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

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Back of DS Case - Nintendo DS (Belgium):
    Neem de leiding over een subliem leger en vermorzel je vijanden in de meest intensieve strijdstrategie ooit op de Nintendo DS™. De wereldmacht zoals we die nu kennen, ligt letterlijk in jouw handen.

    • Voer één van de vijf verschillende civilisaties aan: Britten, Fransen, Mongoliërs, Saracenen of Japanners.
    • Neem de leiding over 'Heldeennheden' zoals Richard het Leeuwenhart, Jeanne d'Arc of Genghis Khan.
    • Strategisch systeem per toerbeurt.
    • Leid meer dan 65 verschillende eenheden.
    • 4-speler strijdscenario's.


    Prenez le contrôle d'une armée moyenâgeuse et terrassez vos ennemis dans le plus grand jeu de stratégie sur Nintendo DS™. La domination du monde est entre vos mains!

    • Contrôlez une des 4 civilisations proposées: Britanniques, Francs, Mongols, Sarrasins et Japonais.
    • Dirigez des héros tels que Richard Cœ ur de Lion, Jeanne d'Arc et Gengis Khan.
    • Combats stratégiques au tour par tour.
    • Dirigez plus de 65 types d'unités différents.
    • Multijoueurs jusqu'à 4 sans fil.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (115642) on Jun 10, 2010.

Back of DS Case - Nintendo DS (Austria/Germany/Switzerland):
    Als Kommandeur einer historischen Armee unterwerfen Sie Ihre Gegner in dem komplexesten Strategiespiel, das es bis dato für den Nintendo DS™ gibt. Die Weltherrschaft ist zum Greifen nah.

    • Befehligen Sie eine von fünf Zivilisationen: Briten, Franken, Mongolen, Sarazenen oder Japaner.
    • Schlüpfen Sie in die Rolle von Helden wie Richard Löwenherz, Johanna von Orléans oder Dschingis Khan.
    • Rundenbasiertes Strategiesystem.
    • Über 65 verschiedene Einheitentypen.
    • Kampfszenarien für 4 Spieler.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (115642) on Jun 10, 2010.

Backbone Entertainment press release (September 20, 2006):

    Backbone Vancouver Receives Accolades for Age of Empires®: The Age of Kings®

    VANCOUVER, BC - September 20, 2006 - Backbone Entertainment, a division of Foundation 9 Entertainment, has won recognition for its Vancouver studio's work on Age of Empires®: The Age of Kings® for Nintendo DS, published by Majesco Entertainment. The game took home the Canadian Award for the Electronic and Animated Arts in the category of best design and has been nominated for best strategy game from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Game Awards.

    "We knew we put out a top-notch game, and this recognition is a tremendous validation of all of our hard work," said Joe Bonar, Backbone Vancouver'S studio head. "This game is just one example of the high quality products developed by our studio."

    Added Joseph Sutton, executive vice president of research & development for Majesco Entertainment: "It was a pleasure working with the talented professionals at Backbone Entertainment, and this award is certainly well-deserved."

    The Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (ELANS) were distributed on Sept. 14. In its inaugural year, the ELANS aim "to become the standard by which Canada and the rest of the world recognizes the amazing talent and product that Canada is delivering to an enormous and ever-growing market."

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Game Awards will be announced on October 5 as part of the London Games Festival. The nominees were selected by a group of short-listers, who were recruited from all aspects of the gaming industry.

    Backbone Vancouver is currently at work on two high-profile titles, Sonic Rivals for the PSP, to be published by Sega; and Death, Jr. & the Science Fair of Doom for Nintendo DS, to be published by Konami; as well as other unannounced projects.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (115642) on Jun 10, 2010.

www.thq-games.com:
    Age of Empires: The Age of Kings for Nintendo DS is based on the best-selling PC RTS title of all time - Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. Players command five different civilizations, build armies and take them on scores of campaigns. Boasting turn-based strategy game play, Age of Empires: The Age of Kings allows players to move from the Dark Ages through the Middle Ages with one goal in mind: Domination of the known world. Command one of five different civilizations: The Britons, Franks, Mongols, Saracens, and Japanese Take control of special 'Hero' units like Richard the Lionheart, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, and Saladin among others who command special 'hero' powers affecting the entire battlefield

    • Command over 45 different types of units from bowmen and monks to hand cannoneers, mercenaries and samurai

    • Turn-based combat, new to the Age of Empires franchise, keeps the battle moving at the player-preferred pace

    • Players construct and upgrade buildings like town centres, mines, universities and 'wonders' to help units learn new skills and create resources for their civilizations

    • Players research over 50 different technologies like chemistry, ballistics, siege craft and spying among others to take their civilization into the next age

    • Get help from the new Combat Advisor who provides advice on certain campaign strategies and an indication of how the battle will go

    • Multiplayer scenarios allowing up to four players to battle each other wirelessly

    • Gain Empire Points to unlock maps & units and improve Emperor Rank

    • Original music and sound effects from top-selling PC version

    Contributed by DreinIX (9421) on Jan 09, 2009.

