Summary: Parents need to know that the comic humor presented in this wacky software is over the top and will be lost on younger children. Also, some of the storylines feature scantily clad women with jiggling breasts, and a story of the loss of a parent. While quirky and silly, there is something wonderfully appealing about this game, which makes it fun for kids and families to explore. It is one of the best games released in 2006 for the DS.
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.