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  • Summary: Whether it's customizing your own ride, racing friends via the wireless multiplayer, or using the touch-screen nitrous controls for that extra boost, Need for Speed Underground 2 for the Nintendo DS really puts the power of tuner racing in the palm of your hands. Utilizing the handheld's touch screen technology, gamers can create their own custom vinyl designs in the "Design Studio" and apply them to the car for a unique tuner racing look. Players can also manage their nitrous usage during a race by using the touch-sensitive panel to control the power of their boost. For racers looking to show off their skills and flaunt their rides, Need for Speed Underground 2 for the Nintendo DS supports four players via the wireless link. Now gamers can race head-to-head with friends anywhere, at anytime. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. A fantastic and deep experience on the Nintendo DS. The only major downsides of the game are the difficulty, the average sound, and the fact that there's some graphical pop in while racing.
  2. Even though the DS does not have an analog control, the game is really responsive.
  3. There's enough variety here to keep you busy; it delivers a strong sense of speed; and the control, while not perfect, is good enough to keep you coming back.
  4. 65
    A nice attempt, but an overall feeling of unfulfilling incompleteness.
  5. The mixture of shame and frustration it instills will make you raise your eyebrows, turn on your heels, and snicker as you walk away. [July 2005, p.99]
  6. 60
    By no means a bad game, but the sad truth is that it's about the best the DS will have in the way of semi-realistic racers. The hardware just isn't conducive to them.
  7. The unique capabilities of DS’s dual screens are not used very well. Touch screen serves only as a map, and as touch activation for nitro boost. As a driving game, NFSU 2 DS does not feed the need for speed. Driving simply feels too slow paced. [August 2005, p.68]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jatt
    Jul 18, 2005
    This game is the best racing game you will ever find on a portable system. It it so fun and puts you in the game. If you want to buy a racing game then this game is perfect!!!!! Expand
  2. TristanH
    May 23, 2005
    The game is insanelly difficult. It will make you wish that you never played a previous game before it. Although it is a tough cookie it has everything else to offer all people, especially good graphics and cars. Expand
  3. DilsburyB.
    Jun 1, 2005
    DS rocks! So does this! Graphics great! Game great! It is definitely the racer out now. Bring on Mario Kart!
  4. MatthewJ.
    May 11, 2005
    Awesome game with PSP-quality graphics.
  5. JebasM.
    May 16, 2005
    Great racing on DS. Awsome graphics and game physics. Needs more tracks and gameplay options, but a SOLID game.
  6. Aug 15, 2013
    Average graphics, i've seen other games that push more the DS than this. Very challenging, can get frustrating, given the dificulty of it. Lots of customizations. Liked the game, still enjoy more on the PS2 version. Expand
  7. SlickJ.
    May 24, 2005
    This game is impossible. And the drag races SUCK.

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