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mduser63
Jun 1, 2007, 11:06 PM
I picked up a DS Lite today. I wasn't planning on it at all, but my mom was nice enough to buy one for me when we were out shopping. Anyway, I bought Wario Master of Disguise because I really enjoyed the Wario games on Game Boy and GBA and figured it would be good. Now that I'm home I see that it has gotten mediocre reviews and I'm thinking about returning it (haven't opened it). Does anyone here have it, and how is it?

Also, what games does everyone recommend for the DS? I generally like platform games, puzzle games, racing games, adventure games. I don't like RPGs, strategy games, etc. To be honest, I've always thought the DS library looked weak compared to the PSP (I have a PSP too) but I know there are a whole lot of people here and elsewhere that disagree, so I'm wondering what games people would recommend.

Finally, what about cases, screen protectors etc? I really don't like the idea of using a stylus directly on an unprotected screen as I'm sort of a stickler for keeping my screens unscratched.



twistedlegato
Jun 1, 2007, 11:25 PM
Mario Kart!!


Best game on the DS, it is very fun with online play.

12991
Jun 2, 2007, 12:37 AM
New Super Mario Bros is supposed to be the best. Im personally getting an R4DS, so i can get *stuff*

sam10685
Jun 2, 2007, 01:40 AM
Tetris DS.

Diejws
Jun 2, 2007, 02:02 AM
The New Super Mario Bros. (Platform)
Phoenix Wright 1 and 2 (Puzzle... kind of)
Meteos (Puzzle)
Super Mario 64 DS (Platform)

Dagless
Jun 2, 2007, 07:03 AM
Hotel Dusk
Puzzle Quest (I think it's called?)
42 All Time Classics
Mario 64 & New Mario
Metroid
Tetris
Mario Kart
Pokemon Diamond/Pearl
Nanostray
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow.

In any order.

Don't worry about the screens. Even my imported US launch original DS, with all its exessive hours of play hasn't got a scratch on the screen. So long as you keep it dust free and don't use the stylus whilst it's dirty you'll be okay.

siurpeeman
Jun 2, 2007, 07:11 AM
new super mario bros. is a must. it's the best platformer to come along in years (perhaps ever). you also can't go wrong with mario kart, any of the castlevania games, metroid or tetris. planet puzzle league is the same game as tetris attack if you remember that one. it's a puzzle game whose only similarity to tetris is its addictive gameplay. ign has an editors' choice (http://ds.ign.com/index/choice.html) section of their top games. check it out.

Vidd
Jun 2, 2007, 07:18 AM
new super mario bros. is a must. it's the best platformer to come along in years (perhaps ever).

I don't think it's a patch on the old 2D games. I just prefer the pixel-precision, it's not like it'a a bad game at all.
Definitely worth getting, though.

asxtb
Jun 2, 2007, 10:06 AM
I just picked up New Super Mario Bros. It seems fun so far. My girlfriend is enjoying it as I type this. :p

LethalWolfe
Jun 2, 2007, 10:20 AM
If you like puzzles get Trauma Center or Puzzle Quest. Brain Age is a staple DS game that I'm surprised hasn't been mentioned yet.


Lethal

sb58
Jun 2, 2007, 10:34 AM
Clubhouse Games
New Super Mario Bros.
Mario Kart
Tetris
Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

zap2
Jun 2, 2007, 03:46 PM
Clubhouse Games
New Super Mario Bros.
Mario Kart
Tetris
Pokemon Diamond/Pearl


All those..plus Advance Wars

zelmo
Jun 2, 2007, 04:11 PM
Mario Kart
NSMB
Tetris
Castlevania [any/all]
Wario Touched

My son loves the new Pokemon games, but he's only six and I'm not sure he knows what the heck he's doing yet.:p We pre-ordered Diamond for his birthday, and then he simply had to have Pearl because his birthday cash was burning a hole in his pocket. There was no talking him out of it, even though he went to the store determined to buy Diddy Kong Racing. I supposed I should put one in my DS and play with him, but Pokemon holds little interest for me. Too busy playing Jet Moto on my PSP.

