Excerpt: By Daniel Share-Strom “Hey, Jim! How do we localize a game about Japanese male cheerleaders who sing wacky J-Pop tunes to inspire people and help them with their problems?!” “Well, Americans like ‘agents’, right? So lets remove the cheerleaders and replace them with smirking ‘elite’ guys who can keep a ‘beat’, and make them agents! Hmmm, but what to call it...
Conclusion: Rhythm and music games have become more prolific during the past decade, thanks to games like PaRappa the Rapper for the PlayStation and the Bemani games in arcades and on various consoles. While consoles tend to make more sense in order to play these games thanks in no small part to the vast amount of storage on disc-based media - it's truly a challenge to make them for handhelds like the Nintendo DS.
Excerpt: Almost 2 years ago western Nintendo DS players were still waiting for something worth playing on their new portable console. At the same time Japanese gamers got one of the surprises of that year: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (or just Ouendan for short). The game, developed by iNiS and published by Nintendo, mixed quirky j-pop/j-rock, crazy comic book style stories and rhythm and music gameplay with the portable\’s touch screen.
Excerpt: Undeniably unique to North American gamers, Elite Beat Agents is actually a partial sequel to a Japanese DS title released in 2005 called Osu! Tatakae! Quendan!. The developer, iNiS, changed the main characters from absurd male cheerleaders to slick super-agents to adapt the game for a Western audience. The agents are members of a governmental agency that responds to personal emergencies, large and small, for citizens around the world.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Due to this game's slightly more obscure nature there's a chance it might slip through the net of many a DS owner. But if you see it, BUY it. This is definitely one of the best games out there for DS - you won't be disappointed.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is When the Nintendo DS first came out, critics called its touchscreen interface a gimmick and predicted that few games would put it to good use. We now know that this feature is actually one of the centerpieces of gameplay for many DS titles. Elite Beat Agents, a rhythm game that is played solely on the touchscreen, shows yet again how much fun the interface can be.