We rank the best games on Nintendo's original dual-screened handheld and crown a new #1.
Scribblenauts, the game that let you summon into existence anything you could imagine, captivated everyone at E3 2009 and earned our Best of Show award, the only time a DS title managed that feat.
Traveling back in time to capture a T-Rex, then riding it back to the future to eat robot zombies.
(So that time-traveling T-Rex became a giant, orange, insatiable time-traveling T-Rex.).Newly revised for 2012!Read the Review, only Japan got to experience the quirky, sing-songy, pressing-buttons-to-the-beat action of Rhythm Tengoku on the Game Boy Advance, but that title did so well in Nintendo's home territory that this DS sequel was given the greenlight around the globe.Thomas, publisher: Nintendo, developer: Nintendo, release Date: September 19, 2011, read the Review, the Kirby franchise's versatility has proven to not only be its most consistent element, but its greatest asset as well.Thomas, publisher: Nintendo, developer: Nintendo, TNX, release Date: April 5, 2009.Mass Attack introduced the notion of controlling a squad of Kirbys that collectively had to work towards common goals while avoiding damage.
Once thought to be just a gimmick with its two separate displays, clamshell design and touch screen interface, the oddity of DS debuted as a "third pillar" for Nintendo but went on to dethrone the company's titanic Game Boy brand and claim the handheld market.
Over the years it's been our privilege to cover the many different games that helped make that success happen, and occasionally we've also collected our thoughts in the form of Top 25 countdowns bringing you, in a concise list, what we believe are the best.
The shocking change in strategy was simple math, according to the studio the DS simply had the most units sold out of all gaming platforms, and Square Enix wanted the ambitious dqix to have as big an audience as possible.
Tapping along or flicking the stylus across the touch screen to match the action in such oddball scenarios as a farmer stomping the ground to harvest crops, ghosts singing at a rock concert or and endless ping-pong ball rally, Rhythm Heaven was the perfect blend.
Portrait of Ruin was the second to debut on the dual-screened system, and it made its mark by doubling your playable heroes whip-wielding Jonathan Morris and magic-master Charlotte Aulin quested through the haunted manor together as you switched between controlling both to take down obstacles.
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Balancing creativity and challenge, Mass Attack may have arrived late in the life of the DS, but it instantly proved to be one of the most memorable games in the system's library and in Kirby history.The game itself then impressed us all even more than its creators' boldness, offering an addictive, customizable and connected Quest adventure that cast you as the hero yourself, and took the series one step closer to MMOs.Developer: Konami, release Date: December 5, 2006, read the Review, legendary game designer Koji Igarashi and his team of fellow creators at Konami refined Castlevania action and exploration into a science on Nintendo's GBA, then brought three more incredible Dracula-hunting quests to series fans.Interactive, developer: 5th Cell Media.Not only were the touch controls perfectly implemented, but the game had a scalable difficulty of sorts, rewarding players who could avoid harming their pink puffballs.Now, we're doing it again.By IGN Nintendo Team, eight years, four hardware versions and millions of sales later, Nintendo's DS has proven itself as one of the most important and impactful video game systems ever released.God fighting Satan on a skateboard.Release Date: October 12, 2010, read the Review, taking down a tree with.What follows is our latest version of the venerable countdown, updated to take into account all the great games released since we last published this list two years ago.Its sequel Super Scribblenauts gets the nod to kick off our Top 25, though, as it fixed the control problems that plagued helvetica neue lt pro bd font the first game and added adjectives to the mix.