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.
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: Name: TrackMania DS Genre: Racing Platform: Nintendo DS The DS doesn’t have too many good racing games. Actually, it really only has one or two. There’s Mario Kart , which puts a focus on shooting shells, and Indianapolis 500 Legends , which put a focus on, well, the Indy 500. Beyond that it’s really slim pickings, so the field is ripe for a new game in the genre.
Ingenious, compelling race game lets you build racetracks.
Common Sense Media
21 February 2009
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.