In my continuing quest to validate my purchase of a DSi, recently I’ve been going back and playing my old DS games on bigger and brighter screens. I’ve also been on a quest to crush my desire to buy another Pokemon game because despite how good they are, I still played it a decade ago. The joining of these two factors led to me finally beating the March 2007 release of Custom Robo Arena for the Nintendo DS.
In truth, Custom Robo is just a PowerStone-esque 3D fighter between two robots (or more like Virtual-On if you want to get more obscure). The smooth and pretty polygonal action is fast but unrefined. It’s easy to button mash and not much skill is required. The simple gameplay is balanced by an insanely deep customization system. The amount of guns, legs, bombs, pods and bodies there are to collect create a countless number of robo combinations for you to discover. The serviceable online and local multiplayer gives you a suitable venue in which to show them off.
The reason this is my Pokemon fix however, is the single-player RPG. The plot is so thin and identical to every generic Japanese kid’s carton ever but the excessive dialogue does provide some laughs along with the boredom and frustration. The world isn’t nearly as vast as Kanto and Johto but there are several locations with new types of robos to fight during your decently long experience.
Custom Robo Arena is a fun game for only $20.85 at Amazon.com. By the way, my virtual student was uses a robo with a Magnum. Guns in our schools FTW.
also, sorry if these are a little short, they aren't meant to be reviews