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Gamertell’s 2009 DS holiday gift guide

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The holiday shopping season is drawing near as people are preparing to pick up Christmas and Hanukkah gifts for the 2009 holiday season. This year tons of fantastic DS games were released, and it may be difficult to pick out the perfect one for your favorite DS owner.

For Gamertell’s 2009 DS game gift guide, there are 30 DS games released in 2009 that could make fantastic holiday gifts. To make your search easier, Gamertell’s DS gift guide has been sorted by ESRB rating. Just go to the section that is appropriate for the age of person you’re shopping for, and hopefully you’ll find some good DS gift ideas. If Gamertell’s reviewed the game, click the game’s title to read and see what we thought about it.

Let’s take a look at some great DS game gift suggestions:

ESRB Rating: “Everyone”

Black Sigil: Blade of the ExiledBlack Sigil: Blade of the Exiled
Genre: RPG
Price: $19.99
Release Date:
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild Fantasy Violence and Mild Suggestive Themes.
Target Audience: Chrono Trigger and classic RPG fans. Old school gamers.
Description: Kairu is the only man in Bel Lenora with no magic. The last person in Bel Lenora with no magic was a general who wreaked havoc. He also has a mysterious black mark on his hand. After he is banished from Bel Lenora to the outside world, he and his friends journey to perhaps help him find magic and save the world.

Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop
Genre: Casual / Action
Price: $29.99
Release Date: October 20, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Alcohol Reference
Target Audience: People who enjoy casual games, people who enjoy cooking and fans of the Cooking Mama series.
Description: Help Mama cook once again! This time a shopping mini-game has been added and there are 80 new recipes included.

Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands
Genre: Simulation / RPG
Price: $29.99
Release Date: November 10, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Comic Mischief and Use of Alcohol
Target Audience: Men and women, probably over the age of 10, who enjoy simulation games, play Farmville or Farm Town on Facebook and are patient.
Description: You play as a young man or woman who has come to the Sunshine Islands to start life as a farmer. You can tend to crops, raise animals and explore mines to make money. You can also befriend townspeople and local animals, and even raise a family. Oh, and you may want to collect the Sun Stones to restore the Sunshine Islands that have sunk into the ocean.
Note: If the person you’re thinking of buying this for already has Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness, ask them if they’d like Sunshine Islands before buying it as a gift. They’re practically the same game.

Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
Genre: Action / Puzzle
Price: $19.99
Release Date: March 17, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Cartoon Violence
Target Audience: Fans of side-scrolling action games casual match-3 puzzle games.
Description: Henry Hatsworth is searching for treasure, and ends up on a massive adventure. When enemies are defeated in the side scrolling adventure, they fall to the bottom screen match-3 puzzle. Eliminating them in the match-3 puzzle powers up Henry. It’s a quirky combination that works.

Lego Rock Band
Genre: Music
Price: $29.99
Release Date: November 3, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Comic Mischief and Mild Lyrics
Target Audience: Anyone who likes portable music games.
Description: A DS music game that doesn’t require any peripherals, so DS lite and DSi owners alike can play. It’s essentially Rock Band, only with Lego characters, no peripherals and a more family friendly set list that includes rock songs and top-40 hits.

Mario & and Luigi Bowser's Inside Story ds boxMario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
Genre: RPG
Price: $34.99
Release Date: September 14, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Comic Mischief and Mild Cartoon Violence
Target Audience: Super Mario fans who want to play a funny RPG where the two characters, and Bowser, are the stars.
Description: Fawful fed Bowser a mushroom that made him inhale Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and the princess’ toad attendants and fed many of the Toads mushrooms which made them blow up to gigantic proportions. Then he decided to take over the kingdom. Mario, Luigi and Bowser join forces to stop Fawful’s reign of terror.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Genre: Sports /Mini game collection
Price: $34.99
Release Date: October 13, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild Cartoon Violence
Target Audience: Gamers of all ages who like sports mini-games and Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog characters.
Description: Mario, Sonic and characters from both of their respective game series take part in multiple winter Olympic events.

Peggle Dual Shot
Genre: Puzzle
Price: $19.99
Release Date: February 27, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone”
Target Audience: Casual game fans.
Description: It’s the PC Peggle game, only portable. It contains the two PC games Peggle and Peggle Nights.

Sim Animals Africa
Genre: Simulation
Price: $29.99
Release Date: October 27, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Comic Mischief
Target Audience: Children and fans of the original Sim Animals game.
Description: Interact with African animals and help keep them happy and healthy. You can also play as an animal.

Space Invaders Extreme 2
Genre: Shooter
Price: $19.99
Release Date: October 19, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone”
Target Audience: Pretty much anyone. Specifically fans of shooters, Space Invaders and classic arcade games.
Description: Space Invaders Extreme only better. There are new power ups, Super Fever Time, Fever Time, Bingo Rounds, Time Attack modes and multiple difficulty levels. There’s also a new multiplayer battle mode where you face off against a friend, shooting aliens to see who’s best.

