The king of portable hardware, Nintendo’s systems are always backed up by strong third-party support and this results in stellar libraries of games that rival or even surpass offerings on a home console.
Long a refuge for players who enjoy Japanese style games, the Nintendo DS came out at time in the industry when the transition to 3D was complete and anything smacking of the older era was passe. Embracing its position in the market as both a hardcore and entry-level gaming system, the Nintendo DS’s library is a smattering of role playing games, platformers, and action adventure titles.
Released at the tail end of 2004, the Nintendo DS was bulky and quirky upon arrival.
Sporting two screens and a design factor that looked similar to the classic Game-and-Watch series from Nintendo in the 1980s, the DS also had a stylus and a touchscreen well before the iPhone was even in the gestational period. In a nod to a functionality once touted on the original Japanese Famicom, the DS even sported a microphone capable of picking up ambient sound and interpreting player commands.
Initially put forward as a separate thing entirely from the Nintendo Game Boy Advance, the DS’s integration of a GBA unit into its system, allowing for almost full backwards compatibility, positioned it to rapidly assume the GBA’s preeminent position in the marketplace.
Because of this the games in the DS library are an admixture of GBA-style titles and new, 3D features.
In this article, we’re going to shine the light on some of the less appreciated titles in the Nintendo DS’s lineup. And that’s a tough thing to do with so many different games to choose from in its lineup. Absolutely brimming with classics, we hope this list culls some of the best of the most obscure from the DS playlist.
10. Dragon Quest