Meh no big deal, exclusive games are such an overrated concept. While it was way shorter than other GTA games, Chinatown was fantastic. Also no GTA game is exclusive. The PS2 GTAs eventually went to Xbox, the PSP ones went to PS2, and GTA4 was simultaneous on 360 and PS3 and eventually to PC.
Yes, but while those games may be on various platforms have you noticed Nintendo systems aren't among those you've listed? That is the problem.
I've always found GTA to be trash, but yes, I will acknowledge the fact that Rockstar ignored Nintendo systems in the past. GCN was obvious, and while the GBA got one GTA game, it was absolute garbage. While I will applude Rockstar for putting effort into it's DS effort, it's still same old, same old.
It's also, like it's past cousins, wildly praised for the wrong reasons.
this is a great sandbox game for the DS.
GTA doesn't seem like my kind of sandbox game for the DS. To each his own.
I personal don't think GTA has that much of a huge fanbase in the Nintendo area compared to Sony/XBox.