The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Pokemon HeartGold Version
Pokemon Black Version
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Planet Puzzle League
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Metroid Prime: Hunters
Pokemon Pearl Version
Best Nintendo DS games: all the DS titles worth revisiting
Looking for the best Nintendo DS games? Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or keen to see if there are any games you might have missed out on over the years, we’re here to help.
The Nintendo DS isn’t the newest Nintendo console on the market – that’s theNintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite and upcoming Nintendo Switch OLED – but that means that there’s a truly excellent library of games that’s built up over the years, most of which are still fun to play today.
When the Nintendo DS first launched back in 2004 with its dual-screen design, it was a revelation. Over the years, the handheld console has been upgraded several times over, but one thing that never faltered was the quality of the games you could play on it.
The best Nintendo DS games include classic SNES ports, like Kirby Super Star Ultra, some of the Pokémon franchise’s highest points, and revivals of classic point-and-click titles, like Broken Sword, which make excellent use of the console’s touch screen.
There truly is something for everyone in the Nintendo DS back catalogue, and we think you’re likely to find something on this list that’s right for you. Keep reading for the best Nintendo DS games around and don’t forget to look at our guide to thebest Nintendo 3DS games, too, for even more recent releases.
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
One of a handful of great strategy games on the Nintendo DS, Advance Wars: Dual Strike mixed smart rock-paper-scissors-esque combat with the brutal backdrop og an on-going war. Dual Strike made great use of the DS's two screens, often forcing you to fight two battles simultaneously. Perform well enough on both battlefields, and you could perform the eponymous Dual Strike, allowing you to take two turns back-to-back, often with devastating results to the enemy.
Should both you and a friend own a copy of the game (it's probably a pipe-dream at this point but...) you can actually face off in head-to-head battles. For its intense single-player campaign, and potentially friendship-ruining head-to-head gameplay, Dual Strike is one battle we could fight all day long.
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
The Pokémon series dominated the Game Boy, a tradition that carried over to the DS. While there are generations upon generations of Pokémon games out there, the DS ones are, for good reason, the greatest, building upon the original games and adding their own awesome features.
Not only that, but Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 aren't just minor updates over Black and White – they're a new addition to the series, allowing for exploration of the Unova region. From exploring the new region, to the classic turn based battles, these games are not games you'll want to miss out on.
New Super Mario Bros.
Speaking of classic games series, we would be remiss to not include at least one Mario game. OK, fine, we've included more than one Mario game, but New Super Mario Bros. is among the best. The game represents a new generation of Mario that stays true to the classic side-scrolling concept of the original Super Mario Bros. games, yet makes it a little more, well, modern.
You'll find both familiar enemies, and new ones, and you can even link wirelessly with your friends to play as Mario and Luigi in a multiplayer mode. If any game proves that Mario is still relevant, it's this one.
FInal Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy IV (known as Final Fantasy II in the US) may have originally been made for the SNES way back in 1991, but the game seriously deserved a remake for a new generation of players. Square Enix did just that.
The HD update offers newly developed 3D graphics and new added content, and not only brings two generations of Final Fantasy fans together, but also cements FF4 in the memory books as one of the best RPGs ever.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Final Fantasy IV isn't the only SNES game to be ported over to the Nintendo DS – Kirby Super Star is an excellent choice for a dual-screen game, and brings the epic Kirby adventure to your pocket. Of course, this isn't a complete copy of the original game – it also features things like new modes such as Meta Knight Ultra and Revenge of the King.
Sure, you could argue that Super Star Ultra isn't as exciting as Kirby Canvas Curse, but as a short and sweet adventure game, Super Star Ultra isn't one to miss out on, especially if you're a Kirby fan.
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: Wild World takes the popular GameCube game and makes it much more social. In the game, you and up to three of your friends from anywhere in the world can hang out in the same village and interact in real time.
You can also hang out in your friends' villages. When you're back home there's always something to do – from decorating your home to collecting new items to just lounging with the locals.
Kingdom Hearts 352/2 Days
Kingdom Hearts 352/2 Days takes place during the year that Sora was asleep, and revolves around Roxas. You'll basically follow Roxas and the other members of Organization XIII through the various Disney worlds. Perhaps the coolest new feature in the game is multiplayer mode, which allows you and your friends to play as other Organization XIII members.
While long-time Kingdom Hearts fans will love this addition to the franchise, new players will also get a kick out of it – it's not too difficult to learn, and while some backstory may help in the general understanding of the game, you'll still have a lot of fun without it.
Super Mario 64 DS
While New Super Mario Bros. is an awesome game, there's nothing better than going back to the classics. Super Mario 64 DS is, as I'm sure you can imagine, a port of the original Super Mario 64 game for the Nintendo 64.
However it takes full advantage of the Nintendo DS' dual-screen setup and adds touch screen features and even wireless multiplayer compatibility. Who says an old plumber can't learn new tricks?
Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time
The third Mario game on the list is there for good reason – it's an awesome, albeit weird, game. In Partners in Time, Mario and Luigi partner up with none other than their younger selves.
As strange as it sounds, you get to control both the adult and baby sets of Mario Bros. as they explore the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond to take down the evil invaders from space, the Shroobs. The game gets a little out of control but, in this case, that's a good thing.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Spirit Tracks sends our hero Link on a brand-new adventure, offering a totally new story with more puzzles, and so on. While Spirit Tracks is actually the second Legend of Zelda game for Nintendo DS, it trumps the first in almost every way, offering challenging boss battles and excellent gameplay.
Link travels by train, as the name suggests, opening up new possibilities for puzzles and interesting challenges.
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 are great games, but fans of the early generations may find themselves a little lost at the number of Pokémon to catch. HeartGold and SoulSilver are remakes of Gold and Silver for Game Boy Color, which are considered by many to be some of the best Pokémon games ever made, and for good reason.
The game takes place in the Johto region and offers updated graphics, touch controls, and even the ability to use the 'Pokéwalker' – essentially a glorified Tamagotchi – to take your Pokemon wherever you go.
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars Director's Cut
It's a PC point-and-click classic, but bringing a new and improved version of the original Broken Sword title to the portable Nintendo DS was a stroke of genius on the part of Nintendo and Revolution software.
The dual-screen touch elements of the Nintendo DS work extremely well with the point-and-click style of play and Broken Sword is one of the best games in the genre to show this.
The game follows the original story of George Stobbart as he travels across the world to unravel the Templar conspiracy. To draw in those who had already played the game, though, the Director's Cut added new puzzles specifically suited to the DS touchscreen, animated facial expressions, and a brand new complementary storyline which follows George's fellow adventurer Nico Collard to new locations and adds more depth to the original story.
The only downside is that the DS version lacks the excellent voice acting of Rolf Saxon. Fortunately, the script is good enough to stand on its own.
Whether you've played the original Broken Sword on PC or not, this Director's Cut version for DS is well worth picking up.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Chinatown Wars is an entry in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, and it carries on the tradition of a game in which players can roam the world and so whatever they want.
Of course, there are also awesome missions to complete along the way, and while there are a few things that have been left out in the handheld version of the game, plenty has also been added, making Chinatown Wars one of the best (and only) mature-rated Nintendo DS games out there.
List of best-selling Nintendo DS video games
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This is a list of video games for the Nintendo DSvideo game console that have sold or shipped at least one million copies. The best-selling game on the Nintendo DS is New Super Mario Bros. First released in North America on May 15, 2006, it went on to sell nearly 31 million units worldwide.
