Top 5 DS Games

Discussion in 'NDS - Console and Game Discussions' started by R2DJ, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. R2DJ

    R2DJ GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jan 30, 2008
    Based on your DS games collection/knowledge, I want to know what are your top 5 DS games. Please include reasons because I'm planning to buy some. Thanks in advance.
  2. Chief_Second

    Chief_Second GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 20, 2007
    1. mario kart (good mulitplayer)
    2. mario brothers (pick up and play)
    3. animal crossing (endless fun)
    4. true swing golf (underrated in my opinion - better than tiger woods)
    5. pheonix wright - ace attourney (great plot and humor)
  3. Flameburst

    Flameburst GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 4, 2008
    United States
    1. Any Phoenix Wright Game (Great gameplay)
    2. Phantom Hourglass (good RPG)
    3. Advance Wars:Days of Ruins (Best hotseat multiplayer game and turn-based)
    4. Mario Kart (Classic...)
    5. Diamond/Pearl (For Pokemon lovers, WiFi is pretty good)
    6. Final Fantasy Chrystal Chronicles (Good teamplay game but lacking online support)
    7. Dragon Quest Rocket Slime (Good RPG and unusual gameplay. You get to man tanks)
    8. Rondo of Swords (Another good RPG, except the controls are a bit different than traditional controls)
    9. Professor Layton and the Curios Village (Good puzzle/thinking game)
    10. Final Fantasy XIII (Good RTS except it needs buildings, unit oriented controls)

    I've also heard the The World Ends with You is pretty good cept my card doesn't support it.
    I personally like Anno 1701 for a kinda building game (Don't get Simcity it sucks)
    Ninja Gaiden is also pretty good. There's a good control scheme to it.

    I forgot, Tales of Innocence is good too but its only come out in Japanese so far.
    Also the two Castlevanias are good but I like Portrait of Ruin better because it supports Co-op teamplay.
    Metroid Prime Hunters is the best FPS so far. Its unrivaled and should be taken into consideration.
  4. Trolly

    Trolly GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Sep 14, 2007
    Behind you! I know you looked!
    This is gonna be difficult for me. I've played every decent DS game out there, so I have a lot to choose from. Still, PW undoubtedly comes first, it has me absolutely addicted.

    1. Phoenix Wright Series - Just can't get enough of the great plots, puzzling trials and amazing character development. An interactive storybook, but 100 times better.

    2. Pokemon Diamond & Pearl - I've always loved Pokemon games, and this was a pretty good game. Not as good as the older ones, but good enough to make it to number two.

    3. Elite Beat Agents/Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! - Another mercilessly addicting game, just a shame there isn't such a great soundtrack for it, otherwise it could've been higher.

    4. WarioWare Touched! - Yeah, you guessed, another ridiculously addictive game.

    5. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime - One of the best games I've played on DS (remake of the Jap GBA game), and one of the funniest too. Just a shame not many people have heard of it, as it only got a quiet US release, with no EU release. Classic, though it has no touch controls.

    Special Mentions:
    AW: Dual Strike
    Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
    Hotel Dusk
    Another Code
    New SMB
    Professor Layton
    Numerous other DS titles it would take too long to list...
  5. Gian

    Gian GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 6, 2008
    United States
    The beach.
    1. Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2
    Even though I've finished the heck out of it already, I still come back to it. That proves how fun this is. Great songs, and multiplayer is awesome.

    2. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
    Might not be everyone's favorite, but if you like puzzles, this game will keep you going for hours.

    3. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
    This is pretty much a given. Great WiFi, long story, etc.

    4. Animal Crossing: Wild World
    This game will last you a long, loooong time. It's great to customize your town, then visit others through WiFi.

    5. Tetris DS
    I'd say the best WiFi game is either Mario Kart or Metroid Prime Hunters, but honestly, I've played Tetris WiFi 10x more than those games. Try it.

    Honorable Mentions -
    Mario Kart DS
    Advance Wars Dual Strike
    Yugioh WC2008 WiFi
    Phoenix Wright Series
  6. gizmo_gal

    gizmo_gal QWEEN of the RadioActive Force!!!

    Apr 10, 2008
    United States
    1st dimension, Earth
    I have to say

    Animal Crossing: Never ending and never totally boring either. You play it alot in the beginning then you just pick up and play periodically but it keeps going and going and going and well, you get the picture.

    New Super Mario Bros.: Because some time the founding formula is just...right and when it is, anything built on that founding formula will just be good [​IMG]

    Metroid Prime Hunters:
    Its the only FPS with WiFi and its really, pretty good.

    Clubhouse games: Variety + WiFi = good. It just does, plus less frustrating for me than Yahoo! Games.

    Wario Ware Touched: Short, but addictive and it has fairly good replay value.
  7. Anakir

    Anakir Project: Melee

    Dec 20, 2006
    1. Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword - just awesome for 1 player.
    2. Mario Kart DS - fun with friends.
    3. Worms 2 - fun with friends.
    4. Bleach 2nd - fun with friends.
    5. New Super Mario Bros. - fun with friends and 1 player.

