Having sold over 154 million units across its entire range of models, the Nintendo DS is an absolute juggernaut of a handheld. In fact, it’s Nintendo’s best-selling console ever, and the Switch is still playing catchup. Talking of best-selling consoles ever, the DS is second only to Sony’s PS2 (and by a small margin).
So, what made this console so popular? After all, the PSP was more powerful and featured a sleeker design. Well, the DS just had a certain charm to it that can’t be explained properly through an article alone.
In short, the PSP attempted to bring AAA gaming into your pocket, while the DS was just an excellent handheld. Both were designed with very different philosophies in mind. Nintendo didn’t care about playing music, movies, etc. They just wanted to create a handheld gaming device that was fun to use.
What made the DS unique is its dual-screen design. You had the regular display on top, with a secondary touch-enabled screen on the bottom (between the controls). The resistive touchscreen on the bottom could be used with a stylus provided by Nintendo with every DS.
Of course, the 2nd screen was slightly gimmicky since most games didn’t use it. Despite that, the console was an extremely enjoyable experience. Everything from the build quality to the control layout was solid, and you even got built-in 802.11 Wi-Fi.
On paper, the DS was slower than Sony’s PSP. But it more than compensated for this fact with a huge selection of excellent games, many of which were 1st party Nintendo titles. Today, I shall take a look at the top 60 all-time Nintendo DS games that you must play.
There are a lot more of these games out there. But for the purpose of brevity, I have limited this list to the top 60. I believe you can still grab a functioning DS on sites like eBay and Amazon (or just use emulation).
Mario Kart DS
In terms of gameplay and looks, it’s similar to Mario Kart 64. Sure, the models and textures look slightly worse, but you’ve got to remember that this is a handheld console from 2005. And it does have its own quirks, like the ability to draw your own logo using the DS touchpad + stylus.
You can play as 12 different characters from the Mario franchise, starting out with two vehicles each. Eventually, you unlock new vehicles and characters. During a race, you get your main vehicle camera on the top screen of the DS, while the bottom screen contains a minimap and standings chart.
Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver
In 1999, the Game Boy Color got a couple of excellent Pokémon games- Gold & Silver. These were partner games- each one told different but interlinked stories. Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver is a remade version of the GBC games with improved graphics and new content.
Like all other Pokémon games, the goal is to collect little magical creatures and practice with them to become the best trainer in your region. Each Pokémon has various evolutionary stages and unique personalities/ characteristics. The developers added some minigames to HeartGold & SoulSilver that weren’t present in previous iterations of Pokémon.
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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
This game is a sequel to The Wind Waker which was released on GameCube in 2002. Hence, it uses cel-shaded graphics just like its predecessor. Phantom Hourglass also takes advantage of the DS’ unique hardware.
For example, you can set a course for your ship by drawing a line with the stylus, which will then be automatically followed. Phantom Hourglass also uses the built-in microphone and shows an overhead view of the map on the bottom screen. It even had an online multiplayer one v one battle mode, the servers for which were shut down in 2014.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Chinatown Wars is unique in its game mechanics within the GTA series since this is the first game with a robust drug dealing minigame. You can buy, sell, and take out rival businesses to expand your own drug empire. Many of the game’s functions are accessed via touchscreen controls since this was designed with the DS and other portable devices in mind.
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
Imagine a slice-of-life manga in which there’s a character who needs some serious motivation to complete certain challenges successfully. Each level of this game is basically one such scenario in which you play cheerleader via a rhythm game, helping random people complete their tasks, whether it’s a kid trying to study for an exam or a delivery driver trying to reach his location on time.
If you love retro games and are interested in SNES Games as well then you must check out my other list Top 50 All-Time SNES (Super Nintendo) Games That You Must Play
In 1995, Square put together a “Dream Team” to create this visionary JRPG. Chrono Trigger’s development was led by creators of both the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series, with Akira Toriyama doing the artwork. It was a massive success and got ported to multiple platforms, including the DS.
This port is based on the SNES version, although it does add all the extra content from the PlayStation version. There are two control schemes- one using the SNES layout, another modeled after the DS and its unique abilities. The translation work has been improved in this version of the game, and menu buttons/ commands are moved from the main screen down to the touch display.
