The Nintendo DS has been out for about seven years now and its successor, the Nintendo 3DS has proven very successful. However, with the backwards compatibility of the 3DS (and now the 2DS as well), many people may be considering looking back to the ever cheaper DS games rather than buy the new 3DS titles.
For this reason, as much as simply to inform used buyers of the DS, this article aims to take a look at a few of the better DS games.
1) Advance Wars: Dual Strike: If DS games are a throwback, then this game is a throwback to a throwback. Featuring the popular design elements of previous advance wars games on the Gameboy, Dual Strike is a tactical strategy game that puts the player in control of military forces and defenses. The AI in Advance Wars is notoriously vicious, although many of its players enjoy this aspect of the game.
2) Contact: This strange DS title puts you in the role of yourself, but not in a context you are likely to be familiar with. In the game, a professor manages to make contact with you, an interdimensional being that can see the professor through the DS. Your job is then to direct the professor’s assistant through numerous tasks and areas. The game is fairly hands off, but amusing, and unique.
3) Super Scribblenauts: If you do not have a good sense of spelling, you may be at a disadvantage with this title. On the bright side, Scribblenauts may help with that. What Scribblenauts offers is fairly unique. You, the player, can enter words and the game tries to interpret those words as objects. This allows you to enter things like “hat” and see a hat on the screen. The objects can interact with each other, and adjectives can be applied to words to change their features. This can lead to some surprising and interesting consequences. The game’s vocabulary is impressive, but not all words work.
4) The World Ends With You: This impressive Japanese Roleplaying Game became famous for taxing players to their limits. If the other three games in this article were fairly calm and laid back, The World Ends With You is the opposite. Requiring players to pay attention to multiple characters with separate control schemes simultaneously to succeed, The World Ends With You is a good game for players who need to fill involved and love a challenge. For players who can handle the difficulty, The World Ends With You offers an RPG set in a unique alternate reality of modern day Earth.