Style SavvyStyle Savvy
Genre: Simulation
Price: $34.99
Release Date: November 2, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone”
Target Audience: Primarily women of all ages, though men may appreciate this shop management simulation as well. I’d recommend it for ages eight and up, since younger children may have trouble attending to customers and managing the stock in their shops.
Description: Players are the newest employee at Primavera, the most popular boutique in the city. After a brief introduction and tutorial, your natural style, talent and business sense prompt Primavera’s owner, Dominic, to give you your own boutique to manage. Take care of customers, buy stock for your shop, enter fashion contests and dress up your character.

The Legendary Starfy
Genre: Action
Price: $34.99
Release Date: June 7, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild Cartoon Violence.
Target Audience: Gamers of all ages and genders. Since it’s pretty easy to play, it would make a good first-platformer for children.
Description: Bunston the rabbit was chased into Pufftop Palace by unknown villains, and fell into the ocean. Starfy and his friend Moe the clam followed him, deciding to help. Once they find him, they discover Bunston has amnesia and has lost crystals. Starfy, Bunston and Moe travel the ocean trying to find the crystal fragments, defeat the people who were chasing Bunston and helping ocean residents in need.

Touchmaster 3
Genre: Mini-game collection / Casual
Price: $29.99
Release Date: October 23, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild Cartoon Violence and Mild Language
Target Audience: People of all ages who want something they can play for a few minutes or a few hours.
Description: A collection of 20 assorted action, card, puzzle, sports and trivia mini-games.

Wire Way
Genre: Action / Puzzle
Price: $29.99
Release Date: November 3, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Comic Mischief
Target Audience: Players of all ages looking for a fun action/puzzle game.
Description: The alien Wiley Springer is on a quest to find his love, but to do so he’ll have to journey through all kinds of levels, moving along wires and propelling himself upwards towards the top of each level.

ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+”

Atelier Annie Alchemists of Sera IslandAtelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island
Genre: Simulation / RPG
Price: $29.99
Release Date: October 27, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language and Suggestive Themes.
Target Audience: Men and women who enjoy games where the goal is to making items, explore areas and talk to townsfolk. People who like games with a sense of humor. I’d say it’s best for ages 13 and up, since younger gamers may not have the patience required to collect all the necessary ingredients.
Description: Annie is a lazy girl who dreams of marrying into money. So, her grandfather ships her off to Sera Island, which is in the process of being turned into a resort. Annie has three years to prove she is a capable and competant alchemist, and if she wins all the contests and successfully manages her resorts, she could end up marrying a prince.

Avalon Code
Genre: Action RPG
Price: $19.99
Release Date: March 10, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language
Target Audience: RPG fans who like to tinker with the in-game world and build relationships with other characters.
Description: The world is ending, and only things that have been entered into the Book of Prophesy will be saved when the world is reborn. The player is the one who has been tasked with filling the Book of Prophesy with things that should be saved by smacking things with it. You can then alter the properties of items entered in the book with codes. You also will face off against the villain who is going to cause the world to end.

Bleach the 3rd Phantom
Genre: Strategic RPG
Price: $29.99
Release Date: September 15, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Alcohol Reference, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language and Suggestive Themes.
Target Audience: Anime fans. Strategic RPG fans who love Fire Emblem and Advance Wars style games.
Description: Two soul reapers from the past have suddenly found themselves in the present. You choose which one you’ll play as, Matsuri or Fujimaru, and their abilities, and then join with Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends to face off against Aizen, the Arrancars and hollows.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Genre: RPG
Price: $39.99
Release Date: February 16, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Alcohol Reference, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes and Simulated Gambling
Target Audience: Classic RPG fans and Square Enix fans.
Description: The most recent Zenithia Dragon Quest DS entry follows a hero through three generations – his adventures as a child as he journeyed with his father, his adventures traveling on his own and the journey he undertakes with his children. Together they attempt to save the world. The DS version adds in a new marriable character, Debora.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Echoes of Time box artFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Genre: Action RPG
Price: $29.99
Release Date: March 24, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Fantasy Violence, Language and Mild Suggestive Themes
Target Audience: Action RPG fans who like to work and adventure with friends. People who don’t mind level grinding to collect materials. Square Enix fans.
Description: You are a 16 year old who has just taken part in a coming of age ceremony at a village in the woods. However, when you return, you discover that one of the village children has fallen ill with the Crystal Sickness. You must go to the outside world to search for a cure, which starts a chain of events that result in you restoring your village’s crystal. Also, you can play with people who own the DS or Wii version.
Note: If the person you’re buying this for doesn’t have Wi-Fi internet or friends with the game, then don’t buy it for them. Many of the storyline quests are unplayable without assistance from other Echoes of Time players.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Genre: Action RPG
Price: $34.99
Release Date: September 29, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Fantasy Violence
Target Audience: Fans of the Kingdom Hearts series. Disney fans who are too old for the childish Disney games. People looking for a solid action rpg to play.
Description: Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days takes place during the time when Roxas was a member of Organization XIII, the villains in Kingdom Hearts II. Roxas takes missions for the organization and works along its members, all while trying to figure out who and what he is.

Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times
Genre: Simulation
Price: $29.99
Release Date: May 5, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Comic Mischief and Mild Suggestive Themes
Target Audience: Harry Potter fans. People who thought Animal Crossing was too slow and boring.
Description: Create a character and attend a virtual magic academy. Learn all kinds of magic spells you can use on neighbors, take weekly tests and interact with friends over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Phantasy Star Ø
Genre: RPG
Price: $34.99
Release Date: November 12, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Fantasy Violence and Mild Suggestive Themes
Target Audience: People who want an MMO-like experience on their DS. Phantasy Star fans. RPG players.
Description: Players are mercenaries called Hunters, journeying on an alternate version of Earth taking missions and facing off against monsters in an attempt to protect and save people. You can customize your character. You can also play with others over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or play through the single player story mode.
Note: Again, if the person you’re buying it for doesn’t have Wi-Fi internet access, ask before you buy this game because the multiplayer experience is a big part of the game.

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Genre: Puzzle
Price: $34.99
Release Date: August 24, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Alcohol Reference and Mild Violence
Target Audience: Men and women who like to solve puzzles and think critically. While it is suitable for ages 10 and up, the difficulty of some of the brain teasers and puzzles could frustrate younger games. It’s most suitable for ages 13 and up.
Description: The sequel to Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Professor Layton, his assistant Luke and his ward Flora have another mystery to solve. Layton’s mentor, Dr. Schrader, has died of unknown causes, and everyone think the Elysian Box is behind it. Supposedly, the Elysian Box has the power to kill anyone who dares to open it. It’s up the Layton to discover the truth.

Warner Bros 5th Cell ScribblenautsScribblenauts
Genre: Puzzle / Action
Price: $29.99
Release Date: September 15, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Cartoon Violence and Comic Mischief
Target Audience: Creative men and women who want to solve puzzles with a wide assortment of items.
Description: Scribblenauts tasks player with solving 220 action and puzzle levels by helping Maxwell overcome challenges and retrieve the Starites. The game recognizes over 20,000 words and allows players to create and share levels.

Suikoden Triekreis
Genre: RPG
Price: $34.99
Release Date: March 17, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Language and Mild Suggestive Themes
Target Audience: Pokemon fans who love collecting items, monsters or characters in games. Fans of the Suikoden series. People who would enjoy a fantasy RPG that explores the notion of parallel universes.
Description: The One King wants to alter the Million World universe so there is only one timeline and one universe, instead of many. This means that all the other universes will be destroyed. You must collect the 108 Stars of Destiny and strike back at the One King before he destroys the universe the characters are in as well.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Genre: Action RPG
Price: $34.99
Release Date: December 7, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Mild Fantasy Violence
Target Audience: RPG fans, Nintendo fans and Legend of Zelda fans
Description: Zelda has been turned into a phantom, and Link and her must journey around the world via train to save her and Hyrule. It’s also the first Zelda game where Link and Zelda travel and work together.

ESRB Rating: “Teen”

Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Genre: Strategic RPG / Visual Novel
Price: $29.99
Release Date: June 23, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Fantasy Violence, Language, Mild Blood and Partial Nudity
Target Audience: Men and women over the age of 13 who enjoy dramatic, challenging and thought-provoking games. Also, fans of other Shin Megami Tensei games.
Description: Shibuya, Japan has been locked down. All the power is out and there is no way in, or out. To make matters worse, demons are now roaming the street and a mysterious cult whose intentions are unknown is milling around the city. The main character and his friends are given COMPs, DS like devices, from his cousin Naoya, and find they now have the power to control demons and perhaps even end the lock down.

Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
Genre: Strategic RPG
Price: $29.99
Release Date: Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language and Mild Suggestive Themes.
Target Audience: Square Enix game fans, fans of the Valkyrie Profile series and people who are interested in a game where moral decisions effect the course of the story.
Description: After Wylfred’s father died, his family fell apart. He always blamed the Valkyrie Lenneth for his death, since after he died she left a feather signifying that she had chosen him as an Einherjar, one of her soldiers. Wylfred decides that he must kill Lenneth to make things right, and Hel gives him a plume that will allow him to become powerful enough to do so. But if he uses it, there will be a price.

ESRB Rating: “Mature 17+”

C.O.R.E. DSC.O.R.E.
Genre: FPS
Price: $29.99
Release Date: August 11, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Mature 17+” for Blood and Gore and Violence
Target Audience: Fans of first person shooter games.
Description: The year is 2028, and communication with the C.O.R.E. lab, where scientists were investigating a meteor that crashed to Earth, has been lost. Jason Crane and his fellow soldiers have been sent to figure out what has happened at C.O.R.E.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Genre: Action
Price: $29.99
Release Date: March 17, 2009
ESRB Rating: “Mature 17+” for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Sexual Content, Strong Language and Violence
Target Audience: Adult men and women, over the age of 17, who enjoyed going on virtual crime sprees in the console versions of Grand Theft Auto.
Description: After Huang Lee’s father is killed, he’s robbed of the sword he was supposed to take to his uncle and he’s beaten and left behind, Huang decides to strike back. He goes after the men who insulted him and destroyed his family to get revenge and power.

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