I'm looking for something I can play in bed, and mindlessly power-level as I doze off. Turn based is a plus. Suggestions?
The Devil Survivor games are good for that kind of thing, especially the second one.
You could give Strange Journey a shot as well, although some of the dungeons are a pain to traverse, and it can get kind of frustrating. The combat is fun though.
I think Disgaea came out for DS so maybe give that a shot.
Definitely this. The Disgaea series is your best bet for a fun grind-fest. I'm also going to second the recommendation for Dragon Quest IX (or any Dragon Quest game that came out on the DS - 4-6, I believe?). Some other games you might want to look into would be Final Fantasy Tactics A2, Tales of the Abyss (the story requires some attention in terms of where to go, but it's definitely worth a look), Suikoden Teirkreis (if it's reasonably priced), and the Golden Sun DS game.
Thanks for the suggestions, guys! I probably should have mentioned that I've already played DQ 9, Disgaea, and Etrian Odyssey. But since I have played those, I can confirm that they're exactly the kind of games that I'm looking for.
How are the DS remakes of Dragon Quest 4-6, compared to 8, 9, and Monsters?
@BBAlpert: I really enjoyed DQ IX. A lot more than its predecessors. They are fine games on DS, but they lack the customization options that made IX so good. Also, check out the Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker series on DS if you liked the previous spin-offs.
I love Final Fantasy Tactics A2, but it's not exactly "grindy". At least, not in the traditional sense, since there are no random battles.
There's also the classic Final Fantasies on DS: III and IV. I couldn't get into either of them, personally. They are too punishing and "old school". Going back to them having played subsequent entries of the series is... hard, to say the least. IV has a great story, though.
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