There are a total of 73 Nintendo DS games on this list which are confirmed to have sold or shipped at least one million units. Of these, 18 were developed by internal Nintendo development divisions. Of the 73 games on this list, 50 were published in one or more regions by Nintendo.
By March 31, 2021, over 948.74 million total copies of games had been sold for the Nintendo DS. As of March 31, 2019, there are a total of 139 Nintendo DS games that have sold at least one million units.
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The 25 best DS games of all time
Beef up your collection or wallow in nostalgia with the best DS games to grace the Nintendo handheld. Nintendo may have described the DS as its "third pillar" when it made its original debut, but it soon proved to be a far more durable system than either the GameCube or Game Boy Advance. By the time Nintendo had moved onto the 3DS, its previous console had sold over a staggering 154 million units, making it the most successful system the company had ever released. Consider this, not only did the DS outsell both the GameCube and Game Boy Advance, its sales were higher than the NES, SNES, and N64 combined, that’s one hell of a legacy.
Blessed with a diverse library of games, and built around a distinctive stylus that anyone could get to grips with, Nintendo’s handheld reached beyond just gamers and was just as much a hit with grandparents as it was with traditional gamers. Yes it has an insane amount of shovelware and yes some of its games rely on naff gimmicks, but there are an incredible amount of gems in the machine’s 2000+ library. The following titles will help highlight why Nintendo’s DS became so popular. Third pillar indeed...
25. Hotel Dusk: Room 215
Developer Cing may have long since disbanded but its legacy lives on thanks to titles like Hotel Dusk and its equally enjoyable follow-up, Last Window: The Secret Of Cape West. Played with the DS held vertically, Hotel Dusk feels like a virtual book where you read engaging dialogue but can use your stylus to traverse the titular hotel and solve numerous clever puzzles. The mystery behind the hotel unfolds beautifully thanks to engaging characters, a strong narrative, and great pacing, while the distinctive art style also helps it stand apart from similar games on Nintendo’s system. Cing’s Another Code: Two Memories, is equally worthy of your time.
24. Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise
The original Viva Pinata was planned for Pocket PCs, so it’s nice that Tim Stamper’s original idea has come full circle and is now playable in your hand. One of the most impressive aspects of Pocket Paradise is not only its distinctive isometric visuals but just how similar it is to the original Xbox 360 release. Granted, it lacks its spectacular aesthetics and certain elements have been cut, but the core game is all here, allowing you to tend your garden and breed new Pinatas to your heart’s content, while the clever stylus controls and context-sensitive top screen makes it easy to tend the needs of your many cute critters.
23. Pokémon Conquest
Nintendo’s decision to pair its popular Pokémon series with Tecmo Koei’s Nobunaga’s Ambition franchise makes a lot more sense when you realize just how popular Koei’s strategy game is in Japan. While some will be disappointed that only 649 Pokémon are included and that many of their special moves are missing, you can’t fault how solid the game’s many battles are or the balanced combat mechanics at its core. Like the best crossovers, it pulls key elements from both games but isn’t afraid to forge its own identity as you explore the gorgeous Ransei Region with your loyal Eevee.
22. Trauma Center: Under The Knife 2
Turn your humble stylus into a scalpel, laser, or even a defibrillator as you attempt to patch up patients in Vanguard’s enjoyable sequel. Set three years after the events of the DS original, the plot is delightfully absurd and focuses on returning Doctor Derek Stiles, who is struggling to use his famed Healing Touch (which allows you to slow down time during play). Each patient you encounter requires various techniques, from blitzing viruses and suturing up wounds, to performing delicate skin grafts and even fixing broken bones. It makes for a ridiculous blend of pressure and fun as your trembling fingers and sweating forehead would happily trade it all in for a simple game of Operation.
21. The Legend Of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass
Interestingly, Zelda’s DS adventures didn’t quite match the majesty of the earlier Game Boy games, although they remain compelling releases in their own rights. We’ve opted for The Phantom Hourglass over Spirit Tracks because we feel it makes far better use of the touchscreen and we like the way you continually have to return to and explore a gigantic dungeon rather than tackling smaller ones like in other Zelda titles. It looks lovely too, retaining the distinctive cel-shaded look of The Wind Waker and its mechanically rich, offering new items to use, while the Phantom Hourglass of the title gives you a unique way to explore the vibrant game world.
20. Planet Puzzle League
Nintendo’s dual-screen console is awash with great puzzle games, but this is the puzzler that rarely leaves our console’s cartridge slot. Known as Panel De Pon in Japan this gem of a title from Intelligent Systems requires you to match colored tiles into groups of three or more before your bin fills up. Blocks can be moved with a simple swipe of the stylus and there are a number of different gameplay modes to enjoy as well that range from clearing all the blocks above a Clear line to scoring as many points as possible in a set time limit. Throw in some fantastic multiplayer modes and a fun selection of Daily Challenges and Planet Puzzle League becomes incredibly hard to put down.
19. 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Chunsoft’s first entry in its Zero Escape series is a cracking adventure and a brilliant entry point to the visual novel genre. The strength of 999 is easily its expertly crafted story, which focuses on Junpei, who wakes up in a cabin on a cruise liner and discovers he’s trapped with eight other victims. The writing throughout is excellent, but it’s complemented by some truly masterful puzzles in the form of Escape sections which will truly test your grey matter. Filled with twists and turns and requiring multiple playthroughs in order to reach its true ending, 999 is a slice of brilliance that shockingly never received a European release.
18. The World Ends With You
Granted this collaboration from Square Enix and Jupiter is available on iOS and Nintendo Switch now, but neither can fully replicate the uniqueness of playing it on DS. Aside from its modern-day setting, highly stylized characters, and energetic soundtrack, the thing that really sets TWEWY apart from its peers is the utterly unique combat system it uses. Combat takes place across the DS’s two screens and you need to manage both at once using face buttons and the stylus. It’s maddingly frustrating at first, akin to rubbing your belly and patting your head at the same time, but when it finally comes together it delivers an experience that’s every bit as special as its unique-looking characters.
17. Animal Crossing: Wild World
Who would have thought Nintendo’s world of cute anthropomorphic critters would work so well on a handheld? Wild World took everything that was great about the GameCube game and introduced online aspects to make visiting the villages of friends and family even easier. While the loss of classic NES games was a bitter pill to swallow, its solid online aspects and high level of customization meant you still had plenty to keep you busy. It also highlights just how suitable the franchise is for gaming on the move, as the ability to go for a quick fishing session or dig up some fossils ensures none of your spare time is ever wasted.
16. WarioWare Touched!
While Project Rub is another great selection of stylus-based mini-games, WarioWare pulls off the same concept with much greater style. It largely follows the same template as earlier games in the series, giving you a few seconds to complete a specific task, but as you’d expect, the zany games on offer here make excellent use of the DS’s unique abilities. One minute you’re prodding cats and swatting flies, the next you’re covering food in ketchup or controlling a remote control car as you attempt to escape an infant. It’s ridiculously silly and while it lacks the inventiveness of Project Rub, its sheer diversity and range of games more than compensates.
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10 Best Nintendo DS Games That Everyone Should Try
As one of the best-selling consoles of all time, the Nintendo DS had a wide variety of games in its library. With the new features the DS brought to video games including the touch screen, the built-in mic, and the local Wi-Fi connection, DS games were able to try new things other games were still unable to do.
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Because of these innovations, many DS games like The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass still holds up to this day. Since these games were ahead of their time, players have a plethora of challenging and fun games to play that rival anything produced for the current generation of consoles.
