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  1. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

    Former Staff
    Oct 26, 2002

    Post your essential (favourite) Nintendo Dual-Screen games in this topic and they'll be added to the list, for others to refer to when deciding which game to play.

    If there is a game already on the list that you think should not be there let me know and it'll have a point removed (so if there are more negative than positive votes then the game will be removed entirely off the list).

    You may also recommend some more games in a future post but: (1) you must not repeat any game you have already mentioned and (2) you must make a new post, do NOT edit your previous post as it may not be seen.

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    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Essential Games List [50+ votes]
    [50] Advance Wars - Dark Conflict / Days of Ruin [TURN-BASED STRATEGY]
    [58] Advance Wars: Dual Strike [TURN-BASED STRATEGY]
    [68] Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow [PLATFORMER]
    [59] Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin [PLATFORMER]
    [56] Chrono Trigger DS [RPG]
    [60] Elite Beat Agents [MUSIC]
    [54] Final Fantasy IV [RPG]
    [53] Final Fantasy III [RPG]
    [57] Grand Theft Auto: China Town Wars [ACTION ADVENTURE]
    [67] Jump Ultimate Stars [FIGHTING]
    [142] Mario Kart DS [RACING]
    [50] Metroid Prime: Hunters [FPS]
    [103] New Super Mario Bros. [PLATFORMER]
    [187] Phoenix Wright/Apollo Justice (Ace Attorney series) [ADVENTURE]
    [61] Picross [PUZZLE]
    [128] Pokémon: Pearl/Diamond/Platinum [RPG]
    [89] Professor Layton (series) [PUZZLE]
    [55] Super Mario 64 DS [PLATFORMER]
    [59] Tetris DS [PUZZLE]
    [85] The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass [ACTION ADVENTURE]
    [97] The World Ends With You [RPG]
    [74] Trauma Center: Under the Knife 1 and 2 [MEDICAL SIMULATION]
    [55] WarioWare Touched [PUZZLE/PARTY]

    Recommended Games List [31-49 votes]
    [39] 42 All Time Classics/Club House Games [PUZZLE]
    [45] Animal Crossing: Wild World [LIFE SIMULATION]
    [32] Bleach DS (series) [FIGHTING]
    [35] Brain Age 1/2 [PUZZLE]
    [35] Contra 4 [SHOOTER]
    [36] Custom Robo Arena [ACTION RPG]
    [39] Disgaea: Hour of Darkness [TACTICAL RPG]
    [46] Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates [ACTION RPG]
    [46] Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift [TACTICAL RPG]
    [46] Hotel Dusk: Room 215 [ADVENTURE]
    [38] Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days [ACTION ADVENTURE]
    [48] Kirby: Canvas Curse/Magical Paintbrush/Power Paintbrush[PLATFORMER]
    [41] Mario & Luigi Partners in Time [RPG]
    [45] Megaman ZX / Advent series [PLATFORMER]
    [31] Meteos [PUZZLE]
    [33] N+ [PLATFORMER]
    [45] Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword [ACTION ADVENTURE]
    [44] Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! [MUSIC]
    [36] Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver [RPG]
    [36] Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (series) [LIFE/FARMING SIMULATION]
    [32] Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor [RPG]
    [41] Soma Bringer [ACTION ADVENTURE]
    [43] Sonic Rush and Sonic Rush Adventure [PLATFORMER]
    [31] Worms Open Warfare 2 [ACTION]

