Recently, PSP Fanboy began a series of articles called “60 Reasons to own a PSP.” They may only be up to reason 45 despite the series beginning a month ago, but today we are showing you everything we’ve got. Yes, 65 reasons to own a DS, but here’s the catch — they’re all games.
PSP fans (we have some at this site) and savvy readers may be quick to point out that PSP Fanboy could have taken the same approach. Forget that it’s debatable the PSP has 65 good games because that’s not the point. The PSP crowd may like games, but we believe the PSP Fanboy article shows what is important to that fanbase.
Features, a lot of features. Nubs, wireless, movies, browsers, messengers, waffle irons. Games are number one on their list, but they still get one sixtieth of the list, like free VoIP (in Britain only) and adjustable screen brightness. No more or less priority than features 2% of PSP owners use.
The DS is a weaker machine than the PSP but it still has a few tricks that can be used as bullet points on the back of its box. Everyone knows about the second screen, the touch screen, and the wireless. Frankly, if it were up to small features, a DS list wouldn’t get very high. But those things aren’t what make the system worth owning. The DS is ultimately popular with gamers because of its games. Any list that wants to convince a gamer to buy a system should focus on games, and so without further lecturing…here are the games (in no particular order).
1. Metroid Prime Pinball
Who would have guessed that rolling Samus into a ball and throwing her into a pinball machine would be so much fun? Yeah, basically everyone. With an amazing presentation (including some of the best sound effects in a DS game), and great pinball physics, Metroid Prime Pinball is a pinball winner, through and through.
2. Mario Kart DS
All of the fun of Mario Kart with the added bonus of playing against Japanese preteens while taking a dump!
3. Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Developer Intelligent Systems’ third US bound game in the Wars series is as excellent as the previous entries. It may look cute, but the strategy is top notch and this one adds some RPG elements and uses the second screen for two map warfare. And the dialog is terrible on purpose.
4. Tetris DS
True enough to the original to satisfy the die-hards, but with enough new content and game modes to keep those of us who wore out the old Game Boy version interested. The touch-screen functionality doesn’t add as much as it could, but does include a few fun diversions.
5. Dragon Quest Rocket Slime
Rocket is a solid action RPG with extremely fun tank strategy battles. Beating up your enemy, stuffing him in a cannon then firing him at his own tank = fun.
6. Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow
It may not be Symphony of the Night, but Dawn of Sorrow continues the 2D adventure Castlevania series in a respectable manner. The soul collection system grants you new abilities as well as gives anal retentive gamers a reason to play for countless hours.
7. Pokemon Pearl
The best Pokemon to date. Catching them all is so much fun you may end up with a Pearl necklace.
8. New Super Mario Brothers
It’s no Super Mario World or Super Mario Brothers 3. But just as a movie doesn’t need to be better than Citizen Kane to be awesome, a game doesn’t need to be superior to two of the best games ever made to kick ass. People complained that it was too similar to previous games, too easy, too short, too Italian, etc but I and about 4.8 million others really enjoyed it.
9. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Slightly less great then Super Star Saga, and slightly less hilarious as well. Still, an entirely awesome merger of platforming and role playing goodness and if the babies voices don’t just make your heart melt you may not have one.
10. Harvest Moon DS
For those who think that a proper handheld title shouldn’t be all fun and games, there is Harvest Moon. Pull up the overalls and prepare to wade through the shit that is farm life. Grow crops, milk cows, and screw…err…sell sheep. If you ever wanted to live it up on a cattle ranch in Nowhere, Idaho this is as close as you are going to get without smelling like it.
11. Wario Ware Touched
Each Wario Ware game makes use of a new mechanic while retaining the same overall style of gameplay. This one, conveniently enough, makes use of the DS’s touch screen, and like all other entries in the series, is bizarre and great. Prepare the cauldron and sing Ashley’s theme song all night long!
12. Lost In Blue
This game makes the everyday tedium of survival on a deserted island fun. If you are a fan of the television show, Lost and you would like to see what people in a similar situation would do when not scurrying around a goober infested island, falling in love, hallucinating, and dealing with a downward spiral of a plot, this is your game. Buckle up, crawl into your cave, start a fire, and let the fight for life begin.
13. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Some were put off by how little actual gameplay there is in Phoenix Wright. The complaint is valid, but I found the characters and story curiously compelling. It may not be anything like our legal system, but who are we to pass judgment on the Japanese courts?
14. Super Mario 64 DS
Take one of the greatest games in history with you wherever you go. +1 hotness for innovative thumb-nipple control scheme.
15. Etrian Odyssey
For the right kind of gamer, Etrian Odyssey is a god send. Truth be told, I lost interest on about the 25th level. Luckily, I’d already dumped 30 or so hours of my time into the game, making it more than a good buy. The manual also comes with lyrics so even if you never play the cart, you can still serenade your lover with tales of the Ygdrasil Labyrinth.