10 Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: Wild World is part of the social simulation game series Animal Crossing that has the player control a customizable human who has just moved into a new village populated by anthropomorphic animals. Since the games are open-ended, players can choose how they spend their time, which includes collecting items and talking to the other villagers.
This game is significant because it introduced many gameplay features that would become mainstays of the series. For example, instead of the top-down perspective of the first game, this game has the sideways view that later games would continue to use. Also, the game introduced online play, which has remained a big part of the series.
9 Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Taking place seven years after the third main Ace Attorney game, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is a visual novel adventure game where the player as a lawyer must solve mysteries to prove their client's innocence. Apollo Justice is a rookie defense attorney who ends up working with the memorable main character of the previous Ace Attorney trilogy, Phoenix Wright, and his daughter, Trucy, to solve the old murder case that led to Phoenix's disbarment.
Along with the regular cross-examining in the courtroom and the investigation sequences outside of it, this game also introduces some new ideas to the series. Since Apollo does not have Phoenix's magatama, he instead has a bracelet that allows him to see small movements people make that give away their lies. With the wide cast of intriguing characters and a darker storyline, this fourth Ace Attorney game is absolutely worth a playthrough.
8 New Super Mario Bros.
A discussion about the best DS games is not complete without the number one best-selling DS game: New Super Mario Bros. In this 2.5D platformer, the player controls either the titular character Mario or his brother Luigi as they navigate through various worlds to save Princess Peach from Bowser and Bowser Jr.
As one of the best-selling video games of all time, it is no surprise that this game is hard to put down. The combination of simple gameplay with the variety of worlds to explore makes the game enjoyable and addicting. New power-ups such as Blue Koopa Shell added a new element to the gameplay. Also, movements from 3D Mario games, like the wall jump, were also added to enrich the experience.
7 Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is an RPG released in 2009 that follows an entirely customizable main character who is part of an angelic race that lives in the sky called "Celestrians." A catastrophic event occurs that sends the Celestrians plummeting to the mortal world, and the main character must find a way back to their former state while gathering lost fruits from the world tree.
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Along with the higher difficulty, this Dragon Quest game introduces many new gameplay features that make it worth playing. While keeping the traditional role-playing mechanics and interesting storytelling of previous entries, Dragon Quest IX introduces multiplayer functionality, plenty of customization options, and spawning enemies.
6 Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Created by Shu Takumi, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a 2010 adventure puzzle game that follows an amnesiac ghost named Sissel who has recently died. While traveling with a female detective named Lynne, Sissel uses his new spectral powers to perform "ghost tricks" in order to save lives and try to recover his memories before dawn arrives
Over the course of the game, the player will possess corpses in order to travel back in time to four minutes before the person's death. During this period, the player can manipulate objects in order to affect what is happening and change the future. This creates an intriguing gameplay loop that will keep the player hooked from beginning to end.
5 Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor is a tactical RPG where a 17-year-old male protagonist and his friends witness an outbreak of demons in modern-day Tokyo. During seven days, the protagonist, who gains the ability to see how long a person has left to live, must try to save as many people as possible.
Similar to other SMT games, the player can recruit demons as allies to fight other demons. In addition, gamers can see the enemies and must move the teams of characters strategically across the map to fight enemies in single turns, which is similar to games like Fire Emblem. With all the possible unique endings, the player will want to replay the game several times to fully enjoy what the game has to offer.
4 The World Ends With You
Produced by Tetsuya Nomura who also developed the Kingdom Hearts series, The World Ends With You is an action RPG that takes place in modern-day Shibuya and follows an amnesiac teenager named Neku Sakuraba who has recently died. With the help of several different companions, Neku must complete the week-long Reapers' Game in order to have a second chance at life and not be erased.
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With a gameplay style specific to the DS, this game is a must-play for the console. Using both the touch screen and buttons, the player can simultaneously control the characters in both the top and bottom screens. In addition, the soundtrack and various outfits are all sourced from Shibuya's popular culture at the time, creating a unique time and cultural capsule players will enjoy.
3 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is an award-winning action-adventure game and a direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker on the GameCube. The game follows Link as he travels between various islands using the ship S.S. Linebeck in order to save his friend Tetra from a life-eating monster named Bellum.
While the game contains the dungeon exploration and item hunting of previous Zelda games, this game is unique because it also has a large central dungeon, The Temple of the Ocean King, that the player must return to throughout the story. With the help of the Phantom Hourglass and other items, the player must use stealth to avoid the Phantoms in the temple. The game's innovative gameplay and engaging storyline make it the best Legend of Zelda title to get a remaster for the Switch.
2 Sonic Rush
Before his departure from Sega, the father of Sonic, Yuji Naka, produced one more mainline Sonic game that many fans consider to be one of the best. Sonic Rush is a 2.5D platformer where the player can control either Sonic or a new character Blaze the Cat. These two characters work together to stop Dr. Eggman and his counterpart, Dr. Eggman Nega, from Blaze's alternate universe.
Both characters show their own side of the story, have their own specific order of levels, and have their own special abilities. The game's smooth gameplay, beautiful level designs, and introduction of Blaze make Sonic Rush one of the best Sonic the Hedgehog video games.
1 Pokémon: Black & White
As the second generation of Pokémon on the DS, Pokémon: Black & White consists of two RPG games where the player controls a teenager who travels across the Unova region in order to catch Pokémon, battle against other trainers, and defeat Team Plasma. The game focuses on the balance between humans and Pokémon.
Created shortly after Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl, this game has updated graphics and animations compared to its predecessors. With the game's large amount of new characters and the darker storyline compared to other Pokémon games, it is no surprise that Pokémon: Black & White has remained a favorite that fans of the franchise continually revisit.
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50 Best Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
It’s safe to say that the Nintendo DS is Ninty’s most successful console ever, and we’ve compiled a list of the best Nintendo DS games for this iconic handheld!
The Nintendo DS is a console that cropped up absolutely everywhere and was owned by pretty much everyone. Business types with briefcases, mums and dads waiting for school to finish, kids in classrooms; everyone had or has one somewhere, and many people still play them to this day!
Whether you bought the original DS on release day or held out for the Lite version a few years later, both consoles opened up a world of possibilities and a whole new way to play at your fingertips, or stylus tips, at any rate.
Check out the best games for this amazing handheld below!
50. Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (2009)
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors kickstarts this list of the best Nintendo DS games of all time!
If you’re a fan of mystery titles (and let’s face it, we all are), then this long-named game will be right up your street. It’s a mix of a visual novel with commands to read and choose from, and a point and click style adventure like Myst.
If you’ve watched Bandersnatch on Netflix or ever played D&D, then you’ll appreciate all the different paths that you can go down in this game. There are so many different possibilities that playing again is never a chore.
NHNPND is a truly immersive game that requires a patient mind and a steady hand. There are tonnes of puzzles to work through and lots of precarious situations to get yourself out of.
Think carefully before answering questions from NPCs, because every response changes future gameplay.
It’s the ultimate escape room game. Twinned with the exciting narration, this is a puzzler that you’ll find seriously tough to put down.
49. WarioWare D.I.Y (2010)
From a game that requires skill and patience to one that requires you to be borderline insane, WarioWare D.I.Y is up next!
We’ve all played a WarioWare game before now. They’re weird, they’re bonkers, and they’re so fast that a cheetah would have a hard time keeping up with them.
