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30 Best Nintendo DS Games

The Nintendo DS platform was one of the best video game consoles that we must have all enjoyed at some point in our gaming journey. The original Nintendo DS is almost 13 years old and is unlikely to feel really good now because frankly, the time has changed. But we can never forget this sweet device which we carried around before the advent of smartphones and other devices. But what makes a gaming console perfect is the collection of games it offers along with the other features and DS has surely not disappointed us in that area.

It has got a plethora of classic games but most of us will have replaced the old DS with the more powerful, better Nintendo 3DS console. As it is still a part of the DS family, the new handheld offers full backwards compatibility which means that you can now enjoy some great DS titles on your handheld console. If you wish to try it out but is confused where to begin, then check out this list of best DS games of all time that will keep you entertained for long.

Top 30 Best Nintendo DS Games:

1. Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger is one of the best DS games developed and published by Square Enix in the year 1995. It was a critical and commercial success upon its release and is frequently found in the lists of best video games of all time and is even described as revolutionary because of its multiple endings, plot-related sidequests, unique battle system and graphics. This role-playing video game’s story follows a group of adventurers who travel through time to prevent a global catastrophe from happening.

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger was also the third best selling video game of the year 1995 with over 2 million copies shipped worldwide by March 2003. The gameplay is of the standard role-playing type wherein the player controls the protagonist and his kins in the game’s two-dimensional fictional worlds made of forests, cities and dungeons. Players and enemies use magical or physical attacks to hurt each other during battles and players can also use items to heal or protect themselves. Each character has its own hit points and when the player loses all of is hit points, they faint and game is restored from a previously saved chapter.

2. Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS is the third best selling Nintendo DS game with over 23 million copies sold all over the world and is must play DS games of all time. This go-kart racing game was developed and published by Nintendo and was initially released in the year 2005. The game was also very well received and was praised for its graphics and gameplay while it was criticized for its repetitive single-player mode. The game also received many awards including the Editors’ Choice Awards from GameSpot and IGN.

Mario Kart DS

The game is the fifth instalment of the Mario Kart series and the first to be playable via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection online service which was later terminated along with other games playable via service. The game features characters from the Mario series and pits them against each other as they race the karts on tracks which are based on locations in the Mario series. The player can race in a kart against other racers as one of the eight characters, each with three karts to choose from.

3. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an action adventure game developed by Rockstar Leeds along with Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games in the year 2009. It is the thirteenth game in the Grand Theft Auto series and the first game developed for the Nintendo DS and iOS. The game has received great critical acclaim and it is currently the highest rated Nintendo DS game ever on GameRankings and also has the highest rank for the Nintendo DS at GameSpot.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

 

The game is set in an open world environment and has a different approach and presentation from the previous games of the series, partially resembling the first Grand Theft Auto titles. The game uses a fully rotatable camera angled down towards the action and also uses cel-shaded polygons with black outlines to bring forward a kind of comic book like aesthetic. The player can disable as many police cars as possible to escape the police instead of leaving the wanted zone and the more stars a player gets, the more police they have to handle for each level.

4. Pokemon Black and White Version

Pokemon Black and White Version are role-playing games developed by Game Freak and published by the Pokemon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo DS platform and was initially released in the year 2010. The game is also the sixth best selling Nintendo DS video game with over 15 million copies sold worldwide and is the first instalments in the fifth generation of the Pokemon series of role-playing games. The game received positive reviews upon their release and the critics praised the advancements in gameplay as well as to the new stuff introduced and the complex plot.

Pokemon Black and White Version

As in the previous instalments, the games follow the journey of a young Pokemon trainer through the region of Unova as they train Pokemon to compete against other trainers and thwarting schemes of criminal organization Team Plasma. There are three basic screens – an overworld in which the player navigates the main character, a battle screen which is self-explanatory and finally, the menu in which the player configures their party items or gameplay settings. The player can carry up to six Pokemon at the same time and most Pokemon evolve into other forms when certain conditions are met. The game includes a network of PCs which can be found in certain buildings called ‘Pokemon Centres’ where the player can heal their Pokemon with low health.

5. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is yet another top DS game developed and published by Nintendo for the DS handheld game console. This action adventure game was initially released in the year 2007 and is the fourteenth instalment in The Legend of Zelda series and is also the sequel to the 2002 GameCube title The Wind Maker. The reviews for this game were highly positive with special praise for its control scheme and even received many video game industry awards like the Nintendo DS Game of the Year Award from GameSpot, GameSpy and IGN.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

The gameplay is similar to the other games in The Legend of Zelda series and the player controls Link, the protagonist as he explores the world to find new items, information and allies to help him save his friend Tetra and defeat the villain Bellum. The game is divided into two gameplay types – sailing between the islands and exploring the islands and their dungeons on foot. The game includes a one on one multiplayer battle mode where, in one arena, one player controls Link while the other player on defence controls three Phantom Guardians.

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6. Advance Wars: Dual Strike

Advance Wars: Dual Strike is a turn-based tactics video game and is also known as Famicom Wars DS in Japan and was initially released in the year 2005. This game is the third instalment of the Advance Wars series and is preceded by Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising and succeeded by Advance Wars: Days of Ruin.

Advance Wars: Dual Strike

The game is said to have received universal acclaim and has also won a lot of awards including the Best Strategy Game for DS award from IGN in the year 2005. The storyline is a continuation of the previous games in the series but is set in the new location called Omega Land. Black Hole has returned under the leadership of a new commander who wishes to become immortal by draining the energy of Omega Land and the Allied Nations struggle to overcome this problem. Eventually, they are joined by former Black Hole commanders to save the land.

7. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is one of the best DS games developed by AlphaDream. This role-playing video game was initially released in the year 2009 and is the third game in the Mario & Luigi RPG series. The game was both critically and commercially successful with over 4 million copies sold worldwide by 2011 and a remake of the game for the Nintendo 3DS console will be released in 2019 for the original’s 10th anniversary.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

The game follows Mario and Luigi after they are inhaled into the body of their longtime enemy Bowser and assists Bowser unknown to him while he battles Fawful who has taken over control of the Mushroom Kingdom. The game has a role-playing style similar to the previous games which emphasize a turn-based battle system focussed on timing and is rather comical in nature. The gameplay requires co-operation between the trio as they have to use their special abilities to work together to solve puzzles and fight enemies to progress through the game.

8. Meteos

Meteos is a tile-matching video game developed by Q Entertainment and published by Bandai along with Nintendo for the Nintendo DS platform and was initially released in the year 2005. The game received critical acclaim and even reached number one in DS sales in the UK market during the first week of release and received awards and nominations including CESA Game Awards’ Outstanding Performance Award. The core gameplay requires players to use a stylus to move coloured blocks, ‘meteos’, that fall from the top of the screen.

Meteos

The game ends when the blocks fill up the screen and to prevent this from happening, the player has to arrange three or more blocks of the same shade onto the top of the screen to make them disappear. The speed and frequency of the falling blocks can be adjusted using the speeder gauge and power-ups are available which may help you or hurt you. The game has several modes – Star Trip, Simple, Deluge and Time Attack and the Star Trip mode is the Meteos’ story mode with its plot centred on the evil planet Meteo sending its matter to the other planets.

9. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrows

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrows is one of the best DS game ever which was developed and published by Konami and is a part of Konami’s Castlevania series of games. It is also the first Castlevania game released on the Nintendo DS platform and this action adventure game was initially released in the year 2005. The game incorporates many features from the previous games and has a combination of platform game and role-playing video games which is the ‘Tactical Soul’ system featured in the Aria of Sorrows and a dark, gothic atmosphere.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrows

The storyline continues the story of the Aria of Sorrows wherein Dracula has been completely defeated and his powers are taken up by his reincarnation Soma Cruz. But with the help of his companions, Soma avoids becoming a dark lord but a cult begins to form to bring forth a new dark lord by killing Soma. Soma and his allies have to ensure that a new dark lord is not created. Dawn of Sorrows introduced new gameplay elements like the ‘Magic Seal’ system which requires the use of the DS stylus to draw a pattern on powerful enemies.

