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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 www.nanostray.com 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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