Top Nintendo DS Rpg Games of All Time

We know what you’re thinking: “this is just all Pokemon games, right?” WRONG! (mostly right, but not quite), there were some other role playing games to come to the DS, too, they just weren’t quite as good.

If you didn’t feel like ’Catching ‘em all’ then you could go for a nice stroll around a village in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, or try and rescue Princess Zelda for the umpteenth time in the Phantom Hourglass or Spirit Tracks. There’s also the often-forgotten The World Ends With You. But, before long, you’ll probably end up playing another Pokemon game.

Mario and Luigi’s fine RPG spin-off saw another entry with Bowser’s Inside Story, too, between the launch of Pokemon Platinum in 2009 and Heartgold/Soulsilver in 2010.

What we’re basically saying is that there’s a lot of Pokemon games, many of which made our top game list, because Pokemon is pretty darn good.

  • 30.

    Blue Dragon Plus Review

    Blue Dragon Plus

    Blue Dragon fans will probably be willing to put up with the game's failings, simply because it's more Blue Dragon. Everyone else, avoid. It seems odd that Blue Dragon Plus, the Nintendo DS spin-off from 2007's... more

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  • 29.

    Phantasy Star 0 Review

    Phantasy Star 0

    Phantasy Star 0 doesn’t quite live up to the memory of Phantasy Star Online from 2000, which if nothing else, highlights just how far the genre has come in the last ten years. Although the Phantasy Star series boasts an extensive and rich history, it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 28.

    Magical Starsign

    For the casual gamer and RPG newbie Magical Starsign is a gentle and well-crafted introduction to a rich and complex area of gaming. Starting life on the GBA, the Magical Starsign series makes its debut in the... more

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  • 27.

    Bomberman Story Review

    Bomberman Story

    Ultimately, this Bomberman Story offers the best Battle mode yet, even just slightly pipping Bomberman Land with its variety of power-ups and stages. Bomberman started life years ago as a small, bubble-headed, explosives-mad... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

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    Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates Review

    Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

    Yet another Final Fantasy game hits Europe - but is it worth it? Where have all these Final Fantasy games come from? It feels like we're... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 25.

    Rhapsody - A Musical Adventure Review

    Rhapsody - A Musical Adventure

    The box art's got pink in it, but it won't leave you feeling blue, even if you're a bloke. It's hard to know where to begin with Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, the DS... more

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  • 24.

    Contact

    Contact is a quirky little RPG that all DS owners should take a look at. It's got a great look and can be played without causing too much stress. As a kid, I always dreamed of being a hero. I don't mean that I one day... more

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  • 23.

    Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings Review

    Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

    Revenant Wings proves a solid entry into the RTS genre for the Final Fantasy series. Revenant Wings isn't your typical Final Fantasy game. Indeed, it's unlike... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 22.

    The World Ends With You Review

    The World Ends With You

    Battle Royale meets The Matrix, with a stylus. What to say about The World Ends With You? A bizarre title for a bizarre... more

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  • 21.

    Dragon Quest: The Chapters of the Chosen Review

    Dragon Quest: The Chapters of the Chosen

    If you've never played a Dragon Quest game before and always wondered what the fuss was about, give this a shot and you'll soon understand. Dragon Quest IV is nearly 20 years old. When it was originally released on... more

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  • 20.

    Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Review

    Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

    If you're a Sonic fan Chronicles really is an essential purchase. Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic,... more

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  • 19.

    Monster Lab Review

    Monster Lab

    he production values are good, the creation-based gameplay is different and the quest is enjoyable. Kids with a creative side and an evil streak are sure to enjoy their time with Monster Lab. You might have noticed that this review looks slightly different to other... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 18.

    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

  • 17.

    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

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  • 16.

    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

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  • 15.

    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

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  • 14.

    Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Review

    Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

    While clichéd, the story is entertaining, the battle system is refined and the visuals are impressive. It's very Dragon Quest. There's no denying the quality of the role playing on offer. What do you expect from the next iteration of your favourite JRPG series?... more

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  • 13.

    Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light Review

    Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light

    Four Heroes of Light is very much its own thing; quaint and deceptively difficult - a combination that fans of the genre should grab hold of with both hands. Final Fantasy: Four Heroes of Light is an eight-week old kitten. It's got... more

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  • 12.

    Pokemon Black Version 2 Review

    Pokemon Black Version 2

    Black and White 2 are top of their class, but they highlight as many ageing qualities as they do endearing ones. They tread an all too familiar path in a series in need of some evolutions of its own. Time and time again we return to Pokemon because it's reliable. From a... more

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  • 11.

    Pokemon White Version 2 Review

    Pokemon White Version 2

    Black and White 2 are top of their class, but they highlight as many ageing qualities as they do endearing ones. They tread an all too familiar path in a series in need of some evolutions of its own. Time and time again we return to Pokemon because it's reliable. From a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

  • 10.

    Animal Crossing: Wild World

    Not so much a game as a way of life. Like the Hotel California, you can stop playing, but you can never truly leave. Whatever you've heard about Animal Crossing, before we start, I have to... more

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  • 9.

    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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  • 8.

    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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  • 7.

    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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  • 6.

    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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  • 5.

    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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    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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  • 3.

    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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  • 2.

    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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    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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