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Local Wireless Multiplayer with Nintendo DS Download Play

The Nintendo DS and 3DS/2DS offers a feature for some games where you can play on multiple systems with one copy of the game. This is a great way to save money for multiplayer games.

The main player has the game in their DS, the other players go to the Download Play option in the menu of their DS. The game then downloads a small version to each player so everyone can play.

Some games limit this to just one other player, but games like Mario Tennis allow for 4 players to compete, and Mario Kart allows for up to 8 players to race against each other with just one copy of the game. Other games, like Luigi's Manion: Dark Moon offers special download multiplayer modes where you can compete against each other.

Here is a list of the top Download Play DS and 3DS games. Or there is our full list of great Download Play games.

This list includes 16 games from the last 30 years, with 274 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to .

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Strategy
Total Likes: 274
 

 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Price: 26% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Race

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 12-player online game

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 at.

Lego (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Developer: TT Games (@TTGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...

Mario Party (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013

Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Race and Sports

Accessibility: 1 feature

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Mario Party is an interactive board game. Players roll a dice to move around a board and then compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw again or earn points. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...

The Sims 4 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 04/02/2000

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, PS3, PS4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: EA (@EA)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Sims puts you in charge of a world of characters living normal lives. By providing a home, a job, leisure, friendships and even love interest, you work to make them happy. It’s an open-ended game as well, although the altruism is focused on...

Luigi's Mansion (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 8 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game

The three Luigis Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The puzzles...

Worms (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/08/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Shooting

Developer: Team 17 (@Team17)

Players: You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game

This is a long-standing turn-based multiplayer combat game. The twist is that all the players are worms. With bizarre attacks on opponents that range from exploding sheep to self-deploying ninja rope, the battle is on the far end of crazy.

Bomberman (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Konami (@Konami)

Players: You can play with 1 to 8 players in the same room or as a 64-player online game

Bomberman is the spiritual ancestor to last-player-standing battles like Fortnite and Apex Legends, but here you all play on the same screen and have the same bomb weapon. There are lots of versions, but in all of them you battle with up to eight...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/11/2007, updated in 2019

Price: 5% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Developer: Sega (@Sega)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.

Tetris 99 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/09/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Arika CO JP (@Arika_CO_JP)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 100-player online game

Tetris is a longstanding puzzle game where you make horizontal lines by placing different shaped tiles in a well. It's simple and fun, but as the pieces speed up it gets increasingly difficult.

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 05/06/2006, updated in 2021

Platforms: DS, Switch and Wii

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

Big Brain Academy is a puzzle game designed to test and improve your mental capacity and well being. You are presented with an assortment of challenges designed to measure how smart your brain is. The focus is on fun rather than learning, and the Big...

Skate 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2007, updated in 2010

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: EA (@EA)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game

Skate is a skateboarding series with innovative controls. One stick is used to control the skater's body and the other his feet. This resulted in the need to quickly motion different patterns to intuitively achieve different tricks - what become coined...

Clubhouse Games (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 29/09/2006, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Clubhouse (@Clubhouse)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Clubhouse Games, is a series that offers classic board and card games in one large bundle. It's not only great value but introduces children to a wide range of real-world games to play with the family.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 08/04/2022

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is a re-release of the classic turn-based strategy game on Nintendo Switch. You take charge of an army in strategic, turn-based combat. With land, air, and naval units across the battlefield, you work to take down enemy...

Peggle (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-11 year-olds

Release Date: 27/02/2007, updated in 2014

Platforms: Android, DS, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Pop Cap (@PopCap)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

In Peggle, you fire a small ball into an array of pins that are triggered and disappear when the ball touches them. It's like a bright, saccharine pachinko game. But being electronic you can earn all sort of bonus balls and abilities by hitting...

Elite Beat Agents

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 13/07/2007

Platforms: DS

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Developer: i Ni S corp (@iNiS_corp)

Players: This is a single-player game

This simple rhythm game requires you to tap the screen in time with the music to advance a story. Each song matches the pictorial narrative that intersperses each verse: getting a pregnant woman to the hospital; materialising a Christmas gift to a...

Meteos

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 27/06/2005

Platforms: DS and Xbox 360

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: Sora Sakura (@Sora_Sakura)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Meteos is a tile-matching game inspired by Missile Command and Tetris. You stack coloured blocks which fall from the top of the screen. The aim is to launch three or more blocks of the same colour onto the top of the screen to make them disappear.

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