Gagan GuptaApr 23, 2010 13:50:57 IST
It's possibly the least popular gaming console in India, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have great games in its library. DS definitely has the most innovative library of games, including a list of non-gaming games. As tough as it is to decide on the 10 best games on the DS, I have managed to hand-pick ones that are a must-own for DS gamers.
The Nintendogs games were a part of the launch lineup on the DS but it's still one of the most entertaining titles on the platform. The idea that you can have your own pet puppy who you can train to respond to its name and your voice commands is ingenious to this date, and a feat that has not been duplicated by any of the game's innumerable clones.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Sure you've played as Mario a number of times before. With this game you get to play as Mario's arch nemesis Bowser, who's a lot more powerful and actually punches enemies instead of jumping on their heads. Sure there have been many Mario RPGs before, but this one is definitely the most entertaining of the lot.
Guitar Hero: On Tour
If you crave a Guitar Hero fix while on the move, this is the best way to do it. The DS version is the only version of Guitar Hero that uses an additional peripheral, which makes the experience a lot closer to the home console versions than other portable attempts. Having an excellent lineup of songs to play to is an additional incentive. Too bad it's not compatible with DSi.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
There aren't too many open world game on the DS, which was something we came to accept, until we saw a perfectly functional (and fun) version of Grand Theft Auto on the console. The controversial series may not be everyone's cup of tea, but there's no denying that Chinatown Wars is one of the most engaging games on the platform.
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
Puzzles have been a part of adventure games since quite a while now, but never has any game incorporated a drop-down puzzle into an actual platform action game before. As cheesy as the game's presentation is, Henry Hatsworth is one of the most entertaining and action packed puzzle adventures out there.
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing has been a fan favorite for a while now, thanks to its unique gameplay. It's your opportunity to experience the chilled out life in a small town and enjoy the simple pleasures of life like fishing, socializing with the town folk, and even getting a small job while at it. It's the break game that you just can't put down.
A puzzle game that's only limited by your imagination or vocabulary, Scribblenauts gives you the option to spawn just about anything you want to solve the puzzle and get past the level. See long leap? Just spawn a ladder or a jet pack even. A bear blocking your way? Attract him with some honey, or burn him down with a flame thrower. The options are practically limitless, and so is the fun.
Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword
This is one opportunity for you to go postal on the DS. The action-pumped Ninja Gaiden series makes a successful transition to the DS thanks to its very innovative control system. Being a ninja never felt this cool on a handheld console.
Ace Attorney Series
There are so many iterations of the Ace Attorney series that it's hard to recommend just one. Playing as an attorney could possibly have not worked in a better way than this, especially considering how great the crime stories really are. Besides, this game gives you the perfect excuse to blurt out "Objection!" in public places. Or maybe not.
Professor Layton Series
Anyone with even a slight liking for puzzles should definitely not give this game a miss. Professor Layton is by far the best and the most varied puzzle game series on any console. The narration is practically driven through puzzles (as is everything else in Professor Layton's life), but the story progression you get after each step is a reward in itself.
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