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

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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

RPGFan Nov 20, 2007 88 out of 100 88
GameZone Nov 05, 2007 8.6 out of 10 86
Snackbar-Games.com Oct 30, 2007 4 out of 5 80
Consoles Plus May, 2007 15 out of 20 75
1UP Oct 26, 2007 B 75
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameDaily Nov 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jan 03, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Game and Player Nov 06, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Revolution Nov 09, 2007 C+ 58


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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 (27209) added Front Mission (Nintendo DS) on Oct 12, 2008
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