But now there’s an added twist – in WarioWare D.I.Y, players can build their own mini games from scratch!
It’s like Mario Maker, except Wario reckons he can make money from your creations…
… he’ll do anything for a quick buck…
There are tonnes of tutorials on how to make mini-games in this title. Draw your own features or use pre-made items from any of the the other games that come with it.
Yes, the idea is that users can make games and share them with other players on the web, but there is a classic mode available too.
WarioWare D.I.Y comes with 70+ mini games preloaded. So if your art skills are sub-par like mine, then at least you can still have some good old-fashioned fun!
48. Tony Hawk’s: American Sk8land
Tony Hawk’s: American Sk8land takes the 48th spot in our list of the best Nintendo DS games ever made.
If you played and loved American Wasteland on the PS3 or Xbox 360, then you can take all the action around with you on the bus or to the office with this portable handheld version,
Ok, so ultimately this game feels a lot different to the home console versions, but it’s still a Tony Hawk’s game at its core…
… it’s just received the Wind Waker cel-shaded treatment and looks a little kiddier…
The top screen is where the action happens, with the bottom screen showing a map of the current city and where various challenges can be found.
Players can also get onto Wi-Fi and play with other users online. Still, if you’re not fussed about any of that, the one player mode is more than enough to keep you hooked.
Create your own skate parks, build skaters, and beat your friends on local multiplayer. It’s the game that keeps on giving and a bona fide skating title… even if it does look a little weird.
47. Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (2009)
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes brings action packed strategic RPG magic to the DS. Yes, that’s a lot of specific criteria to fit inside a game, but luckily Ubisoft know a thing or two about making games!
If you’re a fan of the series as a whole, then you’ll enjoy learning that this portable marvel takes pace 40 years before the fifth game in the canon.
You’re controlling younger versions of all famous faces from the previous games, conquering puzzles and upping your skills as you progress through each level.
Choose from different troops and face off against enemy armies in a sort of Strategeo-meets-Risk battle to the death.
In fact, the battles in Clash of Heroes are more like a board game than you might think. This is the most brain-taxing part of the title, with players taking painful amounts of time while moving their troops into the best areas.
Seriously, you thought chess was hard!
Go in all guns blazing (swords in this case) or charge up magic attacks to take down bigger foes. This is one for fans of Gauntlet and Fire Emblem!
46. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor (2009)
Next up in our best Nintendo DS games list is Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. So many of our lists feature a Shin Megami Tensei game. There’s just something about this series that I can’t get enough of…
… maybe it’s all the demon slaying. That’s why I’m a huge fan of all the best doom games too, after all.
After picking up a mysterious device, players discover a demon outbreak in locked-down Japan and find out that they each only have seven days left to live.
Talk about bad news coming all at once!
These RPG behemoth is jam-acked full of demon battling, demon auctioning, demon training; basically everything you can think of that’s remotely demon related.
So we know the story is engaging, but what about the graphics?
Well, the gameplay on the bottom touch screen looks tidy and plays smoothly. Character stats sit out of the way on the top screen, ready for when you want to do a bit of upgrading or battle shuffling.
If you’re a fan of the SMT games, then you can’t go wrong with Devil Survivor. Give it a try and let us know your thoughts!
45. Meteos (2005)
Another game that moves the main gameplay to the bottom screen is Meteos, keeping most the action between the main buttons so you can properly hone in and get stuck into some hardcore puzzling.
Essentially, this is basically a space-age version of Columns. Asteroids fall from space (i.e the top screen) and then become coloured blocks on the bottom screen.
Match blocks with the same symbols on them together. Get combos, and pull off special moves that take out other blocks that are still falling.
Honestly, that’s this game in a nutshell. It’s no different to Dr Mario or Colums or Candy Crush…
… still, there’s a reason those games (and Meteos) are so successful; it’s because they’re so damn addictive!
44. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (2009)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days takes the 44th spot in our list. It’s pronounced 3-5-8 days over 2, which sounds a little like a fraction or some sort of American Football instruction.
Travel between worlds as you gain information about Roxas’ origins in a story that takes place between the two main Kingdom Hearts games.
Oh, and it’s got Mickey in it too.
358/2 Days has the feel of a hack-slash game within an RPG. The controls themselves are a little clunky, and the touchscreen elements don’t really add a lot to the title.
You can play the whole thing without even using them!
Still, the gameplay is fantastic, and the introduction fo the new character customisation panel system went down a storm with fans of the series.
A solid little game that provides some back story for the die-hard Kingdom Hearters!
43. Elite Beat Agents (2006)
Elite Beat Agents brings rhythmical fun to the DS. If you’re a fan of games like Samba Di Amigo and PaRappa the Rapper, then you’ll love this.
Play as one of the Elite Beat agents, a taskforce designed to bring happiness to the world through the power of song and dance.
That’s the kind of police force that we all want to see right there!
Like The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, gamers use the stylus to do all of the hard work in this game. Get rings in a certain order and hit beats in time.
Turn spinners, hit targets; it’s basically like a musical fairground!
This game is known for being a rib-tickler, though I guess with a police force that dance for a living, you wouldn’t expect anything else.
Dance and sing along to famous songs by Good Charlotte, Deep Purple, Jamiroquai, and more!
Multiplayer allows gamers to compete against each other via single-card or multi-card play.
42. Super Princess Peach (2005)
Super Princess Peach takes the 42nd spot in this list of the best Nintendo DS games of all time!
I’ve been saying this for years, but there needed to be a game where Peach rescues Mario instead of the other way around.
And it turns out that the answer was in front of me all along and came out back in 2005.
Hey, I can’t play every game in the world as and when it comes out, but I’ve recently completed Super Princess Peach now and am glad to say that it didn’t disappoint.
It doesn’t really need the second screen, but it looks nice on the DS!
Bowser has finally realised that instead of capturing Peach to get to Mario, he can go straight to Mario. He’s taken both of the Plumber Bros, and now it’s up to Peach to save the day.
Using a parasol to kick ass and float from high platforms, Peach is on a mission to defeat all of King Koopa’s minions. She can also cry to make plants grow taller…
… not sure they needed to add that bit in…
It’s not as good as a traditional Mario game, mainly due to the ’emotional attacks’, but it’s still a fun game and a nice twist on the original formula.
41. Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (2008)
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is up next, continuing the brilliance of the very first Advance Wars title, once of the best Game Boy Advance games of all time!
There’s a strong chance that you’re going to see the first Advance Wars game for the DS further down this list, but the second title (that’s this one!) is an absolute belter of a game.
In a contrast to the other colourful war games, this one has a bit more of an adult feel to it.
I don’t meal like one of the best PC 98 games; I’m talking about a game that feels more like a serious war title, with moody backgrounds and tense battles.
It’s a apocalyptic party and everyones invited!
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is a strategy game where players take it in turns to fight against enemy armies.
Capture territories, destroy generals, and make use of commanding officers with special abilities that can help to turn the tide of a battle.
Gameplay does look a little like a bomb has gone off in a clip art factory at times, but its a fun game to play with lots of exciting and nail-biting features. It’s one of my favourite strategy games for a handheld and the perfect title for puzzle fans.
40. Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (2009)
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes Of Light is the first official FF title made specifically for Nintendo’s dual-screen marvel!
It might be a spin off, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not any good. I mean, look at Frasier; that’s one of the best spin offs of all time!
In this adventure, Players take a lad named Brandt on a quest of epic proportions (isn’t that the case with every FF game?). There’s an evil witch, a country in peril, and a dodgy deal that sparked a whole load of trouble.