    [16-30 votes]
    [17] Another Code - Two Memories [ADVENTURE]
    [20] Big Bang Mini [SHOOTER]
    [23] Bomberman Land Touch 1 and 2 [PUZZLE/PARTY]
    [16] Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare [FPS]
    [30] Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia [PLATFORMER]
    [26] Cooking Mama 1, 2, and 3 [COOKING SIMULATION]
    [21] Daigasso! Band Brothers / Daigasso! Band Brothers DX [ADVENTURE]
    [19] Dragon Quest IV (The Chapters of the Chosen) [RPG]
    [22] Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride [RPG]
    [17] Dragon Quest Monsters (DQM): Joker [RPG]
    [30] Dragon Quest: Rocket Slime [ADVENTURE]
    [18] Fifa (series) [SPORTS]
    [29] Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings [TACTICAL RPG]
    [16] Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Echoes of Time [ACTION RPG]
    [28] Geometry Wars: Galaxies [SHOOTER]
    [24] Kirby: Squeak Squad [PLATFORMER]
    [26] Kirby Super Stars Ultra [PLATFORMER]
    [19] KORG DS-10 [MUSIC]
    [20] Lunar Knights [RPG]
    [19] Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story [ACTION RPG]
    [27] MegaMan Star Force (series) [ACTION RPG]
    [21] Metriod Prime Pinball [PUZZLE/ARCADE]
    [29] Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 [MUSIC]
    [18] Nanostray 1 and 2 [SHOOTER]
    [28] Ninjatown [STRATEGY]
    [18] Planet Puzzle League [PUZZLE]
    [23] Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (series) [RPG]
    [27] Pokémon Ranger (series) [ACTION RPG]
    [22] Puzzle Quest (series) [PUZZLE]
    [26] Rhythm Heaven/Tengoku Gold [MUSIC]
    [19] Soul Bubbles [PUZZLE]
    [29] Space Invaders Extreme (series) [SHOOTER]
    [18] Starfox: Command [SHOOTER]
    [20] Suikoden Tierkreis [RPG]
    [25] Taiko no Tatsujin DS (series) [MUSIC]
    [19] The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks [ACTION RPG]
    [22] Time Hollow [ADVENTURE]
    [21] Yoshi’s Island DS [PLATFORMER]
    [22] Yu-Gi-Oh! (series) [CARD STRATEGY]

    [7-15 votes]
    [10] Age of Empires – The Age of Kings / Mythologies [TURN-BASED STRATEGY]
    [13] Anno 1701 [REAL- TIME STRATEGY]
    [10] Asphalt Urban GT 1/2 [RACING]
    [13] Avalon Code [ACTION RPG]
    [10] Bangai-O Spirits [SHOOTER]
    [12] Big Brain Academy 1 and 2 [PUZZLE]
    [10] Brothers in Arms [FPS]
    [13] Call of Duty: World at War [FPS]
    [7] Contact [RPG]
    [15] Dementium - The Ward [FPS]
    [12] Diddy Kong Racing [RACING]
    [9] Donkey Kong Jungle climber [PLATFORMER]
    [14] Dragon Ball: Origins [ACTION ADVENTURE]
    [8] Drawn to Life [PLATFORMER]
    [10] Electroplankton [MUSIC]
    [15] Etrian Odyssey [RPG]
    [14] Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales [RPG]
    [16] Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon [TURN-BASED STRATEGY]
    [7] Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland [RPG]
    [13] Guitar Hero: On Tour (series) [MUSIC]
    [9] Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure [PUZZLE]
    [8] Jump Super Stars [FIGHTING]
    [8] Lego Rock Band [MUSIC]
    [14] Lock's Quest [REAL-TIME STRATEGY]
    [9] Lost in Blue [SIMULATION]
    [11] Lost Magic [RPG / REAL-TIME STRATEGY]
    [15] Luminous Arc [TURN-BASED STRATEGY]
    [13] Luminous Arc 2 [TURN-BASED STRATEGY]
    [11] Magical Starsign [RPG]
    [14] Mario Hoops: 3 on 3 [SPORTS]
    [9] Mario Party DS [PARTY]
    [7] Mario Vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis [PUZZLE]
    [8] MegaMan Battle Network 5: Double Team DS [PLATFORMER]
    [14] Metal Slug 7 [SCROLLING SHOOTER]
    [8] Might & Magic - Clash of Heroes [STRATEGY RPG]
    [9] Moon [SHOOTER]
    [9] Need For Speed (series) [RACING]
    [7] Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (AKA 999) [PUZZLE]
    [15] Nintendogs [SIMULATION]
    [12] Nostalgia [RPG]
    [9] Orcs and Elves [RPG]
    [7] Peggle Dual Shot [PUZZLE]
    [14] Phantasy Star Zero [RPG]
    [7] Polarium [PUZZLE]
    [9] Puyo Puyo (series) [PUZZLE]
    [10] Ragnarok Online DS [MMORPG]
    [8] Resident Evil: Deadly Silence [ACTION ADVENTURE]
    [15] Retro Game Challenge [COMPILATION]
    [8] Rittai Picross [PUZZLE]
    [7] Rondo of Swords [ACTION]
    [14] Rub Rabbits!, The/Project Rub series/Feel The Magic XX/XY [PUZZLE/PARTY]
    [14] Scribblenauts [CREATIVE PUZZLE]
    [8] Sid Meiers Civilization Revolution [TURN BASED STRATEGY]
    [9] Sideswiped (AKA Clash King) [RACING]
    [14] Speed Racer [RACING]
    [15] Spider-Man: Web of Shadows [ACTION ADVENTURE]
    [9] Summon Night Twin Age [ACTION RPG]
    [12] Super Princess Peach [ADVENTURE]
    [10] Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier [RPG]
    [9] Tales of Hearts: Anime/CG Movie Edition
    [10] Tales of Innocence [RPG]
    [8] The Legendary Starfy[ADVENTURE]
    [15] Tony Hawk's American Sk8land [SPORTS]
    [11] Tony Hawk's Proving Ground [SPORTS]
    [11] TrackMania DS [RACING]
    [8] Ultimate Mortal Kombat [FIGHTING]
    [8] Valkyrie Profile Covenant of the Plume [STRATEGY RPG]
    [7] Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise [SIMULATION]
    [8] Yoshi Touch & Go [PLATFORMER]
    [8] Zoo Keeper [PUZZLE]