I haven't heard anything about the Wario game you got, but I'm sure someone will post an opinion/review in here shortly.

mduser63
Jun 2, 2007, 10:23 PM
I took Wario back today. Haven't bought any other DS games yet, but my brother is loaning me NSMB, and so far I'm really enjoying it. Has the same kind of gameplay that made the NES SMB so fun, but it has been updated to keep up.

As an aside, while I was out and about today, I saw Crush (for PSP) which I had been unable to find earlier this week when it was released. Really enjoying it too. It has very unique game play (even if the basic 2D<->3D idea is in Super Paper Mario).

Anybody have an opinion on Kirby Squeak Squad? I had Kirby something-or-other for the original Game Boy and really liked it.

zap2
Jun 2, 2007, 10:26 PM
Anybody have an opinion on Kirby Squeak Squad? I had Kirby something-or-other for the original Game Boy and really liked it.


Best DS game to date IMO...I forgot to mention in my first post!

Dagless
Jun 3, 2007, 06:58 AM
I cannot stand Squeak Squad. It tries to play like Knightmare in Dreamland with half-assed touchscreen controls and lack of charm (which is what Kirby has always been about IMO). Just feels really recycled to me, a more refreshing choice would be Canvas Curse. It's entirely it's own game, it's own genre (inc. gameplay and music).

iHerzeleid
Jun 3, 2007, 11:59 AM
Mario Kart :D

shinji
Jun 3, 2007, 12:13 PM
elite beat agents
cooking mama
and i know you said you don't like strategy, but check out advance wars...i normally can't stand turn-based strategy but advance wars is incredibly fun

Tom B.
Jun 3, 2007, 12:18 PM
These are the top 50 DS games from GameStats.com (http://www.gamestats.com/index/gs/nintendo-ds.html).
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My personal favourites are:

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl
Mario Kart DS
New Super Mario Bros.
Any Castlevania game
Tetris DS
Phoenix Wright 1 & 2
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Zoo Keeper
Metroid Prime: Hunters
Wario Ware: Touched

Oh, and assuming you don't have a GBA, there are loads of great games for that, that you can now play. They'll be really cheap too.

Sorry for the really long post. :o

12991
Jun 3, 2007, 02:45 PM
Yay, ill be getting my DS lite tomorrow... is the DS as addictive as consoles like the 360?

student_trap
Jun 3, 2007, 03:38 PM
Yay, ill be getting my DS lite tomorrow... is the DS as addictive as consoles like the 360?

depends on the games you get, in short the answer is yes...especially games like tetris, which will consume your life!

RaMaz
Jun 3, 2007, 04:40 PM
New Super Mario Bros, Great game

FleurDuMal
Jun 3, 2007, 05:38 PM
What GBA games would people recommend to buy? I had a GBA for all of three days before it was stolen and I never replaced it. The only game I had which wasn't stolen was Doom, and I just put it into my DS this evening and had a 30 minute bash on it and loved it. Just wondering if there's any others I should look out for?

Dagless
Jun 3, 2007, 05:52 PM
Don't even ask that :D

Golden Sun 1&2 (It's been years since they came out and I still haven't found a better RPG)
Advance Wars 1&2
Fire Emblem
Zelda: Minish Cap
Metroid Zero Mission & Fusion
Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire
Sonic Advance 1
Street Fighter 3 Alpha
Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland
Superstar Saga
Final Fantasy Dawn of Souls & Tactics
Warioland 4

morphineseason
Jun 3, 2007, 07:31 PM
Congratulations on owning one of the greatest gaming systems of all time...aside from the SNES.

The big thing to keep in mind with the DS is that there are tons of third party titles that are just as good, if not better, than the Nintendo games, so don't be afraid to open up and try some new titles that may not be "familiar" to you. The DS is also a region-free device, meaning you can buy and play DS games that were released anywhere in the world. Most people already mentioned all the top games, so I'll give a couple short reviews:

Elite Beat Agents is a MUST, even if you aren't a huge fan of the soundtrack. The gameplay (a touch screen version of 'DDR' if you will) truely outshines the music in every way, and as you play you start forgetting how much you hate artists like Ashley Simpson and Avril Lavigne (well, maybe you enjoy them, but I don't). If for some reason you can't get past the music, you can purchase the Japanese titles that this game originated from (titled Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!) which features a J-Pop/J-Rock soundtrack, obviously.