As with most RPGs, there’s a class system that runs through the game. In this case, it’s all about wearing different crowns. Pick up crowns as you explore the vast overworld through both the day and night, working with the flow of time and battling enemies every-which-way you turn.
Ok, so battling isn’t as technical as the fights on the home console games, but that doesn’t mean that collecting skill points and upping magic through fights isn’t incredibly fun.
And, there’s another cool feature to make an appearance in this DS exclusive game too.
The characters change their looks depending on what weapons they are using or what armour they are wearing. It might be a small cartridge, but this is one in-depth game.
39. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2005)
Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney takes the 38th spot in this list of the best Nintendo DS games of all time!
If you’ve ever wanted to be a lawyer but not had the drive to go through all of the university lectures, then this game gives you a taste of all the sweet courtroom action.
Play through the original cases from the Ace Attorney GBA title and get stuck into a fifth new title too.
Plus, if your mic still works, you can should Objection out loud and have an effect on the gameplay.
For fans of detective dramas, Ace Attorney will provide hours of fun. Search for fingerprints, blow dust off using the mic, and check out items up close and personal using the inventory mode.
The graphics look fantastic too, with most of the gameplay appearing like clips from a Manga cartoon series.
It might not be as fast and furious as the next title in our list, but this is certainly one for those gamers that like to keep their grey matter on top form.
38. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (2009)
Some of you might be reeling by the fact that I’ve put Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars so high up on this list of the best Nintendo DS games.
The truth is that, while I like it and obviously rate the series highly as a whole, there are just other DS titles that I’ve connected with more over the years.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the top-down, open world shenanigans on offer in Chinatown Wars and get stuck in with the Triad Wars just as much as the next person…
… just as long as it’s in virtual mode and not real life!
As with every GTA game, crime pays. That’s every type of devious act imaginable too; the main rule is there are no rules.
As I mentioned above, Chinatown Wars is played from a top down perspective which feels odd compared to the usual third-person camera angle from the console games.
Another weird thing that you might have noticed is the cel-shaded graphics. I guess this was Nintendo’s way of making a mature game fit into the family-friendly title list?
Either way, it doesn’t look as good as the PSP version; there’s just no escaping that.
Still, driving a cel-shaded car into everything and anything causing explosions and mass pandemonium is still super fun, if a little kiddy.
37. Kirby Super Star Ultra (2008)
Kirby Super Star Ultra takes the 36th spot in this list of the best Nintendo DS games of all time!
Yes, the pastel-coloured Superstar returns with a cracking set of adventures for gamers to sink their teeth into! The whole gang has arrived including King Dedede and Meta Knight, and they’re ready for classic Dreamland action!
Remember the original Kirby Super Star game for the SNES? Well, Ultra bumps it up a notch, adding new games into the mix as well as updated versions of the old ones.
Let’s talk about the new games. The Arena is a game that sees Kirby fighting every Boss that he’s gone up against throughout the game. There’s a shooting gallery style game called Kirby on the Draw, and party-style games such as Kirby Card Swipe that see’s players picking the right cards.
And the best part; multiplayer.
Yes, gamers can co head-to-head or team up to play through the game modes. This is fun and frantic action at its best, and it’s all 100% portable too!
36. Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (2007)
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 takes the 35th spot in this list of the best Nintendo DS games of all time!
If you’re a fan of adventure novels, then Hotel Dusk should be very high up on your wish list. Heck, you even hold the DS like a book to play the game…
… now if Nintendo could just figure out a way of getting you physically inside the game that would be perfect!
Hotel Dusk feels a lot like Heavy Rain and other detective titles. It’s a thrilling tale involving NPC interaction and searching for mysteries around every corner.
Players control a retired New York cop called Kyle Hyde. He’s searching for items at Hotel Dusk but quickly becomes embroiled in a serious of strange events, all pointing to the mystery of Room 215.
Kyle must talk with guests to learn their pasts, interrogating NPCs while trying to maintain an air of secrecy about his presence.
Solve puzzles that Link would have a hard time sorting out, search every nook and cranny, and marvel at the artistic graphics that look like a cross between Okami and Comix Zone.
35. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (2008)
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia brings gothic ghouls and demons to the Nintendo DS. It also provides fans of the series with a new adventure that steps away from the original storyline.
In Order of Ecclesia, the Belmont Clan have gone into hiding, and an order to monks are taking charge.
Players control a woman called Shanoa, one of the monks who boasts the best magical skill to thwart the undead minions sent forth by Dracula.
Oh yeah, he’s still alive and kicking… or undead and kicking, at any rate.
34. Kirby: Canvas Curse (2005)
Can you believe that the next title in our list of the best Nintendo DS games is Kirby’s first on the console? It’s time for Kirby: Canvas Curse!
I’m not surprised he looks angry on the cover; an evil witch has turned him into a ball, and now he’s got to roll everywhere with players guiding him using the stylus.
The witch drops a magic paintbrush, which unfortunately becomes a little plastic pencil in our real-life human hands. Make tracks and paths for Kirby to roll along as he bounces through each stage…
… just try not to let him die, alright?
33. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels Of The Starry Skies (2009)
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies recently featured in our list of the best Dragon Quest games of all time… funny that, isn’t it?
Yes, the DS played host to some of the greatest titles from the canon, though IX (that’s 9 to anyone afraid of Roman numerals) was always my favourite.
Porting the game from the PS2 to a dual-screen handheld was always going to be tough. So much so, in fact, that many fans were worried it would flop terribly.
The reality is that this is a spectacular title that plays superbly, bringing all the charm of the original game with you wherever you go!
Using cel-shaded graphics akin to the Legend of Zelda DS games, this RPG mixes things up a little. It concentrates more on NPC interaction rather than the main character completing a specific quest.
You’re basically a handyman with a sword sorting other peoples beef out, like a game with a never-ending amount of side quests. Still, the individual character stories are all intriguing and immersive, creating an RPG that is truly like no other while being a bonafide D.Q game at the same time…
… if that makes sense…
32. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 was one of the most popular launch titles for the DS back in 2005, and it’s not hard to see why.
Everyone’s favourite wall-crawler always brings home the bacon on consoles; that much has been proven by Spider-Man: Miles Morales, one of the best PS5 games!
Spider-Man 2 follows the movie of the same name starring Toby McGuire as Spidey, so if you haven’t seen the film, then the game might prove a little confusing. It’s also a sequel to the first Spider-Man film based on Toby’s first movie.
Long story short; go and watch some Spiderman and then come back.
The touchscreen can be used for certain actions and comes into play for solving puzzles on some levels.
Another cool feature is the fact that levels move with Spidey, tilting and turning to show new angles as he runs and swings along. Camera angles also alter on occasion to give first person views while battling all of the best bad-guys from the film.
If you’re a fan of Marvel films and games, then this needs to be in your collection. The touch screen controls certainly don’t feel like a gimmick thumbed into a classic game, and swinging through those streets will never get old!
31. Rayman DS (2005)
Rayman DS is another launch title that drew people into buying the DS in the early days. Honestly, I still don’t know how his feet and hands work without any arms or legs attached, but I guess that’s why Rayman is a gaming hero and I’m sat here writing about him.
Ever played Rayman 2: The Great Escape? Well, Rayman DS is a direct port of the N64 version of that very game, albeit with updated sprites and touch-screen controls.
