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Anti-Matter

Check these out my NDS games :
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The things i LOVE :
1. Dance Dance Revolution
2. Eurobeat songs
3. Japan
4. Six pack dudes
5. Cute Chibi looking
6. Boxing & Kickboxing
7. Girly games
8. Life simulation games
9. White & Blue colors
10. Anthro animals

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Knighty_IX

work in progress

1. 7th Dragon


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


3. Aliens: Infestation


4. Animal Crossing: Wild World


5. Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island


6. Big Bang Mini


7. 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


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


9. Chrono Trigger


10. Contra 4


11. Disgaea DS


12. Draglade
a. Custom Beat Battle: Draglade 2


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


14. Drawn to Life
a. Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter


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


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


17. Final Fantasy III
a. Final Fantasy IV
b. Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light
c. Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales
d. Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
e. Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
f. SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu – Goddess of Destiny (Final Fantasy Legend II)
g. SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha – Shadow or Light (Final Fantasy Legend III)


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


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


20. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective


21. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars


22. Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure


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


24. Infinite Space


25. Jam with the Band


26. Jump! Ultimate Stars


27. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days


28. Kirby Super Star Ultra
a. Kirby: Canvas Curse
b. Kirby Mass Attack


29. Knights in the Nightmare


30. Legend of Kage 2


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


32. Legendary Starfy


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


34. Lunar Knights


35. Magical Starsign


36. 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
e. Mario vs Donkey Kong: March of the Minis!
f. Mario vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!
g. Mario Hoops: 3-on-3
h. Mario Party DS


37. Mega Man ZX
a. Mega Man ZX Advent
b. Mega Man Zero Collection
c. Mega Man Battle Network 5 – Double Team
d. Mega Man Star Force – Pegasus / Dragon / Leo
e. Mega Man Star Force 2 – Zerker x Ninja / Zerker x Saurian
f. Mega Man Star Force 3 – Black Ace / Red Joker
g. Rockman EXE – Operate Shooting Star (Mega Man Battle Network: Operation Starforce)


38. Meteos


39. Metroid Prime: Hunters
a. Metroid Prime: Pinball


40. Might and Magic: Clash of Hereos


41. Monster Tale


42. Nanashi no Game (Nameless Game)
a. Nanashi no Game: Eye (Nameless Game: Me)


43. Nanostray
a. Nanostray 2


44. Ni no Kuni – Dominion of the Dark Djinn


45. Ninja Gaiden – Dragon Sword


46. Okaeri! Chibi-Robo! Happy Rich Oosouji


47. Okamiden


48. Phantasy Star 0


49. 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 Edgworth
e. Gyakuten Kenji 2 (Ace Attorney Investigations 2)


50. Picross DS
a. Picross 3D


51. Pokemon Diamond / Pearl / Platinum
a. Pokemon Heart Gold / Soul Silver
b. Pokemon Black / White
c. Pokemon Black 2 / White 2
d. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon – Blue Rescue Team
e. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon – Explorers of Time / Darkness / Sky
f. Pokemon Conquest


52. 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


53. Radiant Historia


54. Resident Evil: Deadly Silence


55. Retro Game Challenge
a. GameCenter CX: Arino no Chōsenjō 2 (Retro Game Challenge 2)


56. Rhythm Heaven


57. Rondo of Swords


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


59. Scribblenauts
a. Super Scribblenauts


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


61. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter


62. Soma Bringer


63. Sonic Rush
a. Sonic Rush: Adventure


64. Space Invaders Extreme
a. Space Invaders Extreme 2


65. Suikoden Tierkreis


66. Summon Night: Twin Age
a. Summon Night
b. Summon Night 2
c. Summon Night X: Tears Crown


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


68. Tales of the Tempest
a. Tales of Innocence
b. Tales of Hearts - Anime Movie Edition


69. Tetris DS


70. The World Ends With You


71. Time Hollow


72. Trace Memory


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


74. Umihara Kawase Shun – Second Edition Kanzenban


75. Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume


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


77. Xenosaga Episode I + II


78. Zero Escape: Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors

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Knighty_IX

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.

Knighty_IX

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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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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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.

The things i LOVE :
1. Dance Dance Revolution
2. Eurobeat songs
3. Japan
4. Six pack dudes
5. Cute Chibi looking
6. Boxing & Kickboxing
7. Girly games
8. Life simulation games
9. White & Blue colors
10. Anthro animals

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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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Cynas

@Tyranexx I think Dark Dawn is a bit underrated. It's certainly the worst of the 3 games, but the core gameplay is almost exactly the same. I think the lackluster story and over abundance of dialogue is the main issue with the game, but if you enjoy the gameplay of the first games you'll probably get some enjoyment out of Dark Dawn.

Many people seem to act as though it's an abomination that shouldn't exist, which I don't agree with.

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kkslider5552000

That's a way too common a problem on the internet. It's not as good as the previous games SO IT MUST BE TERRIBLE11!1!!1! I played it, I enjoyed it. It's not the first two games, but that's not too surprising in hindsight since I think Golden Sun 1 and 2 are two of the greatest turned based JRPGs ever made.

Same with most disliked Nintendo sequels tbh. Shut up Skyward Sword haters, play an actual bad (or even mediocre) game before you pretend to know what you're talking about.

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