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Thursday, January 04, 2007

I Played Halo on DS

Once upon a time, a very smart publisher came up with a brilliant idea. It contacted Microsoft and got the ball rolling on a very unlikely project: Halo for Nintendo DS. Needless to say, there were many egos involved and unfortunately because of some issues that I won't detail, the project was eventually cancelled. But not before it was completely up and running and fully playable. I know all his because I recently learned of the back-story and got a chance to play a leaked build of Halo on DS for myself.

Above: a terrible mock-up of Halo on DS; the real thing actually doesn't look much different.

Amazingly, the ill-fated DS version of the title plays remarkably well. Think Metroid Prime Hunters but with a Halo facelift. I had the opportunity to run through the beginning beach area and noted while playing that it looked like Xbox Halo except on DS, it was running fast, and the control was responsive. The trademark Halo music even played out of the tiny speakers of Nintendo's handheld. It is really, truly a damned shame that certain publishers couldn't make this happen because it would have undoubtedly been a huge hit and would have only furthered the popularity of DS and the Halo franchise.

Now that DS is enjoying a clear lead over PSP and the Halo franchise is bigger than ever, I'd like to see this game-that-could-have-been actually come to exist on the retail market. It's too good of an idea and the execution is too impressive to let it collect dust in the forgotten cabinet of a publisher's vaporware library.

Would you buy Halo on DS?


Category: Halo DS
Posted: 7:23 pm by Matt-IGN      Rating:  152  41     Views: 67982

Comments (238)
1/4 7:28pm, af185 posted:

1/4 7:30pm, Midfat1 posted:

Seriously sick!!
I would pre-order that like lightning. lol
1/4 7:31pm, nwizard posted:

Is this like a dream you had or something? That can't be true...
1/4 7:32pm, glaeven posted:

Well, if you get around M$, it has a chance.

Did you get any real screens?
1/4 7:33pm, dblackers posted:

1/4 7:36pm, sng-ign posted:

LIAR dancing
1/4 7:37pm, jni posted:

*checks calendar*
It's not April 1st! Sweet! Hell yeah!
1/4 7:40pm, gratyngrogg posted:

As if you had to ask! Even the mere thought of Halo on DS would sell millions! Yes, I would buy it. I would buy it twice.
1/4 7:41pm, Crush-ed posted:

Dude, you have to pulling our legs.

I know that Craig was convinced that it was real, but the idea that you played an alpha is pretty far out.

Still, I'd buy it if Bungie took MPH's matchmaking and voice chat and made it up to par with something like Halo 2. Obviously the Wi-Fi Connection would restrict it, but it'd still be pretty awesome.

Oh, and they'd have to make an all-new spinoff game (like based on the novels or something, that'd please the fanbase), not just a downgraded Halo 1. The level design... ugh. The multiplayer was pretty fun, though.
1/4 7:42pm, HighOnPhp posted:


I love Halo, and even though some of the mechanics were...well...annoying in Metroid Prime Hunters (which I loved too, but none of my friends liked it); and I'd love to see a merge of that on the DS. What could be better than an impromptu Halo LAN, without 4 TV's and Xboxes, and 16 DS'es instead?

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