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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 15 games from the last 29 years, with 148 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to .

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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: 148
 

 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

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

Price: Free-to-start

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

Genres: Action and Racing

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.

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Lego (Series)

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

Platforms: Android, GameCube, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, 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)

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

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing, Sports and Strategy

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)

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

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

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)

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Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

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 (Series)

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Release Date: 20/09/2019

Platforms: Nintendo 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.

The Sims 4 (Series)

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Release Date: 04/02/2000

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

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...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

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

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 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.

Worms (Series)

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

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy 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)

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

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, 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 (Series)

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Release Date: 11/01/2002

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

Advance Wars is a strategy war game where you control different units on a small map made of squares. Each unit has different abilities and must be used carefully and strategically to win. Each player takes it in turns to make their move, meaning there...

Clubhouse Games (Series)

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

Platforms: Nintendo DS and Nintendo 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 (Series)

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

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

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

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Release Date: 13/07/2007

Platforms: Nintendo 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

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Release Date: 27/06/2005

Price: Free

Platforms: Nintendo 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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