DS

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Platformers/Sidescrollers

New Super Mario Bros.
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

Mario’s back! And better than ever with star coins, fun multiplayer and more!

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Aliens: Infestation:
Publisher: Sega
Developer: WayForward Technologies, Gearbox Software
Available: AUS, EU, NA

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Kirby Super Star Ultra
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: AUS, EU, JP, NA

A great remake (not a port!) of the SNES classic, with improved visuals, FMV cutscenes, new mini games, and extra game modes that offer higher difficulty.

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Yoshi’s Island DS:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

The gorgeous graphics of Yoshi’s Island on Nintendo DS. Extremely fun gameplay.

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The Legendary Starfy:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Japan, Australia

Cute Kirby-like platformer featuring Starfy the starfish.

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Mega Man Zero Collection
Publisher: Capcom
Available: AUS, EU, JP, NA

A port of all four Mega Man Zero games on one cartridge, complete with unlockable artwork, all Japanese voice bytes restored, and an added “easy scenario” if the originals were just too hard for you.

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Fighting:

Jump Ultimate Stars:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: Japan – Translation Patch

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Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden:
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Available: Japan – Translation

The Dragon Ball Kai story-line with mini-games and powerful attacks!

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Puzzle:

Picross DS:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

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Picross 3D:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available; North America, Europe, Japan

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Layton games mentioned in the Adventure section also qualify here:

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RPG:

The World Ends With You:
Publisher: Square Enix
Available: North America, Europe, Japan

One of the best RPGs for Nintendo DS with an innovative battle system.

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Inazuma Eleven
Publisher: Level-5
Available: Europe, Japan

The best RPG soccer game!

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Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

A great RPG game with a zany story, really addictive gameplay, and long playability.

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Radiant Historia:
Publisher: Atlus
Available: JP, NA

A fantastic JRPG that feels like an upgraded spiritual sequel to Chrono Trigger, with a heavily expanded time travel element and replayable branching paths.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2
Publisher: Atlus
Available: Japan, North America, Europe

One of the best Tactical RPGs with an overwhelmingly great story and an intense difficulty.

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Final Fantasy IV:
Publisher: Square Enix
Avaiable: North America, Europe, Japan

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Pokemon Black/White:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Europe, Australia Japan

Critically acclaimed Pokemon game with great gameplay and graphics!

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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies:
Developer: Level-5/Square Enix
Available, North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

The first time ever that a mainline Dragon Quest game has appeared on a handheld. Universally praised by critics.

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Custom Robo Arena:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Europe, Japan, Australia

Fun robot fighting game with parts customization.

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Racing/Sports:

Mario Kart DS:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

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Rhythm:

Elite Beat Agents:

Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Europe

Really really fun rhythm game.

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Rhythm Heaven:

Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Europe, Japan

The name says it all. “Pure epicsauce!”

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Simulation:

Animal Crossing: Wild World
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: Japan, Europe, Australia, North America

An unmissable addition to the series and the most addicting game on DS.

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Metroid Prime: Pinball:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Australia, Europe. Japan

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Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon:
Developer: Neverland Co.
Available: North America, Europe, Japan

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Shooter/Flight:

Metroid: Prime Hunters:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Europe, Japan

Samus! On the DS! With multiplayer! Must-play.

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Strategy:

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin:
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: North America, Europe, Australia

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Adventure:

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney:
Publisher: Capcom
Available: North America, Europe, Japan

Fun and in-depth story. Easy to get into and enjoy. Loveable characters and memorable cases

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Hotel Dusk:
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Cing
Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

If you own a DS, you should definitely play this. Great game.

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Last Window:
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Cing
Available: Europe, Japan

Sequel to Hotel Dusk, great follow up which doesn’t require knowledge of its predecessor to enjoy. Highly recommended import for NA players

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Professor Layton and the Curious Village:
Developer: Level-5
Available: North America, Europe, Japan
A very amazing piece of art merged with very unique, engrossing gameplay. Truly a unique experience that almost any gamer should give at least one go at. Other than very minor issues, this is easily one of the most well designed and enjoyable games ever made.

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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box:
Developer: Level-5
Available: North America, Europe, Japan

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Professor Layton and the Unwound Future:
Developer: Level-5
Available: North America, Europe, Japan

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Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Developer: Level-5
Available: North America, Europe, Japan

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Ghost Trick:
Publisher: Capcom
Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

Extremely good game. Once you start it, you won’t want to put it down!

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Freshly Picked – Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland
Publisher: Nintendo
Available: Europe, Japan

Legend Of Zelda Spin Off with a quirky sense of humour. Playing as Tingle trying to gain as many Rupee’s as you can to fulfil Tingle’s dream, uses more strategy than any Zelda game and probably more challenging too.

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Õkamiden:
Publisher: Capcom
Available: North America, Europe, Australia, Japan

The sequel to Õkami featuring the stylus as the magic paintbrush.

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Action:

GTA: Chinatown Wars:
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Available: North America, Europe

GTA is the hardcore shit, mah nigga.

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Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime:
Publisher: Square Enix
Available: North America, Japan

Action adventure game featuring Dragon Quest’s slime.

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Scurge: Hive:
Publisher: SouthPeak Interactive
Available: USA, Europe

A metroid-style isometric platformer. Great game, although it can be a bit frustrating at times.

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Mini-game collections:

Retro Game Challenge:
Publisher: Xseed Games
Available: North America, Japan

Even if the game seems to be a simple mini-game collection, don’t judge it based on that. It’s a lovingly crafted game that throws you back to 80s with classics such as Star Prince (Star Solider) or Cosmic Gate (Galaga). European DS owners should definitely import this.

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