DS Top 25 LIFETIME

The touch screen. The two screens. The end of the Game Boy line. These are the things that the Nintendo DS was known for when it launch.

Without a strong launch lineup, and with the announcement of the PSP, the first serious competition in the handheld market for more than a decade, few had much confidence in the two-faced bastard child. People pointed at the Game and Watch and Virtual Boy and thought that Nintendo's portable domination was over.

But then, the hits started coming. Metroid. Mario Kart. Castlevania. By 2008, the DS had arguably the best lineup of any handheld in the history of our medium. Pokemon, JRPGS, portable remakes, side-scrolling revivals, even adventure games found perhaps their only remaining home. Niche games like Phoenix Wright and 999 found shelf space next to Nintendogs and Professor Layton.

In the end, it was the incredible library that became the legacy of the best-selling portable (and perhaps best-selling CONSOLE) of all time.

Honorable Mentions:

Animal Crossing DS

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

Contra 4

Dragon Quest IX

Final Fantasy IV

Final Fantasy Tactics A2

Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja

Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Metroid Prime: Hunters

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword

Picross 3D

Pokemon Black/White

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

Radiant Historia

Rhythm Heaven

Tetris DS

WarioWare: Touched

WarioWare: DIY

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5 Comments
Posted by Tireyo

It's hard to believe that you liked New Super Mario Bros. more than Chrono Trigger. EVEN MORE THAN SHANTAE!! -_-

You didn't really mention anything about how much you liked Pokemon! I'm so tired of Pokemon, it's not even funny. I literally don't want to play anymore Pokemon at all, cause I'm beyond burnt out with it.

You have a very unique list, and it's dominant that you put some time into making this!

Posted by AgentJ

@Tireyo643 said:

It's hard to believe that you liked New Super Mario Bros. more than Chrono Trigger. EVEN MORE THAN SHANTAE!! -_-

You didn't really mention anything about how much you liked Pokemon! I'm so tired of Pokemon, it's not even funny. I literally don't want to play anymore Pokemon at all, cause I'm beyond burnt out with it.

You have a very unique list, and it's dominant that you put some time into making this!

Oh yeah, I remember when I annihilated NSMB. Like many of my favorite games, once I picked it up I didn't stop until I had completed it 100%. Chrono Trigger, while great and epic, I just didn't "love". Shantae would be higher if it was a bit longer (it's the first in a planned trilogy).

Pokemon... Pokemon Red was the very first video game I ever owned, so I'll always have a special connection to the series. Like I mentioned above, the release of Pokemon Silver was a revelation to me. The summer before it came out, I was constantly bugging a guy at school who had a English book about the Japanese version of the game, wanting to know about the new features and creatures that awaited. While I never caught every Pokemon in Silver (I did in Red) I may end up doing just that in the DS version.

My anticipation for Soul Silver predated even the announcement of the game. As soon as Pokemon Fire Red was shown off I hoped and begged and pleaded for a remake of one of the most meaningful games of my life. That's about four years of anticipation. Thankfully, Soul Silver didn't disappoint. It had everything I remembered about the original game, and was by far the most complete entry in the series. I haven't even touched Black or White: until REAL Pokemon comes to a console, I feel like there's no way Pokemon can get better than it did with Soul Silver.

Posted by Aaox

This list has earnéd my recommendation, sir. I'm certainly familiar with quite a few of the games on here, and the ones I'm not, I'm intrigued in. I feel like Infinite Space might be worth checking out, thanks to you. So there we go.

Edited by Tireyo

@Aaox said:

This list has earnéd my recommendation, sir. I'm certainly familiar with quite a few of the games on here, and the ones I'm not, I'm intrigued in. I feel like Infinite Space might be worth checking out, thanks to you. So there we go.

He's partially responsible for me getting Other M for Wii!

@AgentJ said:

@Tireyo643 said:

It's hard to believe that you liked New Super Mario Bros. more than Chrono Trigger. EVEN MORE THAN SHANTAE!! -_-

You didn't really mention anything about how much you liked Pokemon! I'm so tired of Pokemon, it's not even funny. I literally don't want to play anymore Pokemon at all, cause I'm beyond burnt out with it.

You have a very unique list, and it's dominant that you put some time into making this!

Oh yeah, I remember when I annihilated NSMB. Like many of my favorite games, once I picked it up I didn't stop until I had completed it 100%. Chrono Trigger, while great and epic, I just didn't "love". Shantae would be higher if it was a bit longer (it's the first in a planned trilogy).

Pokemon... Pokemon Red was the very first video game I ever owned, so I'll always have a special connection to the series. Like I mentioned above, the release of Pokemon Silver was a revelation to me. The summer before it came out, I was constantly bugging a guy at school who had a English book about the Japanese version of the game, wanting to know about the new features and creatures that awaited. While I never caught every Pokemon in Silver (I did in Red) I may end up doing just that in the DS version.

My anticipation for Soul Silver predated even the announcement of the game. As soon as Pokemon Fire Red was shown off I hoped and begged and pleaded for a remake of one of the most meaningful games of my life. That's about four years of anticipation. Thankfully, Soul Silver didn't disappoint. It had everything I remembered about the original game, and was by far the most complete entry in the series. I haven't even touched Black or White: until REAL Pokemon comes to a console, I feel like there's no way Pokemon can get better than it did with Soul Silver.

My Pokemon addiction started with the Pokemon cards instead of the games. I got the games, but could never get into them heavily. Overtime, I lost all interest in Pokemon... because it got more increasingly boring for me. Felt like everything was just more of the same with a different coat of paint or more Pokemon characters came into the picture. Haven't bought a Pokemon game since GBC and N64 days when it was popular.

Posted by AgentJ

@Tireyo643: Not since the GBC? JEEEZ. There's at least been a decent amount of change since 2000 (When the GBA came out).