Like Mega Man, Rayman is a bit of a hero and a name that appears on many consoles. This game appeared on the PS2, Dreamcast, Windows, and a host of other devices.
But, while the Dreamcast version boasts mini games to play through, the DS version poses a simplified adventure with fewer bells and whistles.
Still, the main core game is the same, and it’s a nice title to have for anyone who enjoyed the very first version of this game on the mighty N64.
Can you help Rayman save the Fairy Glade from Admiral Razorbeard and his Robo Pirate crew? I hope so, otherwise it’ll be a short game!
30. Rhythm Heaven: Tap Into The Rhythm (2008)
Rhythm Heaven: Tap Into The Rhythm takes the 27th spot in this list of the best Nintendo DS games of all time!
This game has few different names depending on your region , though the gameplay is exactly the same. It uses the DS held in the vertical position ala Brain Training and requires players to get into the groove.
Gameplay revolves around using the stylus, tapping, flicking, and sliding along the touchscreen panel to control players in WarioWare-style mini games.
There are 50 levels to play through providing great value for money, especially if you try to hit ‘superb’ rating on every stage. This unlocks new features and secrets, as well as the chance to get a ‘perfect’ rating.
We love a game that keeps us coming back to perfect our performance!
It does take a little time to get used to, but once you’ve mastered the touchscreen controls, you’ll be flicking that stylus and grooving before you know it. The graphics are vibrant, the games are bizarre, and it’s a great party game for the toilet or the train.
29. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (2007)
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box marks the first of three Professor Layton titles in our list of the best Nintendo DS games.
Not only are these titles well put together with great video cut scenes and comic-book-style sequences, but they’re also super fun to play!
I like games that make players think; it’s why I’m such a fan of the Legend of Zelda games. Well, in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, gamers solve a series of puzzles of increasing difficulty in order to uncover a mystery.
Sherlock Holmes hasn’t got anything on the Prof, and his protege Luke completes the crime fighting… or mystery busting duo in this case!
Collect Puzzle coins to receive hints on different problems or save them up for really tough mind-ticklers. The various problems make Dr Kawashima’s Brain training feel like a walk in the park, but it’s a great way to keep your brain ticking over while enjoying a great story line.
Can Luke and the Professor uncover the mystery of Pandora’s Box, or the Diabolical Box if you’re a US reader? Have a go and find out!
28. Super Scribblenauts (2010)
Super Scribblenauts is one of those games where literally anything is possible. I had never played a game like this before and was amazed at the possibilities of the weird stuff I could come up with.
This title is the sequel to the hugely popular Scribblenauts, expanding on the exciting game mechanic introduced in the first game. The aim of the game is to solve puzzles by typing in any object you can think of.
As long as it’s in the games huge database, then that item will appear!
A mini tractor, a super-fast dinosaur, a ginormous hammer; the possibilities are endless, and the game becomes more fun the more creative you get.
I’ve never known a game with so many ways to solve puzzles. I loved Scribblenauts so much I grabbed it for the iPhone too!
How many other games can you request a blue hedgehog to appear other than Sonic?
Ok, there are a lot, but you get the idea.
27. Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training (2005)
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training was one of the best Nintendo DS games for keeping your grey matter in good order.
Taking influence from Dr Kawashima’s career in neuroscience, this game is a daily puzzler designed to keep us sharp and on the ball. With Sudoku puzzles, Stroop puzzles, and mathematical problems to solve, Brain Training provided a fun and addictive way to learn.
It also killed some time while chilling out on the toilet too.
Instead of holding the DS in the usual fashion, users turned it sideways as though holding a book. Questions appeared on the left hand side, and answers could be written in using the touchscreen on the right.
The idea of this game is to give us a brief indication of how fit and healthy, or ‘young’ our minds are. There are multiple training exercises that can be completed as much or as little as you like, but the daily brain age test is the bit that keeps gamers continuously striving to improve.
Draw pictures from memory, recall things you did a month ago, and complete fun puzzles. Over 19-million people bought this game, so it certainly deserves a place in our list!
26. Ōkamiden (2010)
Some of you may have played Ōkami before, one of our best PS2 games of all time.
Ōkamiden is, in many ways, the spiritual sequel to the beautifully illustrated original title, and features all of the same brush-stroke action in a brand new adventure.
Ōkamiden follows the story of Chibiterasu, a mythical wolf born from the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu. The Celestial Brush from the original title returns once more, as does the need to bring life back to a colour-parched world.
Now, some of you might be thinking that the picture above looks a little Zelda-like, what with the cell-shaded graphics and the Midna-Wolf vibe going on. The Zelda series played a big role in influencing the developers of both the original game and the DS sequel, which can only ever be a good thing!
Gamers can click the shoulder buttons to access the Celestial Brush, a mystical brush used to alter the world. By selecting this item, the main screen shifts to the bottom touchscreen, allowing players to get creative.
Like Procreate on the iPad, bold movements with the stylus create bold strokes, while light movements make delicate lines. Enemies can also be killed using brush strokes.
Chibiterasu can also team up with human partners to access otherwise unreachable areas and attack foes. If you like Zelda games (and let’s face it, who doesn’t!), then give Ōkamiden a go!
25. Kirby Mass Attack (2011)
Next up on our list of the best Nintendo DS games is a character that everyone should know very well. Kirby is one of Nintendo’s most lovable characters, and now, gamers can experience what it’s like to have a whole host of pink perils on the screen at once!
Kirby Mass Attack is a fast-paced, colourful adventure that fans of Pikmin or Lemmings will love from start to finish.
Like Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Mass Attack uses a different control system from the norm and one that complements the DS perfectly.
Rather than moving your Kirbys around using the D-Pad, the player uses the DS stylus to direct the pink army through each level.
Kirby has been split into 10 miniature versions of himself by a wicked sorcerer, and it’s up to you to defeat him and use his magical staff to make the pink crusader whole once more.
Multiple Kirbys are required to complete some tasks, while some levels can only be tackled with three or more Kirbys in your team. Collect fruit to grow your team, and keep an eye on their colour as they lose health and slowly drift away!
24. Wario: Master Of Disguise (2007)
I love Wario games, and this next entry on our list of the best Nintendo DS games is one of my favourites in the series!
Fans of Wario Land 4 will jump right into Wario: Master Of Disguise with ease. Slipping back into his purple slacks and ditching the WarioWare biker’s getup, Wario is once again up to his old tricks.
Not content with stealing from people in the real world, Wazza has made a helmet that allows him to infiltrate a TV Programme. He steals a magical wand that allows the user to use multiple disguises… and then steals loads of stuff.
I have always liked the fact that Wario games don’t take themselves too seriously. The main characters you meet are called Cannoli, Carpaccia, and Tiramisu, for crying out loud!
Tiramisu becomes an evil demon named Terrormisu too; it’s all just a good laugh really!
While Master of Disguise feels more like an Advance title than a DS touchscreen game, it’s still a great little puzzle/platformer that’s worthy of appearing in this best Nintendo DS games list. Players certainly won’t forget it in a hurry, and it’s a fun title to kick back and relax with.
23. Advance Wars: Dual Strike (2005)
Next up on out ultimate list of the best Nintendo DS games is Advance Wars: Dual Strike.
As the second sequel to the critically acclaimed Advance Wars, one of our best Gameboy Advance games of all time, this title was always destined for greatness.
Critics awarded Dual Strike the accolade of ‘Bet Strategy Game’ for the DS, and it sold over 35-million copies in its first 10 days!
If that doesn’t pique your interest, then I don’t know what will!
