Top DS Toilet Timewasters

Short spurt gaming at its best

Portable gaming and toilets go hand-in-washed-hand: there’s no better time to get some uninterrupted gaming going than when sat atop the porcelain throne. With the DS turning five years old in Europe today, we're celebrating some of the machine's golden titles: those games that make us wish there was a way to charge the machine in the bathroom. Here's five DS titles that keep the Nintendo Life toilets occupied.

Mr Driller: Drill Spirits

Burrowing your way to the bottom of a blocked passage may not sound like the ideal en suite entertainment, but its finely-crafted stages are just the right length for a brief pitstop, with the time attack mode enough to entertain anyone doing a long stretch. With Mr Driller: Drill 'Til You Drop available on DSiWare in Japan, it may not be too long until you can line up more than one nugget on your DSi.

Picross

Another puzzler with the addiction factor, Picross is powder room perfection: finishing one off can take anywhere from thirty seconds to half an hour if it's a particularly big one. With Picross 3D now available across Europe, gamers can take their defecation distraction to a third dimension.

Animal Crossing: Wild World

Not all porcelain pastimes are short, one-more-go affairs. Animal Crossing: Wild World takes up your toilet time with the promise of something new always around the corner: taking AC into the WC at quarter-to the hour is a surefire way to lose twenty minutes. Sunday mornings are worst, the combination of turds 'n' turnips keeping you lavatory-locked for hours.

Paper Plane

Although toilet roll makes rubbish paper planes, it turns out paper plane games are ideally suited to latrine leisure, with this DSiWare download doing its bit to keep you entertained during your daily duties. Although the multiplayer Race mode that lets you and a friend race on the same machine is unlikely to see many restroom run-outs – but hey, we're open-minded about that kind of thing – the Endless mode is extremely bog-friendly and, at a measly 200 Points, almost as cheap as pinching a loaf.

Pokémon

Pokémon games are fiendishly difficult to put down at the best of times, but the format excels when you're perched on the can flushing out the odd Weedle or Grimer. In fact, there's so many Pokémon now that we could make filthy puns about going for a Squirtle all day long, but that would do the game a great disservice: time whizzes by when battling on the bog, whether your Pokémon uses Slash, Water Gun or, er, Egg Bomb. Just hope whoever's next doesn't use Odour Sleuth.

Despite our better judgement, we're now throwing this one over to you, the Nintendo Life readers. What keeps you entertained during your routine? Perhaps you enjoy a spot of Gardening Mama, or indulge in a drop of Rhythm Heaven? Whatever your toilet tipple, let us know – but try to keep it clean, eh?