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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Check these out my NDS games :

My Top 5 games :
1. Dance Dance Revolution series (10 / 10)
2. The Sims series (9 / 10)
3. Portal Knights Switch (9 / 10)
4. Animal Crossing New Leaf 3DS (9 / 10)
5. ARMS (8 / 10)

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List of recommendations in progress...

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

2. Animal Crossing: Wild World

3. Big Bang Mini

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

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

6. Chrono Trigger

7. Contra 4

8. 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

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

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

11. 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
e. Final Fantasy Legend II – Goddess of Destiny (SaGa 2: Hiho Densetsu)
f. Final Fantasy Legend III – Shadow or Light (SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha)

12. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
a. Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem - Heroes of Light and Shadow

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

14. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

15. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

16. Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure

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

18. Infinite Space

19. Daigasso! Band Brothers
a. Jam with the Band (Daigasso! Band Brothers DX)

20. Jump Super Stars
a. Jump Ultimate Stars

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

22. Knights in the Nightmare

23. 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

24. 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
f. Mega Man Battle Network 5: Double Team DS
g. Mega Man Battle Network: Operate Star Force (Rockman.EXE Operate Shooting Star)

25. Meteos

26. Metroid Prime: Hunters
a. Metroid Prime: Pinball

27. Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes

28. Ni No Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn

29. Okamiden

30. 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)

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

32. 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

33. Radiant Historia

34. Resident Evil: Deadly Silence

35. Retro Game Challenge
a. Retro Game Challenge 2

36. Rhythm Heaven

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

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

39. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter

40. Soma Bringer

41. Sonic Rush
a. Sonic Rush Adventure

42. Space Invaders Extreme
a. Space Invaders Extreme 2

43. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier
a. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier – EXCEED

