Two New Nintendo Games for DS/DSi: Fossil Fighters and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
When it comes to screen time, I enjoy offering kids games that challenge them in different ways. Two new Nintendo games for the DS/DSi do just that. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box "features a riveting new mystery and more than 150 new brain teasers, riddles and logic puzzles". Fossil Fighters "incorporates elements of discovery, tactics and strategy as players try to get the best vivosaurs (a type of dinosaur - in the game there are 100 types) on their teams to battle it out on the field."
Disclosure: I received both games for review. I gave Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box to my chief tester (my 10 yr old son) who has not used it yet because he just came back from camp. My 6 year old twins received Fossil Fighters. One of my twins claimed testing ownership and demonstrated to me how he digs for fossils with the hammer, chip, drill and brush - and Vivosaur battle strategies. My 6 year old was able to understand how to play the game independently and even taught his mother some fossil digging tricks! I receive some Nintendo DS/DSi games as review items but we also buy many on our own...
Fossil Fighter is rated E (Everyone) and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older).
More to come.. The press releases are below.
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CAN YOU DIG IT? FOSSIL FIGHTERS BRINGS DINO-SIZED FUN TO NINTENDO DS
New Hand-Held Game Combines Fossil Fascination and Prehistoric Battles
REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 10, 2009 - Dinosaurs may be long gone from the earth, but for owners of the portable Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems, a new breed of prehistoric excitement is just now coming to life. With today's release of the Fossil Fighters™ video game, Nintendo is delivering a dino-sized gaming experience that fans of any age or background can pick up and enjoy.
Fossil Fighters invites players to enter a world in which fearsome creatures are hidden as fossils for players to collect, using the unique touch-screen controls of Nintendo DS. Players can clean, collect and battle their discoveries. The game features more than 100 dinosaur-like creatures called Vivosaurs, each of which can be revived and deployed in strategic turn-based battles. With fun tactical elements, vast environments to explore and a lighthearted storyline and characters, Fossil Fighters allows players to control and customize a team of Vivosaurs as they battle their way through the mysterious Vivosaur Island. Players can also connect over local wireless with friends to battle customized teams of Vivosaurs or trade their fossils.
"Dinosaurs are a source of endless fascination for the young and the young at heart," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Combining customization and social play, Fossil Fighters brings together the best elements of hand-held gaming for players of all ages."
Using the Nintendo DS stylus and touch screen, players can chip and drill away at each fossil they find. They can even blow into the Nintendo DS microphone to clear away dust. Once a fossil head is cleaned, the Vivosaur can be revived and used in battle. Other fossilized body parts can also be found and cleaned to imbue each Vivosaur with special powers. Players can create custom teams of three Vivosaurs, strategically selecting the best trio for each encounter.
For more information about Fossil Fighters, visit www.FossilFighters.com.
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Professor Layton Unravels Another Mystery
Portable Game Includes 150 New Puzzles to Solve
NOTE: Multimedia available here
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The dog days of summer are a great time to relax with a gripping mystery. Better yet, why not help solve one? Today’s launch of Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box™ for the ™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems presents players with more than 150 new brain-teasing riddles and puzzles to solve as they help Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke, uncover the mystery surrounding the Elysian Box, which is said to be deadly to all who open it.
Following in the footprints of the previous title in the series, ™, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box includes even more exciting puzzles, voice acting and animated scenes for players to enjoy as they make their way through a maze of clues and intrigue.
“Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box draws players in with its compelling storyline and animation, but that’s just the beginning,” said Cammie Dunaway, of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The captivating and challenging riddles keep players saying ‘I need to try just one more puzzle.’ ”
Players who connect their Nintendo DS systems to a broadband Internet connection will also have access to free bonus puzzles following today’s launch. Be sure to check back regularly to see what new brainteasers Professor Layton has cooked up. These bonus puzzles extend the play time of the game with content not found in the packaged version. Even players who finish the main game will be able to keep challenging themselves with new surprises.
For more information about Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, visit www.ProfessorLaytonDS.com.