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For Mystery Lovers: Nintendo DS (NDS) Games Birthday Gift Ideas

Updated on September 16, 2016

Mystery fan / lover?

Do you know someone who is a fan of mysteries? Or perhaps you yourself are fond of mysteries? Do you or does anyone you know love playing games specifically on the Nintendo DS? Would you be interested in playing mystery games on the Nintendo DS?

Is there someone you know who would love to play mystery games on their Nintendo DS? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, then you've arrived at the right hub. In this hub, you'll see a number of mystery games that are all playable on the Nintendo DS.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Nintendo DS game cover. From left to right: Maya Fey, Phoenix Wright, Miles Edgeworth. At the back: the Judge
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Nintendo DS game cover. From left to right: Maya Fey, Phoenix Wright, Miles Edgeworth. At the back: the Judge

Searching for birthday gift ideas?

Will you be celebrating your birthday soon? Or is there someone you know that will be celebrating their birthday soon?

If so, you might be wondering what kind of gifts you should get for yourself (if it's your birthday) or for whoever else is celebrating their birthday.

Some might find the task of looking for birthday gifts easy and simple but some others might find this daunting and rather difficult. There can be many reasons for this.

Phoenix Wright: Justice For All Nintendo DS game cover. From left to right: Miles Edgeworth, Franziska von Karma, Phoenix Wright, Pearl Fey
Phoenix Wright: Justice For All Nintendo DS game cover. From left to right: Miles Edgeworth, Franziska von Karma, Phoenix Wright, Pearl Fey

The difficulty of finding possible birthday gifts

For one, if the person you plan to give a gift to is someone that you consider to be really special to you (like your parents, best friend, boyfriend / girlfriend, etc), then this can lend to the difficulty of finding the most appropriate of presents because you would naturally want it to be really exceptional and meaningful.

For another, there are a multitude of items and products that can be considered possible gift choices. These can range from cards to gift baskets, from books to DVDs, from laptops to games and many others. With so many options, it can be really hard to choose one single item to give as a birthday gift.

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth Nintendo DS cover. From left to right: Miles Edgeworth, Dick Gumshoe, Kay Faraday, Shi-Long Lang
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth Nintendo DS cover. From left to right: Miles Edgeworth, Dick Gumshoe, Kay Faraday, Shi-Long Lang

There's also the matter of being able to choose the best possible kind of gift to give to someone. Who would want to receive a gift that they don't really like?

And who would want to give a gift that would give the impression that you didn't really think about what kind of gift you're giving?

If you know the birthday gift recipient's hobbies, likes and interests, then it would be easier to find an appropriate present because you just have to go with whatever those interests might be. This would help to narrow down birthday gift ideas.

For instance, if you know that the birthday celebrant likes the color pink, then you certainly wouldn't be giving this person gifts that come in other colors. In fact, if you or someone you know likes the color pink as well as electronic gadgets like laptops and tablets, then you just might be interested in this hub: For Pink Color Lovers: 3 Electronic Gadgets Birthday Gift Ideas.

Mystery games for the Nintendo DS

Birthday gift ideas for the mystery lovers

A short quiz on the Ace Attorney / Gyakuten Saiban mystery Nintendo DS games found on this hub:


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A mystery game can be a wonderful choice for a birthday gift if the person you're planning to give it to loves mysteries.

This is doubly so if the birthday celebrant also loves games. He or she would definitely love to receive a gift that features two of their favorite things: mysteries and games.

For those that own a Nintendo DS or NDS, then the mystery games you should be getting for these birthday celebrants should be playable, compatible and specifically designed for the aforementioned gaming console.

There are many different kinds of Nintendo DS games, all on varying genres. That includes the mystery genre, of which plenty of NDS games can be found.

Let us now take a closer look at some of the most special as well as what can be considered as the very best of Nintendo DS mystery games, all of which can be found on Amazon.com:

1. Ace Attorney / Gyakuten Saiban

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Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations Nintendo DS game cover. From left to right: Godot, Mia Fey, Phoenix Wright, Maya FeyApollo Justice: Ace Attorney Nintendo DS game cover. From left to right: Apollo Justice, Klavier Gavin, Trucy Wright, Kristoph Gavin
Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations Nintendo DS game cover. From left to right: Godot, Mia Fey, Phoenix Wright, Maya Fey
Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations Nintendo DS game cover. From left to right: Godot, Mia Fey, Phoenix Wright, Maya Fey
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Nintendo DS game cover. From left to right: Apollo Justice, Klavier Gavin, Trucy Wright, Kristoph Gavin
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Nintendo DS game cover. From left to right: Apollo Justice, Klavier Gavin, Trucy Wright, Kristoph Gavin | Source

This is a series of mystery NDS games created by Shu Takumi and published by Capcom. In Japan, it's known as Gyakuten Saiban, which means Turnabout Trial.

