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Anti-Matter

Check these out my NDS games :
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My Top 6 games :
1. Dance Dance Revolution series (100)
2. Dragon Quest Builders 2 PS4/Switch (95)
3. The Sims 4 PS4 + All contents (93)
4. Portal Knights PS4 (90)
5. Final Fantasy VIII PS1 (90)
6. Animal Crossing New Leaf: Welcome Amiibo 3DS (89)

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Knighty_IX

work in progress

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


2. Aliens Infestation


3. Big Bang Mini


4. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
a. Call of Duty: World at War
b. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Mobilized
c. Call of Duty: Black Ops
d. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Defiance


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


6. Chrono Trigger


7. Contact


8. Contra 4


9. Draglade
a. Custom Battle Draglade 2


10. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
a. Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
b. Dragon Quest VI: Realms 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


11. Elite Beat Agents
a. Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!
b. Moero! Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! 2


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


13. 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 Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
e. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fate
f. Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales
g. SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu – Goddess of Destiny (Final Fantasy Legends II)
h. SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha – Shadow or Light (Final Fantasy Legends III)


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


15. Front Mission
a. Front Mission 2089


16. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective


17. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars


18. Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure


19. Hotel Dusk: Room 215
a. Last Window: The Secret of Cape West


20. Infinite Space


21. Jam with the Band


22. Kirby Super Star Ultra
a. Kirby Canvas Curse
b. Kirby Mass Attack


23. Knights in the Nightmare


24. Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
a. Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks


25. Luminous Arc
a. Luminous Arc 2: Eyes
b. Luminous Arc 3: Will


26. Lunar Knights


27. Mario Kart DS
a. New Super Mario Bros.
b. Super Mario 64 DS
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 Battle Network: Operation Starforce
d. Mega Man Battle Network 5: Double Team
e. Mega Man Star Force: Leo / Pegasus / Dragon
f. Mega Man Star Force 2: Zerker x Saurian / Zerker x Ninja
g. Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace / Red Joker


29. Meteos


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


31. Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes


32. Nanashi no Game (Nameless Game)
a. Nanashi no Game: Eye (Nameless Game 2)


33. Ni No Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn


34. Okamiden


35. Phantasy Star 0


36. 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. Gyakuten Kenji 2 (Ace Attorney Investigations 2)


37. Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum
a. Pokémon Heart Gold / Soul Silver
b. Pokémon Black / White
c. Pokémon Black 2 / White 2
d. Pokémon Conquest
e. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Team
f. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky


38. 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


39. Radiant Historia


40. Resident Evil: Deadly Silence


41. Retro Game Challenge
a. (Retro Game Challenge 2)


42. Rhythm Heaven


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


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


45. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter


46. Soma Bringer


47. Sonic Rush
a. Sonic Rush Adventure


48. Space Invaders Extreme
a. Space Invaders Extreme 2


49. Summon Night: Twin Age


50. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier
a. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED


51. Tetris DS


52. The World Ends With You


53. Time Hollow


54. Trace Memory


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


56. Umihara Kawase Shun – Second Edition Kanzenban


57. Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume


58. Wario Ware: Touched!
a. Wario Ware: D.I.Y


59. Xenosaga Episode I + II


60. Zero Escape: Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors

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gcunit

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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Knighty_IX

@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.

gcunit

@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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Knighty_IX

@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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samus1818

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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Krull

@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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Knighty_IX

@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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RedderRugfish

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.

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Krull

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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Knighty_IX

@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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RedderRugfish

@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.

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SuperLuigi111

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.

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SuperLuigi111

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

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SuperLuigi111

Krull

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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Tyranexx

Is Golden Sun: Dark Dawn worth playing? I finished the first game on the Wii U VC a few months ago and hope to start The Lost Age as soon as I'm done with Color Splash on my Wii U. After that, I thought of maybe grabbing Dark Dawn physically. I've been finding mixed things about it....

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Anti-Matter

Tyranexx wrote:

Is Golden Sun: Dark Dawn worth playing? I finished the first game on the Wii U VC a few months ago and hope to start The Lost Age as soon as I'm done with Color Splash on my Wii U. After that, I thought of maybe grabbing Dark Dawn physically. I've been finding mixed things about it....

For RPG games on NDS, Golden Sun Dark Dawn was pretty good.
It has a lot of Summons, like i was thinking it looked like "FF VII" on NDS.

My Top 6 games :
1. Dance Dance Revolution series (100)
2. Dragon Quest Builders 2 PS4/Switch (95)
3. The Sims 4 PS4 + All contents (93)
4. Portal Knights PS4 (90)
5. Final Fantasy VIII PS1 (90)
6. Animal Crossing New Leaf: Welcome Amiibo 3DS (89)

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Tyranexx

@Anti-Matter: Thanks for your input. From what I'm finding, overall it isn't a bad game. Many just seem to think that it's disappointing when compared to the first two games.

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