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Giant Bomb's Nintendo DS Game Of The Year, 2009

Two screens means two times the fun? Whatever, just see which DS game we liked best this year.

Look, you and I both know why you're here. It's to find out what we picked as the best Nintendo DS game of 2009, right? OK, good. With that fact established... 
 

Giant Bomb's 2009 Nintendo DS Game of the Year 

 

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

 
"Hey," you're thinking to yourself, "you guys picked a game starring Mario and Luigi and made by Nintendo for your DS game of the year. Big effing surprise!" But it was a surprise that Bowser's Inside Story turned out as well as it did. The last Mario & Luigi game (and the first one on the DS) Partners in Time went through all the motions of this delightful, irreverent RPG series, but it didn't really recapture all the brilliance of the first game, Superstar Saga, way back on the Game Boy Advance. So you'll excuse us if we didn't have the highest expectations for this second sequel.

Hey, we're happy to be proven wrong! It was enough that Bowser's Inside Story offered the most refined set of RPG mechanics yet in the series, with Mario & Luigi's traditional fast-paced, reflex-based combat reaching new heights and really invigorating your progression through the game. It didn't hurt that the quality of the artwork improved by leaps and bounds over the previous game. The expert back-and-forth balance between sequences starring Mario and Bowser did a great job keeping the momentum of the story rolling, too. Oh yeah, did I mention that at several points you fight a castle?

It was really the quality of the writing and humor in Bowser's Inside Story that pushed it over the top, though. Nintendo's localization group just went above and beyond what was necessary to get an RPG translated and playable in English, crafting lovably ridiculous humor and injecting so much personality into the game's characters that it would be worth playing through just to see what ridiculous scenario would unfold next. You expect a certain level of quality with every game Nintendo releases, but it's fair to say none of us expected Bowser's Inside Story to be as good as it is.     

Runners-Up: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Rhythm Heaven
 
 
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Posted by Brad

Look, you and I both know why you're here. It's to find out what we picked as the best Nintendo DS game of 2009, right? OK, good. With that fact established... 
 

Giant Bomb's 2009 Nintendo DS Game of the Year 

 

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

 
"Hey," you're thinking to yourself, "you guys picked a game starring Mario and Luigi and made by Nintendo for your DS game of the year. Big effing surprise!" But it was a surprise that Bowser's Inside Story turned out as well as it did. The last Mario & Luigi game (and the first one on the DS) Partners in Time went through all the motions of this delightful, irreverent RPG series, but it didn't really recapture all the brilliance of the first game, Superstar Saga, way back on the Game Boy Advance. So you'll excuse us if we didn't have the highest expectations for this second sequel.

Hey, we're happy to be proven wrong! It was enough that Bowser's Inside Story offered the most refined set of RPG mechanics yet in the series, with Mario & Luigi's traditional fast-paced, reflex-based combat reaching new heights and really invigorating your progression through the game. It didn't hurt that the quality of the artwork improved by leaps and bounds over the previous game. The expert back-and-forth balance between sequences starring Mario and Bowser did a great job keeping the momentum of the story rolling, too. Oh yeah, did I mention that at several points you fight a castle?

It was really the quality of the writing and humor in Bowser's Inside Story that pushed it over the top, though. Nintendo's localization group just went above and beyond what was necessary to get an RPG translated and playable in English, crafting lovably ridiculous humor and injecting so much personality into the game's characters that it would be worth playing through just to see what ridiculous scenario would unfold next. You expect a certain level of quality with every game Nintendo releases, but it's fair to say none of us expected Bowser's Inside Story to be as good as it is.     

Runners-Up: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Rhythm Heaven
 
 
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Posted by ColinWright

woah did not expect to see absolutely no Spirit Tracks love. Not even nominated. Strange

Posted by ozhenson

Hard to argue this.  Although I am disappointed that Henry Hatsworth isnt getting the respect it deserves from ANY website.

Posted by zombie2011

New Quick look for the GOTY's. Hopefully.

Posted by Pie

Quick look game of the year video more platforms to come soon have to wait for podcast even longer what?

Posted by MeatSim

All you had to say was, you fight a castle to convince me it was the best DC game of the year.

Edited by Atmanick

 Well now I think I want to play this game.  Though I am disappointed spirit tracks got passed over for a nomination.  That game brought a lot of fun back to my DS.

Posted by Forcen

You forgot to tie the article to the game page.

Posted by The_Patriarch

Quick Looks for every platform GOTY winner? Awesome. 
 
Also, great choice for best DS game. Really a great game from beginning to end.

Posted by Crono

No brainer.

Posted by Legend

I loved the first two games of the series.

Posted by ItalianHammerUS

It is kinda weird, i might be wrong but it looks like only Brad plaied this game. Strange it is their goty but i hope i will get the chance to play iy nonetheless
Posted by harrypmgaga

So is it just DS today, or are the other platforms coming on today as well?  

Posted by oddjob

Yay! A great I have yet to finish.

Posted by handlas

kewl seeing a video GOTY like this.  So I assume if Batman gets GOTY...it will get GOTY on all platforms as well....hence 1 video ;/?

Posted by General_D23

Well, being this was the only DS game I played this year, and being a game I really enjoyed, can't argue with it.
Posted by Naughton
@wh4tshisface: Judging by what the crew said about Spirit Tracks on the podcast, it's not too surprising that it didn't get nominated. Also, it had some pretty stiff competition.
Posted by JeffGoldblum
Posted by SpaceDandie
@ozhenson said:
" Hard to argue this.  Although I am disappointed that Henry Hatsworth isnt getting the respect it deserves from ANY website. "
YES!!! I just got this for Christmas and the puzzle/platformer thing is completely fun.
Posted by Linkyshinks

Mine is Spirit Tracks, but that game is well worthy of accolade though, It has some really witty writing.  Bill Trinen sure does a great job with localization in Redmond. 

