Sa1amandra's NDS Top 10 Countdown

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Aug 14, 2008
  1. sa1amandra
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    READ BEFORE YOU SCROLL: If your favourite game does not make it on a list or your favourite isn't in number 1, don't be a jerk and suck it up.
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    (I've decided to name the countdown NDS-10)
    Hey, sa1amandra here! I was inspired by diffrent people on GBAtemp who have contributed to the site. I decided to take the time and do something also. This is the top 10 countdown for NDS games. Once in a while(when i'm in the mood or just once a month or so) I'll make a top 10 list for a specific genre. If you have any specific request, please post or PM me(which i prefer).

    For my first countdown, i'm going to do mostly everyone's favourite gaming genre, Role playing games. Without further ado, lets start!

    Number 10: Megaman Starforce 2 Zerker x Ninja and Zerker x Saurain

    Who doesn't know megaman? Well basicly nobody. The blue bomber has been shooting it's way to the top every since the 1900s. Always trying to get past they two annoying challanges, Sonic and Mario, Megaman has tried numerous attempts to shoot to the top. One of the attempts was RPG, and it does it in a ok way. It's not one of the best, but not one of the worsts. The game could have been wayyy better, 3D graphics look horrible and 2D graphics need a major overhaul. The story is may keep you on the game if your lucky. But the real reason why people get this game is for the WiFi. Megaman shot his butt onto the real net last year with Starforce 1 with the brother band system. They expanded it to WiFi battling in this installment. But it suffers from a major lag factor. Unless both players have a good internet connection, you will not have a smooth battle. If you can look past the crap graphics and the lag online, this game is worth a go!

    Number 9: Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

    When there is a good Final Fantasy Game, Crappy Spin-offs related and un-related to the main FF plot are not very far away. The Final Fantasy Franchise is known for a great RPG experiance, but it doesn't really cut the chase for the Tatics Advance series. Tatics Advance is known for the punishing laws that the judges give such as the Back Attack Restriction, if you want to do big damage, you hit the back, but THEY WONT LET YOU, it's very fusurating. They are completely useless, the game could have gone with it. The story this time around once is generally the same from the original Tatics Advance, but worse. If you are able to surpass theses flaws, the game offers quite a gameplay experiance. It lacks the ability to turn the stage to get a clearer view and multiplayer. If having 1 story characters on both sides of the battlefield, couldn't they have just changed the client's character color scheme? Theres not alot of reward for story or multiplayer, but if a singleplayer Tatical RPG which offers a reasonable amount of flexablility, FFTA2 is just for you!

    Number 8: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

    Another year, another batch of pokemon for us to catch. Another well upgrade in graphics has taken place. The overworld is now in 3D models and the Pokemon and Trainers have even MORE detail put into it. There is not alot to say about pokemon, it's always generally the same. Your a young teen who just got their first pokemon and is setting out to be the pokemon champion, typical pokemon storyline. Beat up 8 gym leaders, 4 Elite Four Members and 1 Champion, and the story is finished. Not alot of replay value is in this pokemon game. It lacks a Battle Frontier like attraction in Pokemon Emerald, but thats going to be fixed in it's upgraded version this year. The Pokemon series once again stays generally the same, hardcore pokemon fans won't be disapointed.

    Number 7: Etrian Odyssey: The Series

    Etrian Odyssey is the game which brings back old faishon first person Dungeoners and throws in Turn based RPG into the mix. Both games were said to be great, thats why it made it on the list! This game offers a WIDE skill building section, so fans dying to create, name, and build a character, Etrian Odyssey offers it pretty well. The thing that turned alot of players down was the back-tracking. Back-tracking is doing the same things over and over again to get to the new things, and you have to do that alot if you plan on getting to the bottom of the dungeon. The "create your own map" system was a fun but required little feature. I think i had more fun making the maps than fighting monsters! This game requires ALOT of paitents, get past all the back-tracking, and there is something waiting to award you!

    Number 6: Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon

    When you think Harvest Moon, you think of a virtual farm life which is pretty damn addicting. Your probably wondering why a virtual farm life game made it into the Top 10 RPGs. Rune Factory is the evolution of the series. Not only do you grow crops mine and fish, you fight monsters which appear in caves, level up, and do more farmining. The battle system is a bit weird, because most of your tools are your weapons, so it's like farm work on a living thing trying to kill you. Aside from the new monsters' thing, everything is still the typical Harvest Moon you all know and love.

    Number 5: Summon Night: Twin Age

    Summon Night's Spinoff, YES! Fun, YES! Addicting, YES! Gives a average Summon Nights Experiance, NO! Summon Nights Twin Age is another spin off specifcly for the DS. It has taken a real time stratagy like system for this game, but you can only control 2 characters, all the others will move on their own according to the tatics u assigned them prior to the mission. This game is good, but some things could have been diffrent. Making this a RTS would have made the game great! RTS in a big dungeon, who wouldn't have liked that? Even though this game was not a RTS, it still made it well for being an RPG. It's a good destraction to get you pumpped for Summon Nights 2 in english comming in 2009.

    Number 4: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

    While i am in the RTS mood, lets look at one of the best RTS in the gaming world and the best in the NDS section! The "When there is a good final fantasy game, theres a crappy spinnoff around the corner" rule dosn't apply for this game, because it was good, it was fun, it's a great game. Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings is the sequel to FFXII. The gambit system introduced in that game was used in this one as the set skill to use, basically telling what your troops to do on their own when they run into trouble and your not their to order them. This is the first Final Fantasy Spin-off directly related to one game in the FF Franchise that is good, is unique and is not flawed. It will goble up your time like how the hungry hippos goble the food they are given.