999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
This game is a visual novel that feels like playing a murder mystery. You, along with eight other people, are kidnapped by someone called Zero, who then forces you to play escape games. The location for your trial is a sinking cruise ship with a specially marked door that must be located within 9 hours.
Kidnapped individuals are given numbers from 1 to 9, organizing themselves into groups. Each participant has a bracelet with a unique number used to open code-locked doors. The people you collaborate with are from different places, each with their own backstory and hidden motives, further complicating things.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
The Demon King Malladus is going to awaken after being locked away for eternity by the Spirits of Good. These ancient guardians created a special tower, underneath which lies a dungeon that holds Malladus. And it’s surrounded by tracks which act as the locking mechanism.
If Malladus awakens, the entirety of Hyrule is at risk of getting destroyed. Link and Princess Zelda must stop him by using the Spirit Tracks that lead to the dungeon where this demon is being held. Spirit Tracks is a successor to both Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass, with its events taking place nearly 100 years in the future.
If you love retro games and intrested in NES as well than you must check out my other list Top 50 All-time NES Games That You Must Play
Solatorobo: Red the Hunter
Solatorobo is basically an interactive Steampunk manga in which you control your very own mecha suit. It can grab enemies and toss them into each other. As you progress the storyline, new upgrades are available for your suit.
These upgrades let you fire projectiles, grapple, and swing enemies. You can also jump out of the suit to access certain areas of the map. When outside the suit, you can swim and jump.
Your main character is equipped with a stun gun to defend himself while roaming outside the mech. The entire world of this game is populated with anthropomorphic cats and dogs.
Super Mario 64 DS
As the name suggests, this game is basically a remake of the original that was released on Nintendo 64 in 1996. Graphical models and textures have been altered. Not everything is a visual upgrade because the DS lags behind its full-sized predecessor in terms of computing power (despite having more memory for textures and cache).
One major change is the fact that Yoshi is your first character (Mario, Luigi, etc., are unlocked later). There are some new minigames as well as a multiplayer mode that uses the 802.11 Wi-Fi module within the DS. If you roam around the open-world map, you’ll also find new secret locations with hidden collectibles.
New Super Mario Bros.
A remake of the original Super Mario Bros. with 3D graphics and redesigned artwork. Everything looks more colorful and detailed, but the story and gameplay remain mostly unchanged. You can play as either Mario or his brother Luigi, jumping and collecting coins on your journey to rescue Princess Peach.
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Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
This game can be considered a sequel to the GBA Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga game. However, its plot and gameplay are very different from the GBA predecessor. Princess Peach has been kidnapped by a group of aliens called the Shroobs, so Mario and Luigi are on a quest to rescue her.
Partners in Time takes advantage of the DS’ unique touch display and focuses heavily on cooperative puzzle-solving. It’s an RPG with turn-based combat that is more about timing rather than tactics.
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
This is the third Advance Wars game and continues the story built by its predecessors. This is a turn-based strategy game with war simulation elements, in which you control a commanding officer in charge of several army units. The goal is to destroy all of your enemy vehicles and troops or capture their HQ.
Maps are grids with squares that represent a certain amount of distance you can move. Each army contains aerial, ground, and water elements. Fog of war, changing weather conditions, and terrain types must be taken into consideration to gain an advantage over your enemy.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
Chronologically, this is the 3rd Mario & Luigi RPG (a sequel to both Partners in Time and Superstar Saga). The game features some innovative mechanics that go on to become mainstay elements of the franchise in future games. It also takes advantage of the DS’ touchscreen and stylus since you use both the bottom and top screens to control different characters at the same time.
Pokémon Black & White
This duo marks the beginning of 5th generation Pokémon games, introducing new features and characters to the series (as well as new Pokémon). This time, you’re in the fictional land of Unova, where your character is a young trainer. Like all other Pokémon games, you roam the map, catching and training these little magical creatures in your quest to become the top trainer of your region.