    Other Games List [3-6 Votes]
    [4] Arkanoid DS [PUZZLE]
    [6] Assassin's Creed II: Discovery [ACTION]
    [3] Bakugan Battle Brawlers [ACTION]
    [4] Bubble Bobble Revolution [PUZZLE]
    [3] Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol [ACTION]
    [6] Children of Mana [RPG]
    [5] Custom Battler Bomberman/Bomberman 2 [ACTION]
    [4] Densetsu no Stafi 4 [PLATFORMER]
    [5] Digimon World DS [ACTION RPG]
    [6] Digimon World: Dusk/Dawn [RPG]
    [3] Dirt 2 [RALLY RACING]
    [3] Dokapon Journey [RPG]
    [3] Draglade [FIGHTING]
    [4] Dragon Ball Z - Attack of the Saiyans [RPG]
    [6] Dragon Ball Z - Supersonic Warriors 1/2 [FIGHTING]
    [6] Dragon Quest IX [RPG]
    [3] Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter [ADVENTURE]
    [3] Eragon [ACTION]
    [3] Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard [DUNGEON CRAWLER RPG]
    [3] Eyeshield 21 [AMERICAN FOOTBALL RPG]
    [4] Front Mission [TURN BASED STRATEGY]
    [3] Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [ACTION]
    [4] Glory Days 2 [ACTION]
    [4] Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits [MUSIC]
    [4] Guitar Rock Tour [MUSIC]
    [5] Harvest Moon DS [FARM/LIFE SIMULATION]
    [3] Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness [FARM/LIFE SIMULATION]
    [6] Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands [FARM/LIFE SIMULATION]
    [4] Illust Logic DS And Colorful Logic [PUZZLE]
    [4] Jam Sessions [CREATIVE MUSIC]
    [6] Kage Densetsu: The Legend of Kage 2 [ACTION]
    [6] Knights in the Nightmare [STRATEGY RPG]
    [3] Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits [RETRO COMPILATION]
    [6] Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga [ACTION]
    [3] Line Rider 2: Unbound [ACTION PUZZLE]
    [5] Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ [SHOOTER]
    [6] Magnetica [PUZZLE]
    [5] Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games [SPORTS]
    [5] Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games [SPORTS]
    [3] Mario Slam Basketball [BASKETBALL SPORTS]
    [3] MechAssault: Phantom War [MECH ACTION]
    [5] Metroid Prime Hunters [FPS]
    [4] Mobile Suit Gundam 00 [GUNDAM]
    [3] MySims [LIFE SIMULATION]
    [3] MySims Racing [RACING]
    [4] Namco Museum DS [ARCADE COMPILATION]
    [3] Naruto: Path of the Ninja [RPG]
    [3] Nervous Brickdown [PUZZLE]
    [4] New International Track & Field [SPORTS]
    [3] New Zealand Story [ACTION PLATFORMER]
    [3] One Piece: Gear Spirit [FIGHTING]
    [4] Pac'n Roll [ACTION PLATFORMER]
    [6] Pac Pix [MISCELLANEOUS]
    [4] Pic Pic [PUZZLE]
    [3] Picross 3D [PUZZLE]
    [5] Quickspot [PUZZLE]
    [4] Radiant Historia [RPG]
    [6] Rayman DS [ACTION]
    [4] Robocalypse [REAL-TIME STRATEGY]
    [5] Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon [RPG]
    [3] Rune Factory 3 [RPG]
    [5] Sands of Destruction [RPG]
    [5] Sega Superstars Tennis [TENNIS SPORTS]
    [3] Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey [RPG]
    [3] Solitaire DS / Solitaire Overload [PUZZLE]
    [3] Spectrobes: Beyond the Portal [ACTION RPG]
    [5] Super Robot Taisen W [SIMULATION]
    [3] Texas Hold'em Poker DS [PUZZLE]
    [6] Theme park DS [STRATEGY SIMULATION]
    [3] Theresia: Dear Emile [SURVIVAL HORROR]
    [3] Tiger Woods DS [SPORTS]
    [3] Top Spin 3 [TENNIS SPORTS]
    [5] Touch Detective (2-½) [ACTION PUZZLE]
    [4] Touch Golf / True Swing Golf [SPORTS]
    [4] Treasure World [ADVENTURE]
    [6] Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble! [ACTION PLATFORMER]
    [3] Wario: Master of Disguise [ACTION PLATFORMER]
    [4] WordJong [PUZZLE]

