Konami sheds light on Boktai DS

New installment of solar-centric action role-playing game passes on the solar panels, will use in-game sun instead.

Konami's Boktai series is making its way to the Nintendo DS, albeit with a major change, according to the latest issue of Japanese magazine Koro Koro Comic.

The Boktai franchise made its debut on the Game Boy Advance in 2003 as a role-playing game developed by Metal Gear Solid series creator Hideo Kojima. Kojima's name drew attention to the title, but what really made it stand out was the game's built-in solar sensor. Users wanting to defeat the game's armies of darkness were aided by playing outside, where the cartridge's solar sensor would detect sunlight and charge the player's weapon in response.

Koro Koro Comic reports that Boktai DS takes a huge turn from its predecessors, as it drops the solar sensor in favor of an in-game sun. The sun, which will be displayed on the upper DS screen, will change in real time, so players will still be well served by playing the game during the day. After dark, a moon will be displayed on the upper screen, the number of enemies will increase, and players won't be able to recharge their energy. The game also simulates weather, so a passing rain cloud can block out the virtual sun and leave a player at a disadvantage, even in the middle of the day.

Konami has not yet announced a release date or price for Boktai DS.

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44 comments
Dark-E4
Dark-E4

Did u guys here about the DS light.

Louis_Armstrong
Louis_Armstrong

Living in Texas, the idea of playing outside is just a bad idea, the sun can be so bright that you may not be able to see the screen.

NessaMouse
NessaMouse

As long as they still have solar fruits to recharge in a pinch I'm happy. Bring it on!

Link1515
Link1515

Sounds awesome! I loved the two first Bokatai's for GBA, so I know i'm gonna get this one.

frankeyser
frankeyser

i had liked the solar sensor but trying to find the right place to sit and play and get enough sun or light as it was from one of my lamps was an inconvienace. i am glad it will all be in game now.

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

I've tried playing the DS outside, and you cant see the damn screen... so either method and you are screwed in my mind.

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

great news though i already knew from famitsu

Sir_Vimes
Sir_Vimes

yeah, but now you dont have to worry about actual weather. you were kind of screwed with the original Boktai if it was winter and too cold outside, or you lived in, say, Seattle and never see the sun.

VFG
VFG

The original idea sounded so much more cooler.

limpbizkit818
limpbizkit818

they ruined it. "im game clouds can block the sun" give me a break.

StillWingless
StillWingless

maybe this will help... that solar sensor was so picky sometimes.

rbarahona
rbarahona

It looks good. I would like to see some scans from the magazine in order to see how Konami will make use of the two screens of the Nintendo DS.

ewjim
ewjim

DS don't have sun sensors... yet... :)

russbonchu
russbonchu

Wow, this is good. For a minute there, I thought I was going to have to give up my beautiful, near transluscent pasty white skin and sunken eyes for cool shades and a tan. Uhh, .

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

As Morgan Webb of X-Play once said: "Yet another solid DS game in a long line of...solid DS games."

Reetesh
Reetesh

Thats going to be Cool and are the Weather conditions going to change according to the outside weather or some in game Program?

southy787
southy787

Seems a pretty cool idea. Might get it.

WPack911
WPack911

This is great I wanted to play the first one, but the thought of sitting outside of my house playing my GBA in the 90+ degree weather of Miami, FL (Where I live) was a huge reason I never wanted to check it out, but now I see no reason not to play it. Oh and for all you saying that "this suck's I want the solar sensor that's what made it unique" come down to miami for a week in the summer and sit outside and play the old boktai, you will see my point then no doubt.

NightRain
NightRain

Sounds very cool for the DS! Except that it sucks that it's dropping the solar sensor... Still I might get this game!

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

The concept seems very interesting, I'll give you that.

Jimbokundesu
Jimbokundesu

I suppose if you can muck with the clock for Animal Crossing, you can do so with this one...if you're a dirty cheater, that is....

DarkKefka
DarkKefka

Another great game added to the ever-growing DS's game library.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

too bad i cant have this game for not having a DS

Zanza_Unleashed
Zanza_Unleashed

agh, im a little disappointed with the lack of a solar sensor, but if the gameplay is still solid, i will be content. but the lack of innovation will be a letdown

kicking222
kicking222

That's... that's pretty stupid. I'm sorry, but... wow. Boktai on the GBA was a great idea that was executed well. Even if Boktai DS is executed well, it's still a stupid idea. Please, Kojima, just stick to working on "Guns Of The Patriots."

jj984jj
jj984jj

About time they took that stupid sensor out. I don't think they had much of a choice though unless they actually went to manfacture a new sensor for the GBA slot and spent a whole lot more money publishing the game.

ghostadv
ghostadv

Better idea for the game clock instead of having to sit in the sun for a while.

rusty_ghia
rusty_ghia

Good. I kind of wanted Boktai, but I passed on it because of that whole "going outside to play" mechanic. I like to play indoors!

Rubin42
Rubin42

Soo sad...I liked sitting out on my deck in the summer and playing outside...O well guess its back to my dank dark game room...

ENERSTAR
ENERSTAR

Total cop-out!! The solar sensor made the game unique! PASS!!!

Binpo
Binpo

lessen the chance of getting skin cancer?

Jeff
Jeff

No sun sensor? Then how am I supposed to get a tan while playing it?

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Does this mean I wil be able to change the DS clock to take advantage of constant solar power throughout the game?

f1l200
f1l200

coooooool i want to getthis