Hey guys, first post, how's everybody doing? I see a couple of familiar faces about, so hello to anybody who recognises me from elsewhere. Getting into it, does anyone have a good list of recommendations for pick up and play games, which don't require a big investment to get full enjoyment out of? As an example of the sort of game I'm not looking for, Phoenix Wright is a fun game, and regardless of the fact that you can save anywhere, it's a lot more enjoyable (and easier) played consistently than occasionally when I get bored. Believe me when I say that I'm not criticising Phoenix Wright: it's excellent and I enjoyed it very much, but at present I'm looking for something different, that I can get into and out of at the drop of a hat. The only game of this sort that I've really managed to find is Picross DS; but I've all but exhausted the game (six puzzles left, and all of them too hard for me to bother finishing), so I've been looking for something new to play with not much success. I tried Pic Pic, but found the lack of instructions and lack of balance displeasing. I thought another picross game might be in order, so I tried Essential Sudoku, but found the controls unwieldy (as a seasoned Mario no Picross player, I prefer to play using the d-pad and buttons, and the digital controls in Essential Sudoku are awful). I've already got Tetris DS, but just quietly, I've always been rather awful at Tetris, and never really found it as addictive as others tend to. Seeing as Tetris Attack is my second-favourite game of all time, I've also got Planet Puzzle League, but without TA's story mode, I've always been rather disappointed by the series after that game. Also it has a disgustingly cheap and sleazy look to it; I'm aware of the AR code that opens Lip's Stage for play, and do use it whenever I play, but even so, the game doesn't hold my interest long in its state. I've already played through WarioWare: Touched!, and that's beside the fact that I've never really been into the WarioWare series, I was just bored enough to persevere with it. I'm not very big on the minigames genre in general, but if there are any which stand above the rest, I'd be open to giving them a shot. I tried Puzzle Quest and couldn't get into it, I found Zoo Keeper to be a far more enjoyable Bejeweled clone. Another lesser-known game I tried was Matchstick - Puzzle by DS, and while it was fun for a while, it quickly grew in difficulty to the point where it became more frustrating than enjoyable. I've also got a number of crossword games, from Nintendo's Crosswords DS, to the USA Today and Sun crossword games, through The New York Times Crosswords (the best of the bunch so far as I can tell). Another game I've tried is Clubhouse Games, but it seems much more geared to multiplayer gaming, and playing by myself I can never stay interested in it for long. Most of the time I end up playing Solitaire, which its version of is entirely serviceable. My apologies for the long list of games I don't want to play; I'll try to list the type of things I would like to play: sudoku; already got Brain Age, what else is good? kakuro; every one I read about has been received badly or else is in Japanese, help? racing; got Mario Kart and the botched Diddy Kong Racing, what's good? music; tried Elite Beat Agents and Guitar Hero, but most of the music is awful; any with good, or at least average music? pinball; lately I've been playing Pokémon Pinball on GBC, I tried Metroid Prime Pinball, but it seemed a bit busy; are there any good pinball games on DS? Sorry, short list, I know. I suppose that's why I'm here, I've kind of run out of my own ideas, so I'm looking for someone else's. I'm open to homebrew too, so if anyone has any recommendations there (already got PuzzleManiak), they're welcome too. Oh, and if there are any SNES/Genesis/Neo Geo/Game Boy games of this sort which run well in emulators, I'd be happy to give those a shot, too. Thanks for any help. EDIT: Think I bolded them all, thanks for the tip.