Well, it’s yet another version of the classic falling block puzzle game (and this time, you play on it two screens simultaneously). The unique thing about Tetris DS is that it incorporates elements from previous Nintendo Tetris games that were released on consoles such as the NES, SNES, etc. It makes slight variations to gameplay and visual appearance in each of the six single-player modes.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Want to play a dramatic visual novel in which the main character is a rookie defense attorney on his journey to becoming a legend? Phoenix Wright has one job- getting his slimy clients out of whatever troubling situation they find themselves in. You’ll lie, spin events, and come up with all sorts of excuses to evade the statements and evidence presented by your opposition.
The game also involves amateur detective work that takes place between courtroom segments. During these detective sessions, you look for incriminating evidence, clues, etc., that will strengthen your case.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
If you are a fan of old adventure games, you should definitely check out the Professor Layton series. It combines FMV cutscenes, well-written plots, and interesting characters to create a real sense of involvement and intrigue whenever you’re solving a mystery. Unwound Future is possibly the best of the bunch due to its amazing puzzle designs and soundtrack.
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Never played Animal Crossing before, but have you been exposed to a bunch of memes about it on the internet? Well, here’s a nice starting point for you to get into the series. It’s one of the best social simulation games out there and is a must-play if you prefer casual games such as Harvest Moon.
In Wild World, your human character moves into a new countryside town populated by various anthropomorphic animals. Some of them are farmers, and others own shops. You participate in various daily activities, make friendships, and complete quests to gain items.
This isn’t some action-adventure with its own central plotline, but a series of minigames that come with a time challenge. Many of these minigames require the use of your DS touchpad.
There is a backstory, and it involves Wario discovering a dual-screen game console (clearly a reference to the DS). He then decides to develop games for this console, and the result is a bunch of minigames that you essentially “test”.
A 4th generation Pokémon game, this is a remake of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl (also a DS game). The central Pokémon of this game is Giratina, a ghost/ dragon type that originally had no evolved form. However, in Pokémon Platinum Giratina gets a special “Origin Form” and can control antimatter within an alternate dimension called the Distortion World.
The World Ends With You
Inspired by the youth culture of Tokyo’s Shibuya district, The World Ends With You is an anime-themed urban fantasy about the underworld. Here, dead souls participate in a competition known as the “Reaper’s Game” for a chance to be revived back into the land of the living. The underworld is an analog of the real world, with similar structures and its own subcultures.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
One of the interesting features in early DS models was the GBA card slot. You could buy a copy of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and play it on your Game Boy Advance and DS. Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team are partner games, meaning they share story and gameplay (but each version has its exclusive content).
Blue Rescue Team is part of the Mystery Dungeon series. Meaning instead of a giant open world with various lakes, mountains, cities, etc., you go from dungeon to dungeon.
Plus, your character is a trainer who was turned into a Pokémon. Suffering from amnesia, you join a Pokémon team and gradually get details regarding your past.
Final Fantasy IV
Originally, Final Fantasy IV was released in 1991 for the SNES console. It was a massive success, selling 1.44 million copies in Japan (which is also the only region where this game was initially released). Later, we got PlayStation, WonderSwan Color, GBA, and DS ports.
The DS port is quite unique since it preserves the original gameplay and setting while entirely remaking the graphics in 3D. With its second screen, control has also been tweaked to play on the DS. Voice acting and minigames are also added to the DS version, and these features were absent from the original.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
This is a remake of Kirby Super Star, which was released for the SNES in 1996. It’s a side-scrolling platformer in which you play as the lovable pink ball known as Kirby. He has all sorts of magical powers and can suck up his enemies to spit them out as projectiles later.
Kirby Super Star Ultra adds four new game modes to the existing seven that are carried over from the original version. FMV cutscenes are used in addition to enhanced character models and textures. Controls have been reworked to take advantage of the second screen, and local wireless multiplayer has been added with support for up to 4 people.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
The title may look confusing, but it’s pronounced as “three five eight days over two”. Which still doesn’t make much sense until you actually play this action RPG. Like previous Kingdom Hearts titles, it’s formed by a collaboration between Square and Disney (using popular characters from both sides).
This game picks up where Chains of Memories ended. It follows Roxas and Axel’s relationship during their time in Organization XIII. This game barely uses the touchscreen due to its action-focused hack ‘n slash nature.
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
Like previous Final Fantasy Tactics titles, this is a JRPG with turn-based combat. However, it is more focused on tactics rather than spectacle and action. And it’s set in Ivalice, a fictional world with a rich history.
