171 posts tagged ds
Wait, what? A Tomodachi Collection DS fan translation? ⊟
I was disappointed that Nintendo never brought Tomodachi Collection, its weird life sim starring the Miis on your DS, to North America. It hasn’t announced plans to bring its 3DS sequel New Life here either, even though the series is popular in Japan. Thanks to this incomplete fan translation patch Jjjewel released for the DS game a couple weeks ago, though, some of you can now try it out and see what you’re missing. As usual, you’ll need a copy of the ROM (we hope legally acquired) to get this to work.
This patch comes with a number of other caveats (e.g. grammar errors due to Jjjewel not being a native English speaker, only partial translations for job descriptions/Mii News/songs, and Japanese minigames requiring you to guess your way through them), but right now it’s the only way to experience this series if you can’t read Japanese. Jjjewel says “most of the important stuff that you need to play the game are translated” and may release future patches, though there’s no guarantee on that.
In case you missed it, here’s our guest article on why Tomodachi Collection: New Life could be “a better hang-out” than Animal Crossing on 3DS.
Tiny Galaga cabinet made from a DS ⊟
One DS Lite, one copy of Namco Museum DS, and … a ton of work later, redditor button-masher created a miniature arcade cabinet. I’d like to direct your attention to the tiny coin door, with its tiny lights, and the exquisitely miniature little joystick. Amazing. (Via @Greenspeak)
Rhythm Core Alpha 2 Demo
What happens when a chiptune artist makes music with an eShop app?
A while back, we received a review copy of SoftEgg’s DSiWare music app Rhythm Core Alpha 2. While I don’t make music, I do have several friends in the area who do, so I handed my 3DS to my good buddy Kris Keyser and asked him to give me his view of this excellent but somewhat advanced music-making software.
I should say that I didn’t show Kris the manual or point him at the excellent tutorial videos on their YouTube channel; I wanted his impressions jumping into it cold.
This track is what Kris managed to make in a week. He sent it along with these Rhythm Core Alpha 2 impressions:
How is our plan coming along? ⊟
The Game Center CX 2 (or Retro Game Master 2 if you prefer) fan translation group has tinkered with those troublesome adventure games, and hasn’t immediately given up? And the text from the initial fan translation effort has all been dropped in? Sounds like the plan is coming along perfectly…
WayForward’s canceled Silent Hill DS ⊟
Amazing! The same stream event that led to the first viewing of Shantae GBA also brought us this: an unfinished, unreleased Silent Hill game WayForward was working on for DS.
It’s just a tech demo starring Silent Hill 2’s James Sunderland, but it shows that WayForward originally had a much more traditional Silent Hill in mind than Book of Memories.
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Really digging this Dual Blade comic and art ⊟
It’s not an actual comic outside of what you see here and this other awesome sketch, but I’m totally into this world that Giannis Milonogiannis has created where kids roll around with 3DSes strapped to their wrists Yu-Gi-Oh-style, summoning blades from the handheld and challenging bullies. That look probably wouldn’t translate well to real life, though.
Play the first two cases from Ace Attorney Investigations 2 ⊟
So the big Ace Attorney news today is that the fifth game, Dual Destinies, releases in North America and Europe’s 3DS eShop on October 24 for $29.99/€24.99.
The other great announcement, though, is that the fan translation team for the Ace Attorney Investigations 2 spinoff just released a patch that lets you play the first two cases of the Japan-only DS game. Great to see our court system working as intended here.
In the distant future… ⊟
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but the Space Cat War will be fought with a Nintendo DS.”
― Albert Einstein
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Homebrew 3D Portal DS is out ⊟
Aperture Science, a homebrew project adapting Valve’s Portal series for the DS, is now available to download and play with its first public release. As you’ll see in the “test chamber” footage after the break, this is a totally different beast from StillAliveDS, that awesome 2D homebrew game based on the same series.
This new release comes from Lobo and Smealum — you’ll recognize the latter name from his work on the old but impressive Minecraft DS project. The team admits that Aperture Science is “very buggy and incomplete,” but this release should be “mostly playable” and include 14 stages, plus an on-board level editor.
After-school Boy and Attack of the Friday Monsters
I saw H3DS post these Attack of the Friday Monsters GIFs (the ones on the left) yesterday, and they reminded me so much of the animations I put up for After-school Boy/Houkago Shounen, that Konami DS game that never released outside of Japan.
Both are set in the 1970s in Japan, and follow a young boy wearing a yellow shirt and exploring the town. The main differences are that Level-5’s Attack of the Friday Monsters has kaiju and is a much shorter game, lasting 2-4 hours.
I really can’t get over how great Attack of the Friday Monsters is — I wanted to write a review for it, but it’s such a quick and sweet game that I don’t want to spoil the experience for anyone by pointing out even a few of its subtle charms. Seeing how great the eShop title turned out makes me even more sad that Houkago Shounen never received a translation, official or unofficial. Might be time to pick up a used copy of the import.
Subterranean: Bachelor for life
Why did so many DS games use this awful font that squished Ms like this. :o/
Houkago Shounen / After-school Boy
Here’s a really neat Konami title for the DS that released in Japan a few years ago but nowhere else. A cool guy wrote this description for the import:
"The adventure game, set in 1975, casts the player as a young elementary student one month before he moves away, doing the best he can to have as much fun and spend as much time as possible with friends before saying goodbye.
The game features a town to explore, with childhood haunts like parks and candy shops, as well as a school (obviously) and a shrine.”
Most people probably forgot about this one, but I always remembered it for being the closest thing the DS got to a Boku no Natsuyasumi (My Summer Vacation) game. Why was there never a fan translation for this?
Kinda hoping that Ray Barnholt sees this post and decides to include a tiny thing on Houkago Shounen in his Scroll issue for Boku no Natsuyasumi — the Kickstarter campaign for that still has 10 days left if you want to contribute!