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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 Level-end story event
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS Introduction of the first chapter
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS Pre-battle calculations

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Yiya Jan 29, 2007 A 100
Game Vortex 2006 90 out of 100 90
Game Chronicles Mar 12, 2006 8.7 out of 10 87 Jul 08, 2006 85 out of 100 85
N-Zone Sep 20, 2006 83 out of 100 83
Armchair Empire, The Apr 18, 2006 8.3 out of 10 83 Nov 17, 2006 16 out of 20 80
Play Magazine 2006 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2006 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Dec 05, 2006 7 out of 10 70


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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 (12842) added Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (Nintendo DS) on Mar 01, 2006