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Geometry Wars: Galaxies (DS)

The Nintendo DS version of Geometry Wars: Galaxies shipped yesterday. I picked up mine at GameStop along with Petz Wild Animals: Dolphinz (for Samantha). I don’t know if the dolphins game is any good, but Galaxies is incredible.

Some quick thoughts:

  • It uses the same control scheme that my homebrew game, Extreme Onslaught uses, but they’ve made it much more intuitive by using aiming graphics in the top screen.
  • The full Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved game (the XBox 360 Live Arcade version) is included. That was a nice surprise and a wonderful fallback if you decide you don’t like the Galaxies game.
  • Galaxies is fun, with a lot of variations on the normal Geometry Wars rules.
  • The drones (independent ships that fly next to you and have their own weapons and powers) really add to the variety and are a blast, especially for an RType/Gradius fan like myself.
  • To unlock new drones, planets and solar systems, you need to collect geoms (enemy wreckage) during normal gameplay. I don’t like that aspect of Everyday Shooter, so I was surprised that I actually enjoy doing so in Galaxies.
  • I’m looking forward to trying the multi-player game types.

Extreme Onslaught for Slot 1 DS Flash Cards

OK, OK, OK. You can stop asking for a version of Extreme Onslaught that works on Slot 1 DS Flash Cards. Here it is!! Thanks for testing it Kris!

New Video of Extreme Onslaught for the DS

The old video is terrible. Here’s the new one!

Read more about Extreme Onslaught here and here.

Nintendo DS Homebrew

This question comes up from time to time – How do you get started writing Nintendo DS Homebrew.  Here’s a very brief intro:

Daily news:

Dev Platforms

  • DevKitPro or PALib (which is based on DevKitPro).
  • The DSDev / GBADev forum is a good place to start learning about the two.
  • PALib has a lot of great documentation and has a very active community, but it insulates you from the hardware more than DevKitPro does.
  • You’ll want to test with one or more emulators.  I like Dualis, but I hear that no$gba is rapidly becoming the compatibility frontrunner.

Dev Hardware

  • First, read about FlashMe.
  • For the DS or DS Lite, I think the new DS-X card is the most interesting for Homebrew Developers.  It fits in the DS slot, not the GBA slot and you don’t need to buy a micro SD card.  DS-X requires that you use FlashMe  and not a PassCard.  Frankly, I’m glad, because I prefer having a flashed DS – it’s safer, because it reduces the risk that your DS will get bricked by malicious code.
  • If you can’t wait for the DS-X to ship, you should consider the SuperCard Lite.  It fits in the GBA slot, so you can use FlashMe or a PassCard.
  • You can buy both of those cards at or

Extreme Onslaught Released – Nintendo DS Homebrew Multi-Directional Shooter

I’ve been working on this game for months, but it hasn’t changed substantially in a week, so I think this is the time to release it and gather feedback.