Best Nintendo DS Games

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The Top Ten

1 Mario Kart DS

Can you at least spell it right? It's spelled K-A-R-T. Not Cart, Kart. Mario Kart. Best game ever, end of discussion.

Mario kart not cart who cares luigi rocks so does the game

Vote For The Real Mario Kart.
CART? REALLY?

Nostalgia...

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2 New Super Mario Bros.

This is so much better then the 3 original ones! The wii one was crap! It tried too hard and this didn't try as hard and is still the best DS game ever!

New Super Mario Bros carries so many memories with it and I will never forget the first time I played it. It is so simple, to the point yet it requires skill and knowledge of the game. Unlike the original super Mario bros it takes hard work and more than five minutes to complete.

This is a brilliant game, it makes you want to keep playing it to complete the game. There are plenty of unique levels. It was a tough decision between this game and Mario Kart, but this game has more 'playing time'. Overall a very exciting game.

I love this game only problem is that the mini games are from super mario 64 ds.

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3 Super Mario 64 DS

Man... Just the fact that there is a port of the amazing original for the DS makes this far better than 80 percent of all DS games! One of my all time favorites.

This game has an huge story, and when you think, it's over, there's always an secret, that you haven't found...

I'm almost done with it. Just need to do the final battle. Its always fun revisiting the levels and redoing the stars

You get to fly and it is the original game except that there is some extra courses, yoshi, wario and Luigi and this game is portable - Mariozexal

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4 The World Ends With You

It's obvious that not many people have played this game because that is the only excuse for this amazing game to be in 22nd place.

TWEWY is a great game that has yet to receive the attention and sequel that it deserves. Both your standard RPG and not, it's a refreshingly different kind of game that takes a couple overused elements and spins them in a way that hooks your interest and keeps a hold on it through to the end. One of my only problems with the game is when it can't figure out which pin I'm trying to use, and that's not all that big of a problem.

Nice gameplay with an entertaining story, and good soundtrack and the RPG element is unique. This game will bounce your holidays

MARIO KART is number one?!
Clearly people haven't played this game, because it's the best! That's it thank you.

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5 Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story

Awesome! YOU GET TO PLAY AS Bowser! WHAT IS COOLER THAN THAT? Also the game is really good and brings back fawful as the main villain (A WINNER IS YOU! ) The final boss music is climatic and fitting, Also the bosses are hard (still on dark star) and it takes a lot of skill to defeat it, easily a winner. - Mewbosses

Seriously? 29?! For THIS game? You must be kidding! This is one of the best games I've ever played! How in the world can this be all the way down here?!

AWESOME GAME!

Great unique story line and plot and very different and creative along with a great challenge that actually takes skill and a difficult game with lots to offer and lots of new enemies we havens seen before and lots of other cool, new, and awesome stuff - YOSHIA2121

Bowser's Inside Story remains my favorite M&L game to this day! It's extremely fun, quirky, and it's got a great story as well as memorable characters. Not to mention the final boss music is absolutely killer. In some ways, I can see why some people think Partners in Time is better, but to me, this game is hard to beat.

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6 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Though it is easily one of the least liked games of the series, this DS sequel to the GameCube's Wind Waker is, in my opinion, an alright game. It can get a little tedious, especially the Temple of the Ocean King, but my enjoyment of the game's other elements overshadowed that in the end.

Phantom Hourglass is the first Zelda game I have ever completed. I find it quite entertaining. Great storyline, great gameplay. I prefer to Mario Kart (K-A-R-T not C-A-R-T) anyday of the week.

It's really fun and some puzzles and dungeons are really hard. - InsertNameHere

COOL! GAME! Works best on ds more than N64!

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7 Mario Party DS

The best... And the cutest after you defeat Bowser and also who wouldn't love this game? End of discussion.

Played this a lot, and still do. great game

Uses ds features very well. too bad about island tour though.

CUTE

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8 Pokemon Black 2

By far, the best Pokemon game ever. It has everything-- a good plot, new Pokemons and it's amazing how they take you a stroll down memory lane.

If you are a Pokemon fan and played the original white, you will love this game. It had much better graphics than the other Pokemon games and the story was very good. The rival was impressive and N returning was awesome. Unlike other "sequels" this is actually one with a different and yet connected storyline. However Platinum beats this game by about a meter. No a milli meter.

This is a great addition to the Pokemon series games. I played it and simply loved it. I have to say it's very addictive. Please vote for it!

One of the best pokemon games ever

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9 Pokemon HeartGold Version

This is an awesome game it's the revisited version of Pokemon gold I can't believe it didn't make top ten

Best remake and pokemon game in general, love it.

This Pokemon game has both kanto and jhoto league. You can catch many Pokemon so it is fun! - Jaewon

Way better than the gold, silver, and crystal. You can even pick out the 1st and 3rd gen starter Pokemon and have Pokemon follow you.

