Mean Girls DS (cancelled Nintendo DS game based on film; 2009-2010)


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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, cancelled entirely. Though the US release of Mean Girls DS was cancelled, it still has a UPC code, and the game has been sold online at least once before.[5]Here is the description of the game, from the Walmart website:[6]

  • Go up against plastics, jocks, art freaks and mathletes, as you work to play the cliques against each other and become the high school prom queen!
  • Unlock new mini games and environments

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.[7]

Official Response from Development Team

On April 24th, 2017, LMW user Flutter contacted developer 505 Games, and received the following message:

"Hi Flutter,

Thank you for contacting 505 Game Customer Support. We've been getting a consistent flow of tickets about this game, mostly from the Lost Media Wiki. Everything that's listed there is all that we know, and all that is publicly released. The game itself never made it to market, so there's no additional details that we have to offer, as this is a cancelled title from over 7 years ago. My apologies for the inconvenience.

- Kyle

505 Games Customer Support"

This confirms that the game's release was indeed cancelled.

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. Walmart page with description of the game Retrieved 1 March '17.
  7. Screenshots for the game, on Multiplayer.it Retrieved 30 Sept '16.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

17 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

17 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

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

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

15 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

14 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

12 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

14 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

12 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

12 months ago
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Source, Anon?
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Resonate Bob

10 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

9 months 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

12 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

12 months ago
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I can't argue with that
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Anonymous user #17

4 months ago
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Then again, since Mean Girls is essentially Heathers on weed and teen lingo, I wouldn't say the date "4/20" are coincidences
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Anonymous user #6

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

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

There's 5 Copies Owned
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AmericaRat

9 months 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

9 months 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

9 months 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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Anonymous user #7

9 months ago
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game was confirmed lost by a fellow user after they messaged 505 games.
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Anonymous user #8

8 months ago
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I fell like i once saw this
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Anonymous user #9

7 months ago
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So I just called 505 games and I have some interesting info.... I'll put it into a video soon ~ Sparten (Chucky)
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Morphzero

7 months ago
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Where's the video? Can you send us a link to it?
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Anonymous user #10

7 months ago
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I've located a copy. It's just a matter of obtaining it now. If I get it I'll dump the rom and post it here.
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Solara

7 months ago
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I am glad I had contacted 505 games myself. It seems to their internal sources Mean Girls DS had NO release, even in Europe. Source: http://imgur.com/a/Vm241
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Frenzynanza

7 months ago
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So I was looking around the internet for downloadable rom of the game. I found a few websites from which you can allegedly download the game. One of them has a survey and I can't test if it works because there are no surveys in my country. I found these websites by searching 'mean girls nds download' and 'mean girls nds rom'. I'm sure that these sites don't have the game's rom, but still, if somebody is willing to try it out, here are the links (of course, don't go there without an adblocker or antivirus of some sort, I was looking all of this up on my phone and I got a ton of pop-ups): https://www..../mean-girls/ (it has a survey) https://getf...oad-ita.html (doesn't work, but I have put it on the list just in case there's something about this) http://ocean.../mean-girls/

I will update you if I try to find more links that may lead to the game.
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Anonymous user #11

7 months ago
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The first link is a house-booby trap

The second link has the rom in Italian (HAD, That link is old and no longer useful)
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Frenzynanza

7 months ago
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Well, thank you for looking them up. But, if there was the rom of the game some time ago on that italian website, the rom must be somewhere, so I will continue to look for more links.
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Frenzynanza

7 months ago
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Okay, I found a link (http://suck7...ds-game.html) that seems to have some descriptions of the game. Are these descriptions from the PC version or is it about the DS, I don't know. There is also a download link on there but, of course, it doesn't work.
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Videotapes

7 months ago
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I don't know if this is right, but this page (http://www.g...0006913.html) about the french release of the game says that the game was developed by Legacy Interactive and edited by Paramount Digital Entertainment. Maybe one of those worked on translating the game, and would have more information about it?
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Anonymous user #12

