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  • Summary: You slowly come back to life in your spacecraft. It feels like you were unconscious only for seconds. Faded impressions of pain and humiliation dominate your thoughts. Instinctively, you look up at your console; it’s still indicating a destination. Upgradeable weapons and sub-weapons, boasting tons of fire power to decimate your enemies. Touch screen features such as boss scanning, on-the-fly weapon management, live radar and hyperspace controls. 10+ stages to conquer; battle through environments like subterranean minefields, arctic mountains and hell-like lava fields. Unlockable features and game modes add re-playability once players complete their campaign. 2-player co-op and head-to-head wireless functionality. Online ranking system via allows players to post their high scores and compete against best in the world. [Majesco] Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Once your thumb learns the locations of those four weapon-select spots, you’ll be able to tear through wave after wave of enemy ships in what is easily the best looking and intensely challenging game on the DS to date.
  2. A few more stages could have been nice, but after speaking with some of the developers I learned that Majesco didn’t give a long enough deadline.
  3. 80
    What this game does, however is give the Nintendo DS library a real kick in the pants with an energetic production, fast-paced action, and some extremely challenging elements that will keep you going for some time.
  4. Truthfully, it isn’t a bad game, but its appeal only reachs a small niche.
  5. 70
    It remains a thoroughly enjoyable, good all-round handheld shooter that's accessible to all ages and playing skills, with lots of replay value that demonstrates that, thanks to technology, good portable shooters are now possible once more.
  6. Underneath Nanostray's excellent presentation is a game that's not nearly as good as its sources of inspiration. A weak multiplayer mode, repetitive level design (even for a shoot-'em-up), and limited replay value put Nanostray squarely in the "almost, but not quite" category.
  7. 50
    Weak weapons, dodgy dodging, and the most oppressive scoring system in years all rob Nanostray of any momentum it might have mustered.

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  1. DanH.
    Jul 19, 2005
    One of the best DS games ever. Excellent visuals, controls, and gameplay. There's co-op, and you can post your highscore on the internet. Nice to see some decent games coming to DS. Expand
  2. ZethrinH.
    Nov 20, 2005
    It was a vary intresting Game I found it a littul short in the achual amont of lvls and some of Chalenges seem a bit donting (hard or inposabule to reach) and I don't fully understand what the pic galery is for. But with all of that was valry in joy abule game. the music is vary nice and the graphics are very, very well done and replay ofers all lot in challenges and arcade plus you can get hashcodes to compare your score with people all over the world. Expand
  3. KevinT.
    Jul 19, 2005
    I really enjoyed this game. But I have always liked top down shoot-em-up's a lot, Like Ikaruga and Radient Silvergun, so I am bias. But if you like this type nof game, Nanostray willl not disappoint. Expand
  4. FrankD.
    Jul 22, 2005
    Best DS gamer ever! A must-have! Excellent graphics, fun gameplay, multiplayer.
  5. MihailoD.
    Oct 1, 2005
    Amazing vertical scrolling shooter for DS! Technically brilliant. Graphics and music are outstanding. Replay value is amazing: three adventure modes, dozens of challenges and, of course, the arcade mode where you get hashcodes of your results so you can post them online and see how do you rank among the best players in the world. Absolutely recommended! Collapse
  6. RobS.
    Jul 24, 2005
    This is the ds shooter weve been waiting for,lush visuals,super addictive gameplay and a real challenge.Anyone one who doubts the ability of the ds should take a look at this AWESOME. Expand
  7. AeroP.
    Aug 11, 2005
    Nanostray is a good shooter, but the controls are what lower it's score. It would have been so nice to assign a button to switch between weapons. Unfortunately it forces you to use your left hand to keep the fire button down while using your right hand entirely to select the various weapons. Other than that, the game is fun. My other complaint is that it is too short. However, it was JUST starting to get repetitive, so I'm kind of glad it ended when it did. Otherwise, the graphics are great, and the shooter style game play is fun. Another thing to look out for is that the bosses can be really easy as long as you use all the bombs right away. The key to this game is not to set your expectations too high. If you do that, then you will enjoy this game for what it has to offer. Expand

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