Biker Mice from Mars
How could we possibly forget the most dangerous rodents this side of Master Splinter.
Biker Mice from Mars is back. While not available in the U.S. the show has had a new launch in various European countries and has received pretty decent ratings. And, just like any good cartoon franchise, the creators of the show have been quick to cash in on the shows rejuvenated buzz. Thus all of the world, including the U.S., who has not seen the show since the original 1993 series, will be able to take part in the Biker Mice universe on their Nintendo DS's this May.
This is no joke. Soon most any person out there in the world who has a DS will be able to play out their racing fantasies as Vinnie, Throttle, or Modo, aka the Biker Mice from Mars. And yes, you will be able to race both on Earth and Mars.
Biker Mice from Mars is primarily a racing game. Players ride their bike through eight different courses while fighting off attackers and racing the clock. Why there is a clock is at this point undetermined but it is definitely there. From the videos of the game it appears that the player fights off attackers by picking up items from boxes that are present on the track (Mario Kart rip off anyone?).
The racing portions of the game are done in a fashion that takes advantage of the DS's 3D capabilities. While the graphics were certainly not awe inspiring they aren't the ugliest either. Also, although the game takes advantage of the DS's graphical power in that it renders the racing levels in 3D, it appears, from the videos and the press release, that there are no touch screen functions; or at least none worth noting as a selling point.
The game is not always a racing title though. The levels also feature side scrolling melee combat sequences where players will duke it out with various enemies from the show. There will also be equipment that the player can pick up to help them in their fighting. Altogether it looked pretty unimpressive but might come in handy as a way to break up the constant racing that is otherwise taking place.
While ultimately the failure or success of the game will come down to whether or not the game is fun, Biker Mice from Mars' release in the U.S. just seems out of place. Marketing it as a racing game will make it face the inevitable comparisons to Mario Kart DS. And as if that weren't enough, the game has to go into a market where it won't even have the benefit of masses of children who are so in love with the series that they will buy it no matter if it is terrible. Unless you are the ultimate fan and collector of the series it might be best to wait on purchasing the title until the reviews start coming out.