This is definitely a great choice if you're looking for a mystery Nintendo DS game especially considering its popularity.

Another good thing about Ace Attorney is the fact that it isn't just one game, rather it's a series of games.

So if you finish one and you're interested in playing more games, you can just start with the next one in the series.

This is perfect for those who love playing series of games. Let's take a look at the Gyakuten Saiban games from Amazon.com that you can see featured to the right.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Nintendo DS
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Nintendo DS

This is the very first game in the Ace Attorney or Gyakuten Saiban series

 

The first one is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which is the first game in the series. It got an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from Amazon (as of this writing).

In this NDS game, you play as Phoenix Wright (in Japanese, he's known as Ryuichi Naruhodo), a rookie defense lawyer.

The game has a very interesting storyline as well as a marvelous gameplay. Feel like a detective as you investigate each of the cases and look for evidence to prove your clients innocent of crimes they're accused of.

Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney: Justice For All - Nintendo DS
Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney: Justice For All - Nintendo DS

The sequel to the very first Gyakuten Saiban mystery NDS game

 

As a lawyer, prepare to defend your client in court as you present evidence that you've found and cross-examine witnesses.

The second item is Phoenix Wright: Justice For All. This is the second game in the Gyakuten Saiban series. Again, you play as Phoenix Wright.

Since this is the sequel to the previous game, he's no longer a rookie defense lawyer. He's a bit of a celebrity now thanks to his courtroom victories and achievements in the first game.

In Justice For All, expect to see some new characters as well as some old characters.

There are four new cases to play and you can definitely expect to see another great storyline to go with the awesome gameplay experience.

The third item is Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. This is the third game in the series, the sequel to the previously-mentioned NDS game. It got an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from Amazon (as of this writing).

You play as the defense attorney Phoenix Wright.

However, for two cases that take place in the past, you get to play as Mia Fey. For a part of the final case, you get to play as Miles Edgeworth.

There's a total of 5 new cases to play that are definitely intriguing and mysterious.

Have fun as you go through yet another fantastic storyline and discover new things about the characters that you love.

The fourth item is Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. This NDS mystery game from the Gyakuten Saiban series was actually released after Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.

However, the events in this game happen after the events of Trials and Tribulations, which is why it is being shown as the fourth game in the series.

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Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. A scene from the NDS game
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. A scene from the NDS game
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. A scene from the NDS game
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. A scene from the NDS game | Source
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. A scene from the NDS game
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. A scene from the NDS game | Source
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. A scene from the NDS game
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. A scene from the NDS game | Source

The Japanese name for this game is Gyakuten Kenji, which means Turnabout Prosecutor.

It used to be codenamed as New Gyakuten Not Saiban (New Turnabout Not Trial) prior to the release of its official title.

While the English title of the game includes the words "Ace Attorney," the main character of this NDS game actually features the popular prosecutor named Miles Edgeworth.

In Japanese, he's known as Reiji Mitsurugi. He appeared in the other Ace Attorney games as the rival of Phoenix Wright.

This game features some new characters as well as an engaging storyline that is rather different from the other games wherein you played as Phoenix.

Here, the focus is more on the investigation and gathering evidence side rather than on the courtroom.

The fifth item is Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.

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A scene from the NDS game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
A scene from the NDS game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney | Source
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. A scene from the NDS game
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. A scene from the NDS game | Source
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. A scene from the NDS game
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. A scene from the NDS game | Source
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. A scene from the NDS game
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. A scene from the NDS game | Source

Consider this as the fifth game in the Gyakuten Saiban series as the story and events featured in this NDS game happen after the aforementioned Ace Attorney games.

There's a brand new character in this mystery game and his name is Apollo Justice (his Japanese name is Housuke Odoroki).

He's actually the main character in this game and, like Phoenix, he's also a defense lawyer.

Apollo's rival in the courtroom is the prosecutor named Klavier Gavin (his Japanese name is Kyouya Garyuu) who's actually also the lead singer of the rock band known as the Gavinners.

Other new characters in this game include Trucy Wright and Kristoph Gavin.

For those missing Phoenix Wright, don't worry as he also appears in this game.

As usual, you can expect a fascinating and mysterious plot as well as a cool gameplay.

2. Hotel Dusk: Room 215

Check out Hotel Dusk: Room 215, a marvelous mystery NDS game

Hotel Dusk: Room 215
Hotel Dusk: Room 215

This game's main character is Kyle Hyde, a former New York Detective

 

This is a vastly different game from the Ace Attorney series, but it still belongs in the mystery genre and it is still as impressive and fun as the aforementioned series.

