Do you certainly know the handheld game console that has been loved since 2006? Yes, especially if it’s not the Nintendo DS. This console is very popular because it has so many exciting games. Also, the Nintendo DS (NDS) price is not too expensive, so many people can own this portable game.
Well, here, Genvel wants to review the ranks of the best NDS games of all time. These games have been installed several million times by NDS users. Besides that, this game is a favorite because the gameplay is quite impressive.
Best NDS Games of All Time
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations
The title is complicated, but this visual novel game from Capcom that puts you as Phoenix Wright’s lawyer is often considered one of the best DS games.
Apart from using a unique concept where you have to defend your clients in court, this game is also famous for having a voice control feature using a microphone on the Nintendo DS.
The Trials and Tribulations itself is the third part of the first Phoenix Wright trilogy, so it’s good to play the first two games first.
But don’t worry because your efforts will pay off at the climax of this game, which contains many references to its predecessors and is guaranteed to make you happy, cry, and cry happily.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
The Legend of Zelda was already gaining popularity before the release of NDS. Spirit Tracks continued the game’s popularity and earned it as one of the best Nintendo DS games of all time.
When playing this game, you will navigate the overworld using Spirit Trains, controlling them alternately while adjusting the speed.
The player’s task is to control the Phantom Hourglass’s knights and act as Link, who must protect New Hyrule and Princess Zelda. You will also be involved in battles and have to solve puzzles. Although targeted at the children’s market, this game still has Zelda’s signature quality gameplay and puzzles.
New Super Mario Bros
Mario Bros game is known as the best game of all time. This new platform features Koopa Tropas music and exciting dances to see the characters dancing very cute and adorable.
Everyone is experiencing Pokemon GO fever. However, did you know long before the appearance of Pokemon GO, Pokemon Black / White had already been loved on the NDS?
Pokemon Black / White is still about games that make you a trainer for Pokemon. You will record all data Pokemon that live in the wild. In this game, there are around 156 Pokemon scattered.
As the times progressed, game developers added the latest features to this game, such as Trippe Battle, C-Gear, Entralink, Global Link, and Pokemon Musical. It would help if you underlined, the main task of Pokemon Black / White players is to collect eight gym badges so that you can enter the Pokemon League.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
Professor Layton is a puzzle / visual novel game made in Level 5 that puts you as Professor Layton in solving a strange case.
As Professor Layton, you will be tasked with solving puzzles to continue the story, and this game successfully uses the touchscreen and dual-screen features on the Nintendo DS.
Like Trials and Tribulations, Unwound Future is the third game in the first Professor Layton trilogy, and all the games in this series have a very British feel.
As a visual novel, this game has a quality story and a very bittersweet ending, especially for those of you who have fallen in love with Professor Layton’s character.
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
The next best Nintendo DS game is Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. This game has a better graphic display than the previous Pokemon games. There is no significant difference between Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl; it’s just that there are different types of Pokemon that can be caught.
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl feature several features: Pokeradar, Poketech, Global Trade Station, and systems for day and night. This game also features snow season, unlike the previous series, which had dry and rainy seasons.
This game is an updated version of the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl game. You will find new dungeons that you can explore to win Pokemon and collect badges with puzzles that you must solve.
Chrono Trigger is a game with a pretty good battle on the NDS. The battles you will do in this game will be turn-based. This game has JRPG standards, such as world maps, cities, dungeons, and many more.
The uniqueness of this Chrono Trigger is that it looks like a time machine because you can explore three different eras, namely ancient times, medieval times, and post-apocalypse. Even though the graphics are still 2D, the Chrono Trigger game is always exciting to play. You can enjoy good visual quality throughout playing this NDS game.
The World Ends With You
Square-Enix already has a reputation for quality RPG games, and they are making a comeback with The World Ends With You on the Nintendo DS.
In this game, you play Neku, who is dragged into a mysterious game in a different world version of Shibuya.
Apart from successfully using the touchscreen and dual-screen features of the Nintendo DS, The World Ends With You is also famous for being very inspired by Japanese street culture.
All the characters here have a unique look, and this game also comes with a cool soundtrack, gang.
One additional note, this game also gets a remake in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch with different controls and additional content.
Elite Beat Agents
This music game is also a gamer’s favorite! Elite Beat Agents has a unique concept and may sound ridiculous. Players will act as secret agents like Men in Black who help people solve problems by dancing.
Even so, this gameplay is very entertaining, especially in the climax of the game, when players are assigned to fight an alien invasion with the help of music. I was so excited; maybe your DS screen will be full of stylus scratches and make your hands sore. The music used in this game is taken from old western songs such as YMC.A from Village People.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
This game is also enjoyable and relies on the stylus from layman to the end of the game. You will be challenged by solving several puzzles that require precision to be solved.
Mario Kart DS
Nothing is more entertaining than this one of the best NDS games of all time. Mario Kart DS is one of the NDS games, a favorite for almost all users of this handheld game console.
The easy and not confusing way to play makes this game played by NDS users of all ages. Mario Kart DS is a simple car racing game that doesn’t require complicated rules. You need to choose a character and start playing this game.
Super Scribblenauts is a side-scrolling puzzle game where you take Maxwell’s role on his adventure to collect objects called Starites.
Uniquely, you can help Maxwell by calling any object into the game via text input. For example, by writing a ladder, Maxwell will get a ladder to reach a high place.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
In Bowser’s Inside Story, you play Mario and Luigi, who, thanks to Fawful’s manipulation, turn small and are absorbed into Bowser’s body.
At the same time, you also have to control Bowser in his quest to take back his castle, made by Fawful.
Apart from carrying out unique gameplay that successfully utilizes the Nintendo DS’s unique features, this game is also full of dialogue and hilarious moments.
Final Fantasy IV
This NDS game is included in the best ranks from Nintendo by offering lots of exciting content, stunning 3D designs, and generating in the final fantasy that will make playing fun.
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
In this list, 5 Pokemon games favor NDS users, one of which is Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver. This game has a storyline that is classified as the same as the previous games.
However, in this Pokemon HG / SS, you can catch Legendary Pokemon from Non-Johto or Johto Region, such as Lugia, Ho-oH, Suicune, Mewtwo, and many more. Don’t claim to be a Pokemon fan if you haven’t played Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
This dual-screen NDS game will take you on an adventure accompanied by the cute Kirby. You will have an exciting experience when you meet Revenge The King and Meta Knight Ultra. Isn’t it exciting?
Broken Sword: The Shadow Of The Templars Director’s Cut
Besides PC games, you can also play this game on portable NDS in point-and-click and dual-screen style. You will be invited to reveal the Conspiracy Templars with the story of George Stobart. Seems challenging, huh?
Kingdom Hearts 352/2 Days
This game is set in the British empire, and you will have an adventure accompanied by Roxas and Sora. In this game, you can multiplayer and invite your friends to join you to become members of XIII.
Animal Crossing: Wild World
This NDS game is also all-time famous and well worth playing. You will adventure in a village and interact with the residents there. In this game, you will decorate the house and live like a country. Is that fun?