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Top 10 Nintendo DSi Games 2011

Updated on November 14, 2016
Nintendo DSi Games
Nintendo DSi Games

Welcome to the Top 10 Nintendo DSi Games of 2011

Welcome to the Top 10 Nintendo DSi games of 2011! I will be giving you my top 10 DSi games that have been released this year, for boys, girls and adults alike!

This DSi games list will be my own personal opinion on these upcoming games, and entertainment will alsways be something personal to each individual, but hopefully my honest reviews will make it easier to make your own decisions.

Choosing from the hundreds of Nintendo DSi games released in 2011 was not that easy, there have been some fantastic releases made this year, and even more great titles set to be released before Christmas. Fortunately there were a few titles out there that made this list just a little bit easier to compile!

If you are shopping for youngsters you may want to check out my Children's DSi Games hub for some brilliant DSi games for children!

Buy DSi Games in the UK!

If you are living in the UK you can buy all the games listed here and more on Amazon UK!

Don't Have a DSi?

If you are thinking of buying a Nintendo DSi console, then you have plenty of options to choose from. There are currently three Nintendo DS consoles which you can buy, each one has it's own benefits and drawbacks.

Nintendo DSi

This is the original Nintendo DSi console, it doesn't have any special features compared to the other three, but it has a decent battery life and comes in some fantastic colors.

Nintendo DSi XL

The Nintendo DSi XL console is the same as the original DSi except it is two times larger than it's predecessor. The larger screen size is fantastic for games and ebook readers!

Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS is an innovator, it plays 3DS compatible games in full 3D thanks to some clever use of optical illussions. The good news is, you don't need any glasses to play your Nintendo 3DS games in 3D!

Best DSi Games

Mario & Sonic at London 2012 Olympics!
Mario & Sonic at London 2012 Olympics!

10) Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games brings back the fantastic Mario and Sonic Olympics series with some fantastic new graphics, olympic events and more! With both single and multiplayer available, you will be able to Play Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games on your original Nintendo DSi, or in 3D on your 3DS!

From Soccer to Swimming, from Rowing to Running, you will be able to compete in some of the best Olympic events in the stunning surroundings of London!

With intuitive controls, intense sound effects and a stunning graphical environment, there is plenty to keep this great DSi game engaging and enoyable.

Starfox 64 DS - Best DSi Games
Starfox 64 DS - Best DSi Games

9) Starfox 64 3D - Best DSi Games

Starfox 64 3D jumped on to this list for two big reasons. Firstly it is a great game. Secondly, the wave of nostalgia that swept over me when I saw the preview for this was, well astronomical.

Starfox 64 3D is a remake of the original Nintendo 64 game which was a huge hit. The remake brings improved graphics, new sounds, and of course a 3DS version for full 3D gaming, and who would NOT want to play this game in 3D?

For those of you who never had a chance to play the original Starfox, you will be taking the role of a pilot who, well, is a fox. Fighting with and against various other animal pilots you must embark upon a quest to defeat a villain, flying your ship through some stunning landscapes as you take chase!

Heroes of Ruin - Best DSi game.
Heroes of Ruin - Best DSi game.

8) Heroes of Ruin

Heroes of Ruin is a fantastic solo or multiplayer RPG game from the makers of Final Fantasy. in Heroes of Ruin you are tasked with curing one of the great lords of a curse, cast by an unkown power. As you adventure in to the lands around you, you are forced to face unimaginable danger on your quest.

What made Heroes of Ruin stand out to me is the ability to join forces with other players. This adds a little extra to the adventure and the roleplaying, a feeling of banding together as you advance.

Another additional bonus is that you can receive daily challenges, adding a little variety for some great rewards!

Rio best DSi g
Rio best DSi g

7) Rio Nintendo DSi Game

Rio takes the big screen to the DS screen to create a fantastic platform game. As you dodge duck and roll the flightless blue macaw through a series of levels. I love just how easy Rio is to pick up and play, yet it can be hard to master, which makes it a surprisingly good game for both kids and adults.

What makes Rio special though is that you have to play this game in time to the music, if you can't master that latin rhythm you may have some big problems as you advance through the levels!

A fun feature of the Rio Nintendo DSi Game is the 'dance off' feature, which definitely gives you a few laughs when playing against friends!

6) Professor Layton and the Last Specter

Professor Layton and the Last Specter is an early prequel to the Professor Layton series. In this fantastic game you must work through a series of puzzles with Professor Layton, Luke and Emmy. As with the rest of the Professor Layton series you can expect a fantastically balanced puzzle game with an adaptive hints system so even the toughest puzzles wont keep you from throwing away the game in frustration.

Currently only a little is known about this upcoming mystery DSi game, but if it is anything like the preceding Profesor Layton games we are in for a real treat!

We can expect to see Professor Layton and the Last Specter in fall 2011.

Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Captain America DSi Game
Captain America DSi Game

5) Captain America: Super Soldier

Captain America: Super Soldier bring a fast paced action platformer that requires you to master both the acrobatic prowess and defensive capabilities of Captain America and hsi shield as well as offensive gameplay.

This mix of gameplay turns Captain America: Super Soldier in to much more of a strategic platform game than a shoot-em up, and to me this makes this game far more entertaining and skill intensive than a button bashing game.

On top of the strategic use fo your shield, you can also temporarily take control of the weapons of others, including defensive turrets, now that is fun, and helps grb this game a top spot in my top 10 Nintendo DSi games of 2011

Pokemon Black and Pokémon White
Pokemon Black and Pokémon White

4) Pokémon White & Pokémon Black

Where would a Nintendo Top 10 Best DSi Games list be without Pokémon, Pokemon Black and Pokemon White are two very similar games with only a few minor differences. What they both do is provide endless hours of entertainment, true to the original Pokemon games.

As with other Nintendo Pokemon game sets, the color you choose will change the final legendary pokemon you can catch, and will make a couple of other small differences too.

Pokemon has come a long way since the original red and blue versions, but a decade later we are still seeing some fantastic storylines, and the same addictive gameplay which made the original such an amazing game!

Transformers DSi Games
Transformers DSi Games

3) Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The hit Transformers movies have taken America by storm, but they don't stop in the movie theater. The fantastic Transforms DSi games provide hours of action packed gameplay, and with Transformers: Dark of the Moon you can create your own custom Transformer to take on thevalliant Autobots or treacherous Decepticons.

As you play through the single player campaign you can earn experience points to level up your character and unlock new skills and abilities which can be used to help defeat your enemies.

There is also a fantastic multiplayer battle mode, which will let you defeat your friends too!

Duke Nukem DSi Game
Duke Nukem DSi Game

2) Duke Nukem Critical Mass DS

Duke Nukem Critical Mass brings the return of Duke Nukem, this time you will be taken around the world taking on enemies with non stop action gameplay.

Duke Nukem is definitely a fantastic game, it's only real downside is the controls, which many find a little overwhelming for stylus use. For this reason some people may want to hold out for the Duke Nukem Forever release, which promises to be an even better Duke Nukem DSi game!

Resident Evil Revelations Best DSi Game 2011
Resident Evil Revelations Best DSi Game 2011

1) Resident Evil Revelations Best DSi Game

Resident Evil returns with Resident Evil Revelations for the Nintendo DSi console. Resident Evil Revelations promises to be one of the very best first person shooters to be released on the Nintendo DSi console.

With true Resident Evil eerie scenery surrounding you every step of the way, you will find yourself becoming deeply involved in this game which is designed to immerse you in an environment that is to put it simply, spooky.

This game is by far the best DSi Game set to be released in 2011, and one that I am looking forward to with baited breath.

Conclusion to the Best DSi Games of 2011

Hopefully you have found my top 10 Nintendo DSi games of 2011 useful, While I know not everyone will agree with some of my choices, there are some fantastic games in here which wil provide hundreds of hours of entertainment!


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      8 years ago

      I think all of these games are based on boys no girl games are really listed except rio. You should add girl games and then girls would be interested to. just a idea thank you!!!!

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      One slight issue 

      8 years ago

      3DS is backwards compatible (I think,) but listing 3DS titles under the best DSI games of 2011 is a little incorrect(disingenuous was a bit incorrect of me;P). The title should read 3DS, and not DSI.

    • DanielJAndrews profile image


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice list. I haven't got any new DS games for quite a while, so this has given me some ideas.

      Starfox 64 sounds great.

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      9 years ago

      i relly want a dsi

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      9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Glad to see that Pokemon are still so popular by the way, they are one of the best DSi games even after all these years!

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Rio is definitely a great DSi game alternative to all the shoot-em-ups. While I do personally love teh action shooters, I definitely understand that not all parents want to subject their children to mindless violence at an early age.

      I also wrote an article on educational DSi games which you might find useful, they are great for combining learning and play! ( ).

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      9 years ago from United States

      Great hub ,I like playing Nintendo games..

    • KiaKitori profile image


      9 years ago

      I enjoyed your DSi games reviews. I played one of the Mario game (my daughter is better then me). I may have to buy her Rio, which looks decent. I noticed that some of the best DS games feature fights and weapons. Not for a 7 year old. Voted up and rated.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Mario Kart 7 and a new Mario game are coming soon, I didn't include them because I haven't seen a preview and there is no real firm release date yet, they are also bound to be fantastic games though!

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      Nigel Kirk 

      9 years ago from Calgary, AB, CAN

      Excellent article. I have both a DS (original, not a DSi) and a 3DS, although I have been a little bit disappointed with the available 3D titles so far. I'm just looking forward to my free download of MarioKart Advance, since I bought mine before the price drop.

      I mainly play DSi games on it right now, although I'm really enjoying "Ridge Racer 3D." I'm looking forward to some of the games you mentioned here now! Thanks!


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