The Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi consoles are still wildly popularly with retro and modern gamers alike, thanks to a catalog that features hundreds upon hundreds of high-quality titles. With so many amazing titles for the DS and DSi, though, how do you pick the perfect one for you? Easy — check out the games below, many of which are still available for the Nintendo DS family of systems.
Kingdom Hearts 352/2 Days
Kingdom Hearts 352/2 Days takes place during the year that Sora was asleep, and revolves around Roxas. You’ll basically follow Roxas and the other members of Organization XIII through the various Disney worlds. Perhaps the coolest new feature in the game is multiplayer mode, which allows you and your friends to play as other Organization XIII members.
While long-time Kingdom Hearts fans will love this addition to the franchise, new players will also get a kick out of it – it’s not too difficult to learn, and while some backstory may help in the general understanding of the game, you’ll still have a lot of fun without it.
Super Mario 64 DS
While New Super Mario Bros. is an awesome game, there’s nothing better than going back to the classics. Super Mario 64 DS is, as I’m sure you can imagine, a port of the original Super Mario 64 game for the Nintendo 64.
However it takes full advantage of the Nintendo DS’ dual-screen setup and adds touch screen features and even wireless multiplayer compatibility. Who says an old plumber can’t learn new tricks?
Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time
The third Mario game on the list is there for good reason – it’s an awesome, albeit weird, game. In Partners in Time, Mario and Luigi partner up with none other than their younger selves. As strange as it sounds, you get to control both the adult and baby sets of Mario Bros. as they explore the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond to take down the evil invaders from space, the Shroobs. The game gets a little out of control but, in this case, that’s a good thing.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Spirit Tracks sends our hero Link on a brand-new adventure, offering a totally new story with more puzzles, and so on. While Spirit Tracks is actually the second Legend of Zelda game for Nintendo DS.You can find out more https://romshub.com/roms/nintendo-ds here. Link travels by train, as the name suggests, opening up new possibilities for puzzles and interesting challenges.
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 are great games, but fans of the early generations may find themselves a little lost at the number of Pokémon to catch. HeartGold and SoulSilver are remakes of Gold and Silver for Game Boy Color, which are considered by many to be some of the best Pokémon games ever made, and for good reason. The game takes place in the Johto region and offers updated graphics, touch controls, and even the ability to use the ‘Pokéwalker’ – essentially a glorified Tamagotchi – to take your Pokemon wherever you go.
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars Director’s Cut
It’s a PC point-and-click classic, but bringing a new and improved version of the original Broken Sword title to the portable Nintendo DS was a stroke of genius on the part of Nintendo and Revolution software. The dual-screen touch elements of the Nintendo DS work extremely well with the point-and-click style of play and Broken Sword is one of the best games in the genre to show this.
The game follows the original story of George Stobbart as he travels across the world to unravel the Templar conspiracy. To draw in those who had already played the game, though, the Director’s Cut added new puzzles specifically suited to the DS touchscreen, animated facial expressions, and a brand new complementary storyline which follows George’s fellow adventurer Nico Collard to new locations and adds more depth to the original story.
The only downside is that the DS version lacks the excellent voice acting of Rolf Saxon. Fortunately, the script is good enough to stand on its own. Whether you’ve played the original Broken Sword on PC or not, this Director’s Cut version for DS is well worth picking up.
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Dawn of Sorrow is set around a year after Aria of Sorrow, and follows a cult that wants to resurrect a dead Dracula. Soma Cruz gets entangled in the plans and must now find a way to stop the resurrection from happening. Unlike many other Nintendo DS games, most of the action takes place on the bottom screen, while the top screen is reserved for maps, character information, and so on.
Many suggest that Dawn of Sorrow is one of the best Castlevania games of all-time, and for good reason – it’s beautifully designed, offers great battle scenarios, and finds the perfect balance between nostalgia and innovation.