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is a turn-based military strategy game between battling armies. Think Strategeo or Risk, but just on the DS instead.
Set in Omega land, players control the Allied Nations who must fight the forces of Black Hole in a bid to stop them from draining energy from the land. Using land, sea, and aerial assaults, gamers must capture the enemies HQ or defeat all of their troops in each battle to proceed.
While simple in set-up, this is a brain-teasing puzzle that will leave you itching for more. War has never looked so bright and colourful!
22. The World Ends With You (2007)
The World Ends With You brings urban street vibes to the classic RPG-style adventure. The game is set in Shibuya, one of the most famous shopping districts in Tokyo and takes great influence from the youth culture of the area.
The title has hints of The Hunger Games and The Running Man about it, in which chosen souls are transcended to another realm and must compete to make it back to the real world.
Here’s a piece of useless information that I know about Shibuya before we go on; it is home to two of the world’s busiest railway stations. There you go; you can impress your mates with that one!
The World Ends With You really shows off the capabilities of the DS. Battle often takes place on both screens, as shown above, and gamers can use the skills they picked up from watching the Harry Potter kids to ‘swish and flick’ their stylus across the touchscreen carrying out kick-ass moves.
This game take a bit of getting used to, especially when it comes to what on earth you’re supposed to do in the battle modes. Still, it’s an immersive titles that makes use of every inch of the DS, including shouting commands into the microphone.
Everything from the setting to the graphics inspired gamers and critics alike. You can even watch the Anime series or read the Manga comics based on the game once you complete it!
21. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (2010)
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective takes the 21st spot in this list of the best Nintendo DS games of all time!
Listen, if you liked Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney, then you’re going to love this game. It’s made by the same creator, so the gameplay and graphics style are very similar.
Players control a ghost that must possess nearby objects to solve a crime. He can travel back in time before a murder in order to prevent it from happening…
… but only has four minutes in which to do it!
The premise of this game is incredible. It’s certainly unusual and a different take on the typical detective title, that’s for sure.
As players move through the levels, they must save NPCs while also trying to find out how they died.
If they don’t find out by dawn, then they disappear from this world entirely.
If you’re looking for a thrilling game with a supernatural overtone, then grab a copy of Ghost Trick! It’s hauntingly addictive…
… that made way more sense in my head…
20. Chrono Trigger (2008)
Chrono Trigger remains one of the best rare SNES games out there on the market today. If like me, you don’t have $1835 to spend on a brand new sealed copy, then you can pick up a used copy for the DS pretty cheap these days!
Chrono Trigger is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best RPG games ever made. It might get overshadowed somewhat by Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy titles, but Square and their all-star developer cast have ensured its place in gaming history, giving it the tools to hold its own against the big players.
‘All-star developer cast?”, I hear you saying. Chrono Trigger utilised the talents of the creator of the Final Fantasy series, the Dragon Quest series, and a famous Manga artist best known for his creations on a certain programmed named DragonBall-Z.
The plot is as epic and long-winded as you might have guessed from having these three legendary creators on board, and Chrono Trigger has won countless awards for both the best game and the best RPG ever made.
If RPG battles, item collecting, immersive quests, and multiple endings float your boat, then grab a copy for your DS and get gaming!
19. Professor Layton And The Unwound Future (2008)
The DS certainly had a lot of brain-tickling puzzlers, and the next entry in our list of the best Nintendo DS games formed part of the best series on the console.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is one of the finest ‘point and click’ series of all time. Fusing the gameplay of Carmen Sandiego and MYST with tricky brain teasers and a thrilling storyline, the Unwound Tower provides fun for gamers of any ability.
That’s what I and many other people love about this series. It’s not about how fast you can drive or your reaction times; it’s about brain power and solving things in your own time.
The games are a mixture of full motion video and still images, like the picture above. Using the DS stylus, players can click on characters to garner clues or take part in puzzles. They can also tap objects to see if there are any hint coins hidden inside.
Akin to the Crystal Maze, there are different types of puzzles to solve as you try to crack the game’s mysteries. The plotline draws you into a Sherlock Holmes-style adventure, and you’ll soon be considering wearing a top hat in public.
18. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (2008)
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon takes the 17th spot on our list of the best Nintendo DS games.
If you can remember Marth appearing on Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube and wondering ‘who the heck is this guy?’, then Shadow Dragon will reveal all.
Set in Archanea, Shadow Dragon tells the tale of Prince Marth and his exile at the hands of en evil wizard and a devious dragon. It’s the eleventh game in the series but, in true RPG confusing fashion, is also a remake of the first-ever Famicom title, ‘Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light’.
Like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy, Fire Emblem is known for its epic storylines, turn based battles, and character development as players progress through the game.
Both DS screens come into play in this game, with the lower touchscreen showing gamers a map of Archanea and all of the story-action and battling happening up top.
If you enjoyed the Famicom game or love a bit of Dungeons and Dragons, then Shadow Dragon should be on your wish list.
17. Sonic Rush Adventure (2007)
Sonic and Mario might have once been competitors, but these days, Sega and Nintendo have buried the hatchet, so to speak. Sonic Rush Adventure is a cracking sonic title that cleverly uses both DS screens for a unique gameplay experience.
After finding themselves in an alternate dimension, Sonic and Tails seek the help of Blaze the Cat, the coolest female character in the Sonic franchise (sorry, Rouge and Amy, but it’s true).
Blaze is a mobian cat princess who guards Sol emeralds, and our dynamic Duo need her help to find both Chaos and Sol emeralds, as well as fighting back robotic pirates.
The gameplay is, as you might expect, pretty much like every other Sonic side-scroller. It is, however, one of the best portable Sonic games and feels as though it could have jumped straight from the Mega Drive.
That’s high praise!
Expect all the same ring-collecting, speed-boosted action as Sonic and Blaze hurtle through the game’s many levels. In a nice twist, the characters move from top to bottom screens depending on how the path moves, and some mini-levels can also be controlled by using the stylus too.
16. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (2005)
We love Castlevania games here at Retro Dodo, and Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow has to be one of our favourites in the canon.
Dawn of Sorrow marked the first Castlevania adventure on the DS and a move away from the continuous battle of the Belmonts vs Dracula.
Players take control of Soma, Dracula’s reincarnation that thankfully avoided becoming the next Vampire Lord thanks to help from his allies. An Evil cult wants to kill Soma so a new Dracula can be born, but understandably, he isn’t too keen for that to happen!
Although Simon Belmont or Reinhardt Schneider do not feature in this game, the same Castlevania elements that we know and love remain. It’s a side-scrolling adventure for starters, which instantly takes me back to the early SNES classic, Super Castlevania IV.
Like Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow for the GBA, the soul-absorbing ‘Tactical Soul’ system returns as an ability that Soma can use.
The DS touchscreen provides a new technique called ‘Magic Seal’ by which players can draw certain patterns to defeat enemies, keeping gamers on the ball with multiple actions.
Dawn of Sorrow is designed perfectly, maintaining that gothic feel that Konami always delivers so well in these games with levels and enemies that will send a chill down your spine.
15. Nintendogs (2005)
If you had told me that Nintendogs would go on to become one of the best Nintendo DS games of all time back in the day, I probably would have laughed and told you to make like a tree and ‘leave’.
In fact, the Nintendogs series has sold almost 24-million copies, won numerous ‘best handheld game’ awards, and remains the second best selling game series on the Nintendo DS!
