Top Nintendo DS Games of 2009

Welcome to VideoGamer.com's top Nintendo DS games of 2009, a list of the best videogames, created from editorial reviews on the site. It's the perfect tool to find that great game you haven't played yet, or even to find a gem for a friend or loved one as a gift.

Please take into account this list is in descending order! VideoGamer.com is always open to hearing about your opinion. Would your list be different? If so let us know by contacting us or tweeting us @VideoGamerCom.

  • 30.

    Mini Ninjas Review

    Mini Ninjas

    Mini Ninjas is fun, if you play stealthily, but it will do nothing to quell the growing call from a new Hitman from IO Interactive. Ninjas are hard wired into our psyches as visual shorthand for cool. I mean,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 29.

    Scribblenauts Review

    Scribblenauts

    For all its problems, Scribblenauts is still an incredibly fresh experience - a genuinely unique slice of creativity that shows, once again, what a brilliant little machine the DS really is. Imagine, if you will, that you're back in college. It's the night of the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 28.

    Kirby Super Star Ultra Review

    Kirby Super Star Ultra

    Kirby Super Star on the SNES is considered the best Kirby game ever made by aficionados, so the fact that this remake adds a few bells and whistles should ensure smiles all round. What is Kirby? Yes, I know he's a pink blob, but what exactly is he? Mario's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 27.

    Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter Review

    Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter

    Drawn to Life is not the Wii's LittleBigPlanet. Nor does it offer the creative freedom of Scribblenauts, but it is a fun, quality platformer. Scribblenauts meets LittleBigPlanet. That's the tantalising description... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

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  • 26.

    Ghostbusters The Video Game Review

    Ghostbusters: The Video Game

    If you've been waiting for Ghostbusters 3 or simply a video game that does the classic series justice, Ghostbusters: The Video Game won't disappoint. No other game can have had as much Hollywood involvement as Ghostbusters:... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS,Nintendo DS

  • 25.

    Band Hero Review

    Band Hero

    It's a game that comes across more as GH with a different musical focus, rather than as a new IP in its own right. Somewhere along the line it seems the new franchise's focus became a little confused. Band Hero might as well be called Guitar Hero 5: Pop Edition. That's not a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 24.

    LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues Review

    LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues

    While it's not quite up there with the best in the Lego series, The Adventure Continues is still a fun romp, especially if you plan to play with some younger family members. It's another Lego game! Wooo! That isn't the reaction I had when we received... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 23.

    Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry Review

    Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry

    Fans of Animal Crossing may feel that this is a little too similar for its own good, but other young gamers should have plenty of fun with their magical studies. You might have noticed that this review looks slightly different to other... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 22.

    Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride Review

    Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

    It's cleverly structured and the entrancing, charm-filled yarn will stay long in the memory. Finally, 17 years after it was released in Japan on the SNES, or the Super... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

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  • 21.

    EA Sports Football Academy Review

    EA Sports Football Academy

    If you're a football fan and you have a DS, you won't be able to put Football Academy down. EA Sports Football Academy is a wonderful little game. It appeals to the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 20.

    Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time Review

    Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time

    So, as with so many Final Fantasy games, Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time is one for the fans. Echoes of Time, the follow-up to last year's DS dungeon crawler, Ring of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 19.

    Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure Review

    Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure

    Publisher EA should be praised for creating such a unique game - the fusion of hardcore platforming and block-based puzzling isn't something we've ever seen before. What a spiffing mad game this is. Half Mega Man, half Bejeweled, Henry... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 18.

    Dementium: The Ward Review

    Dementium: The Ward

    A thoroughly decent debut that provides the DS with a neat survival-shooter hybrid. Renegade Kid is an indie developer based in Austin, Texas. The Company's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 17.

    Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy Review

    Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy

    Give Blast Works the time it deserves and you might not want to play another game on your Wii for quite some time. Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy has the appearance of a WiiWare release.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 16.

