Finally got a DS, tell me what games to buy!

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#1 Posted by PillClinton (3488 posts) -

I just got a DS Lite from a friend who never used it, and while I'm obviously excited to finally have access to its huge catalog, I'm also a bit overwhelmed.  So tell me, GB community, what games should I buy?! 

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#2 Posted by BeachThunder (14459 posts) -

Professor Layton(s) should be the first thing you get :)

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#3 Edited by onarum (2965 posts) -

the Legend of Zelda games are highly recommended.

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#4 Posted by AlisterCat (7157 posts) -

Phoenix Wright 1 - 3 and Apollo Justice.

Dragon Quest and Golden Sun Dark Dawn if you like RPGs.
The pokemon games are also a good option for RPGs.
Ghost Trick if you like puzzle games. Has an excellent story.
Also Picross 3D for puzzle games.
Ninjatown if you like tower defence.
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#5 Posted by Getz (3764 posts) -

Buy this if you like adventure games. Buy pokemon if you like RPGs or if you want to make lots of 12-year-old friends. Buy Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow if you like Castlevania games. Zelda Spirit Tracks is good. The World Ends With You is a really unique and kinda frustrating but ultimately rewarding RPG from Square. Picross 3D is great if you like doing Sudoku or other math-oriented puzzles. Brain Age sucks.

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#6 Posted by Getz (3764 posts) -

If you're looking for ideas, just google "best DS games" and look at people's top 10 lists and stuff, that should get you started on the obvious stuff.

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#7 Edited by Crono (2762 posts) -

Picross 3D
Dragon Quest IX
Bowser's Story
Henry Hatsworth
Phantom Hour Glass

Those are just a few I can think of at the moment.

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#8 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2918 posts) -
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#9 Posted by Brendan (8955 posts) -

I feel oppressed by the weight of too many good DS games over the past 7 years  to tell you about all of them, so I'm just going to run away.

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#10 Posted by Malphye (414 posts) -

Rhythm heaven

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#11 Posted by Vexxan (4631 posts) -

Get yourself some Pokemans and New Super Mario Bros.

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#12 Posted by Icemael (6846 posts) -

The World Ends With You, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow and Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

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#13 Posted by ch13696 (4760 posts) -

What everyone else says including this...

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#14 Posted by imsh_pl (4166 posts) -

From the must haves to can haves:
1.Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, PW AA:Justice for all, PW AA: Trials and Tribulations - one of the best stories I've ever seen in a video game. All 3 titles are a total must have. There's also a sequel called Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney but I find it much less interesting and skippable. There's also a spinoff called Ace Attorney investigations featuring one of the series' main characters; the story is great as usual but I find the gameplay a bit more boring.
2.Professor Layton and the Curious Village, PL and the Diabolical Box, PL and the Unwound Future - along with PW, Layton has one of the best stories and plot twists I've ever seen. The gameplay is addictive as hell.
3.Elite Beat Agents - the best usage of the DS' touch screen I've ever seen in a video game.
4.Advance Wars: Dual Strike - an amazing turn based strategy title, even better with a friend. WARNING: The sequel is much, much worse (seriously, not kidding here) but if you liked the first one I supposed it could be worth a shot.
5.Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective - an extremely original title with excellent plot.
6.Pokemon Black/White - it's Pokemon. 'Nuff said.
7.Picross, Picross 3D - one of the most addictive puzzle games I've ever played
8.Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - a very good action game.

The DS is the platform with the best story driven games in my opinion. Seriously, Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright are both so fucking amazing.


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#15 Posted by Kyreo (4682 posts) -

Advance Wars: Dual Strike

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#16 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5917 posts) -

999, Ghost Trick, Strange Journey, GTA Chinatown Wars, The World Ends With You, Contact, Flower, Sun, and Rain, Devil Survivor,

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#17 Posted by fallen_elite (380 posts) -

If you like point and click adventure games then you have to get Hotel Dusk. There's a sequel to it to but I cannot think of the name of it... it was only released in Europe and Japan.

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#18 Posted by Marz (5939 posts) -

Ghost Trick is a really cool game.

Final Fantasy IV, (closest thing to a modern remake of the game)
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#19 Edited by MeierTheRed (5237 posts) -
@Kyreo said:

" Advance Wars: Dual Strike "

I really enjoyed Hotel Dusk too, don't know what the general perception of that game is, but i would personally recommend it. Also Ninja Gaiden.
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#20 Posted by craigbo180 (1763 posts) -

I say get Super Mario 64 DS.

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#21 Posted by Kyreo (4682 posts) -
@pornstorestiffi said:
" @Kyreo said:

" Advance Wars: Dual Strike "

I really enjoyed Hotel Dusk too, don't know what the general perception of that game is, but i would personally recommend it. Also Ninja Gaiden. "
I think the public opinion of that game is that Hotel Dusk was pretty good.  
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#22 Posted by Sogeman (976 posts) -

Every important game mentioned in the first 4 responses, nice.  But let's not forget the Miles Edgeworth game.

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#23 Posted by MeierTheRed (5237 posts) -
@Kyreo said:
" @pornstorestiffi said:
" @Kyreo said:

" Advance Wars: Dual Strike "

I really enjoyed Hotel Dusk too, don't know what the general perception of that game is, but i would personally recommend it. Also Ninja Gaiden. "
I think the public opinion of that game is that Hotel Dusk was pretty good.   "
Good to know. I don't know why but in my head i always thought it was a over looked gem. Or that people just hated it cause it tried something different.
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#24 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -

Only one other person said 999 so I'll say it too.

And Devil Survivor is excellent too. Other games I suggest:

  • The World Ends With You
  • Ghost Trick
  • Rhythm Heaven
  • All of the Ace Attorney games (+Ace Investigations) in the order that they released in
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#25 Posted by animateria (3335 posts) -

I just got my copy of Radiant Historia mailed to me.

I heard it was a good JRPG.
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#26 Posted by Lemmycaution217 (1801 posts) -


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#27 Posted by Drewbs (2794 posts) -
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#28 Posted by PenguinDust (12985 posts) -
  1. Dragon Quest IX and DQ V or IV if you liked IX.
  2. The World Ends with You
  3. Mario Kart DS
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#29 Posted by AgentJ (8995 posts) -  

I need to update it, but with this list, you cant go wrong 
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#30 Posted by abdo (1095 posts) -

Elite Beat Agents

Hotel Dusk (and the sequel Last Window if you live in Europe)
Phoenix Wright series
Professor Layton series
Rhythm Heaven/Paradise
Henry Hatsworth
Picross 3D
Chibi Robo: Park Patrol (North America only)
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