Excerpt: What’s the deal with 20 hour-plus RPGs on the DS? I enjoy the genre and all, but Nintendo’s handheld isn’t exactly the best platform to spend hours staring at tiny, pixelated sprites. I like my DS games fairly mindless and without the need to put on headphones when playing the game in public. The small screen also doesn’t help with the immersion factor that’s needed to get into a quest to save the world.
Summary: Parents need to know that even though the "E" rating suggests the game is fine for young players, the construction of the tracks requires some sophistication that younger players won't have. Kids as young as age 4 can race, but to appreciate the full benefit of what this game has to offer, it is best played by kids 6-up.
Excerpt: There really aren't enough racing games on the Nintendo DS. I always thought that a racing franchise like F-Zero would make perfect sense on the DS. They could theoretically port F-Zero from another system and then include a level editor or something extra. That's why I was glad to hear that TrackMania would be coming to the Nintendo DS. The ultimate level editing racing game is now on DS.
Conclusion: Trackmania DS is your typical above average game: its racing isn't anything to write home about but it gets the job done by providing unique gameplay modes. Its visuals are pretty but its sound is a bit lacking. All in all, the game provides gamers with a good deal of content but suffers the most in its lack of online multiplayer. If you're up for some track editing and interesting game modes all on a handheld, you may want to pick this game up.
Excerpt: I think Jason had some reservations about sending me Trackmania DS. My email with him went something like this: Jason: So I’ve got Trackmania ... I need someone who’s serious about racing games. Me: “Ooooh, I’ll review Trackmania ! I’ve played tons of racing games, like Mario Kart and Excite Truck! ” Jason: “Er...” Okay, so my racing experience is limited. Probably the most serious racer I’ve played is Rad Racer back on the NES.
Excerpt: I’m a cynic and you’ve made me this way, videogame journalism! I’ve enjoyed the twisting and turning world of Trackmania from the relative safety of my PC for quite a while now, and I dare anyone not to take some enjoyment out of what is essentially the computerised version of running a Scaletrix track that’s been constructed by drunken monkeys armed with dribbling glue guns.
Summary: Far from a hardcore driving simulation, TrackMania is based on the fun and the spectacular aspects of racing. In TrackMania DS, you will drive at mind-blowing speeds in hi-octane racers on incredible tracks made of jumps, loops, turbo boost pads and many other crazy design elements.