Pokémon Mystery Dungeon:
Explorers of Time &
Explorers of Darkness
Anime Game Reviews
for the Nintendo DS
If you already love Pokémon I'll already assume that you'll get a kick out of these twin games that are available for the Nintendo DS, however what impressed me about both games is that you don't need to be a hardcore fanboy to have a good time. When you're first starting the game you're treated to a personality test, I found this to be a nice twist on the typical "create your own character" that one finds so often with adventure games.
The games feature a nice mix of storytelling and game play, and the cute world of Pokémon goes together well with small screens of the Nintendo DS. In fact with the sound effects you get the nice feeling of a classic retro gaming experience. The other nice thing about these duo titles is that they work with the wireless connection in the DS, so you can interact with friends on the Wii Message Board.
And of course what would a Pokémon title be without hunting for treasure, exploring dungeons and engaging in battles? These games feature quite a bit of colorful variety, so you'll get quite a few days worth of Pokémon packed entertainment.
Pokémon FireRed Wireless
for Gameboy Advance
Anime Video Game Review
for the Gameboy
Wireless networking is all the rage for busy people on the go with their high-tech laptops. These days people surf the web on their own PC while sitting in Starbucks. But now imagine how cool it would be if your hand-held videogame had wireless networking, so you could link up with a friend and play head-to-head anywhere, anytime, or even while sitting in Starbucks.
That's the uber-cool gimmick of Pokémon LeafGreen and Pokémon FireRed, which are, of course, pretty decent games by themselves (having been created by Nintendo), so even when you don't have someone to battle, you can spend countless hours training your Pokémon, and caring for them as if they were real living creatures. The wireless adapter is built into the game cartridge itself, so you don't have to buy anything extra, and will also work in your Gamecube system.
Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, November 2004
Below: Pokémon was introduced to Japan in 1996, and popularied anime to a new generation in the United States.