Top 100 Best DS Games of All Time

23 December 2014
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What are the Top 100 Best DS Games of All Time? The 32bit DS/DSLite/DSi/DSi XL line, Nintendo’s successor to the Game Boy line, were two-screened, touch-screen-enabled portable game systems that took the world by storm; continuing Nintendo’s massive success as the portable keymaker by dropping retro masterpieces left & right since it’s 2004 debut. And even though it’s nearly 2015, you can still find new DS games in a few stores.

Having sold over 154 million systems worldwide as of September 2014, the Nintendo DS is now the second best-selling videogame console of all time (only beaten out by the PS2 which sits at 155 million) and is THE single best-selling videogame handheld system ever, even defeating the original Game Boy! (118 million sold).

Because the Nintendo DS (original 2004 model, also called the “Phat”) and DS Lite (2006) are backwards compatible with the entire library of Game Boy Advance games (they include a GBA slot on the bottom that allows you to play any GBA game), the original DS Lite makes a FANTASTIC system and is a must-own for any gamer. Making the deal even sweeter, the current Nintendo 3DS also plays original DS & DSi games, as well as digital DS games available via the 3DS eShop.

It’s worth noting that the digital DSiWare games are NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE on the DSi or DSi XL systems. These systems were upgrades to the DS/DS Lite that included a camera, and a new menu that allowed you to download digital games, with hundreds available, via the DSi Shop. However the DSi Shop is discontinued, so if you get a DSi or DSi XL (DS & DS Lite don’t have this functionality) you cannot access any of the digital titles mentioned on this list (which is why other games are put there to replace them marked by the slash).

However all is not lost, as mentioned above, these digital DSiWare games ARE available via the eShop on the Nintendo 3DS, the successor to the DS system. So even though it requires a completely different system, you can still play all the digital games on this list.
With hundreds of amazing games in every genre, the Nintendo DS is a powerhouse of gaming and a force to be reckoned with.
Without further ado, here is the 100 Best DS Games of All Time.

Top 100 Best DS Games of All Time

#1 – Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

#2 – Chrono Trigger

#3 – Mario Kart DS

#4 – Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

#5 – The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

#6 – Advance Wars: Dual Strike

#7 – Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

#8 – New Super Mario Bros.

#9 – Meteos

#10 – The World Ends With You

#11 – Pokemon White
#12 – Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
#13 – Pokemon SoulSilver
#14 – Elite Beat Agents
#15 – The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
#16 – Pokemon HeartGold
#17 – Pokemon Black
#18 – Kirby: Canvas Curse AKA Kirby: Power Paintbrush
#19 – Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
#20 – Mario & Luigi: Partner’s In Time
#21 – Planet Puzzle League
#22 – Animal Crossing: Wild World
#23 – Professor Layton & the Unwound Future
#24 – Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
#25 – Radiant Historia
#26 – Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin / Shantae: Risky’s Revenge (Digital, DSiWare)
#27 – Metroid Prime: Hunters
#28 – Pokemon Pearl
#29 – Professor Layton & the Curious Village / The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition (Digital, DSiWare)
#30 – Super Mario 64 DS
#31 – Pokemon Diamond
#32 – Final Fantasy IV
#33 – Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
#34 – Space Invaders Extreme
#35 – Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
#36 – Tetris DS / FIFA Soccer 09 / Peggle: Dual Shot
#37 – Professor Layton & the Diabolical Box
#38 – Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land / Dark Void Zero (Digital, DSiWare)
#39 – Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride / Spotto! (Digital, DSiWare)
#40 – Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
#41 – Bangai-O Spirits
#42 – Bleach: The Blade of Fate / Inchworm Animation (Digital, DSiWare)
#43 – Picross DS / Art Style: DIGIDRIVE (Digital, DSiWare)
#44 – Clubhouse Games
#45 – Picross 3D
#46 – Nintendogs: Chihuahua & Friends (Lab & Friends, Dalmation & Friends, Dachshund & Friends) / Mighty Flip Champs! (Digital, DSiWare)
#47 – Professor Layton & the Last Specter / Art Style: Pictobits (Digital, DSiWare)
#48 – Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword
#49 – Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
#50 – Contra 4
#51 – Rhythm Heaven
#52 – Kirby: Mass Attack
#53 – Pokemon Platinum / Dragon Quest Wars (Digital, DSiWare)
#54 – WarioWare D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself)
#55 – KORG DS-10 Synthesizer
#56 – Disgaea DS / Dawn of Discovery / X-Scape (Digital, DSiWare)
#57 – Mario vs Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (Digital, DSiWare)
#58 – Lunar Knights
#59 – Viva Pinata: Rocket Paradise
#60 – Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
#62 – Okamiden
#63 – Space Invaders Extreme 2
#64 – Sonic Rush
#65 – N+
#66 – Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard
#67 – Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
#68 – Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999)
#69 – Bleach: Dark Souls
#70 – KORG DS-10 Plus / Starship Defense (Digital, DSiWare)
#71 – WarioWare: Touched!
#72 – Trauma Center: Under the Knife / Mighty Milky Way (Digital, DSiWare)
#73 – Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
#74 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
#75 -Yoshi’s Island DS / Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 / Personal Trainer: Cooking
#76 – Plants vs Zombies
#77 – Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings / Pop Island: Paperfield (Digital, DSiWare)
#78 – Super Scribblenauts
#79 – Worms: Open Warfare 2
#80 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials & Tribulations
#81 – Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution
#82 – Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
#83 – Pokemon Black Version 2
#84 – Age of Empires: The Age of Kings
#85 – Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
#86 – Pokemon White Version 2
#87 – Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
#88 – Ninjatown
#89 – Lego Rock Band
#90 – Pokemon Conquest
#91 – Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals / Bookworm (Digital, DSiWare)
#92 – Lock’s Quest
#93 – Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
#94 – Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
#95 – Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 / Phineas & Ferb / Art Style: BOXLIFE (Digital, DSiWare)
#96 – Scribblenauts
#97 – Sonic Colors
#98 – Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2
#99 – GRID / Monster Tale / New York Times Crosswords
#100 – Mario vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem / Golden Sun: Dark Dawn

