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Originally conceived as a Nintendo DS launch title before Pictochat was announced as a packed-in feature of the DS, Ping Pals lets players create an avatar to send chats and doodles wirelessly with their friends. Although only one person needs a Ping Pals cartridge to start the chat, the game uses unlockable clothing and accessories as incentive to purchase their own cartridge and chat away. Have no friends? Ping Pals can even simulate chat with a simple AI chatbot.

Players can purchase items from a store using coins or trade for them with other players. Coins are earned in various ways, including receiving a daily allowance, chatting for a long time, typing special predetermined keywords, and playing minigames.


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Nintendojo 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
IGN Dec 14, 2004 3.5 out of 10 35
Thunderbolt Games Feb 21, 2005 3 out of 10 30
GameZone Dec 28, 2004 3 out of 10 30
64 Power / big.N / N Games Mar, 2005 29 out of 100 29
DS-x2 2005 2.7 out of 10 27
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Aug 27, 2005 2 out of 10 20
JeuxActu Apr 05, 2005 1 out of 20 5
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan 17, 2005 0 out of 10 0
1UP Jan 04, 2005 F 0


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TheLetterM (328) added Ping Pals (Nintendo DS) on Nov 11, 2007