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Arkanoid DS Coming To Japan

by Mike Thomsen - August 2, 2007, 6:22 am EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Famitsu

GBA cartridge add-on to provide authentic retro control.

This week's Famitsu brings news that Taito is reviving the Arkanoid series in Japan. The game will be coming to the Nintendo DS and allows gamers the option of a paddle controller add-on. The paddle is plugged directly into the DS's GBA cartridge slot to complete the retro experience for serious fans of the arcade original.

Control authenticity comes at a price, however, as gamers will have to pay an additional 1800 Yen for the paddle add-on. The paddle will come in 4 colors: white, silver, pink, and black. A bundle of the game and paddle will also be offered for 4,800 Yen, an 800 Yen savings.

Gamers not inclined to spend extra cash on the paddle will be able to control the game with the D-Pad or the touch screen. The Stylus is used to slide the floating platform on the bottom from left to right, bouncing destructive balls up to the top screen to destroy blocks. Arkanoid DS will include 140 stages to play through and will feature music by Zuntata.

Arkanoid DS is set to be released in Japan on December 6. Taito has not announced a release for the US or other territories.


planetidiotAugust 02, 2007

Interesting.. I imagine the game is a lot easier with the stylus though. I wonder if they'll emulate the spinner or take the lazy way out and just let you move the paddle anywhere you want like a mouse.

I wish the touch screen was used to emulate spinners and track balls more. Monkey Ball really should have had track ball emulated controls.

bubicusAugust 02, 2007

Taito's in-house musicians call themselves Zuntata, not Zunata. :-)

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorAugust 02, 2007

What are the odds of seeing this come stateside?

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