Am I missing any quality DS RPGs from my list?

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#1 Edited by RainVillain (772 posts) -

 Want to make sure I'm not missing out on any quality DS RPGs. I checked the list in the above thread but it seems wildly out of date (Sands of Destruction as a coming soon -- hopefully good? yikes.. terrible game!) 
 
Dragon Quest IX (owned IV and V... no interest in VI) 
Final Fantasy IV (sold III since iphone/iPad version coming out soon) 
Final Fantasy Tactics A2 
Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon 
Front Mission 
Infinite Space 
Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks 
Radiant Historia 
SMT Strange Journey (sold Devil Survivor because will eventually pick up 3DS' Overclocked) 
The World Ends With You 
Xenosaga 1&2 (Japanese) 
ASH (Japanese) 
Suikoden Tierkreis (Japanese) 
  
 
Any other recommendations? I have already played through Super Robot Taisen but found it too silly, some of Bower's Inside Story but it didn't "click" with me. Sands of Destruction but hated it. Chrono Trigger didn't bother as I've played it on SNES and PSone. Played SoulSilver but got tired of everything about it except the pokewalker. 
 
Any other recommendations? My fave DS RPGs are probably Dragon Quest IX and Fire Emblem, though Radiant Historia seems fantastic so far. Strange Journey had a lot going for it but found the dungeon crawl a bit tedious. 

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#2 Edited by shadyspace (486 posts) -

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl 
Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver

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#3 Edited by endaround (2272 posts) -

Golden Sun, Etrian Odyssey, Luminous Arc

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#4 Posted by RainVillain (772 posts) -
@shadyspace said:
" Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver "

have explained why I have no PKM games anymore.
 
 
 @endaround said:
" Golden Sun, Etrian Odyssey, Luminous Arc "

Golden Sun been meaning to check out. Never played the GBA titles though, and I have a DSi XL, so no chance of playing them.. how essential are they? 
 Etrian Odyssey always seemed neat.. though what makes it different from Strange Journey beyond the lack of monsters? Is it 100% dungeon crawl or are there towns? 
Luminous Arc been meaning to check out. LA1 or 2? Or both?
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#6 Posted by Animasta (14948 posts) -
@bigmuffpi said:
" @shadyspace said:
" Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver "

have explained why I have no PKM games anymore.
 
 
 @endaround said:
" Golden Sun, Etrian Odyssey, Luminous Arc "
Golden Sun been meaning to check out. Never played the GBA titles though, and I have a DSi XL, so no chance of playing them.. how essential are they?  Etrian Odyssey always seemed neat.. though what makes it different from Strange Journey beyond the lack of monsters? Is it 100% dungeon crawl or are there towns? Luminous Arc been meaning to check out. LA1 or 2? Or both? "
the first two golden suns are terrible, I haven't played the new one so I wouldn't know but the first two GS's have some GODAWFUL dialogue that you can't really skip.
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#7 Posted by AlisterCat (8094 posts) -

Pokemon Black and White, since the others were mentioned already. I feel like it's a meaningful addition to the series. A little more grown up than usual too.

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#8 Posted by melcene (3214 posts) -
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#9 Posted by Delicious_Brains (170 posts) -

Thank y'all for this list, I've been looking to get some decent games for my DS.

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#10 Posted by Afroman269 (7440 posts) -
@Laketown said:
" @bigmuffpi said:
" @shadyspace said:
" Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver "

have explained why I have no PKM games anymore.
 
 
 @endaround said:
" Golden Sun, Etrian Odyssey, Luminous Arc "
Golden Sun been meaning to check out. Never played the GBA titles though, and I have a DSi XL, so no chance of playing them.. how essential are they?  Etrian Odyssey always seemed neat.. though what makes it different from Strange Journey beyond the lack of monsters? Is it 100% dungeon crawl or are there towns? Luminous Arc been meaning to check out. LA1 or 2? Or both? "
the first two golden suns are terrible, I haven't played the new one so I wouldn't know but the first two GS's have some GODAWFUL dialogue that you can't really skip. "
wut? I found the the original two games to be much better than the DS game. The dialogue, I agree was bad and it went on for quite some time, but that is sorta the same with Dark Dawn. The journey in the first two games were just more enjoyable. Dark Dawn is great for nostalgia. As for missing out on the first two, well I suggest you play them but Dark Dawn does a good job of having info on the previous games. I think at this point if you want to play the first two games, just look up some roms online. 
 