10. New Super Mario Bros

New Super Mario Bros is a 2D side-scrolling platform game designed for the Nintendo DS platforms and was developed and published by Nintendo and was initially released in the year 2006. The game is one of the best DS games of all time and is the best selling Nintendo DS game ever with over 30 million copies sold worldwide so far. It was a commercial hit and received many positive reviews and was especially praised for the game’s improvements made to the Mario franchise while it was criticized for its ease of gameplay and similarity to the previous games.

New Super Mario Bros

The plot of the game is similar to the other side-scrolling Mario games and follows Mario as he fights his way amidst Bowser’s henchmen to rescue Princess Peach. The player can play as either Mario or his brother Luigi and can collect coins, stomp enemies and break open blocks. Ten levels are available in each o the eight worlds and the map of the currently selected world appears in the top screen which is used to navigate between the world’s levels. The goal of each level is o reach the black flag at the end of the level.

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11. Elite Beat Angels

Elite Beat Angels is a music video game developed by iNiS and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS gaming console and was initially released in the year 2006. Though it was not a commercial hit, the game was well received by the critics and got many 2006 gaming awards. The player taps and rags on indicated locations on the touch screen of the DS in time to the rhythm of the music to score points.

Elite Beat Angels

The main characters of the game are members of the fictional government agency responsible for helping those in need. While someone is facing a crisis and reaches their breaking point, Commander Kahn dispatches agents to help them succeed. The agents never assist the person directly but encourage them through their dancing thus motivating them to overcome various obstacles. The person’s degree of success depends widely on the accuracy of the dance moves as shown by the multiple endings for each story.

12. The World Ends With You

The World Ends With You is an action role-playing game released for the Nintendo DS platform in the year 2007 and was developed by Square Enix and Jupiter. It has got urban fantasy elements and is set in the modern day Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo The game itself has got a distinctive art style inspired by the district and its culture. The game received many positive reviews with special praise for its graphics, soundtrack and integration of the gameplay into Shibuya’s setting.

The World Ends With You

The game follows Neku and his companions who are forced to participate in a game that will decide their fate and elements of Japanese youth culture like fashion, food and cell phones play important roles in the missions. The game is arranged into three chapters based on the three weeks that Neku is involved in the Reaper’s game and each chapter is further divided by each day of the week. Although most of the missions require completion with a certain time for Neku and his friend, this time is not correlated to the passage of time for the player.

13. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime is an action adventure video game developed by TOSE and published by Square Enix for the Nintendo DS platform and was initially released in the year 2005. It is the sequel to the game Slime MoriMori Dragon Quest: Shogeki no Shippo Dan for the Game Boy Advance and was first released in Japan and later in North America. The game got a generally positive reception and was praised for its multiplayer tank battle mode and was considered a quality spin-off of the Dragon Quest series which it is. A Nintendo 3DS sequel was released later in 2011 called Slime MoriMori Dragon Quest 3: The Great Pirate Ship and Tails Troupe.

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime

The game stars a common nemesis and mascot of the series, a Slime, this one in particular named Rocket and lives in a town called Boingburg, inhabited by other Slimes, each one being a type of Slime species found in the series. It has two forms of gameplay, the first being an overhead style where the player manoeuvres Rocket around a variety of stages and another where the Schleiman Tank must battle against an opposing tank, firing ammunition found throughout the first portion of the game. Rocket has the ability to jump as well as hover though his base technique is ‘Elasto Blast’ an attack that launches Rocket forward.

14. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is a role-playing game developed by Level 5 and published by Square Enix in the year 2009 for the Nintendo DS platform. The game achieved record-breaking sales in Japan and has set a Guinness World Record for its anonymous communication mode. The game was well received both inside and outside Japan and was the game to be initially released for a handheld game console.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

It was also the first game to feature spawning of enemies rather than random encounters and introduced local multiplayer functionality to the series as well as limited compatibility with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The game allows players to have a cooperative wireless multiplayer experience with up to four players and does not feature multiplayer capabilities via Nintendo Wi-Fi. Each character can be customized during creation and throughout the game and during character creation, selectable features include gender, hairstyle and colour, eye shape and colour, skin tone.

15. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver Version

Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver Version are enhanced remakes of the 1999 video games Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver including some features in Pokemon Crystal and are a part of the Pokemon series of role-playing games. The game was developed by Game Freak and was published by The Pokemon Company along with Nintendo for the Nintendo DS platform. The games recieved many positive reviews and their combined sales reached 12.72 million making the two games combined the eighth best selling DS games of all the time.

Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver Version

The games take place in the Johto region of the franchise’s fictional universe and the basic goal of the game is to become the best Pokemon trainer in the Johto and Kanto regions. The basic mechanics of the games are very much similar to that of the predecessors and is viewed from a third-person overhead perspective. It consists of three basic screens – a field map in which the player navigates the main character, a battle screen and the menu in which the player configures his party, items or gameplay settings.

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16. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is one of the best DS games of all the time and was developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS platform. This action adventure game was initially released in the year 2009 and is an instalment in The Legend of Zelda series. The game uses a feature called cel-shaded art style like the previous games and the protagonist of the game is Link.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Link travels across the game’s overworld using a cannon-equipped stream train and the player is also able to control Phantoms and play instrument known as the Spirit Flute. The game is divided into an overworld which Link traverses using the Spirit Tracks and towns and dungeons which he travels by foot. As the game progresses, the player opens more of the map and Link is controlled using the stylus in towns and dungeons and it can also be used to perform attacks and dodges, select items, combat and solving puzzles.

17. Kirby: Canvas Curse

Kirby: Canvas Curse is a platform game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo and was initially released in the year 2005. The game is also known as Kirby: Power Paintbrush in Europe and does not play like a traditional Kirby video game as it uses the stylus exclusively. The game was favourably received and was praised for its stylus gameplay and was considered an innovative take on the most overplayed genre.

Pokemon Black and White Version

Unlike the other Kirby games, the player does not directly control Kirby and instead uses only a stylus and touch screen to control Kirby who rolls in the form of a ball. The player can draw rainbow lines on which Kirby will roll bt this will deplete the player’s rainbow ink supplies which recharges slowly while Kirby is in the air or on a path but quickly when Kirby is on the ground. The player can use the stylus to stun enemies by tapping on it and then allows Kirby to roll on the enemy at his own momentum or by dashing to defeat the enemy.

18. Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes is a puzzle role-playing action-adventure video game developed by Capybara Games and published by Ubisoft for the DS platform and was initially released in the year 2009. The game had generally positive reviews with IGN awarding the game a Best of E3 2009 nomination for Best DS Strategy game. The game is the third title in the series’ Ubisoft continuity and as act as a prequel to Heroes of Might and Magic V taking place in a fictional world of Ashan.

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes

The game combines role-playing, turn-based strategy and puzzle video game genres allowing players to embark on a story based optional quests while utilizing army recruitment and resource management. Armies are made up of an unlimited number of faction-specified basic troops as well as a finite number of larger elite troops. Each faction has three types of basic troops and five types of advanced troops with players choosing from these to form their individual army compositions.

19. Planet Puzzle League

Planet Puzzle League, also known as Puzzle League DS in Europe, is a puzzle video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game console. It was released in the year 2007 and was praised for its mind-bending puzzles, curious combo mechanics and great online options. Identically sized square blocks of different colours are stacked in a two-dimensional well six spaces wide of which the active on-screen playfield id 12 spaces tall.

Planet Puzzle League

The game is played with the DS unit in a sideways book style orientation which allows vertically oriented playfield and its blocks to be displayed larger. When blocks of same colour are aligned next to one another in vertical or horizontal lines of three or more while supported underneath, the blocks are cleared from the playing field one by one. Combos are measured by the number of blocks cleared with a clear of six blocks referred to as a ‘+6’ combo.

20. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is another one of the best DS games of all the time developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo in the year 2005. It is the second game in the Mario & Luigi series and was critically acclaimed by the media with special praise for its characterization and comical styles as well as the use of DS’s dual screen and rumble feature. The game’s plot is completely unrelated to that of its predecessor and puts more emphasis on the time travelling theme.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

The story follows Mario, Baby Mario, Luigi and aby Luigi while they search for Princess Peach who has been kidnapped by some alien species known as the Shroobs. The gameplay centres on the cooperation between the quartet who are supposed to use their specific qualities and skills to solve puzzles to progress through and features multiple role-playing elements.  The turn-based battle system is focused on time accuracy and the game is much darker than its predecessor in its plot and themes.

