, karate, scuba, and mogul skiing.

Gachapin Challenge also has a "Gachabomberman" bonus mode comprising a traditional Bomberman game for up to four players, but with sleepy-faced Gachapin in the place of Bomberman.

Even Hudson has hinge problems

Having had our own Polar White DS Lite since its first day of release here in the United States, we consider ourselves incredibly lucky that we aren't reporting on our own DS Lite being busted right now. Who's DS Lite is this, exactly? Hudson's own Takahashi Meijin.

For almost 2 years has he had his DS Lite. While we're sure his status means he could just call up Nintendo and get a new handheld sent over (probably delivered in a decadent wooden box by a dancing pixie), we'd suggest upgrading. Perhaps to a dual-toned model?

[Via Kotaku]

Bargain Explorer: Sale Unit



If Shiren the Wanderer's turn-based system was too slow-paced to satisfy your dungeon crawling needs, you might want to look into Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts, Hudson's Diablo-esque hack-and-slash follow-up to the original TurboGrafx-16 game. Amazon has Dungeon Explorer discounted to $19.49, a generous price considering the game includes online support for up to four players and even a bit of voice chat.

And if you're neither a fan of dungeon crawling or dungeon exploring -- perhaps you just want to steer clear of dungeons altogether -- Amazon also has LifeSigns: Surgical Unit marked down to $19.49. While the LifeSigns series isn't as popular as that other surgery sim, Trauma Center, apparently a few of our readers are big fans of the game!

Gallery: Dungeon Explorer Warriors of Ancient Arts


[Via CAG]

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Momotaro Dentetsu goes online, stays in Japan

The latest in Hudson's long-lived Momotaro Dentetsu (Momotaro Railroad) series of travel-themed board games features similar components as its predecessors: locations based on Japanese geography, Monopoly-style property acquisition gameplay, and a familiar (to Japan) cast of wacky characters loosely based on the traditional Japanese Momotaro story (but with more trains).

But Momotaro Dentetsu 20th Anniversary also brings a significant new aspect to the series: online play. Taking the beloved board game and putting it online is a great way to celebrate a milestone! The new game will be out in Japan this December, and, given the history of the series, we're pretty sure that's where it will stay.

Jigsaw Puzzle DS would fit snugly in our collection

You folks know what we'd like to see more of on the DS? Jigsaw puzzle games, that's what. Or, more specifically, localized jigsaw puzzle games. Not only is the touchscreen ideal for manipulating fiddly jigsaw pieces, but Japan has already seen its share of such titles, with the likes of the Otona no Jigsaw Puzzle games giving players the chance to reassemble various famous works of art. Regrettably, the west is still waiting for its first dedicated jigsaw game.

Hopefully then, Hudson will see sense by bringing us a localized edition of Jigsaw Puzzle DS: Journey to the World Wonders. Featuring various famous sights from around the world, including the Taj Mahal, Grand Canyon, and the Great Sphinx of Giza, this would be perfect for lazy weekend afternoons. Reach down the back of the sofa Go past the break to locate more screens.

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WRUP: The battle rages on edition


This week's release of Bomberman Land Touch! 2 means that many of you will likely be down with tossing a few explosives around. For the majority of the DSF staff, however, this weekend will be littered with small skirmishes as we attempt to win as many battles as we can in Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. Some of us still have as of yet to complete the single-player campaign, while the rest of us continue our struggle to be the king of the Wi-Fi Connect mountain.

What about you all, though? What will you be playing?

Your wait to explore dungeons is almost over


With the game's release imminent (it just went gold and should be on shelves February 12th in the U.S.), Hudson sent off a trailer for the game. And, after giving it a look, we've got to say it's a welcome change, considering that in the past we've only had screens to gawk at. Plus, you know, the game looks fun and all.

So, any of you looking forward to picking up Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts?