Nintendo E3 2005 Catalog:
    In Age of Empires: The Age of Kings, take command of one of five different civilizations: the Britons, Franks, Mongols, Saracens, and Japanese. Take control of special 'Hero' units like Richard the Lionheart, Robin Hood, and Joan of Arc among others. Command over 45 different types of units from bowmen to hand cannoneers.

    Contributed by Lampbane (2526) on Jan 03, 2009.

Press release (20th May 2005):

    AGE OF EMPIRES: THE AGE OF KINGS

    Publisher: Majesco Entertainment
    Licensed by: Ensemble Studios
    Developer: Digital Eclipse/Backbone Entertainment
    Platform: Nintendo DS
    Genre: Turn-based Strategy
    Release Date: Fall 2005
    Price/Rating: TBD/RP

    Overview:

    Age of Empires: The Age of Kings for the Nintendo DS is based on the best-selling PC RTS title of all time: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. Players command five different civilizations, build armies and take them on scores of campaigns. Boasting turn-based strategy game play, Age of Empires: The Age of Kings allows players to move from the Dark Ages through the Middle Ages with one goal in mind: domination of the known world.

    Game Play Features:
    • Command one of five different civilizations: the Britons, Franks, Mongols, Saracens, and Japanese.

    • Take control of special 'Hero' units like Richard the Lionheart, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, and Saladin among others who command special 'hero' powers affecting the entire battlefield.

    • Command over 45 different types of units from bowmen and monks to hand cannoneers, mercenaries and samurai.

    • Turn-based combat, new to the Age of Empires franchise, keeps the battle moving at the player-preferred pace.

    • Players construct & upgrade buildings like town centers, mines, universities and 'wonders' to help units learn new skills and create resources for their civilizations.

    • Players research over 50 different technologies like chemistry, ballistics, siege craft and spying among others to take their civilization into the next age.

    • Get help from the new Combat Advisor who provides advice on certain campaign strategies and an indication of how the battle will go.

    • Multiplayer scenarios allowing up to 4 players to battle each other wirelessly.

    • Gain Empire Points to unlock maps & units and improve Emperor Rank.

    • Original music and sound effects from top-selling PC version.

    • Based on Ensemble Studio's PC mega-hit, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings.

    Contributed by Sciere (268550) on May 27, 2006.

Press release (13th May 2005):

    Majesco Entertainment And Digital Eclipse Brings 'Age Of Empires' To Nintendo DS

    16 Million Fans Can Now Conquer the World While on the Move!

    EDISON, N.J., May 13, 2005
    – One of the most successful game franchises for Windows PC comes to the Nintendo DS handheld system as Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), a provider of diversified products and content for digital entertainment platforms, and Digital Eclipse, a division of Foundation 9 Entertainment and a leading developer of interactive entertainment, introduce Age of Empires ®: The Age of Kings. The standard-bearer for real-time strategy games on the Windows platform, Ensemble Studios' Age of Empires property has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling games for Windows franchises of all time. The Nintendo DS game is scheduled for release this holiday.

    "Age of Empires has set the gold standard for real-time strategy games and its global audience continues to grow," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing for Majesco. "Our portable version provides an exceptional game experience by taking advantage of the new DS features, and we are excited to have such a high-profile and well-regarded property spearhead our DS lineup for the back-half of 2005."

    Age of Empires: The Age of Kings boasts turn-based strategy gameplay – a first for the franchise – asplayers move from the Dark Ages through the Middle Ages with one goal in mind: domination of the known world.

