Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (Nintendo DS)

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Based upon Ensemble Studios' Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, this addition to the Age of Empires series shifts from its real time strategy roots to a DS exclusive turn-based strategy title, though the same goals still apply. Command and rule.

Using the DS touch screen, players must guide their chosen empire in a series of battle campaigns, utilizing a number of units, strategies, and hero units in battle, while also constructing a town to provide new units and upgrades.

Five different civilizations are available: Britons, Franks, Mongols, Saracens, and the Japanese. Each has a unique hero unit, for example Richard the Lionheart (Britons), Minamoto Yoshitsune (Japanese), Joan of Arc (Franks) or Genghis Khan (Mongols), who all provide a number of advancements during battle.


Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS Beginning the first chapter.
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS I'll kill you all!!!
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS Level-end summary
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS Introduction of the first chapter

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Yiya Jan 29, 2007 A 100
Worth Playing Apr 27, 2006 8.6 out of 10 86
Official Nintendo Magazine Jan 10, 2008 85 out of 100 85
1UP Feb 17, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Target Jun 27, 2006 8 out of 10 80 Dec 25, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Feb 14, 2006 4 out of 5 80 Jul 01, 2006 7.2 out of 10 72
The Review Busters 2006 6 out of 10 60
FOK!games Mar 26, 2006 60 out of 100 60


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EEPROM corruption

It was discovered that a fatal, cart-bricking bug has slipped unnoticed into the final version of the game: Whenever the name of your DS is 3 characters or less, the game corrupts the EEPROM and crashes even before displaying the title screen. From this point on it will no longer boot, even on a DS with a longer name, unless the cartridge's EEPROM is wiped clean.


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    • 2006 – #3 Best Strategy Game of the Year

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Kartanym (10755) added Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (Nintendo DS) on Mar 01, 2006