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Five Must Play DS Games

Updated on February 7, 2011

Nintendo released a winner, when they launched their Nintendo DS platform. Since it's launch, it's had a great deal of games made for it. Some of the games are absolutely brilliant, while others are only mediocre. Though with so many games out for the DS, it can be difficult to choose what game to purchase. So, I've decided to make a list of the five DS games that you must play.


Custom Robo Arena

This game is massively under-appreciated. This is the second Custom Robo game that has been brought over to the United States, and it is great! In Custom Robo, you play as a commander, a normal person who controls miniature fighting toys called custom robos. They are custom because you can buy different models, guns, bombs, etc. there are many different combinations and everybody has their own combination and strategy that works best for them.  The story is a decent length and once you get done, there are many grudge matches to play as well as finding and completing the remaining side challenges you can do. If that isn’t enough, it even has online play so you can try your skills online with other commanders around the world. This game has a ton to do and you can find used copies at some places for under $10.


Ace Attorney (series)

Now, this is a series that is absolutely amazing. It’s hard to recommend just one of the games because they all are great. This series is also referred to as the Phoenix Wright series, but that can’t hold anymore because two of the games have different playable characters; Apollo Justice and Miles Edgeworth. In the Ace Attorney games, you play as a Defense Attorney and you try to prove your client, the defendant, innocent of murder charges.  The game plays out more of like a visual novel. There is a lot of reading, and the gameplay is just tapping the touch screen to look for evidence, and to decide if you are going to press a witness, or raise an objection. The characters in these games are great! They are all really quirky and unique. Some characters are multiple games, while some are in only one. For the most part, they are split between likeable and unlikable just like every other game. This series can be challenging for some people, or easy for others; It all depends on how well you remember little details and facts. I recommend these games to anyone, though, some people really won’t like the novel like format, but I definitely recommend giving these games a try.


The World Ends With You

This Square-Enix action RPG is among one of the best games the console has to offer. It has a good story with a completely unique battle system, and item usage. For example, instead of using temporary stat increasing items you eat food, and once that food has digested after a couple of battles it is a permanent stat increase. The clothes you wear also affect your battle skills. Different areas have a different style preference, so wearing a certain brand in the right area increases your stats while fighting in that area.  This game has a very steep learning curve though. You can set it on easy after the first couple of battles  and it helps, but it can still prove a challenge until you get a full grasp on the controls.  This game is a lot of fun and has a good bit of replay because you unlock different attacks and items on different difficulties and by playing different ways.


Rune Factory (series)

Rune Factory plays very similar to the Harvest Moon games. This most likely because Rune Factory is a "Fantasy Harvest Moon." So if you have played any of the Harvest Moon games you know to expect lots of farming, mingling with the towns folk, and even getting married. Rune Factory adds new elements into the mix, the biggest one being that you battle monsters. There are dungeons in Rune Factory full of monsters, and part of the game is to go to bottom and defeat the boss monster, while still maintaining a field of crops. Also in Rune Factory, there are no cows or chickens, instead there are monsters that you can tame that lay eggs and such. So far this series has been fantastic, it already has three games in the series on the ds and hopefully there will be more to come!



Pokemon has been one of Nintendo's best money makers for years. Pretty much everybody has heard about it. Even though it has been out for a while, the gameplay hasn't changed and it is still as addicting as it was out on the Game Boy. There are several different versions of Pokemon out on the DS and it doesn't really matter which one you pick up because they are all great. If you turn out to be one of the people who hasn't heard about Pokemon, it is a game where you wander around capturing creatures called pokemon. They vary in size, color, and what abilities they can use. Once you caught them, you use them in pokemon battles. It seems that pretty much everyone in that world battles with their pokemon. The main point of these games is to go around the region and collect all eight gym badges and then prevail over the best pokemon trainers there is, the Elite Four. Though, with the DS games Nintendo has added in a pageant system. In this pokemon compete for ribbons in contest ranging from cute to smart. Pokemon appeals to any age group and is always a blast to play to pick it up today.


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    • Kexul profile image

      Luke Falconberry 5 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

      I love custom robo a lot. I think it could get fairly popular if nintendo would actually market it here.

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      collegeman2 5 years ago from long island NY

      I love the ace attorney series. Im gonna hafta check out custom robo arena, ive never heard of it but it sounds pretty cool.

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      Luke Falconberry 5 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

      I liked chrono trigger when I played it on its PS1 port. I hadn't played devil survivor when I made this hub though. I did pick up the 3DS copy of it. I like it but I've not been able to sink time into it!

      Thanks for the comment!

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      RolyRetro 5 years ago from Brentwood, Essex, UK

      I am a big fan of the Shin Megami Tensei - Devil Survivor game on the DS, the first tactical RPG I have really become hooked on. I also spent a lot of time playing Puzzle Quest and the Dragon Quest games. But my favourite game on the DS is an old SNES remake, Chrono Trigger.

      Great hub!



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      Geofferson Dean Sexton 5 years ago from Nowhere Land, Ontario, Canada.

      Excellent hub I'm a fan of all those games, especially The World Ends With You, Square-Enix came out of nowhere with that release!

      You should also check out Sands of Destruction and pretty much all of the Castlevania releases!