TrackMania DS Reviews (Nintendo DS)
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Worth Playing (Feb 15, 2009)
I'd definitely suggest Trackmania DS to anyone who was or is a fan of the PC title, and while the developers haven't managed to bring over every single detail to this handheld port, they've managed to really capture the essence of Trackmania to provide a great portable method of getting your fix. If you've never played Trackmania before, then Trackmania DS is absolutely worth checking out. Any Trackmania vet knows that this title is worth picking up, but I'd highly encourage any racing fan to also give it a go.
Deeko (Apr 13, 2009)
Trackmania's beauty lies in its simple and pure game play. It isn't fancy but it's solid, looks great (really, really great) and controls like a dream. For a racing game on the DS, Trackmania gets the checkered flag for racing goodness on the go.
4Players.de (Nov 26, 2008)
Wenn man die schwache Hardware berücksichtigt, sieht die Umsetzung dem Original erstaunlich ähnlich. Die kleinen Arcade-Flitzer sausen flüssig über Rampen und durch Loopings und die zahlreichen Multiplayer-Modi sorgen für jede Menge Gezeter in den heiligen Hallen der 4Players-Redaktion. Schade, dass keinerlei Online-Unterstützung geboten wird. Damit haben die Entwickler den Community-Titel um seine wichtigste Komponente beschnitten. Immerhin dürft ihr euch in den Einzelspieler-Aufgaben auf bis zu hundert Strecken austoben. Erfreulich auch, dass der Puzzle-Modus integriert wurde - dadurch gewinnt der Streckenbau im Vergleich zu den beiden Race Driver-Teilen enorm an Spieltiefe. Insgesamt fesseln die beiden Codemasters-Titel von Firebrand aber vor allem Einzelspieler deutlich länger an den DS - und bieten beide einen Online-Modus. Wenn ihr aber ohnehin nur unterwegs mit ein paar Freunden Gas geben und Strecken tauschen wollt, ist Trackmania DS das ideale Spiel für euch.
GamingExcellence (Mar 03, 2009)
t’s kind of odd to see the PC game being ported to the DS. It’s not really the first system that I’d think of when thinking of a platform for the title, but it works. If you’ve played the original TrackMania, there’s not much here that you haven’t seen, but the key is that it’s all handheld. It’s a great game to pick up, play a track or two on, and then put down again. It works well on its hardware, and that’s important. While there are some problems with how the DS presents it graphically, TrackMania generally comes out ahead of the competition.
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (Jan 05, 2009)
So you’re left, mostly, to your own devices, and that’s a shame, but there’s already so much in Trackmania DS that’s exceeded my limited expectations that it seems unfair to dwell too long on its only real hiccup. I’m what you might call cynical, I’m a real glass half empty kind of guy, and I knew I was going to hate this port the second I heard it was in development. I’d refute my claim, but I’m far too busy trying to get the last few gold medals in Platform mode. It’s 4am and sleep can be damned if I’m going to let this game beat me. Trackmania DS will surprise you too, if you let it.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 26, 2008)
However, while online may be an opportunity missed, overall TrackMania DS delivers, and whether you're a fan of the series or a total novice, the slick, compulsive fight to gather all the game's golds will have you plugging away until you've exhausted its content. What's more, it's that rarest of things: a DS game with amazing graphics.
Cubed3 (Feb 03, 2009)
TrackMania's debut on the Nintendo DS is not just a 'good' one but a 'great' one, quickly rising above the rest of the competition, bar a couple of Firebrand's own back catalogue titles and Nintendo's very own Mario Kart. This is easily in the Top 5 best racing games for the DS format. Be sure to not miss out on this gem...
GameZone (Mar 03, 2009)
A great racing game for the single player, TrackMania will keep you busy for many hours. It doesn't contain the best multiplayer, but if you love stunt racers and understand the importance of track design (and how it outweighs everything but the controls), this is definitely a racing game that belongs in your collection.
IGN (Mar 17, 2009)
Give me the choice between simulation and arcade racing and I'll take arcade nearly a hundred percent of the time. TrackMania as a concept is right up my alley – I love throwing reality out the window in favor of exaggerated driving, and TrackMania DS has all the elements I'm looking for in a videogame racer. And as good and feature filled as this Firebrand-developed, Atlus-published game is, it's not great and, forgetting the technical glitches that bog the quick action, the game removes the online component out of the mix – without online it really isn't true TrackMania. It's a decent first step, though, and perhaps in the second go round the team can fix the collision issues and work in the online component.
Game Freaks 365 (Mar 25, 2009)
TrackMania DS is a fun little handheld racing title. There are a ton of game modes to try out and virtually limitless possibilities thanks to the track editor. I found some of the tracks included in the single player to be annoying. I don't like to fall through a hole on a track and not be able to get back on. That said, if you have patience and are a creative type, you probably will love this game.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 14, 2008)
Emporter Trackmania dans la poche, vous en rêviez ? Firebrand l'a fait. Adapter le hit de Nadeo aux capacités de la DS relevait pourtant de l'exploit, mais le studio s'en tire avec les honneurs en parvenant à conserver l'essentiel. Certes, l'absence de mode online est préjudiciable, tout comme ces maudits problèmes de collision. Il n'empêche, le plaisir est bien au rendez-vous. Toujours aussi addictif que ses grands frères, Trackmania DS se pose en sérieuse alternative à Mario Kart pour ce qui est des affrontements funs entre amis, bien que les deux titres jouent dans des catégories différentes.
