Picking a handheld Itadaki Street

By Jenni . May 20, 2008 . 2:01pm

Itadaki Street DS character convoWhile the Itadaki Street games are all practically identical in terms of gameplay, that doesn't mean that each game is identical. Each features different aspects to create unique playing experiences. The two portable Itadaki Street games, Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable and Itadaki Street DS, are a great example of this. Each title seems to be geared towards a different audiences, despite being similar games.

 

The most obvious difference between the two games are the character roster. Itadaki Street DS features characters from the Dragon Quest and Super Mario series, and in it the player has a generic male or female avatar that can be dressed up in Dragon Quest and Super Mario clothing. Itadaki Street Portable features Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy characters, and the player picks one of them as their avatar. Because of this, Itadaki Street Portable is a better fit for older gamers and RPG fans, and Itadaki Street DS is better for a general audience.

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable

Plus multiplayer options are a decisive matter in video board games like this. Playing against the computer is okay, but nothing beats decimating your friends and earning the sweet gloating rights. Itadaki Street Portable lets you play against friends who also own the game over ad-hoc wireless, or you can all play on one PSP, passing it around on each person's turn. Itadaki Street DS goes a step further, with play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and single card multiplayer. The PSP version is great for incredibly patient people with a lot of friends nearby ready to play and the DS version is perfect for playing with friends nearby and far away.

Itadaki Street DS

Maps and music also are different in each title. Itadaki Street Portable features maps and a soundtrack inspired Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy games, whereas Itadaki Street DS's are Super Mario and Dragon Quest themed. This part is probably the least influencial when it comes to buying, but if you're a fan of Final Fantasy or Super Mario, it could affect your decision.

 

The true deciding factor in an Itadaki Street purchase is the difficulty. After playing (and completing) both Itadaki Street Portable and Itadaki Street DS, I can safely say that Itadaki Street Portable is more difficult and requires quite a bit of patience. I don't know why, but it seemed like the AI in Itadaki Street DS was a bit more forgiving – plus it didn't start getting difficult until the later challenges. Itadaki Street Portable started out tough, and I had to replay the second board in the first challenge twice before I beat it. Also Itadaki Street Portable's boards seemed to take longer to clear.

 

So Itadaki Street Portable is really best for mature gamers with a lot of friends who live nearby and are willing to also invest in a copy to play. Itadaki Street DS is more of a general audiences title, where anyone could pick it up, play and enjoy.

 

Images courtesy of Square Enix.


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  • badfish

    Jenni, is this game import friendly, or do you need to know some basic Japanese to enjoy the game. I’m dying to try this one, but I’m afraid the text might be a tad bit too much..

  • M

    Awesome, useful, clear. Thanks.

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  • Jenni

    @ badfish – I own both Itadaki Street DS and Itadaki Street Portable.

    Both are pretty import friendly. I’d say the Ultimate Hits version of Itadaki Street Portable is a little more so, as it comes with a handy pamphlet that offers a quick English guide to playing the game.

    However I purchased Itadaki Street DS first (when it first comes out), and I’ve found its easier to play. I even taught my friends so we could all play together.

    @ M – Glad it was helpful :D

  • http://www.crookedjester.com/ Jaxel

    We’ve been playing Itadaki Street for the PS2 for years now… We’re waiting for a 6 player PS3 version… please tell us its coming!

  • Reign1770

    I’am in love now :)

  • Steve

    I just imported a copy of the ultimate hits version of Itadaki Street Portable for the PSP, but it doesn’t seem to have the English guide pamphlet. Does anyone know where I could get a copy of it?

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