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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 Level-end summary
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS The title screen
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Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS Beginning the first chapter.

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Yiya Jan 29, 2007 A 100
Game Vortex 2006 90 out of 100 90
Official Nintendo Magazine Jan 10, 2008 85 out of 100 85
Game Captain Aug 19, 2007 84 out of 100 84
Cubed3 Nov 20, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Gaming Target Jun 27, 2006 8 out of 10 80 Nov 17, 2006 16 out of 20 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Feb 26, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Game Over Online May 01, 2006 75 out of 100 75


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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 (10772) added Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (Nintendo DS) on Mar 01, 2006