I’m not sure why but I’m really tempted by the DSi XL. It’s just hard to look at my DS lite anymore because it feels so low tech by comparison. It’s partly imagining playing SoulSilver on the new one that gets me excited.
That and any possible good DSiWare games if they ever release anything. The price is also surprisingly decent. I expected it to go for considerably more than the DSi but it’s actually not too bad, especially for someone who hasn’t upgraded yet.
The colour selection is a bit limited and I would have preferred a white one, but the dark brown looks quite cool.
DS 2009 Awards
Quick note: Only games that I’ve played / am excited to play soon will be eligible to win awards.
Best Action Game - GTA Chinatown Wars
GTA Chinatown Wars on DS is an impressive game. It fitted more action gameplay into a single cartridge than certainly I thought possible. I had fun Dealing drugs and escaping the cops among other things. It feels like a game that shouldn’t be able to fit on DS, but somehow defies that belief.
Best Puzzle Game - Scribblenauts
Scribblenauts is a game so huge in its concept that I can’t believe that it even works as a game. Making a game where you can summon almost anything and still make a working game is so impressive. The only real downside is the fiddly controls, namely not allowing you to move Maxwell with the D-pad rather than by the stylus. It’s still a game that a lot of DS owners will enjoy.
Best Visual Quality - GTA Chinatown Wars
GTA is technical marvel. Rockstar Leeds did a great job on not only fitting a full GTA experience on the handheld, but making it run well and look great as they have done.
Best Story - GTA Chinatown Wars
I’ve never been so engrossed in a DS game before that doesn’t have Pokemon in the name.
Best Multiplayer - GTA Chinatown Wars
I played some local multiplayer with my brother one time and we had fun. It’s a bit basic but they do have quite a few modes to choose from. It’s definitely worth trying out at least once if you can.
DS Game of the Year - GTA Chinatown Wars
For all the reasons stated above, GTA Chinatown Wars on DS is an exceptional game ad pushed the system seemingly to it’s limits. It’s a shame it hasn’t sold up to expectations so far but since Nintendo’s games tend to have a longer lifespan than most, there’s still time for that to change.
Also notable: Scribblenauts
Up next: PSP