    I basically like games where there's more than 1 player. But Ninja Gaiden just gave me an awesome experience on the DS.
  8. ChaosBoi

    ChaosBoi Ushiromiya Battler

    Feb 19, 2007
    United States
    Wow, no one mentions TWEWY in their top 5 list? Anyway.....

    1. Phoenix Wright series, including Apollo Justice. Great plot, characters are humorous and some cases/trials have epic twists that'll just make your head spin [​IMG] .

    2. The World Ends With You. An original game from Square and it's an urban RPG to boot [​IMG] . Also has a nice sound track and the story is pretty good. Only problem is that main story is pretty short, like around an average of 25 hrs but post game stuff is very very long, which adds to a massive replayability plus.

    3. Nanostray 2. Insane SHMUP that's pretty difficult if you don't have quick reflexes. Also one of the best SHMUPs I've played since R-Type.

    4. Zelda: Phantom Hour Glass. C'mon, it's Zelda! If you liked Wind Waker for the Gamecube, you'll like this one as well.

    5. Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. My very first AW game that I've actually beaten, and I'm no sRPG fan either. It's too bad I can't get into the prequels though.
  9. ZeroEXE93

    ZeroEXE93 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 1, 2008
    United States
    New York City
    In no specific order:

    1. The World Ends With You
    A gem of a RPG, this is just amazing. When I first heard about this, I thought that the concept was just stupid and that this will end up to be one of SE's failures. I decided to pick up the Japanese version about a week before the EU version came out just to test it and it got me hooked. Massive customization, awesome battle system, high replay value, definitely one of the DS' best.

    2. Final Fantasy CC: Ring of Fates
    I loved the first game because of its fresh approach to the FF world, despite all the criticism. However, Ring of Fates is definitely a improvement from the first. Single player is actually pretty good, even with the stupid AI characters and somewhat repetitive gameplay. However, the multi-player mode is where the game really shines. Playing with friends is much more enjoyable than those AI characters.

    3. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
    This is definitely overrated, but it's still one of my faves. At first glance, it looks unimpressive. It seems to be just another monster RPG, graphics that aren't exactly something to write home about, and a basic interface/gameplay. Actually, the massive amount of depth in this game is astounding! After all, this is probably the only RPG to have a hidden IV/EV system to allow you to "customize" your monsters (to an extent). And besides, millions of people can't be wrong... or can they? :wtf:

    4. Metroid Prime Hunters
    I won't lie, I completely suck at this game but even a crappy gamer like me can tell how amazing this game is. This is the best FPS for the DS so far. Sure, the single player mode is really easy and short but the . 7 characters + 7 alt forms + 8 weapons (I think) + an almost flawless 3D engine (except for a few glitches here and there) in multiplayer mode makes up for it. And don't forget about the outstanding Wifi modes!
    5. Mario Kart DS
    This is without a doubt the best racer for the DS so far. When this first launched, it brought about a new innovation for the DS - online Wifi races. I used to spend so much time on this trying to get triple star on all missions, unlocking all the staff ghosts, etc. I've accomplished all that now, and I did it all without snaking. =]

    Honorable mentions:
    LoZ:PH - excellent use of stylus, very innovative for a Zelda game
    Advance Wars Days of Ruin - a completely new Advance Wars game, fixes most of the errors that the previous had
    Ace Attorney series - great storylines, cool characters, gives you a sense of accomplishment when you complete a trial

    ...Holy crap, that took a long time. =/
  10. DjFIL

    DjFIL GBAtemp Maniac

    May 29, 2003
    BC, Canada
    These are 5 of the games that never get removed from my flash cart due to replayability, making them my favorites:

    Mario Kart DS - The classic... arcade kart racing at its best.
    Sega Casino - Best casino game collection on DS, favorite Texas Hold'Em too.
    Club House Games - Amazing collection of games, love Bowling and Darts.
    Wario Ware Touched - Got to love the twitchy instinct based micro games.
    Race Driver: Create & Race - I love my racing sims, and this is the best the DS has to offer.
  11. knl

    knl I can change this?

    Jun 2, 2003
    wtf the world ends with you lol
  12. distorted.freque

    distorted.freque I'm getting mixed signals here!

    Jan 31, 2008
    According to the amount of time I put into it:

    1) Ace Attorney series.
    Best storylines, best quotes, and good graphics. Only complaint is that the new characters of Apollo Justice feel quite like the characters of Phoenix Wright.

    2) Elite Beat Agents/Ouendan 2.
    Great rhythm games. Catchy songs (despite whatever bad things the others say about them). Fun multiplayer.

    3) The World Ends With You.
    Nice compelling storyline. A bit weird for the battle system. Good graphics.

    4) Ninja Gaiden
    Not as compelling as TWEWY but better battle system. Nice graphics as well. (Yes, I'm a graphics-whore)

    5) Phantom Hourglass.
    It's fun, gameplay-wise. I just don't know where to go next. (Which is why I've stopped playing the game.)

