SNK vs. Capcom Card Fighters DS
begins with what is sure to contend for, "Most Ridiculous Story Ever." After creating a character, you are entered into a Card Battle Tournament at the Card Tower. Shortly after arriving at the tower, its computer system, MAX, takes over the entire building, trapping you inside. Somehow or another the computer has kidnapped the tower's creator and brainwashed all of the other Card Battlers, leaving you the lone "free mind" to ascend the tower, battle all of the other players and defeat MAX. Alright, if you're going by Yu-Gi-Oh
standards, it isn't THAT absurd of a setup, but the translation work is incredibly sloppy so it comes off even worse than it probably is. Words are misused, misspelled, or outright wrong. Worse yet, reading is a major gameplay aspect, placing a sizeable roadblock in the way before you enter your first match.
The tower is split into two sections, SNK and Capcom. Depending on which tower you are in, you will have access to cards based on each of the company's bigger franchises. Most of the characters that appear in the game are from each company's portfolio of fight games, however a few non-fighting game characters sneak in like Phoenix Wright, Dr. Wiley and Dante. Characters have special abilities, though the poor translation makes it hard to figure out what each does. Sometimes the information is hard to read, while at other times it is wrong.
The single-player game is crippled by a game-ending bug that occurs when battling a certain character for a second time. After challenging the character a second time, the game crashes. This shouldn't pose much of an issue for players who want to play through the game once, though the OCD completist players will certainly have a problem. A fix is already on the way and the company is even offering a trade-in if you've already purchased the game.
The single-player game is joined by local head-to-head, multi-cart play and the ability to trade cards with friends.