Fossil League: Dino Tournament Championship First Impressions

We meet with D3 and get our first look at this Pokémon-style role-playing game for the Nintendo DS.

While attending a recent D3 press event in San Francisco we had our first opportunity to check out a work-in-progress version of Fossil League: Dino Tournament Championship for the Nintendo DS. Set far enough into the future for time machines to be a reality, the game will see you assuming the role of a young boy named Taiga whose father left him a rare fossil when he died. Said fossil has since been stolen, and the only way for Taiga to get it back is to travel back in time, tame a bunch of dinosaurs, fight them against other people's dinosaurs in turn-based combat, and then, presumably, find and do battle with whomever stole it. Pokémon with dinosaurs? It certainly looks that way.

Ever wanted a pet dinosaur? You'll get your wish in this dino-collecting game for the Nintendo DS.

Fossil League: Dino Tournament Championship's story will be told through colorful 2D cutscenes, but the gameplay will be 3D. During our all-too-brief demo of the game, we witnessed Taiga getting embroiled in numerous random encounters with other dinosaur tamers as he attempted to walk to another location on the world map. The turn-based battles between the nicely-detailed 3D dinosaurs that ensued played out in much the same way that similar encounters do in Pokémon games. You'll be accompanied by up to five pet dinosaurs at all times, and each one will be affiliated with a different element, such as earth, wind, fire, water, or thunder. Each of the 90 or so different dinosaur species in the game will have its own special attack abilities, and these will become more numerous as you progress through the game and your dinosaurs level up.

You'll be able to play Fossil League: Dino Tournament Championship using either the stylus and touch screen or directional pad and buttons, although some of the minigames that pop up in between missions will be designed exclusively for the touch screen. In addition to the story-driven single-player adventure, Fossil League: Dino Tournament Championship will support multiplayer battles and features a "Dinopaedia" that lets you learn about all of the dinosaurs that you encounter in the game. We look forward to bringing you more information on Fossil League: Dino Tournament Championship as soon as it becomes available.

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21 comments
tran92dude
tran92dude

i hate the way u walk it is cofusing

Zero254
Zero254

I wish D3 would start sending all of their games over here... there are alot of good games in the simple series...

silent_seaxx
silent_seaxx

Hmm, this is a good idea, but we'll just have to see if they can pull it off. Sounds interesting and worth reading about though!

Boomarley
Boomarley

Anyone remember Dino Master (search it on Gamespot)? Reminds me of it.

Gizmyle
Gizmyle

Looks fun ^^ I guess I'll have to try this (=

obo0160
obo0160

i like the idea about pokémon with dinosaurs..

zellgod
zellgod

this looks like it has a lot of potential, I hope its as good as it looks/sounds

silent_seaxx
silent_seaxx

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wii-man-23
wii-man-23

looks good i think, not special, but worth a look-in

Rangent
Rangent

This looks interesting... We'll see... but not a lot of high hopes.

nighthawk_yb
nighthawk_yb

The dinosaur models look nice,but the backgrounds and other graphics seem horrible to me

faraz3671
faraz3671

uhh...i think ill stick with pokemon !!!

Jeremycollinson
Jeremycollinson

the pictures of you walking around look terrible, half arsed cell shading attempt

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

Sounds so similar to Poke'mon that if you would enjoy this game you're better off just buying a Poke'mon game with about 100 more creatures to collect...

mercedes_5
mercedes_5

i played the exact game (minus the graphics) on WAP 2 years ago. i think it was called dino-island, but the story and everything are exact! strange.

TleeBlue
TleeBlue

Frankly, its graphic looks so uninspired. Half-assed 3D models of Dinos are shown and when you look at its exploration map and such, its 2D background is bland and have no distinct style to them. Don't get me wrong. I don't expect great graphic from DS system. But that doesn't mean DS games can't have attractive looking games (Children of mana comes to my mind). However, this game looks like the developers put hardly any effort at all.

beedog
beedog

I'll keep my eye on it...

smurf_killer
smurf_killer

i'm already goin for pokemon and maybe digimon too, so i'm not really interested in this game.....altough the graphics look pretty good