As for other games, maybe try out some Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. I enjoyed that a lot.
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#11 Posted by ckeats (496 posts) -
Nostalgia is pretty good.  I'm enjoying it so far.
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#12 Posted by sewageking1 (23 posts) -

Is Infinite Space really so good?  I bought a copy about a year ago, but I really wasn't interested enough to keep playing much past the first hour, so I sold it.  But I'd be willing to give it another try if anyone thinks it would be worth it. 
 
I just finished up The World Ends With You.  Needless to say, it was amazing.  I also bought Radiant Historia last week, and I'm really loving it so far.  It reminds me a lot of Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Cross.  Very fun battle system too.  Like you mentioned regarding Strange Journey, I've never been able to really get into any of the main SMT games because they are very intense.  However, I've heard great things about Devil Survivor, so I'll probably be buying Overclocked whenever that comes out.

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#13 Posted by iDarktread (1263 posts) -
@bigmuffpi said:
" Played SoulSilver but got tired of everything about it. "
@bigmuffpi said:
" Want to make sure I'm not missing out on any quality DS RPGs. "  
 
Pokemon Black or White.
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#15 Posted by rasko9 (97 posts) -

the final fantasy xii game.
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#16 Posted by endaround (2272 posts) -
@sewageking1 said:
" Is Infinite Space really so good?  I bought a copy about a year ago, but I really wasn't interested enough to keep playing much past the first hour, so I sold it.  But I'd be willing to give it another try if anyone thinks it would be worth it.  
It gets much better after you get past the first boss but you need to like to build ships.  If they had a budget, Nude Maker could make one of the best games ever seen.
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#17 Posted by JJOR64 (19693 posts) -

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#18 Posted by yoshimitz707 (2542 posts) -

Mother 3

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#19 Posted by ViciousAnchovy (830 posts) -
@bigmuffpi: @Afroman269 said:

" @Laketown said:

" @bigmuffpi said:
" @shadyspace said:
" Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver "

have explained why I have no PKM games anymore.
 
 
 @endaround said:
" Golden Sun, Etrian Odyssey, Luminous Arc "
Golden Sun been meaning to check out. Never played the GBA titles though, and I have a DSi XL, so no chance of playing them.. how essential are they?  Etrian Odyssey always seemed neat.. though what makes it different from Strange Journey beyond the lack of monsters? Is it 100% dungeon crawl or are there towns? Luminous Arc been meaning to check out. LA1 or 2? Or both? "
the first two golden suns are terrible, I haven't played the new one so I wouldn't know but the first two GS's have some GODAWFUL dialogue that you can't really skip. "
wut? I found the the original two games to be much better than the DS game. The dialogue, I agree was bad and it went on for quite some time, but that is sorta the same with Dark Dawn. The journey in the first two games were just more enjoyable. Dark Dawn is great for nostalgia. As for missing out on the first two, well I suggest you play them but Dark Dawn does a good job of having info on the previous games. I think at this point if you want to play the first two games, just look up some roms online.  As for other games, maybe try out some Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. I enjoyed that a lot. "
Golden Sun isn't about the story or the dialog; it's about awesome elemental effects and clever puzzles that require you to use your psychic abilities to solve them. I've only played the first two, but since the story isn't the main interest, and since Afroman said the journeys in the first two games were more enjoyable, I recommend that you ask yourself whether you think the GBA games or DS game look cooler.
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#21 Posted by Afroman269 (7440 posts) -
@ViciousAnchovy said:
" @bigmuffpi: @Afroman269 said:

" @Laketown said:

" @bigmuffpi said:
" @shadyspace said:
" Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver "

have explained why I have no PKM games anymore.
 
