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In the Nintendo DS release of the long running Front Mission series, the story takes place on Huffman Island which is located in the neutral zone between two nations Oceania Community Union (O.C.U.) and the Unified Continental States (U.C.S.).

In the year 2070, a war broke out between the two nations that lasted for two years before finally peace was achieved and the island was split in half, both sides being used for each nations base. In 2090, however, a U.C.S factory is mysteriously attacked, leading to another conflict.

The player can choose either side to use: they can choose either Royd Clive, leader of the mercenary outfit Canyon Crows for the O.C.U. or Kevin Greenfield, leader of the U.C.S. Special Forces squad Black Hounds fighting against enemy mechs (known as wanzers), tanks and helicopters in a turn-based fashion, using the stylus pen to bring up interface menus to select units and choosing which enemy units to attack among many other options.

There is also multiplayer capabilities using DS wireless, where players can compete head-to-head, using battlefields filled with wanzers. Yoshitaka Amano also is involved, responsible for the graphic art for the game and is most notably been involved with the Final Fantasy series.


Front Mission Nintendo DS Combat Screen
Front Mission Nintendo DS Title screen with main menu.
Front Mission Nintendo DS Terrain Type Information
Front Mission Nintendo DS Movement

Alternate Titles

  • "Front Mission: The First" -- Japanese Title

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User Reviews

Epic sociopolitical struggle + customizable mechs = AWESOME Elliott Wu (44) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameZone Nov 05, 2007 8.6 out of 10 86
Game Vortex 2007 85 out of 100 85
GamerDad Jan 23, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Oct 30, 2007 4 out of 5 80
GameSpy Oct 19, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Cheat Code Central 2007 3.6 out of 5 72
Gamer 2.0 Nov 05, 2007 7.1 out of 10 71
Pocket Gamer UK Dec 21, 2007 7 out of 10 70
RPG Land Dec 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Digital Entertainment News (den) Nov 15, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65


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  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #10 Nintendo DS Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Nintendo DS Turn-Based Strategy Game of the Year

Big John WV (25480) added Front Mission (Nintendo DS) on Oct 12, 2008