Conclusion: Since it is so rare to see space shooter titles these days, Nanostray does an excellent job in providing such a genre to Nintendo DS owners. The rumor that only about 39,000 copies of Nanostray got shipped to stores sounds very accurate, making Nanostray not exactly an easy find. It's really sad that this game is that hard to find though. It's really a great game to own for any fan of the shooter genre.
Excerpt: Shooters—what's not to like? Taking control of spaceships or airplanes (or sometimes just people flying in the sky) and blasting the hell out of everything that moves is just a good time. Unfortunately, the genre's releases have dwindled to the point that each new game that lands on a shelf is a cause to celebrate for those who appreciate the hyperkinetic reflex action.
Excerpt: Ah, the vertically scrolling shooter. It hasn't really been a videogame genre I've been overly enthusiastic for since my Spectrum days, but when I heard about Nanostray, it piqued my interest. Perhaps it was that 'Old Skool' appeal, or maybe I've just gotten tired of playing derivative FPS titles...
Conclusion: I have complained quite a bit about this game so far, but that is only because it seems as though it could have been really good. Probably never great, since the rarified air of shooter greatness includes some truly classic titles (the genre should be refined, designers have had plenty of time to work on it) but it could have been much better.
Excerpt: Adventure is the main mode of the game. Players have a ship, free to roam the entirety of the top screen, which has four weapon types available. As with many shoot-em-ups, bombs are also available for when you get into those tight spots. Players choose which weapon to use by pressing its icon on the bottom screen. It sounds fine on paper, but it's a serious gameplay flaw.
Excerpt: Imagine that you’re in command of an aircraft capable of mass destruction, your bare hands gripping the controls as you zoom through the stratosphere. There are dozens, hundreds of enemies looming in your midst, each ready and willing to take that ever-so-crucial shot that could mean certain doom for you and everything you stand for.