Your protagonist is a man called Luso, who was teleported into this fantasy world and ended up getting captured by a gang of monsters. He joins the clan of his rescuers and starts looking for ways to return home while also helping in battles against rival clans.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Imagine you’re a ghost, looking for the body that you once resided in. Thinking about who you were and how you died. That’s exactly the premise of Phantom Detective, in which you’re basically an investigator from the afterlife.
Fun fact: Shu Takumi, who’s also responsible for Ace Attorney, wrote and directed this game. That is an indicator of good quality and an interesting narrative. You can switch between the realms of the living and dead, with the ability to control corpses.
Hotel Dusk: Room 215
This game encourages you to use the stylus, which is otherwise a pointless gimmick under most circumstances. Hotel Dusk is a point-and-click adventure, the type you usually saw on PCs in the 90s. It works on a portable handheld like DS, thanks to the touchscreen.
You play as a former N.Y.P.D detective who gets involved with some shady stuff going on inside an old motel. To interact with your environment, you select menu options from the bottom screen of the DS. The goal is to collect information and hold conversations without spooking any of the motel employees.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
How do you design a platformer game that plays via a stylus rather than the traditional D-pad + joystick combo? Well, let Kirby: Canvas Curse teach you. It’s a game designed specifically for the DS’ touchscreen and stylus.
You draw a line that looks like a rainbow streak, upon which Kirby rolls. If you poke Kirby with the stylus, he will ball up and dash forward. You can draw paths around walls and enemies to protect Kirby from incoming attacks or obstacles.
Castlevania: Dawn Of Sorrow
Dawn of Sorrow is the first DS Castlevania game and a sequel to Aria of Sorrow. In the last game, Dracula is defeated by Belmont, and his powers are transferred to Soma Cruz. However, Soma actively tries to avoid the path of evil by taking help from his friends.
As a result, Dracula’s more “loyal” followers come up with a plan to try and kill Soma so they can install someone else in his place. Dawn of Sorrow features Aria of Sorrow’s “Tactical Soul” mechanic. It also introduces “Magic Seal” which lets you draw incantations and runes using your DS stylus to defeat enemies.
A simple side-scrolling shooter in which you can move up and down and to the sides. You control a battle robot with flight jets, but it will drop back down after a brief jump. The robot “Bangai-O” is equipped with autocannons, missiles, and a sword for melee fights.
There are a total of 160 levels, and a level editor lets you create your own custom levels. You can dash and knock back enemies with an EX weapon.
Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise
Harvest Moon gives you a patch of farmland and asks you to turn it into a beautiful ranch. Similarly, Viva Pinata is about taking a shabby old lawn and turning it into a well-maintained garden. Pocket Paradise is a successor to the original Viva Pinata, and it heavily uses the DS stylus for stuff like selecting a patch of grass, planting seeds, etc.
Wario: Master of Disguise
In Japan, this game is called Phantom Thief Wario the Seven since he has seven “forms” or disguises. As well all know, Wario loves money, and it’s his sole motivator for doing anything. So at the start of this game, he is watching TV, and they’re airing a special about a master thief who had multiple disguises.
Inspired by this guy, Wario comes up with his own disguises and multiple personalities. He makes a teleporting helmet that takes him into the TV show world and starts stealing valuable stuff.
Radiant Historia is a fantasy RPG set in the land of Vainqueur, which has been torn apart by a vicious cycle of fighting between two rival nations- Alistel and Granorg. A special warrior is chosen to travel through time in order to prevent the eventual destruction of all life on the continent.
Trauma Center: Under The Knife 2
A game that is about surgical simulation. As protagonist Derek Stiles, you stitch up wounds, cut through organs, and perform all sorts of complex procedures. There is a terrorist group called Delphi, which has designed a bioweapon called GUILT.
Most of the game’s story is told via static pictures, dialogue boxes, and comic-book-style panels. You use the DS stylus to do much of the precise surgical work.
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Chunsoft made this game for the SNES in 1992, and for a brief while, it didn’t get an international version due to localization and coding trouble. Eventually, a PS2 and DS port were released with enhanced features (and in English).
