Topic: DS Recommendations Thread

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@annawini: It would depend on the game and price. If you don't mind used games, they usually aren't priced too badly. New games are obviously going to ask for the big bucks as these are more often aimed at collectors. Some companies like Square Enix still manufacture their own DS games; I picked up both Chrono Trigger DS and Dragon Quest V in a sale on their website a little while back.

Also, while these games are rare, watch out for for any DS games that required attachments in the GBA slot of the DS/DS Lite to play them (like Guitar Hero: On Tour).

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List of recommendations (updated)
Bolded = Personal favorites

1. 999: 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors

2. Advance Wars: Dual Strike
a. Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

3. Aliens: Infestation

4. Animal Crossing: Wild World

5. Bangai-O Spirits

6. Big Bang Mini

7. Call of Duty: World at War
a. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Mobilized
b. Call of Duty: Black Ops

8. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
a. Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
b. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

9. Chrono Trigger

10. Contra 4

11. Custom Robo Arena

12. Disgaea DS

13. Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
a. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
b. Dragon Quest VI: Realm of Revelation
c. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
d. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
e. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
f. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (Professional)

14. Elite Beat Agents
a. Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
b. Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2

15. Etrian Odyssey
a. Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard
b. Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City

16. Final Fantasy III
a. Final Fantasy IV
b. Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
c. Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
d. Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light

17. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
a. Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem – Heroes of Light and Shadow

18. Front Mission
a. Front Mission 2089: Border of Madness

19. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

20. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

21. Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure

22. Hotel Dusk: Room 215
a. Last Window: The Secrets of Cape West

23. Infinite Space

24. Kirby Super Star Ultra
a. Kirby Canvas Curse
b. Kirby Squeak Squad
c. Kirby Mass Attack

25. Knights in the Nightmare

26. Lunar Knights

27. Mario Kart DS
a. Super Mario 64 DS
b. New Super Mario Bros.
c. Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time
d. Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

28. Mega Man Zero Collection
a. Mega Man ZX
b. Mega Man ZX Advent
c. Mega Man Star Force – Leo/Pegasus/Dragon
d. Mega Man Star Force 2 – Zerker x Ninja/Zerker x Saurian
e. Mega Man Star Force 3 – Red Joker/Black Ace

29. Meteos

30. Metroid Prime: Hunters
a. Metroid Prime: Pinball

31. Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes

32. Okamiden

33. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
a. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All
b. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations
c. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
d. Ace Attorney Investigations – Miles Edgeworth
e. Ace Attorney Investigations 2 (Gyakuten Kenji 2)

34. Picross DS
a. Picross 3D

35. Pokemon Platinum
a. Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver
b. Pokemon Black/White
c. Pokemon Black 2/White 2
d. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
e. Pokemon Conquest

36. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
a. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
b. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
c. Professor Layton and the Last Specter

37. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

38. Radiant Historia

39. Resident Evil: Deadly Silence

40. Retro Game Challenge
a. Retro Game Challenge 2

41. Rhythm Heaven

42. Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
a. Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
b. Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon

43. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
a. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
b. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2

44. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter

45. Soma Bringer

46. Sonic Rush
a. Sonic Rush Adventure

47. Space Invaders Extreme
a. Space Invaders Extreme 2

48. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier
a. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier - EXCEED

49. Super Scribblenauts

50. Tetris DS

51. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
a. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

52. The World Ends With You

53. Trauma Center: Under the Knife
a. Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2

54. Wario Ware D.I.Y

Honorable Mentions (updated)

