The Nintendo DS was Nintendo’s best-selling two-screen handheld gaming device when it came out in 2004 and 2005. It was a big hit all over the world. The new GameBoy Advance had a built-in microphone, a fancy touch screen, and a wireless adapter that made it even better than the GameBoy Advance. Players loved it.
Over 154 million Nintendo DS consoles were sold around the world, making it Nintendo’s most popular console of all time. People bought the games for the DS right away. In the light of that, this post is about the best Nintendo DS games ever made.
While some of these games are from well-known series like Pokemon and Mario, others were made for the DS and have a long history that still lives on today. Stylus: It’s time to check out the best Nintendo DS games of all time.
1. Super Mario 64 DS
Fans of Super Mario 64 got a surprise remake in 2004: Super Mario 64 DS. The game had new characters, better graphics, multiplayer modes, minigames, and 30 more stars.
Critics loved the changes, even though the game’s controls were clunky when it was moved from the N64 to the Nintendo DS. Because of that, fans were happy to see the game get a second chance. It sold over 11 million copies.
2. Animal Crossing: Wild World
Wild World was a popular Animal Crossing DS game that took place in a nature-filled village with anthropomorphic animals. Players lived carefree lives here by expanding their homes and making new friends at events. They also took care of their plants and made clothes. There was always a new thing to do.
A lot of people liked Animal Crossing even though there were only small changes between the GameCube’s Animal Crossing and the DS’s. The first handheld game in the series sold close to 12 million copies, which is a lot of copies.
3. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
In 1999, the popular Pokémon Gold and Silver games were released for the Game Boy Color. Ten years later, they were released to a new group of gamers. Players could train Pokémon and fight each other in the same places as in the original game. The Nintendo DS version took place in both the Johto and Kanto regions, just like the original.
A lot of people thought the game was great because it stayed true to itself while adding enough new things to keep things interesting. Over 12 million copies have been sold around the world.
4. Brain Age 2
A puzzle game called Brain Age 2 made it easier for people to improve their ability to think quickly. To solve many of the puzzles in this series, the series used the Nintendo DS’ microphone and touch screen.
Though the scientific value of this game and its predecessor has been questioned, both games were still fun. Those who saw the sequel were happy that it added new things to the original. It sold more than 14 million copies in the end.
5. Pokémon Black and White
These games were the first in the fifth generation of the Pokémon games. The games added 156 new Pokemon to the series and had seasons, rotation battles, and fully animated sprites.
The new games were addictive right away because they added all kinds of new things to the traditional gameplay. If there were more than 15 million copies sold, it shows that people liked the double-release.
6. Pokemon Diamond & Pearl (2006)
The fact that there are so many Pokemon games in this article doesn’t surprise me at all, though. You may have seen Pokemon Diamond and Pearl get a new look on the Switch recently, but the best-selling Pokemon game for Nintendo DS is still Pokemon Diamond and Pearl from the original game.
Sinnoh is a new place to visit, and there are 107 new pocket monsters for you to catch and record in your Pokedex.
Also, Diamond and Pearl were the first games to have WiFi battles. This is a big deal.
Black and White are very different from Diamond and Pearl. Diamond and Pearl are more like the old Pokemon games. In this game, Team Galactic replaces Team Rocket. The same gym leader battle and catch legendary Pokemon theme is still there.
This game also had more side quests, which would become more common in the games that came after.
Explore in the day and at night, catching Pokemon that only come out at certain times of the day and immersing yourself in the Sinnoh region!
7. Mario Kart DS (2005)
Mario Kart was always going to be on this list of the best Nintendo DS games. These games are well-known, and with 23.6 million sales, they’ve helped the series sell 152 million copies.
I think it’s one of the easiest games on the DS to play, but I’m not sure. As long as you can move quickly and fire, you’re on to a winner.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is also the third best-selling Mario Kart game, behind Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
These new facts are so interesting! Tell your friends about them!
Why is Mario Kart DS so good?
It added new karts, characters, and tracks to the game, so that was good. A cool thing about this was having the map on the lower screen. We also love the excitement and danger that we’ve come to love from this show.
Before the servers were shut down, you could use WiFi to play battle mode over the internet. Now, however, it’s still fun to play alone and if you want to go back and have a piece of racing nostalgia with your friends.
8. Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A Day (2005)
Train your brain in just a few minutes: Brain Age A Day is in fourth place in our list of the best Nintendo DS games of all time.
People often talk about how they used to turn the DS on its side so that they could write down numbers and sums.
As a child, Dr. Kawashima was the little floating head that made math more sexy again. That might be a little overstated, but I’m going to keep going with it anyway.
They get those little grey cells excited and running around again, and we could all use more of that these days!
Brain Age games keep you sharp and on your toes in real life, no matter how old you are.
Find out how old your brain is through tests and work to make it younger. This will show that you’re as smart as a young person.
To be fair, I’m 32 now, and I know some 20-year-olds who are dumb. I’m not sure having a young brain age is a good thing. Talk to Kawashima next time I see him.