Hint #1 - Ready... Aim... Pick & Choose?
Setting up your items is important. Broad Shot is easy to get, as is Bomb Shot. Both have the possibility to shoot down multiple colors of Invaders at the same time, screwing up a streak towards your next item, so be careful. Shields are always useful, but don't combine well with the most powerful weapon, the laser, which indiscriminately cuts through just about anything. Make sure you know exactly what you're looking for in order to achieve the most desired result.
Hint #2 - Don't Kill Too Many At Once... What?!?
When attacking with the Bomb Shot, the Broad Shot, or the laser, you can cut down several Invaders at once. This is great for clearing the level, but it doesn't help when it comes to trying to set up future items. If you've got a batch of one color on the left or the right, aim for the far left (or far right) tip of the group, and you may avoid hitting Invaders of a different color before the item is earned.
Hint #3 - Halt! Stop That Item!
Want to hold onto the item's effect after it's earned and use your regular shot (or just save it until the Invaders are in place)? Simply hold in the "L" or "R" button and you'll return to your regular shot until you release the button.
Hint #4 - Ships 'B' Fun
Want to "alter" the Invaders you're attacking your opponent with? That's what those space ships are for that zip across the lower screen are for! Knowing their effects can make your attacks that much more annoying. While yes, you could always send Normal Invaders over, wouldn't Reflecting Invaders or Assault Invaders be just so much more fun? :)
Hint #5 - Paddle Controller
Arkanoid DS is compatible with the Paddle Controller attachment that fits into the GameBoy Advance port (Slot-2). The paddle is sold separately and is not available in the United States, but can be imported. Keep in mind, the paddle controller is compatable with the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DS Lite, but it will not be compatable with the upcoming Nintendo DSi system.
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