best nintendo ds games

 

If you’re like me and love handheld video games, then this list will be perfect for you! You’ll find our 15 best picks for Nintendo DS games. And from all different genres too, racing games, adventure games even RPGs!

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1- New Super Mario Bros

Release date: May 15, 2006
Available at: Amazon
Game type: Adventure, Platform

Description: An old classic brought to you on the DS. Take control of Mario or his brother Luigi in this epic side-scrolling adventure, jump, bounce, collect coins and stomp enemies! Use skills such as ground pound, triple jump, and the wall jump too.

Key features:

  • Old-school platforming action
  • New Action
  • Two player mode, so you can play with your friends!
  • New moves to learn!

Notes:

  • Single-player
  • Multi-player

 

2- Mario Kart DS

 

Release date: November 14, 2005
Available at: Amazon
Game type: Racing

Description: Another great classic! Mario Kart DS brings back all the classic characters for another epic racing battle. With more than 30 race courses you can now play online via multi-player mode too.

Key features:

  • Different game modes
  • 2-8 player simultaneous wireless game play
  • Different car types to choose from
  • Special powers, weapons, abilities and more

Notes:

  • Single-player
  • Multi-player

3-Lego Marvel Super Heroes

 

Release date: October 22, 2013
Available at: Amazon
Game type: Action-Adventure

Description: This game offers a unique storyline in which Nick Fury brings together super heroes such as, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man and much more from the Marvel universe in order to protect the earth from a series of mortal threats.

Key features:

  • Different playable heroes
  • 45 Action packed missions
  • Complete missions for awesome rewards
  • Easy to learn and play

Notes:

  • Single-player
  • Multi-player

4- Pokémon Black Version 2

 

Release date: October 7, 2012
Available at: Amazon
Game type: Role-Playing / RPG

Description: Set two years after the events of Pokémon Black & White. This game is a turn-based Action RPG set in the world of Pokémon, where you control a neophyte Pokémon trainer beginning his journey to becoming the best trainer in the world!

Key features:

  • Upgraded Unova region
  • Even more Pokémon than the previous version
  • New Pokémon tools for the 3DS system
  • New game mechanics

Notes:

  • Single-player
  • Online features

5- Sonic Classic Collection

 

Release date: March 2, 2010
Available at: Amazon
Game Type: Adventure, Platform

Description: This awesome title contains 4 classic games from the Sonic franchise: Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3, and Sonic & Knuckles. It also features two extra lock-on modes that weren’t included in the originals.

Key features:

  • All of the originals Sonic games
  • Additional save option
  • Classic soundtrack
  • Extra lock-on modes

Notes:

  • Single-player

6- Chrono Trigger

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Release date: November 25, 2008
Available at: Amazon
Game Type: Role-Playing / RPG

Description: After 13 long years of waiting, this masterpiece finally arrives on the Nintendo DS. This story starts with a young man named Chrono who must travel through time in order to rescue a mysterious young girl.

Key features:

  • Amazing Storyline
  • Intense Combat
  • Several side quests
  • Great soundtrack

Notes:

  • Single-player

7- The World Ends With You

 

Release date: July 27, 2007
Available at: Amazon
Game Type: Action, Role-Playing / RPG

Description: The game takes place in a fictional version of the Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, Japan.
In this game, you are Neku Sakuraba, a 15-year-old boy, who is woken up by a mysterious text message warning him that he will cease to exist unless he accomplishes a certain mission.

Key features:

  • Amazing art style
  • Innovative stride-cross battle system
  • Customizable characters
  • Great soundtrack

Notes:

  • Single-player
  • Multi-player

8- Super Mario 64 DS

 

Release date: November 21, 2004
Available at: Amazon
Game type: Action-Adventure

Description: A remake of one of the best Mario games, in addition to the updated graphics, this version includes new playable characters, a multiplayer mode, and several mini-games as well. Once again Mario and his friends have to save the world!

