It won the battle for worse version of the same game. Kudos to you, DS iteration.
Battle for New York is a very loose retelling of the first couple of issues of Ultimate Spider-man, and it used beautiful comic-like panels as cut-scenes, as well as top notch voice acting. It also uses the same engine as Ultimate Spider-man, so it looks gorgeous. There's not much else that I haven't said on the GBA version's review, it's the same story, the same comic-book panels.
First let's go over the Spider-man stages: Most of the time he has to rescue people, same as before, except that now it's made extra annoying. The time limit to rescue hostages is very tight, so if you can't find it in time, chances are you're gonna have to start the stage from scratch. It's hilarious because the 'time' is supposed to be their health, but even if you prevent the enemy from harming them any longer, it will still decrease continually, so don't be surprised if you lost as you were trying to deplete the bad guy's life bar. Ultimate Spider-man's tacked-on forced touch-screen activities are back but worse. Using computers is extra annoying now, and there's a new 'web the door' activity used to close off doors to prevent enemies from spawning. Problem is... they can attack you while you are trying to close the door. Even better, as soon as you finish a touch-screen activity, the game immediately resumes so you might want to have that styles on your mouth or something, and yes, you'll want the stylus precision for the annoying web-door minigames.
Spider-man Battle for New York on the Nintendo DS is EASILY the worst Spider-man game I've played yet. What hurts the most is that they had a brilliant plot, they had beautiful cutscenes, fantastic artwork and the already decent Ultimate Spider-man engine. But they screwed it up.
2.0 out of 10