DS game recommendations

#1 Posted by Lucianu (9351 posts) -

I got a cheap DS, and i want to get into it for real; dedicate my gaming time schedule to its library and experience some of the greats i might have missed. By greats, i mean the absolute cream of the crop that i must experience before i die. I got a few on my mind (i will get Dragon Quest V on anything, including this handheld) but other recommendations would help me out a lot. I wanna make a good list as my base and go from there.

#2 Posted by gameofthering (10138 posts) -
  • Warioware Touched
  • Super Mario 64 DS
  • Resident Evil Deadly Silence
  • Ghost Trick (Very good game!!!!!)
  • New Super Mario Bros
  • Sonic Rush
  • Sonic Rush Adventure
  • Mario Kart DS
#3 Posted by speedfog (3045 posts) -

Nono get a psVITA.

New Super Mario Bros
Mario Kart DS

Eum can't remember more. Played most of the times sudoku on mine.

#4 Edited by Bigboi500 (29347 posts) -

Devil Survivor 1 & 2

Hotel Dusk & Last Window

Advance Wars Dual Strike & Days of Ruin

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and Bowser's Inside Story

The World Ends With You

Knights in the Nightmare

Lunar Knights

#5 Edited by lamprey263 (23190 posts) -
  • Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • Aliens: Isolation (very Metroid'esque)
  • Okamiden
  • GTA: Chinatown Wars
  • Trauma Center: Under the Knife
  • Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2
  • Cooking Mama (yeah, I said it, guilty pleasure)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Phoenix Wright: Justice For All
  • Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
  • Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth Investigations
  • Infinite Space
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2
#6 Posted by kraken2109 (13007 posts) -

Pokemon

GTA CW

Mario Kart

#7 Posted by nintendoboy16 (26275 posts) -

-The Urbz: Sims in the City (actually a pretty decent launch game and a superior sequel to Bustin' Out on GBA)

-Dragon Ball: Origins

-Mario Kart DS

-Sonic Rush

-Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

-Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver

#8 Edited by bulby_g (1049 posts) -

I wont repeat things from above but I'd definitely add Suikoden Tierkreis to the list. I'm about 30 Hours into it at the moment and loving it. Dragon Quest IX too.

#9 Posted by soulitane (13433 posts) -

The World Ends With You and 999. The latter is a visual novel, with very little gameplay, which I understand puts people off of it, still a great game though.

#10 Edited by Blabadon (25949 posts) -

http://www.gamespot.com/forums/system-wars-314159282/sw-votes-the-best-ds-game-ever-leader-999-ends-tod-29382598/?page=1#js-message-340272028

Check there TC

#11 Posted by Vaasman (11267 posts) -

999

#12 Posted by YearoftheSnake5 (7208 posts) -

Age of Empires: Age of Kings

If you like turn based strategy, you want it.

#13 Posted by SolidGame_basic (16853 posts) -

games aren't that serious where you have to play some before you die lol

#14 Posted by Lucianu (9351 posts) -

Nice, this will give me a good idea on what to start with.

@Blabadon said:

http://www.gamespot.com/forums/system-wars-314159282/sw-votes-the-best-ds-game-ever-leader-999-ends-tod-29382598/?page=1#js-message-340272028

Check there TC

Excellent thread, and it blows my mind how much love this visual novel garnered over time. My first impression from the videos i've seen left me unimpressed - A great deal of exposition through dialogue that's setting up a chain of puzzles that once completed will allow you to progress to another exposition through dialogue and so on.

But there is a shit ton i dunno about this one, and there must something there that makes people love the game so much.

games aren't that serious where you have to play some before you die lol

Just metaphorically asking for your top favorite. :)

#15 Posted by Renegade_Fury (17056 posts) -

These are my favorites for it:

  • Sonic Rush
  • Sonic Rush Adventure
  • Sonic Colors
  • Mega Man Zero Collection
  • Mega Man ZX
  • Mega Man ZX Advent
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Dragon Quest V
  • Phantom Hourglass
  • Spirit Tracks
  • Dragon Ball: Origins
  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
#16 Edited by charizard1605 (56065 posts) -

Congratulations on an excellent purchase, my friend! The DS might be the greatest system ever made.

Here's a list of stuff you should look into:

  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Dragon Quest IV
  • Dragon Quest V
  • Dragon Quest VI
  • Dragon Quest IX
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time
  • Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
  • 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
  • The World Ends With You
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Metroid Prime: Hunters
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • New Super Mario Bros.
  • Kirby: Canvas Curse
  • Kirby: Mass Attack
  • Kirby Squeak Squad
  • Mario vs Donkey Kong: March of the Minis
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
  • Professor Layton and the Specter Flute
  • Pokemon Platinum
  • Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
  • Pokemon Black/White
  • Pokemon Black 2/White 2
  • Pokemon Conquest
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike
  • Advance Wars: Day of Ruin
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Phoenix Wright: Justice For All
  • Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
  • Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth Investigations
  • Trauma Center
  • Inazuma Eleven
  • Ghost Trick
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World
  • Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword
  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
  • Castlevania: Order of Eclescia
  • Okamiden
  • Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure
  • Dementium: The Ward
  • Dementium II
  • Elite Beat Agents
  • Rhythm Heaven
  • Sonic Colors
  • Sonic Rush
  • Hotel Dusk
  • Radiant Historia
  • Dark Void Zero
  • Cave Story
  • Etrian Odyssey
  • Etrian Odyssey II
  • Etrian Odyssey III
  • Age of Empires: The Age of Kings
  • Age of Empires: Mythologies
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn

I'll post more as and when I remember, but that should be a healthy selection to start out with.