In all honesty, it’s an awesome game and I had to eat my words. Everyone who had a Tamagotchi or one of the other popular virtual 90s toys will instantly see the appeal to Nintendogs, as well as kids who have been told they can’t have a real pet until they’re older.
Readers that spend a lot of time setting up camp in Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield will love it too!
Use the touchscreen to pet, groom, or throw toys for your dog. Speak its name into the microphone to call it, and take your pooch on walks to the park, all without leaving the sofa.
Various versions gave been released covering a wide variety of breeds. There is also a Nintendogs and Cats game for the 3DS too for anyone who loves felines more than canines.
14. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (2009)
Next up on our list of the best Nintendo DS games of all time is Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, a cracking Mario Bros RPG adventure with Mushroom Kingdom turn-based battles.
What’s that: a Mario and Luigi RPG? That’s right; Bowser’s Inside Story is the third title in the Mario and Luigi RPG series, following Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and another game that you’ll be seeing shortly in this list.
Bowser’s Inside Story sees our two heroes being inhaled into Bowser’s body, along with Princess Peach, the Toads, and Starlow. Fawful, disguising himself as a mushroom salesman, spreads disease through the Mushroom Kingdom and takes over Peach’s and Bowsers castle after Bowser falls unconscious.
The Mario Bros., now microscopic in size, must navigate their way through Bowsers body and guide him on his journey to defeat Fawful and bring order back to the Mushroom Kingdom.
Mario and Luigi take up the bottom screen on the DS, where as Bowser’s escapades happen on the top screen, lending a hand in battles as a playable character.
This is a classic Mario adventure and the best selling Mario RPG of all time. It’s my second favourite, however, being pipped to the post by Number 6 on our list.
13. Pokemon Platinum (2008)
It’s time for the first of many Pokemon games! The DS certainly had a whole host of epic pocket monster adventures available, especially updated remakes of classic titles released on the GBC and GBA.
Pokemon Platinum is an upgraded version of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl with new areas to explore and a second form for Giratina, one of the game’s legendary pokemon and a key character in the storyline.
If you missed out on every other Pokemon game since Pokemon Red, then you’ll be pleased to know that Platinum keeps the same game dynamic of catching and battling Pokemon, alongside competing to become a Pokemon champion.
Dual Pokemon battles are a feature in Platinum, and players can compete in minigames in the new WiFi Plaza. Record battles with opponents or trade anonymously over the Global Trade System to complete outstanding Pokedex entries.
Many critics consider Pokemon Platinum to be the ultimate remake of the ultimate Pokemon games. With praise like that, you can’t afford not to give it a go!
12. WarioWare: Touched (2004)
Up next is WarioWare: Touched, the best coffee break game in our list of the best Nintendo DS games.
Fans of WarioWario: Smooth Moves will be all over this mental DS game featuring the Master of Disguise himself.
Back in mini-game mode, Wario is ready to party and has some incredibly bizarre and addictive challenges up his sleeve. This game uses the DS touchscreen to maximum effect, with mini-games requiring stylus-wielding action as well as shouting commands into the microphone.
Each of the micro mini-games only lasts around 3-5 seconds, meaning that gamers must be quick witted and on the ball if they have any hope of succeeding.
Connect batteries, pick noses, shoot targets, and much more in over 180 crazy mini-games. Players encounter a boss every 15 micro-games, which is usually a trickier mini-game designed to trip you up and send you packing!
Whether on the bus or on the loo (we know you do it, so why hide it!), WarioWare: Touched is one of those games that you can pick up and put down at any point, making it a great one if you’re short of time.
11. Professor Layton And The Curious Village (2007)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is the first puzzle title in the Professor Layton series. I bought this for my Mum’s birthday back in 2007 and proceeded to battle her for control of the DS from thereon out.
Fans of Sherlock and Poirot will love this adventure in the weird and wonderful Curious Village. The inhabitants of St. Mystere will only cooperate with your investigation once you have solved their brain-ticklingly hard quizzes.
They’re weirdos aright, but smart ones!
Gamers must point and click their way around various static levels, interacting with characters and searching for clues as to the whereabouts of the Golden Apple. By interacting with objects such as pipes, animals, and trees etc, players can find cheat coins that help to tackle tough problems.
The Professor Layton games are famous for their brilliant FMV scenes, a far cry from the weird video clips used in the best Sega CD games!
Critics praised the game’s graphics, puzzles, and storyline, and the Curious Village sold over 3-million units, making it one of the most popular puzzlers ever made.
10. Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005)
Up next in our list of the best Nintendo DS games is a series that many Nintendo Switch fans should be well acquainted with. Animal Crossing has taken the world by storm recently, and Animal Crossing: Wild World was the first portable adventure in the series.
Wild World is the sequel to the original Animal Crossing title on the GameCube. Like Animal Crossing New Horizons, it revolves around conversing with talking animals and thriving in a remote village.
Night and day play a big part in Wild World too, with the passing of time synced to the internal clock inside your DS and affecting certain actions such as the growing of crops or when characters are available to converse with.
Animal Crossing: Wild World is a game with dozens of possibilities and customisable options available to players. There is no right or wrong way to play; play your way and live by your rules.
Fans of the Sims or Harvest Moon will love Wild World; it provides a much-needed escape from the stresses of day to day life without providing taxing challenges or intense gameplay.
The bottom touchscreen houses inventory and design tools for writing and drawing, and both screens move with a ‘rolling log’ effect to keep the sky visible at all times.
9. Pokemon Black & White (2010)
Pokemon Black & White take the Number 8 spot in our list of the best Nintendo DS games of all time!
Released in 2010, these two games were the first DS titles to reach 5-million sales and feature over 150 new Pokemon to catch!
The game dynamic is the same as the other Pokemon titles, but the graphics and storyline set Black and White apart from other Poke-ventures. Triple battles and Rotation battles play a big part in the games mechanics, and the touchscreen can be used for WiFi connection settings.
Unova is one of my favourite Pokemon cities as it feels very different to Johto, Kanto, and Sinnoh. Also, Black and White makes use of the Dream World, an area similar to the Chao Garden in Sonic: Adventure 2 Battle.
Gamers encounter different Pokemon in the Dream World that are not available to catch in the main world. They can also grow berries and train Pokemon in a Dream House too.
Look, I don’t need to sell this to you. It’s a Pokemon game, which means it’s awesome. If you haven’t bought it, then buy it already, alright?
8. Metroid Prime: Hunters (2006)
Samus Aran is up next in this list of the best Nintendo DS games of all time!
Now, some of you might think that Metroid Prime: Hunters should have been way further back up this list or not here at all, but I liked it! My DS came with a demo of the game, and I’m a huge Metroid fan so I took to is straight away.
Fans of the Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii will be all over Hunters like a Metroid at a brain-draining festival. This first-person shooter takes place between Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime: Echoes and received tonnes of awards when it first came out.
Personally, I don’t know why people hate on it!
For me, Hunters is one of the best Nintendo DS games other than WarioWare: Touched for bringing the touchpad into play. While the top screen houses the main action, ammo, and Samus’ gun, the bottom screen shows a radar and is how players aim.
Dragging the stylus across the screen moves Samus’ arm cannon, giving you greater accuracy when blasting aliens to smithereens. It’s also great when using the grappling hook to reach higher areas too.
As well as the single player mode, Hunters had a multiplayer mode with four bounty hunters jumping into battle. If you had time to chat between dodging bombs and plasma blasts, then the in-built microphone could be used to catch up with mates at the same time!
7. Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time (2005)
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