Mean Girls DS (Lost Nintendo DS Game; 2009-2010)


Mean Girls DS
Cover for the game.
Cover for the game.
Status Lost

Mean Girls DS is a video game made for the Nintendo DS, intended as a tie-in for the 2004 comedy film Mean Girls. The game was developed by 505 Games and was released in Europe on September 11, 2009. A United States release was scheduled for April 20, 2010, but was canceled at the last minute.[1] For unknown reasons, the game has not resurfaced digitally or physically since its release, and no copies have been accounted for.

History

Little is known about the gameplay, though the plot is presumably similar to the movie, in that the player acts as a new student at a high-school. Kotaku described the game as being "some kind of Puzzle Quest ripoff", which would make it similar to its PC counterpart, Mean Girls: High School Showdown.[2] However, according to the ESRB, it was an adventure game where the player interacts with characters through text-based conversations.[3] It is also possible the game differs from both of these descriptions, as neither of them seem to match up with the available screenshots.

The game was noteworthy for not including Lindsay Lohan in the cover, despite her major role in the film. Apparently, the official explanation for this was that it was due to a monetary dispute, though many speculate that the actual reason was the actress' poor reputation at the time.[4]

It appears that the game was a financial failure and very few copies were printed; previously announced tie-in games such as the Pretty in Pink and Clueless games were either made PC-download-only or, in the case of the latter, canceled entirely. Though the US release of Mean Girls DS was canceled, it still has a UPC code, and the game has been sold online at least once before.[5]

Despite recent search efforts, no ROM images have surfaced, and no copies have been found currently for sale. There are no known scans of the back cover, though a total of 5 screenshots were found on an obscure Italian site.[6]

Screenshots

References

  1. GameFAQs page for the game Retrieved 30 Sept '16.
  2. Kotaku article on the game Retrieved 30 Sept '16.
  3. The game's ESRB rating justification Retrieved 30 Sept '16.
  4. Wikipedia page for the game Retrieved 30 Sept '16.
  5. Page for the game on The Hunt Retrieved 30 Sept '16.
  6. Screenshots for the game, on Multiplayer.it Retrieved 30 Sept '16.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

8 months ago
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It was probably a financial failure because no one cared about Mean Girls by 2010.
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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Yeah, it was a bit stupid to release the game in 2010 rather than 2004 or 2005 at the height of its fame... But still. The film is a teen comedy classic.
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ApolloJustice

2 months ago
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Plus the DS was on it's way out by then
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Anonymous user #3

7 months ago
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It failed probably since only a few copies were made
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Anonymous user #4

6 months ago
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Did you know RebelTaxi got unseen picture of the game in a website. I don't know what website but I saw the images and We need to contact RebalTaxi about this.
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Anonymous user #5

5 months ago
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I love RebelTaxi, but keep in mind the whole "A Day With Spongebob" troll.
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Anon

2 months ago
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To be fair it was obviously just a joke and he made it very clear in the comments.
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IceFalcon

4 months ago
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Hello everyone, I contacted 505 Games regarding this game and they informed me that the game was cancelled:

http://i.imgur.com/4xEblzY.png
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Anon

2 months ago
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The US release for the game was cancelled however it did receive a limited release in Europe.
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Aranea

2 months ago
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Source, Anon?
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Resonate Bob

1 months ago
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On the Wikipedia it's says it got reviews which is strange, it has to be out there somewhere.
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AmericaRat

4 days ago
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It's actually not uncommon at all for reviewers to have early access to games that ultimately get cancelled.
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Kobochat

3 months ago
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It CAN'T be a coincidence that the two release dates were 9/11 and 4/20...
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Anonymous user #6

2 months ago
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I can't argue with that
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Anonymous user #6

2 months ago
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I'm kind of happy this game was cancelled. The movie SUCKED!
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LostMediaReviewer

1 months ago
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http://www.g...4-mean-girls

There's 5 Copies Owned
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AmericaRat

4 days ago
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This is complete speculation on my part, but the dance minigame looks like it uses the same engine that Powerhead Games used for its GBA-DS-era games, just going by the graphics.
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CelBunny

2 days ago
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im pretty sure i saw this game in gamestop at some point, i have heard rumors it got a very limited release in europe so perhaps i did actually see it, or maybe its just a foggy memory...
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Catlinconroy

1 days 11 hours 28 minutes ago
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People are looking all across the internet to find this lost game, however we don't know if the game will be found and fully playable or if it will remain lost and gone forever
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