44. Tetris DS

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

46. The World Ends With You

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

48. Wario Ware D.I.Y

49. Xenosaga I + II

50. Zero Escape: Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors

Honorable Mentions

1. 7 Wonder of the Ancient World/7 Wonders II
2. 7th Dragon
3. Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!!
4. Again
5. Age of Empires: The Age of Kings + (Mythologies)
6. Air Traffic Chaos
7. Alice in Wonderland
8. Aliens: Infestation
9. Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery + (Dawn of Discovery)
10. Arkanoid DS
11. Art Academy
12. Art Style: Pictobits + (Art Style: Boxlife)
13. ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat
14. Asphalt: Urban GT + (Asphalt: Urban GT 2)
15. Assassin's Creed II: Discovery + (Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles)
16. Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island + (Atelier Lise: The Alchemist of Orde, Atelier Lina: The Alchemist of Strahl)
17. Avalon Code
18. Away: Shuffle Dungeon
19. Bangai-O Spirits
20. Batman: The Brave and the Bold The Videogame
21. Bionicle Heroes
22. Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled
23. Bleach: Blade of Fate + (Bleach: Dark Souls)
24. Blood of Bahamut
25. Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow + (Blue Dragon: Plus, Blue Dragon: Colossal Beast of the Underworld)
26. Boing! Docomodake DS
27. Bomberman + (Bomberman 2, Bomberman Land Touch!, Bomberman Land Touch! 2)
28. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! + (Brain Age 2)
29. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director’s Cut
30. Brothers In Arms DS
31. C.O.P – The Recruit
32. C.O.R.E
33. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare + (Modern Warfare 3 – Defiance)
34. Chibi Robo!: Park Patrol + (Happy Rich Big Sweep)
35. Children of Mana + (Heroes of Mana)
36. Chronos Twins
37. Cid to Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon - Tokiwasure no Meikyuu DS+
38. Color Cross
39. Commando Steel Disaster
40. Contact
41. Cooking Mama + (Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends, Cooking Mama 3: Shop and Chop)
42. Coropata
43. Crash of the Titans
44. Crimson Room (SuperLite 2500)
45. Cross Treasures
46. Culdcept DS
47. Custom Robo Arena
48. Dawn of Heroes
49. de Blob 2
50. Dementium the Ward + (Dementium 2)
51. Desktop Tower Defense
52. Destiny Links
53. Diddy Kong Racing DS
54. Dig Dug: Digging Strike
55. Digimon World DS + (World Dawn/Dusk)
56. Disgaea DS
57. Dokapon Journey
58. Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber
59. Draglade + (Custom Beat Battle: Draglade 2)
60. Dragon Ball Kai Ultimate Butouden + (Origins, Origins 2, Z: Attack of the Saiyans Z: Supersonic Warriors 2)
61. Drawn to Life + (Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter)
62. Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle
63. Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero
64. Electroplankton
65. Element Hunters
66. Emily the Strange
67. English of the Dead
68. Exclamation Warriors (Zekkyō Senshi Sakeburein)
69. Exit
70. Fast Food Panic
71. Feel the Magic XX/XY + (The Rub Rabbits)
72. Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of the FireTop Mountain
73. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time + (Ring of Fates)
74. Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales
75. Flower, Sun, and Rain
76. From the Abyss
77. G.G. Series Collection Plus
78. Game and Watch Collection + (Game and Watch Collection 2)
79. Geometry Wars: Galaxies
80. Giana Sisters DS
81. Glory Days 2
82. Glory of Heracles
83. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
84. Goldeneye 007 + (Goldeneye 007: Rogue Agent, James Bond 007: Blood Stone)
85. Guilty Gear: Dust Strikers
86. Guitar Hero: On Tour + (Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades)
87. Harvest Moon DS + (Cute, Island of Happiness, Sunshine Islands, Grand Bazaar, The Tale of Two Towns)
88. Hero's Saga Laevatein Tactics
89. Hokuto no Ken: Hokuto Kami Denshousha no Michi
90. Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth Remix
91. Illust Logic DS + Colorful Logic
92. Inazuma Eleven + (2: Firestorm/Blizzard)
93. Intellivision Lives!
94. Ivy the Kiwi?
95. Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja + (Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns)
96. Jake Hunter: Detective Story – Memories of the Past
97. Jet Impulse
98. Kaiju Busters / Kaiju Busters Powered
99. Ketsui Death Label
100. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days + (Kingdom Hearts Re:coded)
101. Kira Kira Pop Princess / Pop Town
102. Know How 1&2
103. Konami Classic Series: Arcade Hits
104. KORG DS-10 Plus + (KORG DS-10 Synthesizer)
105. Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero DS
106. Legacy of Ys: Books I & II
107. Legend of Kage 2
108. Lego Rock Band
109. Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ
110. Lock’s Quest
111. Logic Cubes
112. Loopop Cub: Lup Salad + (Loopop Cube: Loop * Salad DS )
113. Lost in Blue + (Lost in Blue 2, Lost in Blue 3)
114. Lost Magic
115. LovePlus
116. Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals
117. Luminous Arc + (Luminous Arc 2: Will, Luminous Arc 3: Eyes)
118. Lunar Knights
119. Lux-Pain
120. Maestro! Jump in Music
121. Magical Starsign
122. Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times
123. Magnetica
124. Mario Hoops 3-on-3
125. Mario Party DS
126. Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem! + (2: March of the Minis)
127. Mawashite Tsunageru Touch Panic
128. Meccha! Taiko no Tatsujin DS: 7-tsu no Shima no Daibouken + (Dororon! Yokai Daikessen!!, Touch de Dokodon)
129. Metal Slug 7
130. Meteos: Disney Magic
131. Mighty Flip Champs
132. Monster Rancher DS
133. Monster Tale
134. Moon
135. Mr.Driller: Drill Spirits
136. Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer
137. N+
138. Namco Museum DS
139. Nanashi no Game + (Nanashi no Game: Me)
140. Nanostray + (Nanostray 2)
141. Nervous Brickdown
142. Neves
143. New York Times Crossword Puzzle DS
144. Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword
145. Ninjatown
146. Nintendogs/cats series
147. Nodame Cantabile/Nodame Cantabile Tanoshii Ongaku no Jikan desu
148. Nostalgia
149. One Piece Gigant Battle 2
150. Ontamarama
151. Orcs and Elves
152. Over the Hedge
153. Pac ‘n Roll
154. Pang Magical Michael
155. Panzer Tactics DS
156. Peggle: Dual Shot
157. Phantasy Star 0
158. Pic Pic
159. Picross DS + (Picross 3D)
160. Planet Puzzle League
161. Planet Puzzle League (Panel de Pon aka Tetris Attack)
162. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
163. Pokemon Ranger + (Shadows of Almia, Guardian Signs)
164. Princess Debut
165. Prism Light the Way
166. Puchi Puchi Virus
167. Puyo Pop Fever + (Puyo Puyo 7, Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary)
168. Puzzle Bobble Galaxy/Space Bust-a-Move
169. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
170. Rayman DS
171. Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure
172. Ridge Racer DS
173. River City Super Sports Challenge
174. Robocalypse
175. Rondo of the Swords
176. Rooms: The Main Building
177. Sakura Taisen DS (Sakura Wars)
178. Sands of Destruction
179. Scribblenauts + (Super Scribblenauts)
180. Scurge: Hive
181. Shining Force Feather
182. Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution
183. Sideswiped
184. Sigma Harmonics
185. Simple DS Series Vol.18 - The Soukou Kihei Gun Ground
186. SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS
187. Sokoban DS
188. Sonic Colors + (Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Classic Collection)
189. Soul Bubble
190. Spectral Force Genesis
191. Spectrobes + (Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals)
192. Speed Racer DS
193. Spider-man Web of Shadows / Spiderman Shattered Dimensions
194. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
195. Star Fox Command
196. Style Savvy
197. Suikoden Tierkreis
198. Summon Night + (Summon Night 2, Summon Night: Twin Age)
199. Super Dodgeball Brawlers
200. Super Princess Peach
201. Super Robot Wars series
202. Tales of Hearts + (Tales of Innocence, Tales of Tempest)
203. The Another World
204. The Dark Spire
205. The Idolmaster: Dearly Stars
206. The Legend of Kage 2
207. The Legendary Starfy
208. The Urbz: Sims in the City
209. The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
210. Theresia
211. theta
212. Time Hollow
213. Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland + (Tingle's Balloon Fight DS)
214. Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 1st Love Plus + (Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2nd Season)
215. Tokyo Beat Down
216. Tony Hawk's American Sk8Land + (Tony Hawk's Proving Ground DS)
217. Touch Detective + (Touch Detective 2 1/2)
218. Trace Memory/Another Code: Two Memories
219. Trackmania DS
220. Ultimate Mortal Kombat
221. Umihara Kawase Shun Second Edition Kanzenban
222. Utacchi
223. Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
224. Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble!
225. Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise
226. Wario: Master of Disguise + (Wario Ware Touched!, Wario Ware: Made in Me)
227. Witch's Wish
228. Worms: Open Warfare + (Open Warfare 2)
229. Yakuman DS
230. Yoshi’s Island DS
231. Yosumin
232. Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship (2007 – 2011) + (Nightmare Troubadour)
233. Zoo Keeper

