Disgaea DS is a straightforward port of the PSP's Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness with a few bonuses thrown in for DS owners.

Since its initial release in 2003, Disgaea has been well received by fans and critics alike thanks to its quirky sense of humour and engaging turn-based battles.

Disgaea works very well on Nintendo's handheld, with the top display providing an invaluable grid-based field map during battles as well as seamlessly integrated stylus controls via the touch screen. The stylus controls are a great asset when navigating the battlefields and ordering your troops, but admittedly can be a tad unresponsive at times; it get especially wonky when you're trying to maneuver your Prinnies by wildly double-tapping where you want them to go.

Amazingly, almost all of the voice acting from the PSP version has been kept intact, albeit with a slight reduction in sound quality. Also, it goes without saying that Disgaea has some of the most beautiful sprite-based graphics on the DS.

The only real place that Disgaea took a hit was in its backgrounds, where the lower resolution is definitely evident. Even with its minor limitations, Disgaea DS remains a great time for fans of turn-based strategy. If you haven't picked up a copy of Disgaea previously, be sure to give the DS version a try.

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Disgaea DS: Specs

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The satirical strategy RPG that is Disgaea makes its debut on Nintendo's dual screen handheld with the aptly named Disgaea DS, but not without a few sacrifices.