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Overall 9


Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
  • Excerpt: Namco Bandai continues to impress us here at Family Friendly Gaming. They had a solid E3 2011. They keep producing games with families in mind. DualPenSports is a wonderful idea on the Nintendo 3DS. In fact this game feels like a Wii game in many ways. The sports in DualPenSports are Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Boxing, Archery, Skiing, and Paragliding. This hand held game comes with two sport styluses.
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Nintendo 3DS Game Review: Dual Pen Sports

Gear Diary
9 May 2012
Overall 8

Sports game's unique two-stylus control works well.

Common Sense Media
9 April 2012
  • Summary: Parents need to know that DualPenSports is the first game of its kind that requires players to use two styluses at once (the game comes packed with two styluses). Sports like archery, soccer, and baseball appear in the game. There is also a boxing mini-game that involves punching and knocking out opponents, but it is presented in the context of a sports arena as a regulated competition as opposed to a display of senseless violence.
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Overall 6

Pen Power

15 August 2011
  • Excerpt: At first glance, Dual Pen Sports looked like Wii sports on the 3DS. For the most part it was identical only with a more sluggish control scheme. I spent many hours trying to get the feel for the odd, two stylus controls. After two or three games of soccer I suddenly realized I was hunched over like a praying mantis. While, in theory, two pens are better than one, the same can't be said for this game.
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Overall 6

3DS Review - 'DualPenSports'

30 July 2011
  • Summary: DualPenSports is the only Nintendo 3DS title with dual-action stylus control, enabling handheld gamers a new and immersive way to compete in classic sports games.
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Overall 4

Expert Review

Snackbar Games
21 July 2011
  • Excerpt: In the end, DualPenSports is an attempt at doing something new in the mini-game arena. Unfortunately, it fails in the most basic of tenets for a game on a portable system: it is not a portable game, the gimmick’s not fun and your time would be better served playing something else.
  • Pros: It attempts something that hasn’t been done before
  • Cons: There’s a reason it hasn’t been done before
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2 July 2012
  • Conclusion: DualPenSports is a misguided attempt at starting a 3DS franchise based on a technically and practically ineffective gimmick. Even when played with a single stylus, the sports themed games tend to be uninspired and lacking in longevity and fun factor.
  • Cons: Can't use two styluses on the go, Dual stylus isn't required for most modes and seems forced, Low amount of content for a 'full fledged' game, Often feels more like a test than a fun gaming experience
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Nintendo Life
7 April 2012
  • Summary: DualPenSports uses an ineffective gimmick as its foundation and includes far too simple takes on seven sports, featuring some cumbersome controls and tedious pacing to boot. Things become more entertaining in the slightly complex Score Match mode including a quite fun take on boxing, but overall the content is too thin to flesh out an entire game. We'll take one silver stylus over the two big yellow plastic ones included here anyday.
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Clash of the styluses

Pocket Gamer
10 October 2011
  • Conclusion: A collection of sporting mini-games that, while initially entertaining, prove far too simple and lifeless
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Overall 5

Test de DualPen Sports

2 March 2014
  • Summary: Focus final... Sortant de nulle part, DualPen Sports offre une toute nouvelle façon de jouer sur Nintendo 3DS. Bien pensé, mais mal utilisé, ce nouveau gameplay déplaira probablement à plusieurs personnes. Le fait de déposer sa console et de jouer avec deux stylets n’offre pas une expérience ‘’si’’ différente et ne vaut pas le coup d’y investir un 40 $.
  • Pros: -Le nouveau gameplay quoi qu’un peu bâclé -Certaines activités se démarquent du lot, comme le ski
  • Cons: -Le prix! -Durée de vie rehaussée artificiellement en raison de la redondance -Copié-collé sur les Mii?
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