    Number 3: Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

    Searching for a game which offers monster breeding and catching like pokemon, great RPG fun like final fantasy, great graphics like what Mario games gives and offers a pretty damn good story? Then look no further than Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker. Like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest has it's fair share of spin-offs, and one of the bests ones were Dragon Quest Mosters. DQM: Joker just adds to the fact. You'll be "scouting"(aka catching) monsters, breeding and grinding to prepare your troop for battle. This game will keep you playing until you scouted every single monster!

    Number 2: Final Fantasy IV

    Final Fantasy IV, which was also known as FFII for american gamers back in the day, which was so great, it was remade twice!
    The first remake was basically a port, not alot of new things and graphics looked generally the same (even though lots of people prefered that) The Latest DS remake gives it a fresh script, 3D graphics and even vocal cords, never put "port" and "final fantasy IV" together. The story is generally the same. But this upgrade has caused 2 characters to change. Nammingway which has surprising become a rabit can no longer change your name because of voice acting. Fat Chocobo's are no longer your bank. They are now a station for watch scene's training your custom summon Whyt, bestiary and more. It takes about 30hours of gameplay for the first playthrough, and with the "New Game+" addition addes to the play time, making 30x2 (you can play the game 3 times). Another new addition is "auto-battle" if your beating up monsters which don't even require skills or tatics to beat, that lets the computer do it for you. The game has added 3D Cutscenes for important parts of the story and dramatic camera angels when it's needed. The 17-year-old RPG of love, hate, betrayal and death is reborn with the same awsome gameplay it did in 1991.
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    Before we got to number 1, i'll recap all other 9 on the list
    10: Megaman Starforce 2
    09: Final Fantasy Tatics Advance 2
    08: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
    07: Etrian Odyssey The Series
    06: Rune Factory
    05: Summon Nights: Twin Age
    04: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
    03: DQM: Joker
    02: Final Fantasy IV
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    Number 1: The World Ends With You

    The world ends with you, the first game in it's series, gives gamers the best experiance they have ever had. Made by the creators of Kingdom Hearts, TWEWY pushes the DS to every edge of it's limits. The very first game in the world with two fights going on in both screens simutainuously. You control the main character Neku and his powers, the pins with the stylus and use the D-pad to control the top screen. Not only does it offers the most unique battle system in the world, it also gives a very, very intruging storyline. it's not a childish story for one. Swear, guns, death, all in the mix. You will be playing through each chapter trying to figure out what happens next. Some people think the battle system was hard and flawed, but once you get use to it, you'll be battling just the fun of it. The best game in the RPGs and the Best game in the whole NDS list, lets just hope for a even better sequel.

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  2. DeMoN

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    A bit predictable but a great review. You should send it to GameFAQs' daily top ten. [​IMG]
     
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    Well there wasn't a large selection of really good ones, and i rather keep it in GBAtemp, i wanted to contribute to the site no? i want to be known or remebered for something, not just as an average member
     
  4. Batman55

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    Cool, except Rune Factory is way better than Summon Night [​IMG]

    But whatever, nice list anyways.
     
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    I disagree [​IMG]

    But Final Fantasy Tactics A2 should be higher.

    Besides that its a good list
    or I'm forgetful
     
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    Yeah, too bad Rune Factory is a life sim like Animal Crossing, not an RPG in the traditional sense.
     
  7. Batman55

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    I vote Contact to be added to that list [​IMG] It was great.

    The next list should be best puzzle games.
     
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    Pretty good list. About the same as what I would've put. [​IMG]
     
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    Nicely written, if you take a wee bit more time, put some images on, it would look even more attractive!! [​IMG]

    But funny thing, I LOVE RPGs, and I hated TWEWY, but that's just me [​IMG]

    How come FF III didn't get it's place in top 10, I think it deserves it.......nevermind....nice work!!
     
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    A lot of people hated TWEWY for some reason but I, for one, loved it! How I wish the Reapers' Game was real, heehee.
     
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    FFIII was a failure for me. I think SE messed up on that remake. Good job we have IV to make up for it!

    Between TWEWY and FFIV, it's a really hard decision, but I'd have to go with TWEWY. Loved that game, RPG of the year for the DS.
     
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    I tried, but it wouldn't let me use the images i got

    EXAMPLE:
    Id take a image i found from gamefaqs, click it so it will only be the picture and put around it, but it didn't work
     
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    If you read the name, this is a 2007-2008 RPG countdown, and FFIII Came out in 2006, so even if it was good, it can't come on,
     
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    I mean no disrespect to your well-written article, but shouldn't you have waited until the new year to post this? It's only August, and you've already got 10 picked out.

    Also, a little bit of me died when I saw #9 =(
     
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    Excellent work! Nice read.
     
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    If more good RPGs come out i'll do another one for 2008-2009. I'll keep your request in mind
     
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    I knew TWEWY would get first =D
    It's a shame alot of great RPGs came out in Japan only
     
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    Yeah, I'm sure if Soma Bringer came out here it would be on that list. Not enough people have played that game... same thing with Tales of Innocence.
     
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    I've Decided to name my Countdown "NDS-10" Hope you guys like the name!
     
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    I like it all but you SHOULD re-make the graphical art there.. I can make you one :S
     

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