    Anno: Create a New World Review

    Anno: Create a New World

    Anno is well executed and breezy, but not without its flaws. Wii owners won’t find anything else like it on their console. If only the real world worked like Anno. Plonk a Rat Killer down in among... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 15.

    Professor Layton and Pandora's Box Review

    Professor Layton and Pandora's Box

    If you liked Mysterious Village and need more, or if you just want something genuinely fresh and original for your DS, Pandora's Box is the answer you're looking for. Professor Layton and the Curious Village was undoubtedly one of the best DS... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 14.

    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Review

    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2

    If you go in not expecting to play the game of the year then you're going to get a hell of a lot of fun out of MUA2. In the wake of Disney's purchase of Marvel, we thought it would be fun to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 13.

    Space Invaders Extreme 2 Review

    Space Invaders Extreme 2

    The gameplay is deceptively deep, the high score chasing is dangerously addictive, and the presentation is just as about as stylish as Space Invaders could possibly be. I loved Space Invaders Extreme when it arrived on PSP and DS last year. It... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 12.

    WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 Review

    WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010

    WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2010 is, we're surprised to say, easily the best game in the series to date, and a must-buy for WWE fans - especially if you've been giving it a wide-berth for a few years. WWE Smackdown vs RAW is a series that's been small on updates. Each year we... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 11.

    Style Boutique Review

    Style Boutique

    This fashion store sim is perfect for kids who like to shop and create different outfits. You might have noticed that this review looks slightly different to other... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 10.

    Rabbids Go Home Review

    Rabbids Go Home

    Rabbids Go Home won't be held up alongside true genre classics, but it's one of the best Wii games released this year and is sure to put a smile on your face. Clearly the Rabbids never got the memo about behaving well in public, nor... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 9.

    The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Review

    The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

    Spirit Tracks is a superb, albeit familiar, diversion. I am on the horns of a dilemma. One horn is familiarity, the other is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 8.

    Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Review

    Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

    This bizarre adventure is tailor made for Nintendo fanboys. It's packed with in-jokes and Nintendo references that'll soar above the Brain Training crowd's head like a Star Powered aeroplane. Have you ever wondered what's up Bowser's arse? Who hasn't? Well, wonder no... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 7.

    Chrono Trigger Review

    Chrono Trigger

    Chrono Trigger is brilliant for loads of reasons, but what impresses most is how great it plays despite the fact it's 14 years old. Somehow, the Nintendo DS has become the number one games console for fans of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 6.

    Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut Review

    Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut

    If you've finished Professor Layton and you're looking for something that combines decent puzzles with a ripping yarn, this is well worth a gander. "Paris in the fall. The last months of the year, and the end of the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS,Nintendo DS

  • 5.

    Plants vs. Zombies Review

    Plants vs. Zombies

    The basic gameplay isn't exactly original, but it's been executed so well on the Xbox 360 that it absolutely needs to be in your collection. It's not often a game completely exceeds our expectations. These days games... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 4.

    Need for Speed: Undercover Review

    Need for Speed: Undercover

    A unique control set up combined with a well-executed, well-established franchise makes this a definite must have for fans of the series and newcomers alike. Anyone still sitting on the fence as to whether iPhone gaming requires... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 3.

    Colin McRae: DiRT 2 Review

    Colin McRae: DiRT 2

    Wrap up an enjoyable rally experience with the best racing game visuals we've ever seen and DIRT 2 becomes a must-buy game. If review scores were handed out for slickness alone Codemasters' Colin... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 2.

    FIFA 10 Review

    FIFA 10

    FIFA 10 is a simulation in the truest sense, and is sure to solidify FIFA's leading position in the two-horse race with PES. Last year I said FIFA 09 was the best FIFA ever created. Now, 12 months on,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 1.

    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Review

    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

    Whether you're a GTA veteran or someone who's never played one of these games before, you should know that this is one of the best games available for your PSP. Is GTA: Chinatown Wars my favourite handheld game of all time? It's a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS,Nintendo DS