Nintendo DS: Recommendation Thread

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Sep 16, 2012
  1. soulx
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    I'm going to start a DS Recommendation thread similar to the 3DS one.

    "Oh my god, you're going to list all the great DS games all by yourself soulx! :O".

    Actually no, I won't. I'm looking for you guys to help. Post your additions here in the thread (or PM me since it's neater that way) and I'll add it so long as it follows the rules. Then every couple of days, I'll review the list and update this post. So this is more of a collaborative recommendation thread!

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    GTA: Chinatown Wars:
    Publisher: Rockstar Games
    Available: North America, Europe

    Insert your thoughts here (should be short). GTA is the hardcore shit, mah nigga.

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    Platformers/Sidescrollers:

    New Super Mario Bros.
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

    Mario's back! And better than ever with star coins, fun multiplayer and more!

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    Aliens: Infestation:
    Publisher: Sega
    Developer: WayForward Technologies, Gearbox Software
    Available: AUS, EU, NA

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    Kirby Super Star Ultra
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: AUS, EU, JP, NA

    A great remake (not a port!) of the SNES classic, with improved visuals, FMV cutscenes, new mini games, and extra game modes that offer higher difficulty.

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    Yoshi's Island DS:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

    The gorgeous graphics of Yoshi's Island on Nintendo DS. Extremely fun gameplay.

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    The Legendary Starfy:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Japan, Australia

    Cute Kirby-like platformer featuring Starfy the starfish.

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    Mega Man Zero Collection
    Publisher: Capcom
    Available: AUS, EU, JP, NA

    A port of all four Mega Man Zero games on one cartridge, complete with unlockable artwork, all Japanese voice bytes restored, and an added "easy scenario" if the originals were just too hard for you.

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    Fighting:

    Jump Ultimate Stars:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: Japan - Translation Patch

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    Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden:
    Publisher: Namco Bandai
    Available: Japan - Translation

    The Dragon Ball Kai story-line with mini-games and powerful attacks!

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    Puzzle:

    Picross DS:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

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    Picross 3D:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available; North America, Europe, Japan

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    Layton games mentioned in the Adventure section also qualify here:

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    RPG:

    The World Ends With You:
    Publisher: Square Enix
    Available: North America, Europe, Japan

    One of the best RPGs for Nintendo DS with an innovative battle system.

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    Inazuma Eleven
    Publisher: Level-5
    Available: Europe, Japan

    The best RPG soccer game!

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    Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

    A great RPG game with a zany story, really addictive gameplay, and long playability.

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    Radiant Historia:
    Publisher: Atlus
    Available: JP, NA

    A fantastic JRPG that feels like an upgraded spiritual sequel to Chrono Trigger, with a heavily expanded time travel element and replayable branching paths.

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    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2
    Publisher: Atlus
    Available: Japan, North America, Europe

    One of the best Tactical RPGs with an overwhelmingly great story and an intense difficulty.

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    Final Fantasy IV:
    Publisher: Square Enix
    Avaiable: North America, Europe, Japan

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    Pokemon Black/White:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Europe, Australia Japan

    Critically acclaimed Pokemon game with great gameplay and graphics!

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    Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies:
    Developer: Level-5/Square Enix
    Available, North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

    The first time ever that a main-line Dragon Quest game has appeared on a handheld. Universally praised by critics.

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    Custom Robo Arena:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Europe, Japan, Australia

    Fun robot fighting game with parts customization.

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    Racing/Sports:

    Mario Kart DS:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

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    Rhythm:

    Elite Beat Agents:

    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Europe

    Really really fun rhythm game.

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    Rhythm Heaven:

    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Europe, Japan

    The name says it all. "Pure epicsauce!"

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    Simulation:

    Animal Crossing: Wild World
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: Japan, Europe, Australia, North America

    An unmissable addition to the series and the most addicting game on DS.

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    Metroid Prime: Pinball:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Australia, Europe. Japan

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    Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon:
    Developer: Neverland Co.
    Available: North America, Europe, Japan

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    Shooter/Flight:

    Metroid: Prime Hunters:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Europe, Japan

    Samus! On the DS! With multiplayer! Must-play.

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    Strategy:

    Advance Wars: Days of Ruin:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Europe, Australia

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    Adventure:

    Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney:
    Publisher: Capcom
    Available: North America, Europe, Japan

    Fun and in-depth story. Easy to get into and enjoy. Loveable characters and memorable cases

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    Hotel Dusk:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Developer: Cing
    Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

    If you own a DS, you should definitely play this. Great game.

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    Last Window:
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Developer: Cing
    Available: Europe, Japan

    Sequel to Hotel Dusk, great follow up which doesn't require knowledge of its predecessor to enjoy. Highly recommended import for NA players

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    Professor Layton and the Curious Village:
    Developer: Level-5
    Available: North America, Europe, Japan

    A very amazing piece of art merged with very unique, engrossing gameplay. Truly a unique experience that almost any gamer should give at least one go at. Other than very minor issues, this is easily one of the most well designed and enjoyable games ever made.