Runners Up:

* Geometry Wars: Galaxies
* Bomberman Land Touch!
* Hotel Dusk: Room 215
* Age of Empires: Mythologies
* Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
* Soul Bubbles
* Sonic Rush Adventure
* Mega Man ZX Advent
* Soul of Darkness (Digital, DSiWare)
* Mega Man Zero Collection
* Dragon Ball Origin
* Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol
* Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes A Day
* Final Fantasy III
* DK Jungle Climber
* Bejeweled Twist
* Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City
* Alice In Wonderland (Disney Interactive Studios, 2010)
* Harvest Moon DS: Sunshine Islands
* Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
* Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
* Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
* Kirby Super Star Ultra
* Tetris Party Deluxe
* Star Fox Command
* Aliens: Infestation
* Mega Man ZX

Top 100 Best User-Rated DS Games of All Time

#1 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
#2 – Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard
#3 – Chrono Trigger
#4 – Pokemon SoulSilver
#5 – Elite Beat Agents / Art Academy: First Semester (Digital, DSiWare)
#6 – Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow / Worms: Open Warfare 2
#7 – Infinite Space
#8 – Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
#9 – Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
#10 – Advance Wars: Dual Strike
#11 – Yu-Gi-Oh: Nightmare Troubadour / Hamsterz Life
#12 – Solitaire Overload
#13 – Rhythm Heaven
#14 – Lego Battles
#15 – Pokemon HeartGold
#16 – Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
#17 – Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
#18 – Radiant Historia
#19 – Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits
#20 – The World Ends With You
#21 – Front Mission DS
#22 – Guitar Hero: On Tour
#23 – Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontiers
#24 – Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
#25 – Professor Layton and the Last Specter
#26 – Mega Man Zero Collection / Save the Turtles (Digital, DSiWare) / Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey
#27 – Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
#28 – Animal Crossing: Wild World
#29 – Final Fantasy IV / Nintendogs: Chihuahua & Friends
#30 – Scurve: Hive
#31 – Pokemon Platinum / Diner Dash: Sizzle & Serve
#32 – Etrian Odyssey
#33 – Picross DS
#34 – Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
#35 – Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
#36 – Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
#37 – Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
#38 – Animal Boxing
#39 – WarioWare D.I.Y. / My Secret World by Imagine (Kids Game)
#40 – Miami Law
#41 – Transformers: War for Cybertron – Autobots
#42 – Contra 4 / Escapee GO! (Digital, DSiWare)
#43 – Hotel Dusk: Room 215 / Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble (Digital, DSiWare)
#44 – Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999)
#45 – Trauma Center: Under the Knife
#46 – Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land
#48 – Resident Evil: Deadly Silence
#49 – Tetris DS
#50 – Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
#51 – Horsez
#52 – Transformers: Decepticons
#53 – Lock’s Quest
#54 – Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
#55 – Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2
#56 – Mario Kart DS
#57 – Polarium
#58 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
#59 – Hotel Dusk: Room 215
#60 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice For All
#61 – Professor Layton & the Curious Village
#62 – Robocalypse
#63 – Kirby Super Star Ultra
#64 – Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
#65 – Pokemon Black Version 2
#66 – Pokemon White Version 2
#67 – New Super Mario Bros.
#68 – Ultimate Mortal Kombat
#69 – Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
#70 – Knights in the Nightmare
#71 – Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time
#72 – Sonic Rush
#73 – Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride / Nintendogs: Dachshund & Friends
#74 – The Legendary Starfi
#75 – Clubhouse Games
#76 – Final Fantasy IV
#77 – Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
#78 – Pokemon Diamond / Flipnote Studio (Digital, DSiWare)
#79 – Mega Man ZX Advent
#80 – Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness / 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
#81 – Ninjatown
#82 – KORG DS-10 Synthesizer
#83 – Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2
#84 – Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
#85 – Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City
#86 – Solatorobo: Red the Hunter
#87 – WarioWare: Touched!
#88 – Trace Memory
#89 – Pokemon Pearl
#90 – Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
#91 – Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
#92 – Panzer Tactics DS
#93 – Planet Puzzle League
#94 – Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time
#95 – Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
#96 – Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys
#97 – Peggle: Dual Shot
#98 – Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
#99 – Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs / Picross 3D
#100 – Super Scribblenauts

Credit: Best review scores via Metacritic

PS: I absolutely adore the Nintendo DS. It’s got an absolutely phenomenal lineup of outstanding games and amazing remakes. Games like Elite Beat Agents (one of my all-time personal favorite games ever) and the Brain Age titles & Picross/Crossword/Club Games, etc. really changed the game at the time.

The DS also made it possible to have the 3DS, and set the standard for a dual-screened, touch-screen-based game system which were total innovations at the time that were predicted to fail. It even had a built-in microphone… all features that have now become standard in the industry, especially with the rise of iOS & Android (which are all touch-based).

But with games like Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, New Super Mario Bros., Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, the Professor Layton series, Yoshi’s Island DS, the Dragon Quest remakes (IV, V, VI, as well as IX), all of the many Pokemon titles (from Mystery Dungeon, Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Crystal to Conquest & Ranger), Kirby Mass Attack, etc… the system is just overflowing with quality. You cannot go wrong with a Nintendo DS!

Tell us what YOUR favorite DS games of all time are! Do they match up with this list?

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