Dragon Quest V follows the journey of a young man from his childhood all the way up until his marriage. It also lets monsters join your party if you’re strong enough, a feature that would go on to be reused in future Dragon Quest games.
It’s a roleplaying game, much like previous Pokémon titles, but the story and gameplay are slightly different. For starters, this is more of a spin-off rather than a true Pokémon game since it’s a crossover of Pokémon and Nobunaga’s Ambition. You start out with an Eevee, traveling through the lands of Ransei while defeating rival Warlords and collecting their Pokémon.
Elite Beat Agents
When Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan launched in Japan, and the devs wanted to make an international version. However, the localization process got so convoluted that they created an entirely new game based on the original. That became Elite Beat Agents, which is basically Ouendan but with Western characters and a different set of cheerleaders.
A falling-block puzzler that makes creative use of the DS stylus. Its visual theme and narrative are partially inspired by franchises such as The Matrix and Missile Command. In Meteos, colored meteors are falling from the top of your screen.
You can adjust the speed at which they fall by using a special gauge. Once you stack three or more of these in a vertical/ horizontal line, they will light up and start climbing. Blocks above the “activated” ones will also rise and disappear.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
A portal to hell opens up in Tokyo, releasing hordes of demons onto the city. Caught up in the middle of it is our protagonist, a 17-year-old high schooler. He has a group of friends who fight the demons with their personas (spiritual avatars manifested into physical entities).
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
It’s a puzzle game mixed with strategy and roleplaying. You can go on quests after recruiting members into your army from several different factions across the world map.
Managing your troops, money, and other resources is a major part of gameplay in Clash of Heroes, in addition to all the puzzles and minigames.
Super Princess Peach
Normally, Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach whenever Bowser or some alien gang kidnaps her. However, in this game, she is the one doing the rescuing since Bowser has kidnaped Mario and Luigi. Peach has different special abilities that she can activate based on four types of emotions, and you can switch between emotions while you’re on Vibe Island.
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
It’s a strategy game with a really simple goal- use your forces to beat the enemy. You can eliminate all hostile troops or capture their HQ, which forces them to stop fighting and surrender. There are various types of units in this game, ranging from amphibious vehicles to aircraft- all of which are commanded by a single officer.
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
This is a 2D action game with RPG and platforming elements incorporated into its design, resulting in a very interesting product with high replay value. You can equip items and spells, along with powerful special weapons that you gather along the way. Glyph symbols are acquired by defeating powerful foes and can be equipped to unlock new moves.
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels Of The Starry Skies
The first-ever Dragon Quest to feature local multiplayer via Wi-Fi is also the first game in the series to release exclusively for a handheld platform. The game is harder than its predecessors, and this ailment certainly isn’t helped by the presence of just one save slot. You have greater control over character stats and customization, a desirable trait for co-op gameplay.
Spider Man 2
To this day, I believe Spider-Man 2 is the best movie our beloved web-slinger ever got. And its partner game is just as awesome, featuring a plot taken straight from the movie. But with some extra scenes and dialogue bits that you won’t get in the movie.
This is a high-budget game, with voice actors from the movie reprising their roles within the game. It has wildly different gameplay mechanics depending on which version of the game you play. For instance, the console version is a 3rd-person action-adventure while the PC version plays like a beat ‘em up.
This isn’t a remake of Rayman for the DS, but a port of Rayman 2. In terms of feel and design, it’s closer to the Nintendo 64 version with the same low-quality MIDI soundtracks being used. The game still plays well and is very enjoyable but suffers from certain technical issues that prevent it from being truly amazing.
The sequel to Rhythm Tengoku, a Japan-only release for the Game Boy Advance. To play this game, you hold your DS sideways and maneuver the stylus on its touchscreen. The DS shoulder buttons are used to bend guitar notes in a minigame called Rocker, which you unlock late into the game.
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
It’s a fantasy JRPG following the traditional formula of leveling up through combat and using experience to unlock new abilities. You interact with various characters along the way who are part of your story, and they eventually join your party. New dungeons can be unlocked by searching for clues, solving puzzles, and interacting with NPCs scattered around the game world.
In terms of sales alone, this game isn’t anything special. In fact, the entire series, comprised of 6 mainline games (and various spinoffs), has sold a total of 1.5 million copies as of 2016. Despite that, it’s an interesting niche product for people who are fans of dungeon-crawling JRPGs with anime-themed melodramatic teenage protagonists.
