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And that appears to be who Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop is geared towards, the young gamer, that, and extremely big fans of super cute graphics. For them this game is gold, and that’s really the bottom line.
GameDaily (Jan 27, 2006)
Despite its candy coated exterior, Tamagotchi Connection Corner Shop is appropriate for all ages. But it's definitely not the second coming of virtual pets, nor is it as captivating as the original Tamagotchi toys which were released several years ago. It's merely a good DS title that's worth buying because it's incredibly stylish and fun in small doses. As for it being a good travel companion, it's not going to replace my copy of Nintendogs.
GameZone (Feb 03, 2006)
A charming mini-game collection, but one that could have used more “oomph” for staying power. Still, families with multiple children will probably want to take a look, as it does offer some variety and no violence.
Deeko (Mar 05, 2006)
Part of what makes this offbeat title so pleasant is the strangely endearing characters, bizarre minigames and the incredibly catchy music. The game is definitely not for everyone but for those who are looking for portable minigames that are best played in short spurts, Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop provides a charming time.
Cheat Code Central (Feb 13, 2006)
The game has a refreshingly organic feel to it that is bound to appeal to everyone. In fact, if you want to share it with a friend, you can have them download a demo version off of your DS. You'll not only entice them with the gameplay but you'll earn some gotchi for your effort. The lack of any substantial replay value requires me to recommend renting Corner Shop.
65 (Feb 01, 2006)
You have to applaud the creators of Tamagotchi for trying to bring a different approach to the virtual pet genre. Offering up the unique idea of starting a business with your Tamagotchi is a very original concept. But the developer chose to focus more on the pick up and play mechanic, then making the experience have any real depth whatsoever. So the only reason to keep playing lies in the acquisition of items, and gotchi(oh yeah, money!). All things considered, this is not a bad game, but I can’t help but be haunted by what kind of game this could have been if the developer had gone a different route.
65 (Jun 19, 2006)
Partant d'une idée originale, Tamagotchi Connexion : Corner Shop déçoit autant par son contenu qu'il ravit par son approche. Le côté Tamagotchi est en réalité assez limité car les interactions possibles sont peu nombreuses, et ce sont plutôt les mini-jeux qui priment. Mais même si ces derniers sont assez originaux, ils se révèlent trop peu nombreux pour relancer l'intérêt du soft au final.
Without a doubt, the poppy graphical style, high quality music and delightfully bizarre activities will appeal to everyone while the constant reward structure for doing the same thing well (over and over again) offers more than enough positive reinforcement for the younger set. Kids, especially, are asked to play things much worse than this Corner Shop collection.
GameSpot (Feb 01, 2006)
Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop is fun at first, but the novelty is fleeting. There just isn't enough here to keep you occupied for more than a few hours. You can unlock and upgrade every shop in the game in a few hours, and beyond that there just isn't much to do. You can link up with a friend to trade gifts, and you can also let a friend download a demo of the game, for which you'll get one gotchi point. If you're looking for a virtual pet experience, you won't find it here. But if you just like to play with the touch screen and don't mind a lot of repetition, then you'll find a few hours of light fun in Corner Shop.
NintendoWorldReport (Feb 02, 2006)
For the money, Tamagotchi Connection's eleven minigames is definitely not a goldmine of intensely fun gameplay time, but there's still some fun to be had. I would recommend snagging a used copy a few months down the road or borrowing it from a friend, but I can't in good conscience recommend buying a brand new copy at full price, even though the game is staring at me with cute puppy-dog eyes right now.
IGN (Feb 07, 2006)
Tamagotchi Connection isn't going to score big in creative or even fun gameplay design. These are jobs, and just as picking fruit or chopping trees in Animal Crossing might not be someone's idea of a good time, neither will picking teeth and making dumplings in this title. There are the occasional Shops that are fun, like the face-arranging Beauty Salon, but for the most part once you've maxed-out one shop's building, chances of returning to the job are slim. It's not a fun experience in gameplay, but it's certainly good for a smile or two in presentation. It's hard not to let the game's visual and audio appeal in through your gameplay-hating defenses.
N-Zone (Jun 28, 2006)
Im neuen Spiel mit den Plastikbälgern müsst ihr eure Kundschaft in elf Minispielen bei Laune halten. So doktert ihr euren Patienten im Gebiss herum oder verziert Torten. Je besser ihr mit dem Stylus umgeht, umso mehr Geld landet auf eurem Konto. So stattet ihr eure virtuelle Bude mit Items aus oder kredenzt eurem Bits&Bytes-Küken leckere Snacks. Die Minispiele strotzen nicht gerade vor Spielspaß, auch in technischer Hinsicht kann Tamagotchi Connexion nicht so recht punkten. Mit Freunden dürft ihr immerhin Items tauschen - so macht der quietschbunte Titel deutlich mehr Spaß!
Portable Review (Feb 22, 2006)
For the first release of Tamagotchi on DS, this is a very good attempt. No bug issues in the game whatsoever. The graphics are the cutest I've seen out there so far, and if you want a few hours of entertainment, or have a child, then by all means run out and buy this game right away.
GameSpy (Feb 01, 2006)
Clearly, Tamagotchi Connection is geared towards younger gamers, as anyone else will become quickly bored with it. But hey, if you have a younger sister or a daughter who's just starting to get into games, this would be a pretty darn good start (certainly a hell of a lot better than some frickin' Barbie game). They can even wirelessly swap items with their friends or unlock codes for their Tamagotchi Connection virtual pet. That alone might be enough to sell them on the game.
Pocket Gamer UK (Jun 30, 2006)
Even Tamagotchi fans will struggle to find much to excite them. You'll probably have more fun walking your dog on a rainy Monday afternoon than playing this.
40 (UK) (Jun 21, 2006)
Beautiful music, cute visuals, and a peculiarly charming attitude make you want to like it. Recognising that it's aimed at younger players makes you want to forgive it. But it cannot be denied that this is a big ol' mess of nice ideas executed badly, with the most important ingredient completely missing.
Press Start Online (Jul 03, 2006)
Perhaps the most astonishing fact about Tamagotchi Connexion: Corner Shop is that it's the best-selling third-party DS title in Japan, shifting well in excess of a million copies. A sobering thought for the hardcore that proclaim the far East as bastions of good taste. We might have allowed FIFA Street to get to number 1, but never anything as bad as this.