    * Last updated by Terminator02 May 4th, 2011
    List current to post #1578
    PLEASE READ: link

    Keep voting guys and don't forget to check out the other [Essentials] lists.


    Also remember to keep listing your games alphabetically - it makes it easier for me to update the list!
  2. alexp2_ad

    alexp2_ad Certified Smart Ass

    Aug 13, 2004
    Scotland, UK
    Clearly, Phoenix Wright and New Super Mario Bros. should go on without the need for 5 votes. [​IMG]

    Oh, and Mario Kart, Tetris, Wario Ware, Metroid Prime: Hunters...

    EDIT: And Starfox Command and Advance Wars: Dual Strike.
  3. Jax

    Jax Pip Pip Cheerioink!

    Jul 31, 2006
    Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
    Star Fox: Command
    Mario Kart DS
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attourney
    Metroid Prime: Hunters
    Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!
    Resident Evil: Deadly Silence
    Advance Wars: Dual Strike
    Animal Crossing: Wild World
    Pac N' Roll
    Tetris DS
    Trauma Center: Under the Knife

    phew... [​IMG]
  4. m_babble

    m_babble Elder Phantom

    Dec 12, 2004
    United States
    Mario Kart DS
    New Super Mario Bros.
    Star Fox Command
    Tetris DS
  5. Wuschmaster

    Wuschmaster GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Apr 15, 2006
    United States
    Mario Kart DS
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Blue Rescue Team
    Pokémon Diamond
    Pokémon Pearl
  6. azndragonguy115

    azndragonguy115 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 24, 2005
    United States
    Osu Takae Ouendan!
    Mario Kart
    Phoenix Wright
  7. alexp2_ad

    alexp2_ad Certified Smart Ass

    Aug 13, 2004
    Scotland, UK
    Mario Kart has now been mentioned 5 times! First essential. [​IMG]
  8. beedog19

    beedog19 GBAtemp Fan

    Feb 4, 2006
    United States
    Sunny Southern California
    Phoenix Wright
    New Super Mario Bros.
    Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!
    Animal Crossing

