Modojo's Fearless 2007 Predictions
Resident statistician and compulsive gambler Eugene Kim gives us the handheld spread for 2007...
As both the DS and PSP pass their 2nd birthdays, it's crap-or-get-off-the-pot time for both. Who will reign supreme?
We here at Modojo have an answer, and the answer is, we don't know.
But keep your seatbelts buckled and your tray tables in the upright and locked position, because it's going to be a hell of a ride...
Top-Rated DS Game: Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass
Has there ever been a bad Zelda game, other than the CDI games? Not really. Add in the seasoned Nintendo EAD development team headed by none other than Eiji Aonuma himself, and you've got a recipe for even more Zelda critical acclaim. As a fan of the cel-shaded graphics in Wind Waker, this game is at the top of my 2007 wish list.
Top-Rated PSP Game: Gran Turismo 4 Mobile
We've never been disappointed by Polyphony Digital, and despite the constant delays, the end product is always well worth it. But this latest iteration promises more - being able to take the GT series on the go has been every racing purist's wet dream since 1998. Get your rubber pants ready, for lo, the era is near.
Worst-Rated DS: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
This one is too easy. Year after year, as sure as the sun rises and the leaves fall, Bandai takes one of the strongest mecha properties and inexplicably drives it straight into the ground. I mean, they could take Zone of the Enders 2 and just stick Gundam characters in it and I'd still buy three copies. That's why it hurts when Bandai keeps shoving a stick in the series' ass.
Worst-Rated PSP: Harlem Globetrotters World Tour
Free business advice to DSI Games, developer of Harlem Globetrotters World Tour: When you've already released one version of the game and everybody hates it, be sure that when you port it to the PSP, you include some new features, like more gameplay modes. And a hand that pops out of the screen and plays with your genitals.
Best-Selling DS: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl
Hey, I have to get at least one of these right.
Best-Selling PSP: Gran Turismo 4 Mobile
Games are successful when they appeal to broad audiences, and Gran Turismo's audience is the broadest of them all - people who think they are good drivers but aren't, and people who think that putting Chinese characters on their windows will turn their moms' Honda Accords into high-performance racing machines.
Biggest Pleasant Surprise DS: Black & White Creatures
The DS interface and philosophy seem to be ideally suited for Peter Molyneux's most recent God game. This game should have landed on the DS long before Age of Empires did.
Biggest Pleasant Surprise PSP: Traxion
It remains to be seen how well the technology works, but who can deny that there's a lot of potential in a game that dynamically adjusts to your own custom tunes? You may now start ripping your Clay Aiken CDs.
Why Nintendo could win the portable war in 2007:
They'll continue to pursue nontraditional gamers (read: women) by pushing the envelope with innovative games about puppies.
Why Sony could win the portable war in 2007:
The PSOne download service will give those nostalgists among us another opportunity to play those games that we loved or should have played but didn't (confession: I have never played Vagrant Story). Also, Metal Gear Solid. Enough said.
Why Nintendo could bite the dust in 2007:
Too many puppy and Pokemon games turns off the angsty 15-20 year old male crowd, which turns to weed and porn and the PSP to fill the voids that their first girlfriends leave behind.
Why Sony could bite the dust in 2007:
As obstinate as ever, Sony continues to refuse to cut the price of the PSP, until people realize they could spend the same money on a DS and 16 cases of beer.
Super Bowl XLI:
San Diego 31, New Orleans 24