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Free Multiplayer with Nintendo 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 29 years, with 182 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
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 182
 

 

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 Racing

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

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
PEGI Rating 7 for Lego

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: @TTGames

Players: You can play with 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: Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing and Sports

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Mario Party (Wii, Wii U, 3DS and Gamecube) is an interactive board game. Players compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw dice and proceed around the board. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...

Luigi's Mansion (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

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

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

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...

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

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 64 players online

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...

Tetris 99 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/09/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @AlexeyPajitnov9

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

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.

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

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

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.

The Sims 4 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/02/2000

Price: 54% off

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

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @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...

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

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

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...

Worms (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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

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

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Turn-Based

Developer: @Team17

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

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.

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 and Turn-Based

Developer: @Popcap

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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...

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

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/01/2002, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @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...

Clubhouse Games (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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

Platforms: DS and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @Clubhouse

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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.

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: 25 features

Developer: @EA

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

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...

Elite Beat Agents

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 13/07/2007

Platforms: DS

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Developer: @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

Price: Free

Platforms: DS and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @Sora_Sakura

Players: You can play with 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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