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21. Animal Crossing: Wild World

Animal Crossing: Wild World is one of the best nintendo DS games of all the time and the ninth best selling Nintendo DS game with over 11 million copies sold worldwide. The game was developed and published by Nintendo initially in the year 2005 and is the second game in the Animal Crossing series. The game received positive reviews upon release and was praised for the addition of the online play which extended the experience into true social gaming.

21. Animal Crossing: Wild World

The game is centred on living in a remote village populated with anthropomorphic animals where the player is encouraged to perform a number of tasks like collecting and planting. The game is synced to the console’s clock and calendar which allows the game to be played in real time and effects the occurrence of in-game events based on the current time of the day or season. The game also uses Nintendo Wi-Fi connection which notably allows players to travel and visit the villages of other players using online play.

22. Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is a turn-based strategy video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS platform and was initially released in the year 2008. It is the fourth instalment in the Advance Wars series and has a darker atmosphere and a more serious tone as compared to the previous instalments in the series. The game was generally well received but was criticized for the removal of several staple features of the series and for its lack of gameplay innovation.

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

The game is set amidst a post-apocalyptic world and the story focuses on the Rubinelle 12th Battalion, one of the surviving remanents of the military of the country of Rubinelle which had been locked in a century-long war with its enemy  Lazuria before the global meteor shower. The objective of the game is for the player to use their military force to defeat the enemy’s force. Except for certain single-player missions with special objectives, there are two ways to defeat an opponent – destroy all of the enemy units or capture their headquarters.

23. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, also known as Professor Layton and the Lost Future in Europe and Australia, is a puzzle, adventure video game and is the third game in the first trilogy of the Professor Layton puzzle game series. The game was developed by Level-5 and co-published by Level-5 and Nintendo and was initially released in the year 2008 for the Nintendo DS platform. In the game, Layton meets an old apprentice of his name Luke who brings him to an awful future he wishes him to help fix.

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

The player has to solve puzzles offered by local citizens to progress forward in the story through dialogue and around 32 minutes of full motion video. Puzzles are brain teasers of different types including visual, math and logic and there is no time limit to solve puzzles and the player can get up to 3 hints at a cost of one hint coin each. If the player is correct in solving the puzzles, they gain a number of Picarat which is a form of currency within the game.

24. Radiant Historia

Radiant Historia is another one of the best DS games and is of the role-playing genre which was initially released in the year 2010. It co-developed by Atlus and Headlock and was published by Atlus in Japan and by their subsidiary Atlas USA in North America. The game was reviewed positively and was ranked the third best reviewed DS title of 2011. It received a great deal of praise for its story’s time travel elements and dark tone compared to many equivalent RPGs.

Radiant Historia

The game is set on Vainqueur, a continent divided between the warring nations of Alistel and Granorg. Alistel’s soldier Stocke is chosen to wield the White Chronicle, a tome capable of navigating so he may prevent Vanqueur’s desertification and Stocke and his party explore Vanqueur, fighting enemies on a grid-based battlefield using turn-based systems. Time travelling between alternate timelines is an integral part of both the storyline and the gameplay with the number of potential timelines unlocked, influencing the ending.

25. Metroid Prime: Hunters

Metroid Prime: Hunters is first-person video game developed by Nintendo’s Redmond based subsidiary Nintendo Software Technology and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS platform. This action adventure game was initially released in the year 2006 and is a part of the Metroid series and the story takes place between the events of Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. The game was praised for its gameplay and graphics and it also received several honours including an Editors’ Choice award from IGN which also named the game the Best Action DS Game of 2006.

25. Metroid Prime: Hunters

The player takes on the role of the series protagonist Samus Aran, bounty hunter, who investigates a mysterious message that originated from the Alimbic System. The game has more first-person shooter aspects than the previous titles in the Metroid series with the removal of assisted aiming, more action-oriented gameplay and different multiplayer modes. Samus Aran is equipped with a Power suit that allows her to access her gunship from anywhere and she can scan almost any object in the game.