    Features of the game include:
    • Command one of five different civilizations: the Britons, Franks, Mongols, Saracens, or Japanese;

    • Control special 'hero' units such as Richard the Lionheart, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc and Genghis Khan, whose special 'hero' powers affect the entire battlefield;

    • Lead over 45 different types of units into battle - from bowmen and monks to hand cannoneers, mercenaries and samurai;

    • Players' can construct and upgrade buildings to help their units learn new skills and create resources for their civilizations;

    • Research over 50 different technologies like chemistry, ballistics, siege craft and spying to advance civilization into the next age;

    • A new Combat Advisor offers advice on certain campaign strategies and provides an assessment of the battle's outcome;

    • Multi-player scenarios allow up to four players to wirelessly battle each other;

    • By gaining Empire Points, players can unlock maps and units to improve their Emperor Rank;

    • Includes the music and sounds from the best-selling PC version.
    More information about Majesco's entire product line can be found online at www.majescogames.com.

    Contributed by Sciere (268550) on May 27, 2006.

Back of Case (US):
    Take command of a classic army and defeat your enemies in the deepest battle strategy game on the Nintendo DS™. Dominance of the known world is literally at your fingertips.
    • Command 1 of 5 different civilizations: Britons, Franks, Mongols, Saracens & Japanese.
    • Take control of "Hero' units like Richard the Lionhearted, Joan of Arc & Genghis Khan.
    • Turn-based strategy system.
    • Command over 65+ different types of units.
    • 4-player combat scenarios.

    Contributed by Sciere (268550) on Mar 01, 2006.

www.nintendo.com:

    The heroes rise

    Turn-based strategy marches onto Nintendo DS.

    Prepare for battle and nurture your empire into the greatest of its time in Age of Empires: The Age of Kings.

    Features

    • Command more than 65 types of units
    • Turn-based combat
    • Construct and upgrade buildings such as town centers, mines and universities to learn new skills and create resources for civilizations
    • Up to four players can battle wirelessly

    Age of Empires: The Age of Kings is based on the best-selling PC title Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. Players command five different civilizations, build armies and take them on scores of campaigns. With turn-based strategy gameplay, Age of Empires: The Age of Kings lets players move from the Dark Ages through the Middle Ages with one goal in mind: dominate the known world.

    The first thing you notice when you fire up the game is how good the graphics look. The elements are mapped extraordinarily well, and there's no confusion about what troop does what on the battlefield. While all the action takes place on the bottom screen, you can use the top screen as a map or a spot information screen. Regardless of whether you favor the Stylus or buttons, it's very easy to move around the map and give commands to your troops.

    You get to take command of one of five different civilizations (the Britons, Franks, Mongols, Saracens and Japanese) and playing as "heroes" including Richard the Lionheart, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc and Genghis Khan. Each hero has his or her own special powers that can affect troops on the battlefield.

    The multiplayer function lets you set up scenarios and select different maps for you and up to three friends to battle on. In all, you'll command more than 65 different types of units from bowmen and monks to mercenaries and samurai.

    Bottom Line

    This super-tight game opens up a lot of doors for other PC games to find a home on the Nintendo DS.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54497) on Mar 01, 2006.

Official Website (ageofempiresds.com):
    Here’s what Age of Empires: The Age of Kings ® is all about:

    Age of Empires: The Age of Kings ® for the Nintendo DS is based on the best-selling PC RTS title of all time: Age of Empires ® II: The Age of Kings. Players command five different civilizations, build armies and take them on scores of campaigns. Boasting turn-based strategy game play, Age of Empires: The Age of Kings ® allows players to move from the Dark Ages through the Middle Ages with one goal in mind: domination of the known world.

    Features:

    * Command one of five different civilizations: the Britons, Franks, Mongols, Saracens, and Japanese.

    * Take control of special ‘Hero’ units like Richard the Lionheart, Minamoto Yoshitsune, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, and Saladin among others who command special ‘hero’ powers affecting the entire battlefield.

    * Command over 65 different types of units from bowmen and monks to hand cannoneers, mercenaries and samurai.

    * Turn-based combat, new to the Age of Empires franchise, keeps the battle moving at the player-preferred pace.

    * Players construct & upgrade buildings like town centers, mines, universities and ‘wonders’ to help units learn new skills and create resources for their civilizations.

    * Players research over 50 different technologies like chemistry, ballistics, siege craft and spying among others to take their civilization into the next age.

    * Get help from the new Combat Advisor who provides advice on certain campaign strategies and an indication of how the battle will go.

    * Multiplayer scenarios allowing up to 4 players to battle each other wirelessly.

    * Gain Empire Points to unlock maps & units and improve Emperor Rank.

    * Original music and sound effects from top-selling PC version.

    * Based on Ensemble Studio’s PC mega-hit, Age of Empires ® II: The Age of Kings .

    Contributed by Kartanym (10772) on Mar 01, 2006.