Yoshi's Island DS screenshot
Yoshi's Island DS screenshot

Nintendo has a reputation for treating European gamers badly and it's no more apparent than with the latest Nintendo DS release schedule. Between now and the end of the year DS owners have only four first-party titles spend their money on: Sudoku Master, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, Tenchu Dark Secret, and Yoshi's Island DS.

Out of that bunch, Yoshi's Island is perhaps the only game to really look forward to, with Blue Team Rescue receiving average reviews at best. The New Year looks a lot brighter, even if lots of the titles are arriving in Europe in some cases over seven months after their North American release.

Star Fox Command arrives on January 26, some five months later than the North American release; and Action Loop (Magnetica in the US) arrives on the same day, but over seven months after its North American release. Other titles coming in Q1 2007 that are out now in North America or will be soon include Harvest Moon DS, Mario Slam Basketball, Magical Starsign, Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Pokémon Ranger, and Children of Mana.

In fact, the only titles Europe looks to be getting at around the same time as in North America are Diddy Kong Racing DS, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice For All. We can only hope this poor treatment of Europe doesn't continue with the Wii.

Release Date Q4 2006
Nintendo DS Browser - 6 Oct 2006
Sudoku Master - 27 Oct 2006
Nintendo DS Lite Pink Edition - 27 October 2006
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team - 10 Nov 2006
Tenchu Dark Secret - 24th Nov 2006
Yoshi's Island DS - 1st Dec 2006

Release Date Q1 2007
Star Fox Command - 26th Jan 2007
Actionloop - 26th Jan 2007
Harvest Moon DS (Rising Star Games/Nintendo) - Q1 2007
Mario Slam Basketball - Q1 2007
Magical Starsign (tentative name) - Q1 2007
Diddy Kong Racing DS - Q1 2007
Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis - Q1 2007
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice For All (Capcom) - Q1 2007
Pokémon Ranger - Q1 2007
Children of Mana (Square-Enix) - Q1 2007

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Spoilers: they have to translate it into many different eurospeaks and that takes extra time
Posted 00:20 on 20 October 2006
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Why can't we complain about slow releases? The DS line-up in Europe this Christmas is appalling.
Posted 14:41 on 19 October 2006
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If Nintendo is treating you so badly, then go play your PS3... oh, wait, Sony is treating you WORSE!
Look some things get released later in Europe, stop your diatribe complaining about slower releases for a portable system.
Posted 13:39 on 19 October 2006

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