Key features:

  • New playable characters
  • Revised graphics
  • Additional mini-games
  • Multiplayer mode

Notes:

  • Single-player
  • Multi-player

9- Pokemon Platinum

 

Release date: March 22, 2009
Available at: Amazon
Game Type: Role-Playing / RPG

Description: Yes another Pokémon game in our list, what can I say, these are brilliant games!

In Pokémon platinum, you control either a male or female character and start off with one of the three initial Pokémon. The storyline follows that familiar Pokémon arc, your goal is to become the best trainer in the world!

Key features:

  • New Wi-Fi plaza
  • Post battle videos
  • Even more Pokémon
  • Never-before-seen forms of powerful Pokémon

Notes:

  • Single-player
  • Multi-player

10- Animal Crossing: Wild World

 

Release date: December 5, 2005
Available at: Amazon
Game type: Social-Simulation

Description: In Wild World, your character lives in a small remote village populated with anthropomorphic animals. In this village, you must perform a number of different tasks, such as planting seeds and harvesting crops.

Key features:

  • New characters
  • Up to three friends in the same village
  • Original cast members
  • Online play

Notes:

  • Single-player
  • Multi-player

11- Mario and Luigi: Dream Team

 

Release date: August 11, 2013
Available at: Amazon
Game type: Action-Adventure, Role-playing / RPG

Description: A single-player action RPG. This game brings us a wonderful adventure, in which you enter Luigi’s dreams, you discover that Luigi’s sleeping mind can open portals to the dream world.

Key features:

  • Spawn hundreds of Luigis that mold into different forms
  • Intense combat
  • Master two worlds
  • Meet a host of hilarious characters

Notes:

  • Single-player

12- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

 

Release date: October 1, 2007
Available at: Amazon
Game type: Action-Adventure

Description: Another great addition to the Zelda franchise. Picking up immediately after The Wind Waker, players must once again control Link who is all alone on a strange island in this brand new adventure.

Key features:

  • Amazing graphics
  • Map on the second screen
  • Brilliant Story line
  • Good puzzle mix

Notes:

  • Single-player

13- Final Fantasy III

 

Release Date: November 14, 2006
Available: Amazon
Game Type: Role-Playing / RPG

Description:  Yes, as I’m sure you can tell, I am a fan of RPG games, but that is not the reason I put this game in our top 15, Final fantasy III is an amazing game. In this game, you control four heroes in their epic quest to save the world from the evil forces.

Key features:

  • Revamped graphics
  • Incredible Job system
  • Wi-Fi compatible
  • Challenging Dungeons

Notes:

  • Single-player
  • Multi-player

14- Mario Party DS

 

Release date: November 19, 2007
Available at: Amazon
Game type: Party Game

Description: Mario Party arrives on the DS, come and join Mario and his friends in this epic multiplayer adventure, where you can play 74 different mini-games!

Key features:

  • Different playable modes
  • 74 different mini-games
  • Eight playable characters
  • Challenging bosses

Notes:

  • Single-player
  • Multi-player

15- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

 

Release Date: September 1, 2006
Available at: Amazon
Game Type: Adventure, Visual Novel

Description: The story starts with Phoenix Wright, a rookie defense attorney who attempts to get his clients declared “not guilty”. The player controls Phoenix through two types of sections: investigations and courtroom trials. Your goal is to gather information and evidence, during trials you will need to prove the innocence of your client.

Key features:

  • Use both screens to investigate crime scenes
  • Up to five cases to take on
  • Great story
  • Interesting characters

Notes:

  • Single-player

 

Conclusion

That concludes our list of best Nintendo DS games. As you may have seen in this list we didn’t just focus on one genre, we looked at a wide range of different games. The games we picked were chosen for several reasons such as the richness of the storylines, how good the gameplay is, their popularity and the overall epicness of the games.

If you think we missed out on a great Nintendo DS game or if you liked our list, you can leave us a comment in the section below.