First of all, as you can see from the images featured to the right, players of Hotel Dusk: Room 215 are supposed to hold their Nintendo DS consoles like a book instead of the usual way.

You can use the NDS's touchscreen in order to perform various action such as solving puzzles and searching for clues.

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Hotel Dusk: Room 215 Nintendo DS game cover
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 Nintendo DS game cover
Hotel Dusk: Room 215. One of the scenes in the NDS game
Hotel Dusk: Room 215. One of the scenes in the NDS game | Source
Hotel Dusk: Room 215
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 | Source
Hotel Dusk: Room 215. One of the scenes in the NDS game
Hotel Dusk: Room 215. One of the scenes in the NDS game | Source
Hotel Dusk: Room 215. One of the scenes in the NDS game
Hotel Dusk: Room 215. One of the scenes in the NDS game | Source

The game's main character is named Kyle Hyde. He used to be a New York detective, but he's now a salesman. He arrives at a Los Angeles inn called Hotel Dusk. In this inn, Kyle discovers a mystery, of which murder and kidnapping are only a few of the things involved in said mystery.

There is also a room in Hotel Dusk, specifically Room 215, which is said to be able to grant wishes.

This game has so many questions that need to be answered in order to solve the captivating mystery. The only way to find out the answers and solve the case is by playing Hotel Dusk: Room 215.

Explore the riveting world of Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and discover a fascinating story as you try to figure out the puzzles and secrets contained within this NDS game.

3. Time Hollow

Time Hollow Nintendo DS game cover
Time Hollow Nintendo DS game cover

This NDS game was written by Junko Kawano and published by Konami. Its Japanese romaji title is Taimu Horou: Ubawareta Kako O Motomete, which translates to Time Hollow: Search for the Stolen Past.

Time Hollow got an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from Amazon (as of this writing).

The main character of this mystery Nintendo DS game is named Ethan Kairos (his Japanese name is Horou Tokio).

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Time Hollow. One of the scenes from the mystery NDS game
Time Hollow. One of the scenes from the mystery NDS game | Source
Time Hollow. One of the scenes from the mystery NDS game
Time Hollow. One of the scenes from the mystery NDS game | Source
Time Hollow. One of the scenes from the mystery NDS game
Time Hollow. One of the scenes from the mystery NDS game | Source
Time Hollow. One of the scenes from the mystery NDS game
Time Hollow. One of the scenes from the mystery NDS game | Source

He is trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of his entire family.

While searching for them, he finds an object that is known as a Hollow Pen.

The Hollow Pen actually has the power to open portals to the past, which subsequently enables Ethan to travel to the past and change it in order to find his missing family.

You can see full animation sequences for the important scenes such as events and flashbacks.

This really adds to the beauty of the game.

In the images featured to the right, you can see the excellent artwork that Time Hollow has.

The storyline involved in this game is certainly baffling and captivating. The gameplay is fun and enjoyable.

Even the music of the game sounds appealing and really fits the scenes of Time Hollow.

Which of the following mystery Nintendo DS games do you like best?

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Conclusion

These are just some of the many mystery Nintendo DS games out there.

You'll surely find any one of these games as the possible perfect gift for anyone who is fond of mysteries. If that person is also fond of their NDS console, then it's all the more reason to get them more Nintendo DS games to play.

Any of these games will surely bring lots of entertainment and amusement to the mystery lover playing said games. Let them discover clues, find evidence and solve the intriguing mysteries offered by these games.

Pic credits: The images are enlarged pics of the products from Amazon.com

Sources:

  • aceattorney.wikia.com - for some of the information regarding the Gyakuten Saiban series
  • en.wikipedia.org - for some of the information regarding the Gyakuten Saiban series and Time Hollow

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      cactusbythesea 3 years ago from Seattle

      Great list! Hotel Dusk was one of the more memorable games that I played on my DS. I would also recommend 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors. The mysterious storyline is riveting and the puzzles are pretty good too.

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      alexmk 3 years ago from Canada

      Never played any DS games, is the DS still a popular system to buy, how much longer do you think they will continue to support the platform?

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      Debmalya Datta 3 years ago from Kolkata

      As a video game lover I really loved this hub. Keep up the good work.

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      Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

      @cactusbythesea - thanks for the comment. I considered adding 999:9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors too but thought the hub was already too long as it was. Maybe I'll still add it anyway.

      @alexmk - thanks for the comment. I think the NDS is still pretty popular since there are so many different kinds of NDS games that you can still buy such as from Amazon. There's also the Nintendo 3DS console and games.

      @debmalyadatta1 - thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed reading this hub.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Now I am a mystery lover and would love it if someone gave me these cards!

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      Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

      @midget38 - thanks for the comment. Glad you liked the mystery NDS games gift ideas in this hub.

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