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Bangai-O Spirits is a handheld remake of the original, this version has the player take the role of two Bangai-O pilots, Riki and Mami, as they fly in an omni-directional path across environments, blasting away bad guys. The game is a mix of action, shooter and strategy, as the player can use ten different weapons (Napalm Missiles, Homing Missiles, Bounce Missiles, Break Missiles, Direct Missiles, Freeze, Reflect, Sword, Bat and Shield) with the ability to choose from two different Bangai-O suit classes, each with their own strengths and weakness.

The main game is at the bottom of the dual-screen while the top is used for a map, so the player can track their place in the game. Players can also pick up power ups along the way while avoiding vast amount's of bad guys and avoiding special themed traps for each level. There are over 160 levels to play as well as a level editor that the player can use any of the other levels as a template.

Players can also play 4-way co-op using Wi-Fi and players can also share data, scores, levels among others using Sound Load technology, where the info is converted into a sound file that is recognized and decoded by other DS' using its microphone and uploaded on the internet where the player can download information through audio devices and played to their own DS' microphone to download the information.

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Bangai-O Spirits Nintendo DS The Professor runs you through a number of tutorial missions
Bangai-O Spirits Nintendo DS Move quickly...
Bangai-O Spirits Nintendo DS Charge up and unleash an EX attack.
Bangai-O Spirits Nintendo DS The name entry screen

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Eurogamer.net (UK) May 05, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Power Unlimited Aug 27, 2008 92 out of 100 92
Bordersdown Jun, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Aug 16, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Jan 04, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Shark Aug 28, 2008 B+ 83
Cheat Code Central Aug 18, 2008 4.1 out of 5 82
Game Vortex Sep 22, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Modojo Aug 15, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Sep, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75

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1001 Video Games

Bangai-O Spirits appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Big John WV (25477) added Bangai-O Spirits (Nintendo DS) on Sep 22, 2008