Digital Chumps (Mar 13, 2009)
Trackmania DS is most certainly not your average racing game. Sure, its mechanics are quite generic as a whole, but the different modes are what set it apart from other racers (particularly the puzzle mode). More for the perfectionist gamer than the actual racing fan, this game provides some unique takes on the racing genre. It also features a highly functional track editor with over 300 unique blocks and the ability to save up to 60 levels on your cartridge. It’s biggest downfall, however, is its lack of internet functionality. This is truly what separates this game from “good” to “great” status (it adversely affects downloadable content, trading of tracks and multiplayer). Still, at $29.99, this is a game many DS racing fans may want to consider (if you want the internet functionality, though, you may want to go with its PC counterparts).
Mygamer.com (Jun 08, 2009)
TrackMania is a great addition to the DS’s racing library and should hopefully set the tone for games to come. The lack on WiFi support is the biggest drawback, but the cool level editor and silky smooth 60 fps game engine is really something that any fan of racing games should experience. This game has history on the PC, but this DS version is great proof that games can be ported over to less powerful systems and still contain a high level of polish and presentation. If you don’t mind not having the ability to share your work with the rest of the world, you should definitely check this game out.
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo) (Mar 04, 2009)
Trackmania DS offers a ton of bite-sized pieces of speedy and simplistic racing. It's clean-cut and basic, and is executed pretty well, tailored to the platform with a stylus-based track editor for the creatively inclined -- though there are plenty of tracks already contained within the game. Since its broken into so many small pieces, there are plenty of tracks to check out, and local multiplayer and track sharing could add some replayability for those who enjoy a zippy little racing title on the go. Trackmania DS never really crosses the border between adequate and great, however -- simple is good here, but it also limits the game from doing anything particularly poignant and daring. If Mario Kart isn't quite your thing, give Trackmania DS a try -- it's a fairly solid, very competent racing game in its most basic form, and offers up an enjoyable if basic racing experience on a handheld.
Gamervision (Mar 10, 2009)
TrackMania DS is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best racing games on the DS. There aren’t too many games that pose any real threat to that title this side of Mario Kart, but the point stands. When two of the four face buttons on the Nintendo DS are mapped to resetting at the starting line, it doesn’t take long to realize that this isn’t a standard racing game. It’s much faster, in a way, and there’s even less emphasis on realism than there is in other stunt-racing games. A splash of single-cart multiplayer, a sprinkle of addictive gameplay, and a hint of wonderful presentation make TrackMania DS a must own for DS racing fans.
NintendoWorldReport (Mar 23, 2009)
Trackmania is easy to pick up and play and has lots of different modes and challenges, whether you're by yourself or playing with friends. Die-hard Trackmania fans will appreciate some aspects of this DS version, but will also be disappointed by its untapped potential.
Thunderbolt Games (Apr 13, 2009)
With a bevy of multiplayer fun to be had and just one copy of the game required for this, Trackmania DS goes above and beyond the options that most DS racers feature. The only problem is that lack of personality or vibrancy. The gameplay is excellent, but it’s brought down by the lifelessness of the proceedings. Even it quick spurts of playing, which is what the game was made for, it’s evident. Well, at least the jumps are pretty wild and that’s worth something.
Nintendo-Online.de (Nov 27, 2008)
„TrackMania DS“ hat vieles versucht und ist an vielem gescheitert. Den Strecken fehlt es Bildschirm-bedingt oftmals an Übersicht. Die Grafik fällt nur durch die schwankende Qualität auf und die zahlreichen Fehler treiben selbst den ruhigsten Spieler in den Wahnsinn. Nicht nur einmal bin ich beim Testen ohne jegliche Fehler gefahren und fiel schließlich wie durch ein Wunder durch eine Rampe. Den großen Bruder hatte besonders der süchtig-machende Onlinemodus ausgemacht und genau dieser fiel bei der DS-Variante komplett weg. Spieler, die all die Kritikpunkte verkraften können, werden dennoch ihren kurzen Spaß für zwischendurch haben.
videogamer.com (Nov 26, 2008)
All this makes Trackmania DS something of a disappointment, especially considering these missing features have been included in other DS titles. The core racing, platforming and puzzling is good, albeit hindered slightly by the visuals, but without the competitive edge that the PC game offered there's little here to make you come back. You'll likely play through the various challenges, complete them to a high enough standard to unlock all the content, and then put the game on your shelf, never to be returned to. Had online support been included it's likely the game would never have strayed too far from your handheld.
Modojo (Mar 06, 2009)
As it stands, TrackMania DS is a suitable and fun racing game. We would like to see more with a sequel, including longer tracks, a friendlier track editor and online options, but for now, it's still worth a few laps.
Game Revolution (Mar 26, 2009)
While there's some arcade-style fun to be had with the races, and the create-a-track mode offers up a chance for you to design any kind of race, there is a major lack of depth. It's the kinds of little problems that, while nothing alone, make a world of difference when they all get stacked on top of each other like so many Tetris blocks leading up to the top of the screen and an inevitable Game Over. You can have a good time with Trackmania DS, but just don't be looking for anything close to the Gran Turismo experience.
Gaming Nexus (Mar 11, 2009)
TrackMania DS gets the basics of the series right on a handheld, and that’s decently impressive. It looks, sounds and plays great, but if you’re new to the series don’t expect TMDS to go easy on you—there’s a lot to unlock and the difficulty curve is rough. TMDS unfortunately lacks online leaderboards and some of the beefier aspects of the PC games, which might make it less attractive to longtime players.
Gaming since 198x (Nov 28, 2008)
Passez votre chemin et continuez à jouer sur PC: cet épisode de Trackmania est un immense gâchis. La réalisation graphique de qualité est complètement ruinée par d'insupportables bugs pourrissant le gameplay, provoquant plus de frustration que de fun.