Axe of the Blood God: The Nintendo DS's Remarkable RPG Legacy

Axe of the Blood God: The Nintendo DS's Remarkable RPG Legacy

The World Ends With You, Dragon Quest 9, and other RPGs helped carry Japanese gaming through a difficult period.

The Console RPG Quest resumes this week with the Nintendo DS, the handheld that was instrumental in defining Nintendo's fortunes for more than a decade [download link here].

First released in 2004, the Nintendo DS was initially dismissed as a strange gimmick, but soon proved its worth thanks to popular games like Brain Age and New Super Mario Bros. Roleplaying games quickly followed, with many of the franchises that flourished in the 16-bit and 32-bit era finding a home on the platform.

Nadia and I discuss the initial reaction to the DS; the RPGs that made use of its unique features, and odd moments like Sonic Brotherhood: The Dark Brotherhood. And of course, the Track of the Week features a DS game, giving a chance to discuss some of its unique music!

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Show Description

The latest entry in the Console RPG Quest series takes on the Nintendo DS, the legendary "third pillar" that did its part to carry Nintend for more than a decade. From Etrian Odyssey to Dragon Quest IX, Kat and Nadia discuss its remarkable RPG library, and why it was so important to Japanese gaming in the late 2000s.

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Raine, composer of Celeste. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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