Grand Theft Auto DS Screenshots: Drug Dealing, Carnage, Hotwiring Cars and Tattoo Inking

By Chris Faylor, Oct 21, 2008 11:46am PDT The first digital screenshots of Rockstar Leed's Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars have debuted via Edge, showing off numerous aspects of the first GTA on Nintendo DS.

The screenshots include images of hotwiring a car with a screwdriver, tattoo inking and drug dealing, along with the series' standard predilection towards chaos. The game is slated to hit retailers by January 31, 2009.

In addition, Rockstar revealed several new mini-games, such as one that has players aiming a gas pump with the stylus to bottle and make a Molotov cocktail. Another will see players punching out the rear window of a car that's rapidly sinking in water.

"Nintendo wanted us to make GTA...they didn't want us to make a GTA for kids," Rockstar creative VP Dan Houser explained earlier this year. "[Grand Theft Auto] can't be softened to make it family-friendly--that's not the game we're making. We've never not done well by sticking to our guns."

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  • Looks too "top down" for my tastes. I love the 3D GTA games but I have never managed to get into the top-down ones because I can't see WTF I am going and hit things that aren't on screen yet or miss corners, etc.

    I guess you learn the map and where the corners are after a while but I don't ever enjoy myself enough to play for that long.

    These shots show a bit of distance/perspective but I fear it won't be enough for me. Would like to see it in motion, though. Maybe the camera pans up a bit? Or maybe the draw distance would be too much for the hardware. (Or maybe there's a large map or something on the other screen? That might work, so you know roughly what's up ahead.)