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ONM Remembered – #303

“The boys from Scrubs hid their sadness at Kenshuui Tendo Dokuta not being a US launch game”


from Official Nintendo Magazine issue 148 (January 2005)

It was the launch of the Nintendo DS in America, and peeps were quite excited: finally, portable gaming becomes three-dimensional! Mario Kart DS was a rock-solid instalment at the time, and for all its dodginess, there’s merit to be found in Super Mario 64 DS. After that, though? I honestly couldn’t tell you what the library was like. It became so deluged in bizarre tie-ins and casual simulation games that I had trouble finding anything. I’m sure there’s good stuff for it, but the lack of a DS Player of any sort is a bummer for me, personally. That screen is tiny, man. After using the PlayStation Portable it’s hard to accept anything so miniscule!

I admit I scanned this partly for the photo of Cuba Gooding Jr.; I can’t find the post anymore, but I believe FacilityPro of the Flying Omelette forums won a contest at this event which was reprinted in Nintendo Power, with his name in close proximity to Cuba’s picture, causing some confusion at the time. And if that son of a bitch hadn’t said anything, he could have scored himself a compliment for his sweet moustache. You missed out, FacilityPro!!

As for the news, sadly, no N64 Player was ever released for the GameCube; there were emulations of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on the Zelda Collector’s Edition disc, but it wouldn’t be until the Wii Virtual Console that its scope broadened. The proposed animated film turned out to be Animal Crossing, though I’ve no idea what the card game it’s referring to is.