 
 @endaround said:
" Golden Sun, Etrian Odyssey, Luminous Arc "
Golden Sun been meaning to check out. Never played the GBA titles though, and I have a DSi XL, so no chance of playing them.. how essential are they?  Etrian Odyssey always seemed neat.. though what makes it different from Strange Journey beyond the lack of monsters? Is it 100% dungeon crawl or are there towns? Luminous Arc been meaning to check out. LA1 or 2? Or both? "
the first two golden suns are terrible, I haven't played the new one so I wouldn't know but the first two GS's have some GODAWFUL dialogue that you can't really skip. "
wut? I found the the original two games to be much better than the DS game. The dialogue, I agree was bad and it went on for quite some time, but that is sorta the same with Dark Dawn. The journey in the first two games were just more enjoyable. Dark Dawn is great for nostalgia. As for missing out on the first two, well I suggest you play them but Dark Dawn does a good job of having info on the previous games. I think at this point if you want to play the first two games, just look up some roms online.  As for other games, maybe try out some Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. I enjoyed that a lot. "
Golden Sun isn't about the story or the dialog; it's about awesome elemental effects and clever puzzles that require you to use your psychic abilities to solve them. I've only played the first two, but since the story isn't the main interest, and since Afroman said the journeys in the first two games were more enjoyable, I recommend that you ask yourself whether you think the GBA games or DS game look cooler. "
Now that you mention about the puzzles, they were superior in the first two games. Dark Dawn's were kind of a joke. None of the puzzles took long at all to figure out and the dungeons weren't exactly all that big for yo to "explore" that much. Also, the overall difficulty is quite low. It only ramped up to somewhat hard at the final boss, that's it. 
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#22 Posted by Turambar (8251 posts) -
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#23 Posted by marrec (258 posts) -

Shiren: The Wanderer 
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

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#24 Posted by Cybexx (1635 posts) -

Pffft Zelda is not an RPG just because it is set in a fantasy setting, unless your talking about Zelda 2.

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#25 Posted by n11n12 (103 posts) -

If you're an absolute glutton for punishment, buy The Dark Spire. Classic, 8-bit, Wizardry-style first person dungeon crawling.
 
If you want something completely unique and esoteric as fuck, check out Knights in the Nightmare. (I know it's the worst title ever, but trust me when I say you've never seen a game like it.)
 
Also, Chrono Trigger is not on your list. That is a problem. Fix it immediately.

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#26 Posted by Icemael (6876 posts) -

The World Ends With You is missing. And the Legend of Zelda games shouldn't be on that list. They're not JRPGs, but action-adventures.

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#27 Posted by Driadon (3253 posts) -

While not perfect Infinite Space is some good fun. It's incredibly grindy and lacks a quest log, but it's a big game with some very cool combat and ship building. 
 
And  Etrian Odyssey is really really awesome if you like a more traditional RPG akin to Strange Journey.

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#28 Posted by AgentJ (8995 posts) -
@Laketown said:
" @bigmuffpi said:
" @shadyspace said:
" Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver "

have explained why I have no PKM games anymore.
 
 
 @endaround said:
" Golden Sun, Etrian Odyssey, Luminous Arc "
Golden Sun been meaning to check out. Never played the GBA titles though, and I have a DSi XL, so no chance of playing them.. how essential are they?  Etrian Odyssey always seemed neat.. though what makes it different from Strange Journey beyond the lack of monsters? Is it 100% dungeon crawl or are there towns? Luminous Arc been meaning to check out. LA1 or 2? Or both? "
the first two golden suns are terrible, I haven't played the new one so I wouldn't know but the first two GS's have some GODAWFUL dialogue that you can't really skip. "
F-you. The original Golden Sun games are among the best RPGS of all time. you will speak no blasphemy here.  
 
You seem to have the list pretty well figured out. I would add that Suikoden Teirkreis is available in america, so you don't need to go with the Japanese version. also, Might and Magic: Clash of heroes is more of a puzzle game with RPG elements, but it's horribly addicting so I'd recommend that. 
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#29 Posted by AgentJ (8995 posts) -
@Turambar said:
" Don't forget that Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem is still in development, and should be out this year. "
Is it really going to come out in the US? If so, I suppose it will be the last great DS game.  
@Cybexx said:
" Pffft Zelda is not an RPG just because it is set in a fantasy setting, unless your talking about Zelda 2. "
@Icemael said:
" The World Ends With You is missing. And the Legend of Zelda games shouldn't be on that list. They're not JRPGs, but action-adventures. "
This. To think people still call Zelda RPGs in this day and age...

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