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The Nintendo DS was the first touch screen handheld gaming device from Nintendo. It followed up the Gameboy Advance and added not only touch controls with a stylus but a second screen, microphone and tilt controls. There are a huge number of DS games that you can get at reasonable prices. They can be played on the original DS hardware as well as the DS lite, DSi and DSi XL. It has a local Download Play multiplayer mode where you can often download the game from one cartridge to many DS handhelds.
As part of our Accessibility Report, this page lists games that have been flagged with accessibility settings in the following areas.
Reading: Each of these games has been assessed for how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose. Each game offers the following accessibility features and settings:
Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power-ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well.
Release Date: 09/12/2010, updated in 2018
Platforms: DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Ni no Kuni is a series of adventure video games where you play a young character with an important mission. The first games follow Oliver, and his journey to another world to save his mother. The sequel, Revenant Kingdom, follows Evan Pettiwhisker...
Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018
Platforms: DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii U
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.
Release Date: 27/07/2007, updated in 2021
Platforms: Android, DS, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead
The World Ends with You is a role-playing game set in the modern-day Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo. The place is a ghost town where the dead are forced to battle to try and gain their lives back. With stylized art and a fantasy story it stands out...
Release Date: 16/08/2007, updated in 2021
Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS4, PSP, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Bloons TD 6, the latest in a series of Bloons TD (Tower Defense) games, is a strategic puzzle game where you use various contraptions to pop balloons before they get to the end of the track. It sounds simple, but quickly escalates with faster-moving and...