Dark Void Zero
A race of aliens known as “Watchers” have been roaming the galaxy in search of a new planet to exploit since their own world has been reduced to a husk. The Watchers land close to Earth, forcing global military organizations to unite and create a new technology that lets them open portals through space and time.
These portals are called Voids. And they link pockets of space to specific landing points on Earth from where troops can be sent to assault alien facilities.
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars- The Director’s Cut
A remake of the original game, which was released in 1996. And you can now play as Nico, whereas George was the only playable character in the first game. The DS version uses its touchscreen to facilitate point-and-click gameplay.
Broken Sword is an adventure game inspired by various myths and legends surrounding the Templars (an ancient European Christian military order). Most of the game involves walking between scenic locations in 17th century France and looking for clues to progress the story.
Contra is a game series featuring tough 80s-style Hollywood action guys. You know, super-soldiers wielding comically large weapons. They effortlessly massacre hordes of disposable enemies with hailstorms of machine-gun fire and grenades while smoking cigars and dispensing cheesy one-liners.
The 4th game is set after Alien Wars and shows the world in the aftermath of Red Falcon’s defeat. Now there is a new enemy faction called Black Viper that threatens all of humanity. And you control a squad of 4 tough guys who are sent on a one-way mission to the enemy base.
A nonogram puzzle game in which you mark a grid of squares as empty or full based on a chart of numbers. Then, the grid will be flipped to reveal an underlying picture. You can create your very own puzzle levels and send these to friends using the Nintendo Wi-Fi network.
There are various modes designed to test speed, accuracy, endurance, etc. Certain modes contain hints, similar to a crossword puzzle. Apart from the main puzzle itself, you can also play minigames to increase your score.
This is a spin-off/ sequel to Okami which was originally released for the PS2 in 2006. The game combines ancient Japanese mythology with an action-adventure gameplay loop taken from Zelda. It has this unique art style that makes everything look lively and hand-drawn.
All action takes place by drawing symbols and objects with your “celestial brush”. This is enhanced by the DS stylus, which makes drawing feel much more intuitive than a couple of sticks on a traditional controller.
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
The Last Specter is a prequel to the original Professor Layton trilogy, detailing his rise to legendary status. You also get to see the Professor meet his apprentice Luke and assistant Emmy. Like previous Professor Layton games, this one is also a point-and-click themed puzzle adventure in which you progress through a story by solving various puzzles.
Just like WarioWare: Touched!, this is a minigame compilation with a loose backstory that ties everything together and gives you a reason to advance forward. The unique aspect of D.I.Y is the fact that it lets you craft your own minigames (as the name suggests). You can even add graphics and music to the minigame, then put it into a virtual cartridge which can be accessed through the in-game store.
Tony Hawk’s: American Sk8land
This is a handheld American Wasteland port released on PS2 and Xbox. American Sk8land tells the story of an amateur skater hailing from the Midwest who dreams of making it into the big leagues. After a local showdown with some rival skaters, you’re approached by Tony Hawk himself, who takes you to L.A. so you can learn some “West Coast” skating moves.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
It’s a remake of the very first Fire Emblem rather than an entirely new game. But it tells new stories and introduces characters that didn’t exist in the original Fire Emblem. This game retains the same turn-based combat system with grids that its predecessor used.
For the DS, you get all your relevant battle action on the top screen while the bottom shows a minimap. Along the way, you can recruit new units and play side missions.
During the lifespan of their DS handheld game console, Nintendo released multiple variants. First was the DS Lite, which incorporated a sleeker design and brighter display. The DS Lite also improved battery life over its predecessor, meaning you could game longer before having to recharge (15-19 hours on lowest brightness).
Then came the DSi with a larger screen and 0.3-megapixel cameras. The DSi also added internal storage for game saves along with support for external storage media. Finally, we got the DSi XL with an even larger viewing area (dual 4.2-inch screens).
The DSi XL also got a RAM upgrade and featured dual ARM9 processors faster than the original DS’s CPUs. The DSi XL was designed for gaming with friends watching over your screen since it has a larger display with better viewing angles.