Helping Hand #2

Welcome to issue two of our weekly articles that are dedicated solely to the handheld portion of your weekly gaming intake. Lets face it, issue one of this article was terrible. It was disappointing and one of those kinds of things you would hide from your dog and near family for fear of harming them. With issue two (and the ones that follow) we hope to herald many changes and give you many a section you will enjoying reading, and maybe re-read to find some clever hidden meaning (of course we won’t have included any). So without any further ado let’s get talking about the biggest releases in handheld gaming this week. Oh, and we renamed the article as well! WTF were we think with the old name…

This Week’s Big Game

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Available on Nintendo DS

Yes we chose Phoenix Wright as our big game of the week and some of you may shout Objection! and ask what about Animal Crossing? Well undoubtedly it was a very hard choice but in the end Phoenix won out (but it has to be said if you have the money, run out and get both titles). Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is the first game in the series to be brought over to Pal territories; as the series’ previous three entries appeared on the Game Boy Advance system in Japan, this marks its debut on the Nintendo DS. Not everyone is innocent until proven guilty! In PW:AA players star as a defence attorney, who must prove his seemingly guilty client’s innocence no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. The game presents twisting storylines and intriguing gameplay in a comical anime style. Players must collect evidence, weed through inconsistent testimonies, and overcome corrupt agendas to ensure that justice prevails. PW:AA is basically a point-and-click adventure (a genre which was thought to be dying) where you control the entire game via the touch screen. Who knew a lawyer game could be this fun? Highly recommend to anyone with access to a Nintendo DS

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Resident Evil: Deadly Silence
Available on Nintendo DS

Deadly silence is a remake of the first Resident Evil which focuses on using the DS’s unique features to aid you in you quests. You work your way through the now classic storyline involving Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield and that well-known mansion that introduced the world to Resident Evil back in 1996. Deadly silence invokes many memories of the now decade old game (many of which are not as fun as we remember). RE:DS is in no way a triple A title and could have been put together with much more flair but for those looking for some nostalgia there is lots to be had here. All together now… “I hope this is… *long pause * not Chris’s *stutter* blood!

Animal Crossing: Wild World
Available on Nintendo DS

Another one of the fantastic big name titles to hit the DS this week comes in the form of Animal Crossing: Wild World. In this sequel to the wildly popular Nintendo GameCube game, players and up to three friends can hang out in the same village and interact in real time either through wireless LAN or over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Now players can visit a friend’s village from thousands of miles away. The touch screen makes item management and world navigation a breeze. Typing letters and designing patterns are now just stylus strokes away. Days and seasons pass in real time, so whether players want to decorate their homes, catch bugs or fish, collect brand-new items like hats and sunglasses or just chat with the wild and wacky characters in their villages, there’s always something to do. This game could quite literally last you forever. A must buy for DS owners!

Worms Open Warfare
Available on Nintendo DS, PSP

Worms on both handhelds is somewhat of a letdown but it still offers some exciting features to fans of the series. Classic Worms gameplay is retained, updated and improved specially for handheld gaming. Both single and multiplayer gaming is catered for but it has to be said it all could have been done much better. Perhaps it could be best to stick to Worms Armageddon! (Read Our Retrospective on Worms)

Available on PSP

Exit is the PSP’s biggest release of the week and is also one of the most “out there” games release on a handheld in recent months. Combining 3D characters with cartoonish, 2D backgrounds, the game sees Mr Esc a professional escapologist fleeing all manner of emergencies. Along the way, Mr Esc must rescue other survivors and even team up with them to overcome seemingly impassable obstacles. With over 100 levels and more to be made downloadable, the player must deal with everything from earthquakes to fire to floods in tall buildings, collapsing tunnels and exploding factories. A must for PSP owners!

Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
Available on PSP

Don’t have the console to play the other release then fear not as the game is also coming to the PSP. Feel the wind in your hair and then pull off the V12 as you power your way along the highways and byways, a girl by your side and open country before you. With blistering graphics, remixes of the original sound tracks and gameplay that demands one more play. Encounter the best that OutRun has to offer across 30 glorious stages, including the original OutRun2 and OutRun2 SP arcade stages – from the sun-drenched sands of Palm Beach to the charms of Cape Way and Ancient Ruins, through to the wonders of the Milky Way and heights of Skyscraper stages. With online gameplay, PSP connectivity and an all-new license mode, which route will you take? (Read our Retrospective on OutRun)

As always remember all the games listed may be subject to change and could be delayed. If that happens don’t nag us about it! We will roar and shout and scream if you do!