1. 7th Dragon
2. Again
3. Age of Empires: The Age of Kings + (Mythologies)
4. Alice in Wonderland
5. Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery + (Dawn of Discovery)
6. Arkanoid DS
7. Art Academy
8. Art Style: Pictobits + (Art Style: Boxlife)
9. ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat
10. Asphalt: Urban GT + (Asphalt: Urban GT 2)
11. Assassin's Creed II: Discovery + (Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles)
12. Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island + (Atelier Lise: The Alchemist of Orde, Atelier Lina: The Alchemist of Strahl)
13. Avalon Code
14. Bionicle Heroes
15. Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled
16. Bleach: Blade of Fate + (Bleach: Dark Souls)
17. Blood of Bahamut
18. Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow + (Blue Dragon: Plus, Blue Dragon: Colossal Beast of the Underworld)
19. Boing! Docomodake DS
20. Bomberman + (Bomberman 2)
21. Bomberman Land Touch! + (Bomberman Land Touch! 2)
22. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! + (Brain Age 2)
23. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director’s Cut
24. Brothers In Arms DS
25. C.O.P – The Recruit
26. C.O.R.E
27. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare + (Modern Warfare 3 – Defiance)
28. Chibi Robo!: Park Patrol + (Happy Rich Big Sweep)
29. Children of Mana + (Heroes of Mana)
30. Chronos Twins
31. Commando Steel Disaster
32. Contact
33. Cooking Mama + (Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends, Cooking Mama 3: Shop and Chop)
34. Crash of the Titans
35. Culdcept DS
36. Daigasso! Band Brothers
37. de Blob 2
38. Dementium the Ward + (Dementium 2)
39. Destiny Links
40. Diddy Kong Racing DS
41. Dig Dug: Digging Strike
42. Digimon World DS + (World Dawn/Dusk)
43. Dokapon Journey
44. Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber
45. Draglade + (Custom Beat Battle: Draglade 2)
46. Dragon Ball Kai Ultimate Butouden + (Origins, Origins 2, Z: Attack of the Saiyans Z: Supersonic Warriors 2)
47. Drawn to Life + (Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter)
48. Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle
49. Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero
50. Electroplankton
51. Emily the Strange
52. English of the Dead
53. Exclamation Warriors (Zekkyō Senshi Sakeburein)
54. Exit
55. Feel the Magic XX/XY + (The Rub Rabbits)
56. Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of the FireTop Mountain
57. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time + (Ring of Fates)
58. Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales
59. Flower, Sun, and Rain
60. From the Abyss
61. Game and Watch Collection + (Game and Watch Collection 2)
62. Geometry Wars: Galaxies
63. Glory Days 2
64. Glory of Heracles
65. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
66. Goldeneye 007 + (Goldeneye 007: Rogue Agent, James Bond 007: Blood Stone)
67. Guilty Gear: Dust Strikers
68. Guitar Hero: On Tour + (Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades)
69. Harvest Moon DS + (Cute, Island of Happiness, Sunshine Islands, Grand Bazaar, The Tale of Two Towns)
70. Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth Remix
71. Inazuma Eleven + (2: Firestorm/Blizzard)
72. Intellivision Lives!
73. Ivy the Kiwi?
74. Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja + (Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns)
75. Jake Hunter: Detective Story – Memories of the Past
76. Jet Impulse
77. Jump Super Stars + (Jump Ultimate Stars)
78. Ketsui Death Label
79. Kingdom Heats 358/2 Days + (Kingdom Hearts Re:coded)
80. KORG DS-10 Plus + (KORG DS-10 Synthesizer)
81. Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero DS
82. Legacy of Ys: Books I & II
83. Legend of Kage 2
84. Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ
85. Lock’s Quest
86. Loopop Cub: Lup Salad
87. Lost in Blue + (Lost in Blue 2, Lost in Blue 3)
88. Lost Magic
89. LovePlus
90. Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals
91. Luminous Arc + (Luminous Arc 2: Will, Luminous Arc 3: Eyes)
92. Lux-Pain
93. Magical Starsign
94. Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times
95. Magnetica
96. Mario Hoops 3-on-3
97. Mario Party DS
98. Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem! + (2: March of the Minis)
99. Meccha! Taiko no Tatsujin DS: 7-tsu no Shima no Daibouken + (Dororon! Yokai Daikessen!!, Touch de Dokodon)
100. Mega Man Battle Network 5: Double Team DS
101. Metal Slug 7
102. Meteos: Disney Magic
103. Mighty Flip Champs
104. Monster Tale
105. Moon
106. Mr.Driller: Drill Spirits
107. Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer
108. N+
109. Namco Museum DS
110. Nanashi no Game + (Nanashi no Game: Me)
111. Nanostray + (Nanostray 2)
112. New York Times Crossword Puzzle DS
113. Ni No Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn
114. Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword
115. Ninjatown
116. Nintendogs/cats series
117. Nostalgia
118. Ontamarama
119. Orcs and Elves
120. Over the Hedge
121. Panzer Tactics DS
122. Peggle: Dual Shot
123. Phantasy Star 0
124. Pic Pic
125. Planet Puzzle League (Panel de Pon aka Tetris Attack)
126. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
127. Pokemon Ranger + (Shadows of Almia, Guardian Signs)
128. Princess Debut
129. Prism Light the Way
130. Puyo Pop Fever + (Puyo Puyo 7, Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary)
131. Puzzle Bobble Galaxy/Space Bust-a-Move
132. Rayman DS
133. Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure
134. Ridge Racer DS
135. Rondo of the Swords
136. SaGa 2: Hiho Densetsu – Goddess of Destiny (Final Fantasy Legend II) + (SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha – Shadow or Light (Final Fantasy Legend III))
137. Sakura Taisen DS (Sakura Wars)
138. Sands of Destruction
139. Scribblenauts
140. Scurge: Hive
141. Shining Force Feather
142. Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution
143. Sigma Harmonics
144. SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS
145. Sonic Colors + (Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Classic Collection)
146. Soul Bubble
147. Spectrobes + (Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals)
148. Speed Racer DS
149. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
150. Star Fox Command
151. Suikoden Tierkreis
152. Summon Night + (Summon Night 2, Summon Night: Twin Age)
153. Super Dodgeball Brawlers
154. Super Princess Peach
155. Super Robot Wars series
156. Tales of Hearts + (Tales of Innocence, Tales of Tempest)
157. The Another World
158. The Dark Spire
159. The Idolmaster: Dearly Stars
160. The Legendary Starfy
161. The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
162. Theresia
163. Time Hollow
164. Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland
165. Tokyo Beat Down
166. Tony Hawk's American Sk8Land + (Tony Hawk's Proving Ground DS)
167. Touch Detective + (Touch Detective 2 1/2)
168. Trace Memory/Another Code: Two Memories
169. Trackmania DS
170. Ultimate Mortal Kombat
171. Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume + (The Accused One)
172. Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble!
173. Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise
174. Wario: Master of Disguise + (Wario Ware Touched!, Wario Ware: Made in Me)
175. Worms: Open Warfare + (Open Warfare 2)
176. Xenosaga I + II
177. Yoshi’s Island DS
178. Yosumin
179. Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship (2007 – 2011) + (Nightmare Troubadour)

