3am: Wristy Business
TomChick - News - 06/12/05 - Link

I'm kind of in a holding pattern with my PSP now. Hot Shots Golf is just kinda hanging fire in the drive until something new and shiny comes along. But I don't mind so much considering a) how well Hot Shots Golf holds up, and b) a couple of new Nintendo handheld titles I've been playing.

My review of Yoshi Topsy Turvy just went up on Yahoo Games. I'd never really played a tilt sensor game before, but I did try to play Archer Maclean's Mercury, which suffers mightily for not having the tilt sensor it was supposed to have. So I was very pleasantly surprised at how well Topsy Turvy turned out. The tilt sensor really compliments the gameplay without upstaging it.

But even more surprising is the new Kirby game for the Nintendo DS. That's right, Kirby, the amorphous little blob that does, as far as I can tell, fuck all. At Shoot Club, no one wanted to play as Kirby in Super Smash Brothers after someone called him 'the uterus'.

So I never would have guessed how much I'd end up liking Kirby Canvas Curse. What a lovely and amazing piece of work! And finally something that feels like it was built entirely for the touchpad. I have a feeling that from here on out, things are really going to start looking up for the DS. I'll have a review on Yahoo Games when Kirby Canvas Curse comes out. In the meantime, consider this a hearty recommendation as not only one of the best handheld platformers I've ever played, but easily the most innovative.



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