The series is no longer the cultural phenomenon it once was, but fans looking for the best Nintendo DS RPGs don't have to look too far: Pokemon has a lot going for it.
In addition to the exploration aspects, players might just find themselves emotionally attached to their fuzzy-wuzzy companions.
From the very first scene, you are initiated into the world as an outside user making contact with another dimension with your Nintendo DS.
Each host's attraction to Haruhi is directly related to in-game choices.
Her character changes to my liking as we talk and travel to different places." Japan's Internet community has witnessed relationships and marriages to avatars, though it's typically been within the confines of the virtual world.
Last month, Sal decided to be the first human-to-avatar union.
"I love this character, not a machine," said Sal, when asked about whether he can love an electronic device. I understand very well that I cannot marry her physically or legally." The courtship began in September when he started playing the game, in which players nurture a deeper relationship through game play.
Sal started carrying Nene around the streets of Tokyo and taking her to Disneyland and to a beach resort in Guam. "She doesn't get angry if I'm late in replying to her.