Top Nintendo DS Games of All Time

All yer Pokemons, all yer Marios, all yer Wind Waker spin offs. The DS had a fantastic run, and is still regarded by many as the best handheld ever. Its innovative dual-screen set up and resistive touch interface enabled some brilliant innovations to come along, and also helped a renaissance of the point and click genre to gain traction with hardcore and casual alike.

Everyone will remember is those apps that helped us expand our minds and fine-tune our faculties. Brain training. Sight training. Maths training. Dictionaries and novels, painting programs, the lot.

It was also the console which gave rise to a whole new series of 2D Mario games, doing what Nintendo does best – reinventing the past, and making it fresher than ever.

The DS might well have had the most eclectic game library of its era, and enjoyed a long spell as the handheld top-dog. Check out our list for its best moments and beloved oddities.

  • 30.

    New Super Mario Bros.

    New Super Mario Bros. treads the retro platformer line beautifully, adding just enough originality and imagination to the mix. Mario has done a lot in more than 25 years worth of gaming. When he wasn't... more

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  • 29.

    Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

    Mario Vs. Donkey Kong 2 is a brilliant game, and one that is an absolute must for all DS owners. Quite simply: if you've got a DS, get this! Whatever happened to good old fashioned crime and punishment, eh? You've... more

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  • 28.

    DEFCON: Global Thermonuclear War

    If you love strategy games or simply like interesting gaming experiences, this is for you. So, here's to Global Thermonuclear war. Who knew it would be so much fun? DEFCON was always going to be an easy sell for Introversion. You just can't... more

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  • 27.

    Pokémon Pearl

    Diamond and Pearl are among the best Pokémon titles so far, if not the best. They're engrossing, exciting and provide wonderfully fulfilling escapism. Incredibly, it's been ten long years since the Pokémon franchise first... more

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  • 26.

    Pokemon Diamond

    Diamond and Pearl are among the best Pokémon titles so far, if not the best. They're engrossing, exciting and provide wonderfully fulfilling escapism. Incredibly, it's been ten long years since the Pokémon franchise first... more

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  • 25.

    Elite Beat Agents

    Elite Beat Agents is a game that anyone with a sense of rhythm can enjoy and will keep you entertained for short bursts or more lengthy hardcore sessions. Elite Beat Agents has been available in the US for months now and before... more

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  • 24.

    The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

    Yes it's a tad short, and yes it's full of recognisable Zelda moments, but that doesn't stop it from being a fun, refined gem of an adventure game. I have to admit, an hour or so into Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, it... more

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  • 23.

    Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber Review

    Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber

    Jungle Climber is a DS title that's going to keep handheld owners hooked for quite some time to come. This is though, another definite winner from the big N. For me, Nintendo could do no wrong. And then they released the Wii. Say what... more

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  • 22.

    Viva Piñata Review

    Viva Piñata

    Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise might not be the perfect handheld game for kids and the whole family but it's pretty close. The premise of Viva Piñata is exceedingly simple: create a garden and... more

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  • 21.

    FIFA 09 Review

    FIFA 09

    FIFA has been given what it needed to draw in the first timers and the old hands, snatching the title of best football game on the Wii with a last minute flick of the remote. It's another year and as expected another FIFA is taking pride of place at... more

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  • 20.

    Guitar Hero World Tour Review

    Guitar Hero World Tour

    If this game rocked any harder, it would choke to death on its own vomit at the age of 27. There's a war going on out there, and it's being fought with wireless... more

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  • 19.

    Professor Layton and the Curious Village Review

    Professor Layton and the Curious Village

    It's not an epic adventure, like Phantom Hourglass, or polished platformer, like New Super Mario Bros., but in many ways Professor Layton is better than both those games. "What's that game?" my better half asked, staring wide-eyed at the... more

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  • 18.

    Call of Duty: World at War Review

    Call of Duty: World at War

    Call of Duty World at War is a stunning game that doesn't miss a beat from start to finish and includes one of the most feature packed multiplayer components of any game released this year. Gamers aren't a very open minded bunch it seems. From the moment Activision... more

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  • 17.

    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. Need for Speed Undercover has been released on practically every format you... more

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  • 16.

    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

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  • 15.

    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

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  • 14.

    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

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  • 13.

    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

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  • 12.

    Might & Magic Clash of Heroes Review

    Might & Magic Clash of Heroes

    The combat system is almost flawless. Bar the odd insane difficulty spike, even the dreaded grind is pleasurable. It attains that holy grail of game design: easy to learn, but hard to master. Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, from little-known Canadian developer... more

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  • 11.

    Pokemon HeartGold Review

    Pokemon HeartGold

    With HeartGold and SoulSlver the Pokémon series has reached a point where it can't get any better. It's like a level 100 Pikachu; it's as good as it can possibly be. What is it about the Pokémon series that draws players back time and time... more

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  • 10.

    Pokemon SoulSilver Review

    Pokemon SoulSilver

    With HeartGold and SoulSlver the Pokémon series has reached a point where it can't get any better. It's like a level 100 Pikachu; it's as good as it can possibly be. What is it about the Pokémon series that draws players back time and time... more

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  • 9.

    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. PopCap Games should be a household name for gamers. If you haven't played... more

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  • 8.

    FIFA 11 Review

    FIFA 11

    FIFA 11 feels far more realistic than its predecessor, and packs in new features. You could get by with last year's game, but you will be missing out on one of the best sports games of 2010. FIFA 11. It's FIFA 10, but better. After playing this year's version of EA's... more

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  • 7.

    Pokemon Black Version Review

    Pokemon Black Version

    Rest assured in the knowledge that Black and White are damn fine games; the best the series has to offer. I was recently asked my most anticipated game of 2011. The answer? Pokémon... more

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  • 6.

    Pokemon White Version Review

    Pokemon White Version

    Rest assured in the knowledge that Black and White are damn fine games; the best the series has to offer. I was recently asked my most anticipated game of 2011. The answer? Pokémon... more

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  • 5.

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Review

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing has all the best qualities that Mario Kart initiated years ago and features controls tailored to the portable iOS devices. Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing was released across multiple platforms last... more

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  • 4.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 doesn't do anything new, but it also doesn't do anything wrong. Do you remember where you were at the start of World War III? I do; getting... more

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  • 3.

    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review

    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

    It's taken years of craft and - likely - a hell of a lot of money, but Ni No Kuni is a wonderful, wondrous experience and will keep you captivated and enchanted for dozens of hours. Ni No Kuni reminds you just why you fell in love with the JRPG. I mean, it... more

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  • 2.

    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review

    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

    The strongest Lego title yet, and the best Marvel game ever made. Lego Marvel Super Heroes is, for the most part, plastic proof that... more

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  • 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

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