26. WarioWare: Touched!

WarioWare: Touched! is an action rhythm game developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS game console and is the third instalment of the WarioWare series. This game was initially released in the year 2004 and involves a series of rapidly completing microgames which are exclusively controlled by Nintendo DS’s touch screen and microphone. The game was received positively upon release and was especially praised for its fast-paced gameplay like the previous instalments. This game also introduced the recurring character Ashley to the series and used the touch screen and microphone for the first time.

 WarioWare: Touched!

The game has a similar gameplay to the previous games and the player must complete the microgames and a brief instruction regarding the games are given before each one begins. Beating a microgame will let you progress to the next one but losing it will cause the player to lose his life and if four lives are lost, the game ends in a game over with the player’s three previous high scores being displayed. The game has 180 microgames, not including the boss stages and game’s nine stages have 20 microgames each. Each level has a different theme, character, stage intermission and input style.

27. Super Mario 64 DS

Super Mario 64 DS is one of the best DS games of all the time and is also the tenth best selling Nintendo DS video game with over 11 million copies sold worldwide so far. This platform video game was developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS platform and is the first game in the Mario franchise to be released for the DS console. the game was initially released in the year 2004 is a remake of the 1996 game Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64 video game console.

Super Mario 64 DS

The game received generally positive reviews from critics with praise going towards the game’s single player mode and the changes made from the original game. In addition to revised graphics, the game also has new characters, thirty additional star collectables, a multiplayer mode and several minigames independent of the main adventure. The plot is the same as the original and centres on rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser and Yoshi is the initial protagonist with Mario, Luigi and Wario as unlockable characters.

28. Final Fantasy IV

Final Fantasy IV is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square and was initially released in the year 1991 for the Nintendo SNES console but its remake with 3D graphics for the DS console was released in 2007 and 2008. The game is the fourth main instalment of the Final Fantasy series and follows Cecil, a dark knight who is the protagonist of the game. Final Fantasy IV is regarded as the landmark of the series and of the role-playing genre and various incarnations of the game have sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.

Final Fantasy IV

Cecil tries to prevent the sorcerer Golbez from seizing powerful crystals and destroying the world and he is joined on this quest by a frequently changing group of allies. The game introduced many innovations like its ‘Active Time Battle’ system which was used in five subsequent Final Fantasy games. Unlike the prior games in the series, Final Fantasy IV game each character their own unchangeable character class. The game was re-titled Final Fantasy II during its initial release outside Japan as the original Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy III had not been released outside Japan at the time.

29. Space Invaders Extreme

Space Invaders Extreme is a re-vamped version of the classic arcade game Space Invaders and their DS and PSP versions were released to mark the 30th anniversary of Space Invaders which was originally released in the year 1978. This shooter action game was developed by Taito and Backbone Entertainment and was published by Taito, Square Enix and Degica and the celebratory release were made in the year 2009. The game received critical praise since its first release and is noted for its fast-paced gameplay with IGN claiming the game to be energetic, additive and has an absolutely retro old school feel to it.

Space Invaders Extreme

In single-player mode, the player controls the cannon at the bottom of the display which can move left or right and fire and sometimes the top display formations of invaders appear and they must be shot for points and to avoid them destroying the player’s cannon. Sometimes, there are only a handful of invaders in a tight formation or at other times individual invaders advance rapidly down the screen separately from the main formation and sometimes a boss level will be encountered often with a very large invader and its guards. On the DS, two players can compete against each other using wither the single-card download play, multi-card play or Nintendo Wi-Fi connection,

30. Tetris DS

Tetris DS is another puzzle video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS platform and was initially released in the year 2006. The game is a part of the Tetris game series and supports up to ten players locally and four players online with the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service. Tetris DS has got several new modes each with a different Nintendo theme which includes Super Mario Bros, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong and Yoshi’s Cookie. The game also has several different modes of gameplay.

Tetris DS

Standard mode plays much like the traditional Tetris but in this one, the playing field is on the bottom screen and a Nintendo themed gameplay clip loops on the top screen. The mission mode can be played competitively or as a marathon to improve your own score while the push mode is a competitive mode for two players or one person versus a CPU controlled opponent. The touch mode requires the players to use the DS stylus to touch and slide static Tetriminoes to create rows while the catch mode allows the player to control one central block which can be moved in all directions and rotated. The final mode is the puzzle mode in which the player has to fill the gaps and clear the screen to win.

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