10 Kirby Super Star Ultra

One of the greatest games to grace Nintendo's library remastered to perfection; yet it's at 49. I am shaking my head seeing this placed under games like Super Princess Peach. - surgeonsanic

Kirby Kirby Kirby, that's his name as ya know,

Kirby Kirby Kirby, he's the star of the show,

He's more than you think, he's got maximum pink, Kirby Kirby Kirby's the one! - Korzoto

48?! This is an improvement on Kirby's flagship game! Only 48th? Well, we all have different strokes.. - Garythesnail

It's an amazing game that you must try out!

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Pokemon Diamond

The Best D. s game there is! Very fun to play and a great addition to the Pokemon series.

OMG! These games are so freaking amazing! It was so unique and I finished them in 2 days! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

Pokemon diamond is the fundamental game for anyone who owns a DS, this masterpiece provides hours of gameplay and entertainment, easily no. 1.

This was my first Pokemon game and it was so good! - Jaewon

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12 Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time

Can't believe it wasn't in this list! Partners in Time is an amazing underrated game, and I love it! Most people hate how you need to BUY the bros. items, however, I like it! I also love the storyline! It's a great game!

This game is always better than crappy old M&L: BIS. This is the best Mario RPG game ever tying with Super Paper Mario & Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven a Stars. There's nothing to hate about this game unless you are talking about not being good at this game & Princess a Daisy/Pauline not replacing Princess Peach, that cowardly princess who needs her overly feminine voice changed. This game is so awesome that it deserves to be top 1, not lame old Mario Kart DS.

Epic game! I've beaten it 3 or 4 times.

This game is so underrated

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13 Sonic Rush

Definitely one of the best sonic games out there, plus includes the debut of blaze the cat.

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14 WarioWare D.I.Y.

The game has Wario's name in the title. How bad could it be? - DCfnaf

A very underrated amazing video game.

15 Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
16 Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Such a relaxed and happy RPG. Nothing serious or super gloomy, even after hours of gameplay. It's cheery and exciting, and the battles are almost cinematic. Worth the money, for sure.

This game has action, stratagey, and much more.

This game has adventers battles and much more please vote!

Ridiculous amounts of customization for a DS game; Dragon Quest IX was the first and last Dragon Quest game allowing player character customization, and was the second and last Dragon Quest game to include the Member Recruitment system.

Overall, a magnificent masterpiece of a game that has stood the test of time.
If this game were released in a higher resolution on a home-console, I would die of bliss.

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17 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Though it does get a bit of grief from the Kingdom Hearts fan community, Days is actually one of my favorite games of the series and one of the first games I actually managed to beat. The missions and battle system aren't all that great in my opinion, but they aren't completely terrible and the story more than makes up for it. I highly recommend this entire series. If you've played the first three games in the series (Kingdom Hearts, Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts II), then you should pick this game up-along with a box of tissues. If you have yet to play any of the series, please do give the games a try.

Third favorite Kingdom Hearts game. Beat it twice. highly recommended

It's kingdom hearts to go! No other words needed

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18 Scribblenauts

Pure innovation, though Super Scribblenauts was infinitely better than the problematic original version...

Love this game but not as much as I love Super ScribbleNauts

I love Scribblenauts Unlimited the best.

Great game I like the imaginative games! 11111

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19 Super Princess Peach

A surprisingly fun and underrated game, despite the lack of difficulty. One of the best DS games I played. - xDan

A surprisingly fun and underrated game. Definitely one of the best DS games.

20 Call of Duty: Black Ops

'zombie mode' is probably the the best part of the game it's even better in co-op zombie mode. - lukesternoot

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21 Pokemon White 2
22 Kirby Squeak Squad
23 The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Expanding on Phantom Hourglass's more puzzle based design, Spirit Tracks presented harder difficulty, a well made story, and a fantastic soundtrack, three things Phantom Hourglass failed to do.

A sequel of sorts to Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks was a definite improvement, changing some of the things PH did wrong and keeping some of what it did right. And Zelda's actually useful this time!

Improved upon Phantom Hourglass in literally every regard -- overworld, story, gameplay, design, sidequests, etc.
Fun, addicting game!

MY FAVORITE ZELD AGME OOT SUCKS

24 Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

One of the best castlevanias of all time!

25 Animal Crossing: Wild World

I love this game! It might not have all of the features that Animal Crossing: New Leaf has but it is my favorite game in the series because it was the first Animal Crossing game I ever got.

This was the first animal crossing game that I got. I got it because my brothers liked it. - WinchesterGirl26

Animal Crossing: Wild World is one of the best because you can get the villagers' pics! At the moment I have Camofrog, Boone, Big Top, Marina, Opal, Nibbles, Puddles and Nan!