Gallery: Dungeon Explorer Warriors of Ancient Arts

DS Daily: Bombermania

Everybody loves Bomberman. It's a fact. Don't be fooled by the liars who will inevitably come into the comments and register their snarky distaste. Those liars are, in fact, liars.

There have been about a million Bomberman releases, all differing in various ways: some are 2D, some are 3D, some have single-player story modes, or minigames, or extra multiplayer modes, or dinosaur helpers. Some are racing games.

What do you look for in a Bomberman game? What is your ideal feature set? What makes you see a new Bomberman release and decide "I should buy this one, instead of those other ones!"

The Flash of bombs going off

The official North American Bomberman Land site is now available for perusal, and features more than a few screenshots and exhortations to buy the game. There's actual stuff! To do! The site offers Flash demo versions of three of the DS Bomberman Land Touch! 2 minigames. We can only assume that they are confident that you know how to play the regular Bomberman part by now.

Grid Riddle is a series of extremely simplistic jigsaw puzzles with maddeningly shrinking time limits. Bomb Factory is a game in which you rotate arrows to direct bombs into conveyors of the same color. Shoot 'em Up is a basic can-shooting game in which you shoot at bombs (by tapping them) to keep them up in the air. All of the games are pretty simple, but diverting; Bomb Factory in particular can get hectic, after fooling you with a slow start.

Also they're free.

[Via GamesPress]

Explore these new Dungeon Explorer screens


Hudson has updated us with some more screens to look over for the upcoming Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts. With the game releasing next month (an exact date is not available yet), we're anxious to see the title in motion some before we're going to sign up for this. We'll take these screens, though, so be sure to hit up our gallery below for the new in-game screenshots.

Gallery: Dungeon Explorer Warriors of Ancient Arts


[Via press release]

Bomberman Land Touch! 2 trailer explodes onto the net


Hudson hit us up with this new trailer for Bomberman Land Touch! 2 and upon checking it out, we're excited. Hell, of course we're excited, it's frickin' Bomberman here. It's got lots of minigames (including one where Bomberman dances, for some reason) and some multiplayer stuff, but, more importantly, it's got the original Bomberman experience included.

Bomberman Land Touch! 2 is slated for a January 2008 release.

Bomberman Land Touch! 2 screens explode in our face


Hudson has fired off some new screens for the upcoming Bomberman Land Touch! 2 and we're chompin' at the bit to get our horribly misshapen mitts on it. We've gone ahead and done the responsible thing, plucking the screens from the press release and situating them neatly into the gallery you see below.

And, for those who haven't kept up with bombing technology (they've made particularly impressive advancements in the realm of fuses), the game is going to have some sweet Wi-Fi Connect compatibility, all but cementing its place as a future theme game for Game Night.

Gallery: Bomberman Land Touch! 2

Oh, oh-oh, oh, ohhhh! It's Mario Party DS!


We were pretty skeptical of Mario Party DS, having been nonplussed by the previous portable Party (and most of the console versions, as well). In fact, we had resigned ourselves to just not being Mario Party people. But then we saw this commercial, with its bouncy, nonsensical Kidz Bop song, and ... let's just say we were successfully advertised to. If the song is in the game, we're definitely buying it; if it's not, we're still buying it to show our support of the song.

At first we thought this must be some other region's crazy Mario Party commercial with the speech overdubbed into English. It appears on the American Mario Party DS website, though, which means that it must be a U.S. commercial. Is the song even ... language?

[Via GoNintendo]


Hudson bringing Dungeon Explorer Warriors of Ancient Arts to North America


Originally a TurboGrafx16 title, the Dungeon Explorer franchise is receiving a revitalization on the DS and PSP come February. Being developed internally at Hudson, the differences between the PSP and DS versions should be distinct enough, however the DS will only feature 60 different fighting arts to the PSP's 150. On the plus side, the DS game probably won't take 30 minutes to load a dungeon.

Be sure to hit up our gallery below for some shots from the DS version of the game.

Gallery: Dungeon Explorer Warriors of Ancient Arts


[Via press release]

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