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Posted 2007-01-25 by Tony Walsh
‘Spectrobes’ Gets Collectible Cards, Community
The greatest thing since Pogs!
Buena Vista Games has announced that its upcoming game Spectrobes for the Nintendo DS will be augmented by an online community, downloadable content, and a collectible trading card system tied to bonus game material. These additional features indicate that the game will not only have plenty of replay value, but increase the chances that a distinct player culture will emerge. The sci-fi game involves waking up, training, and collecting prehistoric creatures (the phrase "gotta catch `em all!" comes to mind). The digital critters can then be battled one on one over local wireless, or in tournament play over WiFi with up to 16 players.

The Spectrobes community will offer members a leaderboard and personal profile page, including information about one's status and accomplishments in the game. Downloadables include videos, game items and characters. But what's really going to hook gamers is the addition of collectible cards, which will be "available" (presumably "sold") following the game's release. Each game ships with four translucent cards, which are placed over the DS touch screen to reveal a series of numerical holes--when tapped in sequence, bonus items are unlocked.

With a community based around in-game accomplishments, the fastest way for players to succeed will be to buy packs of the cards in the hopes of unlocking an advantage over others. This model has worked well for pretty much every collectible card game out there, such as Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic: The Gathering.
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