Edited on by Knighty_IX



TL;DR All the games!

@Knighty_IX - terrific effort, well done you. One day I'll go through the whole post and see which games I've got/played.

Edited on by gcunit

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@gcunit thanks a lot!

Although the list is far from complete, as it stands right now, I think it's a very solid list of recommendations. Spent a lot time reading and watching a lot of reviews, impressions and other lists from multiple sites while including my own experiences to determine which titles should be mentioned or recommended. While I plan to update this list later on, I hope this would be sufficient enough to help people get the best experience out the DS library.



@Knighty_IX Can I suggest you put the games you class as your 'own personal favourites' in bold, as a way to differentiate them from the others?

I'm curious regarding your Etrian Odyssey ranking. If I'm interpreting your list correctly, you're ranking EO3 highest, whereas I'm used to people saying that EO3 is the weakest entry.

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@gcunit Bolded

I apologize for the late response, things got pretty busy as soon as you posted.

As for why I choose Etrian Odyssey III over the other two...
Short answer: Overall, because I think it's the most polished and robust that helps it stand out from the other two.

I enjoyed how it changed the class system, which adds new mechanics and loads of different options to strategize with, making the gameplay feel even more expansive (if not better) and than the previous entries. There is a lot of experimenting to be had when choosing skills that best suits your character, and dual-classing gives it that extra layer of in-depth customization (similar to Final Fantasy V's job system). Even the inclusion of the sub-classing and the sixth slot makes it a lot less tedious to learn new skills and combat enriching respectively.

It's the only one that has multiple endings providing some replay value, an actually decent story despite not being the series main emphasis (until the Untold remakes), and I enjoyed its soundtrack slightly more than its predecessors (boss battle themes in particular are fantastic). The auto-pilot feature and the plenty of shortcuts it provides helps to make the dungeon crawling aspect a much smoother paced experience. And hey, defeating F.O.Es can now give you experience points too, unlike before.

I did find it easier than the other two, which could be the main issue with the more hardcore fans. However, when I went through the trilogy in order of release, I personally found myself enjoying the third game the most. (In conclusion), with its own improved combat mechanics through its revised class system, sub-classing and dual-classing for variety of options, a good story that the other two were lacking, tools to help streamline the dungeon crawling, great highlights in its soundtrack, and multiple endings to encourage replay all leads me to believe it's the most robust and polished entry out of the three DS titles.

Definitely looking forward to Etrian Odyssey III Untold

Edited on by Knighty_IX



I rarely see these two games mentioned anywhere. I've played and finished Final fantasy 4 Heroes of Light-Not Pt. 4 but there's 4 heroes-and Final fantasy 12 Revenant Wings. 4 Heroes, looks like the inspiration to Bravely Default. I'm happy they kind of brought back 4 heroes because back in the day it got ok reviews. P.S. I still need to get to Bravely Default. I want to play that game.
FF 12 Revenant is NOTHING like the original or re-released FF 12 (same characters but different levels). It's a Final Fantasy game that's really different from any other FF game I've played; this game is like Pikmin. You have to summon monsters to help you, you summon one Esper along side your weaker monsters, you're also using 4 main human characters, and you direct everyone towards your enemies. I really like both, and they both sort of deviate from the usual FF layout.



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