Excerpt: Everyone saw this one coming. A new Nintendo console was about to hit the shelves and the time to develop a new full-blown Pokémon-based RPG just wasn’t available. In all honesty, many were expecting the debut Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue to be re-released with touch screen controls, but it wasn’t to be. Instead, Nintendo decided to plump for another offshoot with Pikachu and the gang competing in touch-screen controlled, on-foot races.
Conclusion: The dexterity involved to really do well will be beyond most of the younger crowd. I let my five-year old son try playing because he’s huge Pokémon fan but even he was asking to play Super Mario 64 DS after about ten minutes. The opening races are easy to win, but suddenly the opposition becomes super smart and fast . Couple that with the extreme repetitiveness of sliding the stylus to make Pikachu move, and it’s a recipe for a repetitive stress fracture.
Summary: Pokémon Dash features a very long list of little problems and a few significant ones, but it can still be fun while it lasts.
Pros: Diving is particularly fun in a tight race as you pop balloons to make a fast but dangerous landing, Multiplayer would probably be fun if you can find another effective player with a copy of the game, Some of the music is actually very good
Cons: No single pack multiplayer, The method of control is fundamentally flawed and can be physically tiring (so much so that the game shows a message suggesting you take a rest after you beat a cup), Too short
Excerpt: It's hardly surprising that Nintendo would have a brand-new Pokémon game ready to go within the first few months of the DS's launch, what with it being one of Nintendo's biggest franchises and everything. However, what is thoroughly shocking is how completely half-baked this first attempt is.
Pros: 25 different tracks, which can be played in both single and multiplayer, You can create custom tracks using Pokemon RPG GBA cartridges.
Cons: Gameplay is overly simplistic, and terribly repetitive., The in-game radar is lackluster to the point of being useless., Mediocre presentation, with dull looking visuals and irritating audio., Challenge is wildly erratic, ranging from way too easy to exceedingly difficult.
Summary: They should have called it "Pokémon Crap." Because it's crap.
Pros: It has Pikachu in it. I'm sure that's a plus for somebody out there., The touch screen control method is pretty OK.
Cons: Feels like Nintendo just wanted to get a Pokémon title out at launch, regardless of quality, Horrifically easy, with moments of console-smashing frustration, Seems like most of the game was ripped off of other, better games, "Special" mode is utterly worthless
Conclusion: The visual part of the game is very good too. Pokemon Dash will not be using the DS at its max power but it will develop decent graphics to say the least. Like the previous DS games developed by Nintendo, Pokemon Dash is trying to be a simple and entertaining experience for any gamer. However, don’t take the simple part so seriously. Pokemon Dash will need a lot of strategy to reach your goal before your opponent.