    I still have a big backlog of games that I really wanna play just haven't gotten around to thanks to the aforementioned games.
  9. blizeH

    blizeH GBAtemp Fan

    Dec 21, 2005
    All of these games are ones that people should at least try, even if they don't go ahead and buy them:

    Mario Kart DS
    New Super Mario Bros
    Phoenix Wright
    Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!
    Animal Crossing
    Metroid Prime Hunters (didn't like this, but I'm sure a lot of others will)
  10. lumo

    lumo Advanced Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    England UK
    Mario Kart DS
    Metroid Prime Hunters
    Castlevania DoS
    Starfox Command
    Trauma Center
    Asphalt Urban GT (i know no1 else will vote for it but its the best car racer on ds)
  11. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

    Former Staff
    Oct 26, 2002
    Doing this kinda defeats the whole objective of doing this. If you're sure that people like this game then let them vote for it.

    List Updated
  12. wabo

    wabo GBAtemp Maniac

    Dec 14, 2003
    Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
    Mario Kart DS
    Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!
    Advance Wars: Dual Strike
    Animal Crossing: Wild World
    Trauma Center: Under the Knife
    New Super Mario Bros.

    I'd like to know how much hours those game stole me. i'd estimate over 2-3 hundred hours combined.
    I looked at that (the essentials )as what would be the games i go out and buy, and those are the ones ( i actually did buy most of em)

    There's plenty of other good games but for anyone who like there respective genre, those are all brilliant games. Work of art that must be played by any DS owner.
  13. corbs132

    corbs132 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Aug 19, 2004
    United States
    advance wars, castlevania, mkds, metroid, nsmb, tetris, wario ware. didnt really try the others.
  14. Heinrisch

    Heinrisch GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 27, 2006
    Madden 07
    Tetris DS
    Trauma Center: Under the Knife
    Brain Age
    Big Brain Acadamy

    Thats the must have right now..
    I did NOT like New Super Mario Bros and Castlevania
  15. SpaceJump

    SpaceJump GBAtemp Psycho!

    Aug 18, 2005
    Wario Ware
    Another Code
    Ouendan (maybe the best DS game)
    Castlevania DoS
    Advance Wars
    Kirby's Canvas Curse
    Mario & Luigi PiT
    Tetris DS
    Trauma Center
    Super Princess Peach (yes I like it [​IMG] )
    Big Brain Academy
    FF3 (even the jap. version is awesome, can't wait for the english version [​IMG] )
  16. .TakaM

    .TakaM .II

    Oct 8, 2004
    New Zealand
    another code
    sonic rush
    and a negative vote for mario & luigi partners in time [​IMG]
  17. agrikki

    agrikki Advanced Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Isn't it castlevania Dawn of Sorrow?

    I believe aria of sorrow was a PSX game... or was that Symphony of the Night?

    Anyway onto the list

    Advanced Wars DS
    Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow
    New super mario bros
    Metroid prime
    Mario kart
    Lost in Blue
    Phoenix Wright
  18. Opium

    Opium PogoShell it to me ™

    Former Staff
    Dec 22, 2002
    Whoever put Asphalt Urban GT and Pokemon Diamond and Pearl on there deserves to be shot [​IMG]

    Negative vote for Asphalt from me, and Pokemone Diamond and Pearl aren't even out yet!


    Phoenix Wright
    Mario Kart DS
    Animal Crossing
    Tetris DS
  19. .TakaM

    .TakaM .II

    Oct 8, 2004
    New Zealand
    asphalt wasnt that bad, I bought the game

    had decent controls, nice drift mechanics, races were never boring either, plus it was a very pick up and playish
  20. Jackbauerx

    Jackbauerx GBAtemp Regular

    Feb 15, 2006
    United States
    daigasso band brothers -> best ds game i played so far!!! [​IMG]
    osu! tatakae! ouendan
    castlevania dawn of sorrow
    brain age
    mario kart ds
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