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    Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box:
    Developer: Level-5
    Available: North America, Europe, Japan

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    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future:
    Developer: Level-5
    Available: North America, Europe, Japan

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    Professor Layton and the Last Specter
    Developer: Level-5
    Available: North America, Europe, Japan

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    Ghost Trick:
    Publisher: Capcom
    Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

    Extremely good game. Once you start it, you won't want to put it down!

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    Freshly Picked - Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: Europe, Japan

    Legend Of Zelda Spin Off with a quirky sense of humour. Playing as Tingle trying to gain as many Rupee's as you can to fulfil Tingle's dream, uses more strategy than any Zelda game and probably more challenging too.

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    Õkamiden:
    Publisher: Capcom
    Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

    The sequel to Õkami featuring the stylus as the magic paintbrush.

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    Action:


    GTA: Chinatown Wars:
    Publisher: Rockstar Games
    Available: North America, Europe

    GTA is the hardcore shit, mah nigga.

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    Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime:
    Publisher: Square Enix
    Available: North America, Japan

    Action adventure game featuring Dragon Quest's slime.

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    Scurge: Hive:
    Publisher: SouthPeak Interactive
    Available: USA, Europe

    A metroid-style isometric platformer. Great game, although it can be a bit frustrating at times.

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    Mini-game collections:

    Retro Game Challenge:
    Publisher: Xseed Games
    Available: North America, Japan

    Even if the game seems to be a simple mini-game collection, don't judge it based on that. It's a lovingly crafted game that throws you back to 80s with classics such as Star Prince (Star Solider) or Cosmic Gate (Galaga). European DS owners should definitely import this.

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    in case i need more space.
     
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    Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney:
    Publisher: Capcom
    Available: North America, PAL, Japan
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    Fun and in-depth story. Easy to get into and enjoy.
    Loveable characters and memorable cases
     
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    Thanks! Added yours but remember that the images are supposed to be sized 256x192 unless it's a game played like a book or where dual-screen play is the main point of the game. And uploaded to imgur.
     
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    Inazuma Eleven
    Publisher: Level-5
    Available: Japan, Europe


    The best RPG soccer game in existence.
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    I'm a bit busy right now, but I'll definitely write out a list when I can! :D
     
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    Last Window
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Developer:Cing
    Available: Japan, Europe

    Sequel to Hotel Dusk, great follow up which doesn't require knowledge of its predecessor to enjoy. Highly recommended import for NA players

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    Animal Crossing: Wild World
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: Japan, Europe, Australia, North America

    An unmissable addition to the series and the most addicting game on DS.
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    Rhythm Heaven
    Publisher:Nintendo
    Available: Japan,North America, Europe,Australia

    Its name says it all. Pure epicsauce!!

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    THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU
    Publisher: Square enix
    Available: USA,Europe,Japan

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    one of the best RPGs for Nintendo DS with an innovative battle system.
     
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    MARIO AND LUIGI: BOWSERS INSIDE STORY
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: Japan, North America, Europe, Australia.
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    A great RPG game with a zany story, really addictive gameplay, and longtime playability.
     
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    Added all your suggestions as well as a couple of my favourites. Looking back, the DS really was an amazing platform ranking as highly as the PS2.
     
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    Stupid question: How do we format the images so that they appear in the correct resolution? Can we do it in the formatting in the post, or does the image have to be put in the right resolution manually before uploading?

    Slightly less stupid question: Can this include ports (Mega Man Zero Collection, Chrono Trigger DS), or does it have to be original Nintendo DS games?
     
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    Aliens: Infestation
    Publisher: Sega
    Developer: WayForward Technologies, Gearbox Software
    Available: AUS, EU, NA

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    Dragon Ball Kai Ultimate Batouden :
    Publisher: Namco Bandai
    Available: Japan-translation-patch

    All the Dragon Ball Kai story-line with mini-games and powerfull attacks!
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    If you have a program such as Paint.Net, you can resize large images. But the best way is to sort images on Google by inputting the size 256x192 (or 408x272 for games played like a book).

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    And yes, ports are allowed.
     
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    Thanks. Working on some, now!
     
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    METROID PRIME PINBALL
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: North America, Australia, Europe. Japan
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    Wildly addicting Pinball game, with great physics, really decent graphics, and a really neat spin on the pinball genre.
     
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    Radiant Historia
    Publisher: Atlus
    Available: JP, NA

    A fantastic JRPG that feels like an upgraded spiritual sequel to Chrono Trigger, with a heavily expanded time travel element and replayable branching paths.

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    Kirby Super Star Ultra
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Available: AUS, EU, JP, NA

    A great remake (not a port!) of the SNES classic, with improved visuals, FMV cutscenes, new mini games, and extra game modes that offer higher difficulty.

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