Posted by Cerza

Well this is a surprise. I guess I'll have to break down and get this now.

Posted by MattBodega

POW Gloves, anyone?

Posted by Darkstar614

Sad Face for no Spirit Tracks mention.
 
I try so hard to not be "that guy" who has to hate everything that is cool, but Bowser's Inside Story still suffers from the same problems the other ones did: It's too easy once you learn how to dodge every attack. The rest of the game is pretty kick ass though.

Posted by chogi

does this mean they can do ds quicklooks now?

Posted by SleepyDoughnut

I was probably gonna get this game anyway just because I heard its good, but boy did this quick look sell me. That sick thwomp had a snot droplet hanging from his face... amazing.

Posted by Raindog

I gotta say I hoped to see a mention of Might and magic: Clash of heroes. I had a lot of fun with that.

Posted by JJOR64

I can say why this won DS Game of the Year.  It easily deserves it.

Posted by imhuntad

This was my DS GotY too! Great game, try it guys!

Posted by Milkman

Just started playing this recently. It's fantastic.

Posted by iAmJohn
@MrStool said:
" @ozhenson said:
" Hard to argue this.  Although I am disappointed that Henry Hatsworth isnt getting the respect it deserves from ANY website. "
YES!!! I just got this for Christmas and the puzzle/platformer thing is completely fun. "
Just wait until you get to the World 3 boss and the rest of the game.  Then the game becomes awful.
Posted by PenguinDust

I'll have to look into this one.  On a side note, my DS game of the year (and on my top 10) was Dragon Quest V.  Granted it is not really an original game, so I can see why it might be overlooked, but I still loved it immensely.

Posted by Kajaah117

Bowser's Inside Story is no doubt the best DS game this year, but my favorite will always be the Professor Layton series. 
 
"Professor, I think I've got it!"

Posted by DRE7777

Great game, its also great to see a DS quicklook. Hopefully more will come in the two oh ten.

Posted by mrsmiley

Looks like I'm gonna have to dust off my DS.

Edited by Luke

I played all 3 of these, but also Spirit Tracks... I ultimately chose Spirit Tracks, over all of these, and put that on my Top 10.   
 
But damn... these games are all bomb as hell! 

Posted by Rhaknar

this game looks awesome

Posted by Willy105

Very interesting. I should get it.

Posted by Hot_Karl
@ozhenson said:
" Hard to argue this.  Although I am disappointed that Henry Hatsworth isnt getting the respect it deserves from ANY website. "
Ab-so-friggin-lute-ly. Henry Hatsworth, while needlessly frustrating at points, is (I'm calling it!) the best platformer on the DS. Way, way, way, way better than New Super Mario Bros. I think it'll be a cult classic game in the future, but I wished it broke into the mainstream more, because a ton of people would dig the game.
 
 
Also, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is fantastic- much life Left 4 Dead 2, the originality is gone, but the charm, polish and fun are back, tenfold.
Posted by SpaceDandie
@iAmJohn said:
" @MrStool said:
" @ozhenson said:
" Hard to argue this.  Although I am disappointed that Henry Hatsworth isnt getting the respect it deserves from ANY website. "
YES!!! I just got this for Christmas and the puzzle/platformer thing is completely fun. "
Just wait until you get to the World 3 boss and the rest of the game.  Then the game becomes awful. "
Thank you for crushing my dreams.
Posted by Rallier

I really do not like this game, somehow it just does not grab my like it does with others. My DS game of the year would probably be Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon (that came out this year did it not?)

Edited by Brackynews

Fighting a Castle concept page: Bowser's Inside Story, Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, Rampart (multiplayer). 
Done.

Posted by Hailinel
@Rallier said:
" I really do not like this game, somehow it just does not grab my like it does with others. My DS game of the year would probably be Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon (that came out this year did it not?) "
Yes it did.  I actually started the game over late last week and am currently on Chapter 12.  Easily one of the best DS games of the year.
 
(As a side note, I've been creating new character pages for the game here and there.  Any help would be appreciated because there are a shit-ton of characters in this game.)
Posted by Jazz

If i said that i found Devil Survivor the best DS game this year..would I get beaten to death with a wet fish? 

Posted by Sinkwater

My DS goty is Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes, but I didn't play M&L:BIS.

Posted by Hailinel
@Jazz said:
" If i said that i found Devil Survivor the best DS game this year..would I get beaten to death with a wet fish?  "
Only by Video_Game_King, I suspect.  He's the only one that I know of with an abject hatred of Devil Survivor.
Posted by OllyOxenFree

Wow so they finally got a DS video output cable.  Time for some DS Quick Looks!

Posted by Hailinel
@OllyOxenFree said:
" Wow so they finally got a DS video output cable.  Time for some DS Quick Looks! "
It's more than an output cable.  Video recording DS footage actually requires special equipment.  Nintendo generally provides the press with such kits.
Posted by Addfwyn
@Jazz said:
" If i said that i found Devil Survivor the best DS game this year..would I get beaten to death with a wet fish?  "
Nah, I really enjoyed it, but I think Maro and Luigi was more FUN.  I enjoyed Devil Survivor a lot too though.
Posted by Luke

Devil Survivor was pretty gewd, but it was kind of a chore of a game, where mass boredom ensued with skill cracking and battles... don't you guys think? 

Posted by chacho89

I see waht u guys means mines was chinatown wars but yeah after it came out on PSP it was my favorite handheld game not DS game.

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