6 months ago
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I've looked to no avail in flea markets, I've asked friends and family to look for me, I'm sure nothing will come from it but hey
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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I just received an Email from 505 Games saying it never realeased. I'll put up a picture when I have time to blur out my name.
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Morphzero

5 months ago
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This won't help anything. Found a youtube vid showing a countdown towards the release of the game:

https://www....=PM44L1zjx3A
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Anonymous user #14

5 months ago
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www.speedrun.com/run/yvgg5k6y

This person didn't have a video so it's unknown if it's real but...
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Anonymous user #15

4 months ago
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It wasn't cancelled, it was released, but no one bought it.
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Anonymous user #16

4 months ago
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I know collectors. If this had even one copy released, they'd own it. But it's not released until someone steals a prototype or the image from 505.
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Anonymous user #17

4 months ago
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Some people are saying it got a release simply because people reviewed the game (such as the aforementioned Kotaku). But that probably isn't true. Remember Mr. Nutz 2 on SEGA Genesis? It got reviewed by multiple gaming mags, but was cancelled (probably because the Saturn was on it's way). This might be the same case for Mean GIrls on DS
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Anonymous user #17

4 months ago
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What I mean by that is, essentially, Mr. Nutz 2 was finished, but never released (like Star Fox 2). ROMS were later released online and are mostly fully playable, if it interests you
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Anonymous user #18

3 months ago
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I swear I've seen this game at my local gamestop a few years ago when I was looking for a gift for my now ex gf. I should've bought it when I saw it! I had no idea it was lost media at the time
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Sailortheia

2 months ago
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I saw this game in 2010 at the GameStop at the Manhattan Mall so I'm a bit confused as to it being listed as cancelled. I wish i bought it then but it just looked lame lol

I will look around at thrift stores and GameStops. It has to be somewhere.
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Regularshowman

2 months ago
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That's odd. Devs claim it's cancelled, but so many people recall seeing it in stores? Maybe the Mandela effect, but something doesn't quite add up. I dunno.
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Happy Brian

1 months ago
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I know right! It's weird when people say that they remember seeing a copy of this game at a local GameStop or somewhere similar yet 505 Games says the game was never released in the United States and apparently didn't last long in Europe.

I think the Mandela Effect is the running factor behind why this search keeps getting weirder, as there is no actual evidence to support such claims that it was actually sold physically at any retailer in the United States at least.
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Svenir Már Sáronson

1 months ago
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Here's a german site which shows you could by it there until early 2012 (Girls Club - Vorsicht bissig! is the german title). It's not available any longer. That doesn't really add up with the statement that it was cancelled.

https://geiz...phist=514463
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Anonymous user #19

1 months ago
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Maybe 505 Games wanted all traces of it gone because it seemed to be one of their least popular games? I also recall seeing something like this at my local GameStop about 5 or 6 years ago.. However, I had a thought that it would just be one of those boring point-and-click type of games when I saw the cover, so I passed on it. I'm sure one day a copy will turn up somewhere though..
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Anonymous user #20

1 months ago
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multiplayer.it isn't an obscure site. not in italy at least.
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Anonymous user #21

1 months ago
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Hmm, People and 505 say it got cancelled, but some say they saw it, who to believe? 505 Trying to cover it up? Or the people that maybe saw it or it was a you think it is type of thing, who knows, but it's not likely that this will be found, this game has been lost for about 6 or 7 years, the longer, the usually harder to find, maybe someday somebody can find a bootleg / fake, but it actually has the things that the real game had, or maybe they will release it because people really want to get there hands on it!?! Who knows, but to me this will be forgotten and forever lost sometimes in the future, I'll keep on giving stuff on what I think, thank you for your time,
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Anonymous user #21

1 months ago
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I'll try to get my hands on one, btw best places to look are not English websites, also, you better have a anti virus type of thing on your PC, I did this on my friends PC, ( I gotta MacBook ) there were tons of pop ups and others, good luck.
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