41. Super Princess Peach
She cries to get out of trouble, can be made to destroy when angry, floats about when happy and can regenerate at will. Super platformer or dating trainer? Either way, SPP is a worthy addition to you collection as long as you have an excuse when your friends ask.
42. Mega Man ZX
Not so much a return to form for Capcom as it is an extension of form, Mega Man ZX is a great addition for those of us who love the Blue Bomber, even if he is a girl now. You know, if you want him to be. I want him to be.
43. Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
As excellent as Elite Beat Agents but with more weird Japanese pop.
44. Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
A little bit lemmings, a little bit Lost Vikings and a whole lot Mario vs. Donkey Kong, this puzzler starts easily enough but can become satisfyingly challenging surprisingly quickly. Add the ability to create and share your own maps and you have a winner.
45. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice For All
If they ever stop making this series I will have an … wait for it … OBJECTION!
46. Kirby Squeak Squad
If you are a fan of the original Kirby games and love the gulp-for-abilities mechanic there is no reason not to own this game. Conservatively estimating, there are a billion abilities and a million billion collectibles. Oh, and ghost Kirby. Not even with a bat can this one be, as they say, beat.
Confusing at first, challenging after a time and in the end strikingly satisfying for the puzzle lover. An excellent early showing for the DS’s unique interface.
48. Ouendan 2
The sequel to the tap-till-you-taper Elite Beat Agents is crazier, louder and all around tappier than its predecessor. Though we don’t know if it’s coming to the US any time soon, it sure is worth a look if you can get your hands on it.
49. Planet Puzzle League
Though it is easy to fall into the ‘like Tetris but with…’ trap when describing line/combo puzzlers, it is safe to say that this game is very much like Tetris in that it will grip you, hold on to you and make you think about sliding pretty much everything you own into a chain combo while not playing.
50. Pokemon Diamond
Yeah, it’s more of the same, but you LOVE the same! Want more Pokemans? Let Diamond give you them.
51. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
You don’t need to like the new films. You don’t need to care about Anakin Skywalker. You don’t even need to be a Star Wars fan. If you like video games at all, this will be a satisfying experience for you. For a handheld game it is huge. It is fun, diverse and totally polished. Dogfights FTW, BTW (BBQ TBD RLY).
52. Nintendogs: Lab & Friends
Have a girlfriend? She begging you for a puppy? Need I say more?
53. Yoshi’s Island DS
The natural sequel to the SNES Yoshi’s Island, this game does what a good sequel needs to: New characters, a few new mechanics and a good deal of polish on an already impressive platform. Miyamoto would be (and for all accounts, is) proud.
54. Jump Superstars
150+ characters, 27 Anime/Manga series’, crazy Koma upgrades; it’s like my 13yr old self threw up awesome onto a plate of badass and then ate it. Too bad Akira isn’t a Jump property because Tetsuo Shima wants a fight.
55. Sonic Rush
A much needed return to form for Sonic fans. Fewer pointless characters (though they are there), sweet 2D platforming action and, most importantly, blazing fast speed. Its detractors have pointed to a high average of into-the-pit deaths but I would ask them two questions: Have you ever played a classic Sonic game before? You sucked at it, didn’t you?
56. Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits
Contra. Gradius. Rush-N-Attack. There are other games in this compilation, but who gives a rip. Let me repeat this for clarity: Contra. Gradius. Rush-N-Attack.
57. Bust-a-Move DS
This here’s a cheer for all the fellas tryin’ to do what those crazy bubble spitting dragon things tell us. Pop fifty bubbles ’cause you’re overzealous. Get the high score to make your lady jealous. Okay smarty, go to a party…Woah. WTF? What comes next?
58. Zoo Keeper
Like Bejeweled but with the severed heads of your favorite furry purries. Morbid, to be sure, but addictive. DO NOT TRY IN REAL LIFE (they don’t disappear when you get three in a row.)
A fun SHMUP for the DS. Light on touch interface but heavy on bullet waves, this game is a consummate addition to any SHMUPper’s library.
60. Nippon Curling Kyoukai Kounin – Minna no Curling DS
Take all of the spine-tingling excitement of real life Curling and add cute anime women; what more could anyone ask for? This is basically the most fun you can have sliding a rock across ice. Seriously. To top it off, this milestone in gaming fits in the palm of your hand and is whole-heartedly endorsed by the Japan Curling Association.
61. Magical Starsign
With its touch based control scheme, planet based power-up and multiple multiplayer options this is a no brainer for RPG fans. It helps that the story is interesting as well, if not a tiny bit crystal-hippy.
62. Mega Man Battle Network 5
WILY DID IT!!! It took us five games to get here, but we did, and Wily is finally back! If you like the chip system and are into the Mega Man universe, this one is a must have. Though the gameplay has been left largely unchanged since the first game, the story is excellent.
63. Madden NFL 07
What is there to say, this is a Madden game. If you like the previous 2.1 billion iterations of this game, you will like this one. One thing I will say for Madden 07 is that they give a shout out to the old school NES favorite, Tecmo Bowl and make several players in the game pretty much unstoppable. I’m not giving anything away, but look at Tampa Bay’s running game.
64. Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales
Lighter than your average FF fare, Chocobo Tales lets you play around in the FF universe by way of mini (and is some cases micro) games that are fun for the FF fan on the run.
65. Big Brain Academy
If you feel like knocking yourself down a peg or two by having a slug with a hat tell you that you have “dormant faculties” and “potential”, give this game a shot. Big Brain Academy is the warm-fuzzy version of Brain Age that sets you upon mental quandaries such as matching chocolate bars and making sure the dog finds his bone. Prepare to be challenged.
We hope you enjoyed the list and maybe even read about a game you never thought of picking up. We do get commissions from Nintendo (just kidding…?) No doubt you saw some games on the list you aren’t crazy about, but someone who works here has played and enjoyed every title on the list.
Join us tomorrow when we look at some of the best GBA games you can play on your DS as well as a sample of promising DS titles that are coming out soon.