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Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble! (Nintendo DS)

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Advertising Blurbs

Nintendo Winter Catalog 2005:

    Joe Steals the Show

    When a mysterious crime syndicate descends on the set of Captain Blue's newest movie and makes off with the film, Joe rushes to the rescue, ready to crush the villains with his new powers. Using both DS screens, you'll help Joe split the screen wide open to solve mind-boggling puzzles and nab the thieves before they do more damage! Plus the 'Joe Camera' lets you pull the upper screen down to give Joe a helping hand!

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4621) on Mar 05, 2007.

Back of Box (US):

    An Action-Movie
    Hero's Work Is Never Done!

    When a mysterious crime syndicate descends on the set of Captain Blue's newest movie and makes off with the film, Joe rushes to the rescue. Will his dazzling new moves prove powerful enough for Joe to nab the thieves and save the fate of Captain Blue's movie?

    Innovative use of the Nintendo DS™ system's capabilities:
    • Zoom in on the action to solve mind-bending puzzles!
    • Split the lower screen to move objects and overcome obstacles!
    "...this one's a Winner." - IGN

    Contributed by Sciere (234307) on Mar 01, 2006.

www.nintendo.com:

    Henshin on two screens

    Joe on DS? It's a Viewtiful thing.

    An action-movie hero's work is never done! When the bad guys descend on Movieland, Joe rushes to the rescue, ready to crush the villains with his new powers.

    Features

    • Exciting cel-shaded, platforming gameplay that is synonymous to the series
    • All-new storyline set within the "Movie Studio" theme park
    • Introducing Joe's little sister, Jasmine, an aspiring actress who gets caught up in the movie action
    • New touch-screen based VFX powers

    When a mysterious crime syndicate descends on the set of Captain Blue's newest movie and makes off with the film, Joe rushes to the rescue, ready to crush the villains with his new powers and retrieve the stolen footage.

    This game stays true to the Viewtiful Joe roots of delivering sweet action with speed effects that can blow your mind. OK, maybe mind blowing is going a little far, but you catch our drift. You play the game on the bottom screen and the top screen always displays a close-up view of Joe and his actions. It's almost as if you're directing the movie on the bottom that's displayed on the top. Charge your friends admission to watch over your shoulder!

    This version of the Viewtiful one features several VFX powers including some that are touch screen specific. You don't need to use your stylus, in fact, your finger is recommended. One of the new powers is called "scratch" and you do exactly that on the touch screen to bring props and production equipment falling from the sky onto your enemies. There's also "split" a puzzle mechanism that lets you slow down time, draw a line on the screen and then rearrange objects on the top part of the split. This allows you to do things like move a safe from a shelf to over your enemy's head. That's a headache when it comes crashing down.

    The big payoff comes via the "Joe Camera." This move lets you pull down the upper screen (the one that's giving you close-ups of your action on the bottom screen) to literally give Joe a helping hand. You may need to flip a switch to open a door, but you need a close up of the switch to access it. Once you pull the screen down, you can use your finger (or stylus of course) to flip the switch.

    Bottom Line

    Viewtiful Joe is turning into a great action-platformer franchise and the DS version looks almost as good as the Nintendo GameCube titles. That's quite an accomplishment.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (52133) on Mar 01, 2006.