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#1 Drkr_Zen
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I think why many didn't like IX was because it was too similar to the earlier greats that appeared on the SNES. It didn't have OMG cities and big robots! FTW! lol ..or, for rabid fanboys, a cross dressing, spikey haired hero who chased after men, ahem.

But seriously, I enjoyed FFIX out of all installments in the series.. mainly because of the old school feel that was a kin to FFVI and IV. I, for one, also appreciated the art style it used. It didn't swap back and forth between adult looking characters to Popeye-midgets.. plus it had a great artistic flair and design to it.

Then there's the epic rags to riches story, cliche, but awesome.. paired with memorable characters, it was quite amazing, I thought.

Gameplay was classic, pulled right from the great FFVI and there was so much classic things cameo'd within IX that it made it all the more nostalgic, somehow.. while being completely fresh.

I don't know, I guess I just enjoy titles like FFVI, IX and XII more than VII, VIII and X.. which were great, but mediocre compared to the former. Just my opinion, though.

I loved how IX mixed the new with the retro, though.

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Each Grimoire you purchase will receive a name, like Warmage Grimoire, that'll correspond to a given enemy type.

Those enemy types will then drop rarer items more often with the Grimoire in your possession.

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Some of the main people from Clover Studios, along with a few big wigs at Capcom, actually formed a new development studio of their own.. called SEED, I think.

So, there's hope for the visionary work of Clover to come to light again, hopefully.

Though I hope SEED Studios kicks Capcom's ass in sales, lol. Clover was an amazing developer that put quality before quantity.. and/or fifty million sequels. Honestly, how many Street Fighter II's, Mega Man's and Resident Evil's are there!? lol

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I totally agree. I took a risk and gave the game a chance, and have been pleased with it.

It has some of the best graphics on the system, WiFi is a load of fun and gameplay is pretty tight.. it's not crappy or loose feeling. Like others said, though, don't go in expecting anything very story-heavy.

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For RPGs, look into Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, FFIII and Lunar Knights, or Children of Mana. Best of those choices is probably Lunar Knights.. great action RPG with awesome anime cutscenes, gameplay, story and characters.

For 2D Platformers, look into Castlevania: PoR, Mega Man ZX and Wario: Master of Disguise. Best of those is, IMO, MMZX, because DoS was the best Castlevania on the DS, but, again.. that's just my opinion. MMZX has a pretty lengthy adventure, great gameplay that builds upon the well established formula and a bit of replay value to boot. Wario isn't an amazing game, but its a pretty good one, as it uses the touchscreen to use abilities and the d-pad for movement.. pretty cool, I thought. Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble is also another pretty fun title.

For shooters, look into Nanostray and Star Fox Command. The former has some of the most amazing visuals on the DS with some pretty tough, and classic, top-down shoot 'em up gameplay. A lot of replay value, too with quite a few challenges to complete. Star Fox is where its at, though, with online multiplayer dogfights, strategy elements and free range shooter gameplay. Great game.

For puzzles, you already have the best, I think.. Trauma Center, but also look into Clubhouse Games, which has 42 different card, board and puzzle games with 37 that go online. Mario vs. DK 2 is also another fun game which relies solely upon the stylus to control mini-Marios that act like lemmings. Advance Wars Dual Strike is probably the best in this section, though. It's a strategy/puzzle game that's like chess meets war, lol.. great presentation, a lot of flair and style, great gameplay and story. Plus it has A LOT of replay value.

For misc. titles: Custom Robo Arena is a lot of fun. Build a bot and take it into the ring for a fight, also includes online multiplayer for extended gameplay. Yu-Gi-Oh! Spirit Caller is a must, if you're a YGO! fan.. with online, it's a lot of fun. Super Mario 64 DS is a classic through and through. Finally, Metroid Prime Hunters is truly impressive.. one of the best, if not THE best, FPS on a handheld system. Online play is a ton of fun with friends, voice chat included, the adventure is fairly lengthy and focused more on FPS'ing than its Cube counterparts (which were First Person Adventures, as they say).

In short, top games I'd recommend would be:

Metroid Prime Hunters (best FPS, ton of fun, has WiFi)
Lunar Knights (best action RPG on the DS)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike (if you can find it)
Mega Man ZX (really great game)
Wario: Master of Disguise (only for some)
Castlevania: PoR (if you enjoyed DoS, has WiFi)
Star Fox Command (has a lot of replay value, mult. endings, WiFi)
Final Fantasy III (if you crave a traditional RPG)

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#6 Drkr_Zen
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Well, both the DS and DS Lite each have the same exact input jack for the headset to fit into.

So, it'd be like wondering if the DS Lite's AC Adaptor and the regular DS's AC Adaptor would each work in your household. They both will.

As for games it'll be used for.. any game that uses voice chat, really. I don't know if it'll work with games that use the mic, like Wario or Mario Kart DS, though. It might.

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While both are rather similar, they're radically different in details.

Jak and Daxter has more platforming and a more story driven adventure that you'd find to be typical of an RPG, rather than a platformer.

Ratchet & Clank, however, has more action, a lot more shooting with a bit of platforming and quite a few more puzzles. It DOES have good stories, though.. but they're more like adventures, rather than one long epic tale, like Jak.

In the story aspect, I'd compare Jak to Ratchet the same way I'd compare a feature length movie to a saturday morning cartoon. Again, they both have good stories, though.. that isn't to say Ratchet's approach to light hearted stories is bad in any way.

My favorite of the two is the Jak and Daxter series, though. Mainly because I enjoy compelling stories in my games, the Jak games have some of the best gameplay on the PS2, along with some of the absolute best graphics, animation and voice work, and..

Daxter > Clank. Period. ..lol

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#8 Drkr_Zen
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Hmm, hard choice.. 'cuz I got a few favorites that were, what I thought to be, just awesome games.

Metroid Prime: Hunters - Its an awesome FPS and probably the best on a handheld system. Online play, chat and more make it a great WiFi experience and the action is a lot of fun alone or with friends.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow - One of the best 2D Platformers I've ever played and a prime example of why 2D gaming will always own its 3D counterpart, IMO, lol. Lengthy quest, great story, interesting characters.. had it all.

Advance Wars: Dual Strike - It had an impressive presentation, great style, really fun gameplay and loads to do both inside and out the main campaign. Paired with multiplayer gameplay, this was a great game both with others and alone. If it had WiFi, it would have been simply perfect.

Out of those, I'd probably go with Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, though.. I'm a 2D gamer through and through.

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#9 Drkr_Zen
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I thought it was a great game.

It doesn't top the original YI, but it is a worthy successor.. and I hold YI in very high regard as one of the best 2D Platformers out there, even today.

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#10 Drkr_Zen
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I agree.. I finished the trilogy and felt satisfied with the events and their outcomes, but it was just so boring.

If story segments were slightly shorter and there was more gameplay in between each scene, it would have been better, but it's still an awesome trilogy, I agree.

Though, there were quite a few other storylines I enjoyed more.