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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.

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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

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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.



@Knighty_IX That is a seriously awesome list. Just bought myself a secondhand DS, as I feel the need to dig back into Nintendo classics, given that all we're going to get on Switch are NES games for the foreseeable. I will be checking this a fair bit over the next year, as I scout secondhand game stores for hidden treasures!

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@Krull thank you for the compliment, the DS has tons of great games to choose from and I hope this list will prove beneficial to your search.

Happy gaming!

  • I should note that the list still isn't finalized yet, as there are many DS games that I have yet to beat and there's plenty more games unmentioned as well but it's gotten so overwhelming that I haven't refined this list for months. I'm still open to any suggestions to make any changes to this list but I haven't gotten a lot replies so it's been kinda difficult.

I would also refer to another Nintendo Life user: @Late

Who's well-versed with the DS library if you have any questions to ask.

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I put hundreds of hours into Dragon Quest IX's post game, and I still have a lot that I haven't done yet. I'll just pull it out every once in a while and get hooked exploring grottos again for a few weeks. I even bought a second copy and played the game's first hour 30 times to get the 30 inn guests required to upgrade it fully.

I have around 30-40 DS games, but I could lose all of them except DQIX and Warioware DIY and I probably wouldn't be too upset.

Still waiting for Atlus to make Snowboard Kids 3


My collection is starting off with Metroid Prime Hunters, Mario 64 DS and Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings, which I'm all very happy with (it was an eBay deal). DQIX is pretty much top of my want list, though.

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@ReaderRagfish I loved reading the comics in Wario Ware D.I.Y for their visual gag humor and found myself going back to it daily just so I can read the new comics outside of making terrible mini games. It bummed me out that it ended shortly, wished it could've just kept on going forever. I also kept coming back to Jimmy T.'s mini games just for the theme song, Body Rock, it's catchy and it rhythmically fits the flow of the mini games making it an enjoyable experience trying to beat your old high score.

I liked how Dragon Quest IX included bosses from previous games and referenced past characters with personalized armor/outfit and hairstyle. Spent hours trying to obtain every single class to experiment with new abilities (one of the requirements for a certain class was to kill a number of monsters with spike damage). Unfortunately I never had the chance to dabble in its multiplayer, but the amount of customization in this game is incredible, just the idea of being able to create your own party members however you like is by far one of my favorite aspects of this game.

@Krull I would certainly recommend Dragon Quest IX, and if you're interested in more Dragon Quest games then you should definitely look into Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride and Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime.

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@Knighty_IX I'm a bit of a creative type, so I never got tired of making silly games with incredibly strange artwork. I also liked the comics and how you could get DIY showcase on the Wii Shop Channel and play your games on the TV, and it also included a new batch of games and comics. Too bad the shop's closing though.

I knew a couple of other people who had DQIX, and the multiplayer was great. It also gave you an advantage, since only main player characters can learn egg on, so three people can egg on a gladiator to quickly increase their tension to 100, and the gladiator can use double up and then hatchet man. I've done over 10000 damage in one hit this way.

@Krull IX is my personal favorite, but you really can't go wrong with any of the DS Dragon Quest games.

Still waiting for Atlus to make Snowboard Kids 3


Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Severely overlooked game. It is a full-on 3D platformer that is shockingly well made and one of the best games I have played on the system.

I'm sure a lot of people already know this one, but Cop: The Recruit. Basically GTA on the DS. Amazing from a technical standpoint and proves that many developers were lazy and did not push the console to its full potential.

Also, Eragon. Yeah, the adaptation of that ill-received movie. It is actually quite an amazing game with a huge open world. Basically Legend of Zelda proper on the DS. Check it out for sure.



Been thinking about getting Super Princess Peach. Just one of those games I forgot about.

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My DS Lite has arrived. Sure, it's a bit gunky, but it cost peanuts. And I found a copy of Dragon Quest IX in a secondhand shop already, so I'm good to go!

If anyone has any tips on cleaning out the gunk round the edges of a DS Lite, I'd happily hear it!

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