The ones I absolutely, at all costs recommend, are boded.

#17 Edited by LegatoSkyheart (24919 posts) -
  1. Chrono Trigger.
  2. The Dragon Quest games (get them all)
  3. Pokemon (get them all of one version of each gen preferred)
  4. Okami-den
  5. Phoenix Wright Trilogy + Apollo + Edgeworth
  6. Professor Layton Games
  7. The World Ends with You
  8. Phantom Trick
  9. 999
  10. Really can't think of a 10th game. I could say Radiant Historia, but I never played it despite many saying it's amazing. The Megaman games are good too (yes even Star Force) and I really can't Recommend Mario Kart DS or Animal Crossing Wild World since New Leaf and MK7 are out and are much better games. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days is pretty good.

anyway those are my recommendations.

@YearoftheSnake5 no...Age of Empires DS SUCKS if you want REAL turn base strategy for DS get Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon or Advance Wars Days of Ruin or Duel Strike.

#18 Edited by Ghost120x (3739 posts) -

Ghost trick gets my recommendation.

#19 Posted by Yoshi9000 (387 posts) -

I will further stress 9 hours 9 persons 9 doors. Being one of the few visual novels (and well translated at that) in the west, it was such a unique and incredible gaming experience for me. Fantastic story, one my personal favorites from any entertainment medium. The Phoenix Wright trilogy is another good pick, with fun puzzles.

#20 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (6961 posts) -

Seeing as I have a 3DS without ever getting a DS, this thread is relevant to me.

#21 Posted by PapaTrop (499 posts) -

You can get the best GTA game on the DS

#22 Posted by commonfate (12252 posts) -

Radiant Historia and 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors are my two votes. There are definitely some more great games but as your OP stressed those two are what I consider to be most worthy of my time.

#23 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (24919 posts) -

Seeing as I have a 3DS without ever getting a DS, this thread is relevant to me.

It's not because 3DS is backwards compatible.

#24 Posted by smashed_pinata (3176 posts) -

The fact that it took till the 16th post ( char) for someone to name one of the BEST on the ds (kirby CC) is shameful. You have failed me system wars.

#25 Posted by Heirren (16560 posts) -

@Lucianu:

People are missing the greats.

Nanostray -pretty good top down shooter. You'll most likely enjoy it if you dig 16 bit shooters.

Contra 4- one of the best games on the console with maybe the best use of two screens. Great visuals.

-there's also some really great Metal Slug on the DS--like contra, the visuals really shine.

#26 Posted by PhazonBlazer (11615 posts) -

The World Ends With You.

Best game on the DS.

#27 Posted by illmatic87 (15157 posts) -

Congratulations on an excellent purchase, my friend! The DS might be the greatest system ever made.

Here's a list of stuff you should look into:

  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Dragon Quest IV
  • Dragon Quest V
  • Dragon Quest VI
  • Dragon Quest IX
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time
  • Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
  • 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
  • The World Ends With You
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Metroid Prime: Hunters
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • New Super Mario Bros.
  • Kirby: Canvas Curse
  • Kirby: Mass Attack
  • Mario vs Donkey Kong: March of the Minis
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
  • Professor Layton and the Specter Flute
  • Pokemon Platinum
  • Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
  • Pokemon Black/White
  • Pokemon Black 2/White 2
  • Pokemon Conquest
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike
  • Advance Wars: Day of Ruin
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Phoenix Wright: Justice For All
  • Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
  • Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth Investigations
  • Trauma Center
  • Inazuma Eleven
  • Ghost Trick
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World
  • Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword
  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
  • Castlevania: Order of Eclescia
  • Okamiden
  • Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure
  • Dementium: The Ward
  • Dementium II
  • Elite Beat Agents
  • Rhythm Heaven
  • Sonic Colors
  • Hotel Dusk
  • Radiant Historia
  • Dark Void Zero
  • Cave Story

I'll post more as and when I remember, but that should be a healthy selection to start out with.

The ones I absolutely, at all costs recommend, are boded.

This list pretty much sums it up. I'd probably add Might & Magic Clash of Heroes, Another Code: Two Memories and the rather underrated Infinite Space on top.

#28 Edited by inb4uall (5358 posts) -

Kirby Squeak Squad
Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Pokemon White or Black and either Heart Gold or Soul Silver
The World Ends With You
Phantom Detective: Ghost Trick
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow
Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass
GTA: Chinatown Wars
Mario Kart DS (you need other with it to really get the most out of it obviously)
Metroid Prime Hunters (Same as above, I recommended this for it's great multiplayer, the single player is meh)
Advance Wars Days of Ruin
Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Chrono Trigger
Rhythm Heaven

@speedfreak48t5p said:

Seeing as I have a 3DS without ever getting a DS, this thread is relevant to me.

It's not because 3DS is backwards compatible.

Wut? Did you think he said irrelevant?

#29 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (24919 posts) -

@inb4uall said:


@LegatoSkyheart said:

@speedfreak48t5p said:

Seeing as I have a 3DS without ever getting a DS, this thread is relevant to me.

It's not because 3DS is backwards compatible.

Wut? Did you think he said irrelevant?

oops I thought he said irrelevant.

my bad.