Wow super princess peach is 20 and this is number 55? THIS LIST SUCKS! - spodermanfan1000

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26 Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games
27 Brain Age

I told my parents if I buy a ds I can be smart with brain age. My parents agreed and the day my ds came I threw the brainage chip away and played elite beat agents lol

28 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
29 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

This game deserves to be way higher up on the list. Fantastic story, fun music, very comedic writing, memorable and loveable characters, and just an overall charming game! This game is very noteworthy in that it almost singlehandedly put point and click adventure games back on the chart. Not to mention it's one of the very very few games where you play as a lawyer in a courtroom. Absolutely fantastic and highly recommended to anyone who loves reading, humor, and puzzles!

Beautiful game with a compelling story line. Anyone with a DS and a love for using your brain to solve cases should definitely pick this up.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Is one of my favorite game not for Ds but any game ever. Great story. Great characters. Great music, it's also very comedic. The entire Trilogy is great. It should be No. 1

How is this not #1?!?! 'n

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30 Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning

Its not the best spyro game, but it is worth a try

31 Lego Batman

I was always a big fan of the Lego DS games, but Lego Batman was the icing on the cake! Lego Batman is awesome! At least better than any of the other Batman games out there like Batman forever on snes or Batman return of the joker on sega genesis.

32 Pokemon - Black Version

The best game EVER I may be a girl but who cares. I beat it in about a day or so. Gets hard every once in awhile when you forget what to do. Now I just have to finish the white version.

Best game ever period. No one likes it the way they should! They see that there is no old Pokemon and they're like "NOPE! " Come on guys! Give this game a chance!

33 Yoshi's Island DS

I cannot believe that this game is not on here, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? It's a GREAT game! And a classic on the Super Nintendo guys.. Come on.

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34 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

Number 100!
I actually vomited by seeing this. This is a infamous Pokemon GAME AND A SEQUAL OF DARK AND TIME. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU. This game should AT LEAST. Be in the top 30 if not top ten. This game is better than Mario Kart. In Mario Kart, all you do is race. In this game, you collect train, solve mysteries and enjoy doing it! I am so angry that this is so far down in the list. The only game I enjoyed on my DS was Explorers of sky, Pokemon Platinum and Pokemon Black 2. And I played a lot of other games too like Mario Kart, Grand Theft Auto Chinatown and accurately 13 more.

Best game I have ever played more features than darkness and better additions

This is lower than finding nemo game you need some taste - ikerevievs

Really rubbish - Mariozexal

35 Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

BEST SERIES! They have puzzles that stump people all ages and it is my favorite DS game of all time! Really makes you think

This should be 1

Made me cry.
"i have only cried twice in my life, once when I broke both my legs as a child, and again when little Sebastian died"
-Ron Swanson - BlazingPhoenix

No claire no!
best layton ever
please make sequel
ign 23/10 fromsoft please nerf

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36 Pokemon White

WHAT! 54 this should easily be in the top 5, if it wasnt for Pokemon nintendo would be bankrupt, Pokemon MAKES NINTENDO!

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37 Toy Story 3 The Video Game

I was only 5 years old when I buyer this game. And it pretty decent. Here's my finale rating.5-10

38 Mario Hoops 3 on 3
39 Chrono Trigger

Why didn't this game make it to the top tens? It's Chrono Trigger!

Its Chrono Trigger enough said

Why do people suck and not vote for this?

One of the best games I have played.

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40 Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword
41 Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

One of the first video games I ever played, and it's so cool and amazing! One of the best Lego games ever!

I'm only one minigame away from beating this game 100%. Why can't I do it!?!?!?!

42 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
43 Pokemon Platinum

Best game on ds, and is sadly underrated. Its awesome I recommend you try it if you haven't already.

Better than diamond

44 Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Best Grand Theft Auto game and best DS game!

What's this game doing at RANK 57!? THIS IS A MUST PLAY GAME!

45 Beyblade: Metal Fusion
46 Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

By far the best characters I have seen in a video game I have ever seen. In addition to the beautiful visuals, intriguing story with A LOT of plot twists, and interesting gameplay mechanic, this is my favorite DS game and among my favorite games of all time.

People! Please GT: PD is the best game! You MUST and NEED to try this out for heaven's sake! Truly a hidden gem, its animation is even a whole lot better than some others, but that's not why I recommend this: it's story is fudging AMAZING and ENGROSSING! PLAY IT!

47 Pokemon Soulsilver

Probably one of the best pokemon games of all time! I played it and I loved it it's a must for all the people out there that play pokemon. And also the game that made me love pokemon once again when I was starting to give up, no matter how old you are this one is just EPIC!

You guys are all wrong! Heart gold and Soul silver are a must play for any Rpg fan.

Awesome game this should be in the top 5 this game is one of the first games I got for my ds

48 Dementium: The Ward

the only fear you will ever have playing the ds
the mental isolation

I'm definitely anticipating Dementium 3D. :)
Both Dementium games are AWESOME.

49 Nintendogs: Best Friends
50 Sonic Classic Collection

This rocks all the best classic sonic games just for the DS. Awesome!

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