    My DS isn't with me so I picked the Zelda game for the last one. [​IMG] It really is fun. I'm just not in the mood to actually appreciate it more.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, FFCC was probably a better choice for number four or five. Oops. I just forgot about it. FFCC's really fun as a multiplayer game although the storyline is only...average.
  13. Tikker

    Tikker GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Apr 8, 2007
    1) Final Fantasy 3 is the whole reason I bought a DS to be honest

    Dragon Quest 4,5 are coming, as is FF 4,5,6 !

    2) Geometry Wars is a blast for some odd reason. there's really not much to it, but I grew up when Asteroids was the greatest game of all time, so this one feels like home

    3) Mario Kart. probably the best game on the DS

    4) anno 1701 is pretty darn good
  14. MyauChanDesu

    MyauChanDesu Kamineko is GOD.

    Mar 29, 2008
    Sydney, Australia!
    1) The World Ends With You (Amazing Graphs instead of boring 3d graphics & great story line~)

    2) Ace Attorney series. (i just love it~)

    3) Pokemon Diamond/Pearl (pokemon games is always there~)

    4) Ninja Gaiden : DS (amazing game but not very touch screen friendly~)

    5) Final Fantasy III (good game~)
  15. ndpndnt16

    ndpndnt16 GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 24, 2007
    comeon you guys!!!did you forgot about soma bringer?

    No. 1 Soma Bringer talking about unique this is the first RPG with 3 characters in one slot
    No.2 SquareEnix Games almost all is good for me but did they forgot something?all the FF titles in ds seems to be always kids on graphic designs kinda miss ff7 and 8
    No.3 rhythm Games lol all rhythm games will entertain you for a while.if you got bored with those rpgs
    No.4 Mario titles kinda boring already all the jumpin jackin but still good to play if you have time.but if they bring mario galaxy to ds would be more fun
    No5. ace yeap kinda weird but good to play
  16. Panzer Tacticer

    Panzer Tacticer veteran human

    Apr 13, 2008
    Right Here
    Panzer Tactics. Seriously challenging and massively replayable.

    Steel Horizon, same comment.

    Age of Empires, same comment.

    Brain Age, useful, challenging.

    7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Fun to play, hard to beat, replayable.

    Asked for top 5, only gave 5 choices. Now, I could mention another 20 titles a collection should have, but I was only asked for 5.
  17. darigaaz3

    darigaaz3 Member

    Jan 30, 2008
    Have indeed played a lot of games but if money needs to spend on a game, it has to be affordable and has a good replayability.

    1. New Super Mario Bros. Game is easy but even when you completely finish the game, there is still the matter of finding all the stars. If you are a perfectionist, it does indeed take some time to finish the game completely.

    2. Advance Wars series, but specifically Days Of Ruin. Good storyline and excellent wi-fi mode will keep you onto this game for hours and hours to come.

    3. Etrian Odyssey. Small company that made this game and it might not be for everyone. If you enjoy dungeon crawlers and hours and hours spend on leveling and exploring, then this game is for you! I find this game very enjoyable even though it requires a lot of grinding. Played it twice and in total I can honestly say I spend more than 150 hours on it.

    4. Tetris DS. This game is good for the wi-fi and can be a good break from the other games you are usually playing. Its always a good distraction for yourself.

    5. Brain Age 2. The training is ok but what makes me keep going for this game is the Sudoku puzzles. Enjoyed the puzzles and it does take some time before you completed all of them. Good for a long term investment.

    Honorable mentions :
    Castlevania series
    Zelda Phantom Hourglass
    Phoenix Wright series
    Panzer Tactic
    EBA/Ouendan (Original plays at full speed, emulators/flashcarts run games at only 98-99%, so rhythm games are easier to play with original cartridges, another point in buying them)
    Shiren the wanderer (another dungeon crawler, but probably the best of its genre)
  18. Kaos

    Kaos Good show!

    Nov 25, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Interesting. I didn't know this.

    Can you post any evidence backing this up? I haven't noticed any games feeling slow.

    You think you'd notice in a rhythm game.
  19. Cermage

    Cermage GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Dec 2, 2007
    1. Trauma center - OMFG LOADS AND LOADS OF GAMTIME, frustratingly hard as well.
    2. Trace memory - played this game in one sitting, loved the story
    3. Rune factory - 120+ hours of play 'nuff said
    4. TWEWY - 80 + hours of gaming, still going....
  20. Passa

    Passa Advanced Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    1. Pearl/Diamond - so much to do, not as good as previous iterations in the series but still great fun
    2. Advance Wars: Days of Ruin - polished to the max, streamlined gameplay from Dual Strike
    3. Advance Wars: Dual Strike - almost as good as the GBA iterations, great multiplayer
    4. Mario Kart DS - I find it rather frustrating (unbalanced gameplay) but as long as you don't take it seriously, it's highly enjoyable
    5. Tetris DS - man.. it's tetris. And it's Nintendo themed!

    I haven't played many DS games so my list might look a little strange. Either way, those five games drew me away from my PSP, that's for sure.