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney/Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All - Phoenix Wright has been an ongoing series in Japan, and luckily it is now being released in the U.S. So far only two of the three titles (soon to be four) have been released in the U.S., but the third is on its way soon. The game is heavily text based, but with a lot of interactivity. To put it simply, it's a detective/lawyer game. You look for clues and evidence that would prove your client is not guilty of a crime they've been accused of. It may sound boring on paper, but the stories and gameplay are surprisingly really great.

Trauma Center: Under the Knife - You play the role of a doctor and use the touch screen to do everything from removing simple throat polyps to removing fictional viruses planted by a terrorist organization. Tons of fun, but gets difficult towards the end.

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl - Probably the most popular titles right now on the DS. If you've played Pokemon before then you'll know what this is. It has some nice graphical updates and a useful global wi-fi trading system, but otherwise the gameplay hasn't changed much.

Lunar Knights - Created by the person that made the Metal Gear Solid series. Great action/RPG with gameplay that's been compared to the top-down Zelda games. The only downside is that all the action takes play in "dungeons" only...the rest of the story is given using still-art/text and cut scenes (which still look really beautiful on the DS)

Bleach DS/Bleach DS 2 - These games are only available in Japanese and you have to hunt it down online to find it, but you can play it on any DS. With a little help of some online FAQs, the game is very easy to figure out, even with knowing zero Japanese. It's a fantastic fighting game comparable to dare I say, Street Fighter?

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow/Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin - Two exclusive Castlevania titles for the DS. Definitely some of the best games on this system. Long and addictive action-adventure-RPG.

Animal Crossing: Wild World - If you're a fan of life simulation games like The Sims, you'll probably enjoy this slightly simplified version where you play a boy/girl that moves into a town inhabited by animals. You earn money by doing simple tasks and you gradually use the money to make your house bigger and buy items for the house or clothing to customize your character. It's a hit or miss title, and it does get boring eventually, but I always find myself coming back to it. Tons of replay value and very addictive.


These are all games that I own and enjoy. The biggest problem with the DS is that there are so many great titles that you'll have a hard time affording to buy them all or play them all for that matter (I never had this problem with my PSP! ;) )

As far as screen protectors, I wouldn't worry about them. I had some on my DS originally, but I took them off at one point and never looked back. Believe it or not, the screens are very scratch resistant, even with heavy use. Just keep a soft cloth close (the ones for cleaning eyeglasses are great) and you can just wipe the "scratches" away.

For cases...I've been using my PSP soft case ironically. I'm thinking of purchasing this case though: http://www.gamestop.com/product.asp?product%5Fid=802602
It seems to have gotten good reviews and it looks like a good case overall...plus it's cheap, which you can't go wrong with.

If you have any more questions about the DS, let me know...I'm kind of a DS addict, incase you can't tell.

it5five
Jun 3, 2007, 10:29 PM
1) Don't worry about screen protectors. I've had my DS Lite since launch, and my screen is perfect. It's just a matter of taking care of the DS and keeping dirt and dust off of it.

People have already mentioned some great games, but if you're into Sim City, Sim City DS is coming out mid-june. It looks like a great game.

sixstorm
Jun 4, 2007, 09:47 PM
I highly recommend "Trauma Center"; the best game I ever owned when I had a DS.

siurpeeman
Jun 4, 2007, 10:37 PM
What GBA games would people recommend to buy? I had a GBA for all of three days before it was stolen and I never replaced it. The only game I had which wasn't stolen was Doom, and I just put it into my DS this evening and had a 30 minute bash on it and loved it. Just wondering if there's any others I should look out for?

yoshi's island and zelda: a link to the past. neither is gba specific; they were originally snes releases, but they're excellent games if you haven't played them before. mario kart and mario golf are also great choices, as is metroid zero mission and metroid fusion. these are six of my favorite games on the gba platform.

Igantius
Jun 5, 2007, 06:48 AM
Most of the games I would recommend have been suggested already... not sure if that's a tribute to my good taste or that of previous posters :p

I've found metacritc an excellent Web resource for seeing how games were generally received.

re: screen protectors - although I would echo the sentiment that they aren't strictly necessary, but I personally like them and I prefer using the stylus on a screen that has one. Generally, the official Hori one is very well regarded - not so the competitors.