GTA jacking DS in March

Chinatown Wars now set to rage on Nintendo's portable in US on 17th, EU on 20th.

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Just over five months after it was revealed at Nintendo's E3 press conference, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars finally has a release date. In North America, the DS debut of Rockstar Games' multi-multiplatinum series will ship on March 17, St. Patrick's Day. In Europe, it will arrive in stores on March 20.

Chinatown Wars has not yet been rated in any territory. However, in a recent interview with Edge magazine, Rockstar's vice president, Sam Houser, said that Chinatown Wars will be courting an M for Mature rating in the US. "It can't be softened to make it family-friendly--that's not the game we're making," explained Houser. "[Nintendo] didn't want us to make a GTA for kids, and we weren't interested in making a game we wouldn't normally make."

By the sound of it, Chinatown Wars will be a hard M indeed. Though it sports cartoon-like cel-shaded graphics, Chinatown Wars will feature such age-unsuitable activities as drug peddling, carjacking, and armed mayhem. Unlike previous portable GTA offerings, it will include 3D isometric graphics and stylus-based minigames to let players hotwire cars and tattoo themselves. It will also re-create much of the same open-world Liberty City as its console cousin, Grand Theft Auto IV.

For more details on Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

175 comments
BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

Awesome, I really like the style of the game, although I'm not a GTA-Fan, it looks ok.

ConstiPlopz
ConstiPlopz

actually not only kids own the ds most ppl that own it r teenagers or adults so maybe this game will sell

Boat95
Boat95

Why would you buy a GTA game, given its history on the console versions, for you kid?

tekken220
tekken220

why would parents even want to buy this game for their children and other m rated games?

tekken220
tekken220

more children can play gta now at least it's better than a gta game for kids

tekken220
tekken220

this game looks like the first gta it makes you want to get a psp badly

Rookie395
Rookie395

It might end up being okay ... we'll have to see ...

Adichatty
Adichatty

honestly...gta for kindergardenfolk...

necronaux
necronaux

Just in time not to watch "March Madness", cool.

callsignAPOLLOj
callsignAPOLLOj

Now you can be the biggest jerk in the dirtiest city in 2D !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do they make 2 pixel g-strings...?

Sledge_4314
Sledge_4314

I guess Rockstar is better off not making this instead put more work on their next gen consoles GTA games. I doubt this would receive much sales or even ruin the GTA name.

King_Louis51
King_Louis51

This has the potential to be stunning. Considering how awesome Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories were, this should be equally as impressive (considering it is made by the same developers). GTA Advance was no slouch either.

-KU-
-KU-

Leo can you restate you statement what other two What do you mean not sell enough? 42 million?

Leo_Colt
Leo_Colt

We'll just have wait and see. Don't judge a book by it's cover, and all that. We haven't even seen any actual footage yet, and usually gameplay screenshots (that haven't deliberately been set up to look interesting.) look terrible, so yeah, just wait and see. For those of you who are wondering why there isn't another PSP GTA on the horizon, it's because the other two simply didn't sell (enough).

Desulated
Desulated

Doesn't impress me that much. Looks more like the first two GTA games and the GBA one instead of the PSP versions. But let's hope Rockstar does a good job at presenting the game.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

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Dos-Mos
Dos-Mos

Yeah this looks kind of like GTA on the Game Boy Advance, which was okay, but nothing compared to the ones on the PSP.

no_cultureicons
no_cultureicons

I think the graphics look really stylish and they've done a good job with the hardware they have available. My main worry is what they'll do with the control system... being a lefty can make some games a pain to play when the stylus comes into action and to be honest I prefer a good old-fashioned d-pad.

SoNin360
SoNin360

Maybe it will be OK, for the DS, sure the graphics wont be amazing, but it will be portable. Sure it would look better on a PSP, but some people happen to use a DS for a portable system. I know GTA doesn't really belong with Nintendo consoles, but I'm gonna give this game a chance, otherwise I can't really say much else about it.

artemisfowl13
artemisfowl13

At acsam12304 for the 2:07 PM post: The DS has two screens so maybe the other one has weapons and wanted level.

toyota22
toyota22

it will be like GTA 2!! thats bad!

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

I have no idea why on earth you would want to play GTA on DS - it will look absolutely nothing like and play absolutely nothing like its cousins on the bigger consoles.

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

not sure the DS can handle this kind of game, hope its not watered down too much, the PSP did a great job of the translation.

casket56
casket56

We are kindof going back in time with this layout because its in birdseye view again, what sounds cool though is you can whistle into the ds microphone to call a taxi over

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Hey that's cool. If the world's a similar layout to GTAIV, that should be pretty sweetness. :D

benboz
benboz

I hope it will be good on the DS.

acsam12304
acsam12304

i just saw the pic i zoomed in on it a bit... i have to say the PS1 looked way better then this. the heck is that? is he using a boosters? or something. what are those little block people?? . and what is that fire from the bottom? gun fire boosters?? i mean WTF is that?? i dont even see any stars to see how much cops or FBI are on you.

ctg867
ctg867

I cannot express to you how little I care. Where the **** is my next PSP GTA? Ya know, the game that actual successfully emulates the proven current and last gen 3D GTA formula on the platform that has already had two awesome GTA games?

acsam12304
acsam12304

what about San Andreas Storys for the PSP!? when are we getting one?!

acsam12304
acsam12304

thats it? PSP versions of GTAs are better

missonrs
missonrs

Better graphics then i was expecting.

giedrius1001
giedrius1001

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mustug
mustug

They should make it for PSP.

star77241
star77241

I thought that GTA was supposed to be out for DS for the holidays.

SPARKY329spx
SPARKY329spx

I cant wait til they stop making gta games, they are the most overratated games of all time and cant stand the test of time.(try going back and play the ps2 versions, they play like garbbage.)

no_cultureicons
no_cultureicons

I actually like the graphics... with any luck it'll be reminiscent of the very first GTA but will have the improved gameplay of the most recent games. I can live without the stylus stuff though... I just hope it's lefty friendly!

jeffgordonfan24
jeffgordonfan24

Great graphics! Reaches a whole new level of SH*T :)

THE_WHITE_MAGE
THE_WHITE_MAGE

Haha @ btowntkd, at least this game was not for the Wii, or it would have been GTA jacking Wii

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

As long as the controls are tight, it will be good. ~de arimasu

btowntkd
btowntkd

Most. Unfortunate. Heading. Ever.