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Games on Nintendo DS

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.
 

Animal Crossing (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected minutiae of this diorama that makes...


Viva Pinata

Platforms: Nintendo DS, PC and Xbox 360

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This game is a fantasy garden-simulation game where your tending and care encourages one of 60 different piñata animals to make it their home. You use gardening tools to plough, sow seeds, create ponds and sculpt the land. Do this well and more animals...


FIFA (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.

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

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...


Peggle (Series)

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

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

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...


Meteos

Platforms: Nintendo DS and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free.

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.


Mario Kart (Series)

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

Genres: Action and Racing

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

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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.


Zoo Tycoon (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo DS, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 25 hours and 28 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Zoo Tycoon is a zoo simulator series where you take charge of a zoo business, build the park, care for animals and attack visitors with attractions. You can build, expand, and upgrade the zoo by purchasing animals, creating suitable animal habitats, and...


Dirt (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | Series S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Racing

Duration: Between 50 hours and 55 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Dirt 5 is the latest game in a series of the extreme sports racing game. Like Forza Horizon or the older MotorStorm games, the series focuses on exuberance and party atmosphere rather than just...


Sonic Mania (Series)

Platforms: Android, GameCube, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.


Pac-Man Vs.

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Platform and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...


Professor Layton

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 12 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Professor Layton is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.


Lego (Series)

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

Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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...


Paper Mario: The Origami King (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 25 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.


Bomberman (Series)

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

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


WarioWare (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a one-word clue about what to do. In the few seconds of the countdown you...


Advance Wars (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Myst

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Myst is a classic video game graphic adventure. Published in 1983, and sellig over six million copies, it pre-dates many modern adventure games and created a new genre for gaming. Exploring by clicking in the world to move, you use a special book to...


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start.

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.


Toy Story 3

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Platform

Duration: Between 9 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Toy Story 3 (Toy Story 3: The Video Game) is a running, jumping and exploration game from the developers who went on to make Disney Infinity. It is loosely based on the film and features the voice cast from the film.


Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Duration: Between 15 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.


De Blob (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

De Blob is a platform-puzzle game where you explore cartoon-style urban landscapes to recolour the city. You play a sponge-like creature that can collect colour paint and take it to different locations to turn the buildings and landscape features to...


Ghost Trick

Platforms: Nintendo DS and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a game where you play a ghost that can stop time to solve crimes and save lives. You can inhabit and control objects and possess corpses to alter what happens. His ultimate aim is to use his memories to find out how he...


Okami

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Duration: Between 34 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Okami (Okamiden on Nintendo DS) is an unusual action-adventure. Combat is interactions are achieved with brush strokes rather than weapons. It has a unique visual style that invites you to inhabit its painted world with brushstrokes of your own. Whether...


Elite Beat Agents

Platforms: Nintendo DS

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Duration: Between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Super Smash Bros. (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Duration: Between 23 hours and 30 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


Viewtiful Joe (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Viewtiful Joe is a side-on fighting game where you play a movie-lover whose girlfriend Silvia is kidnapped during a film starring your favorite superhero, Captain Blue. You enter the movie world, transformed into the tokusatsu-style persona "Viewtiful...


Clubhouse Games (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Ni no Kuni (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 50 hours and 70 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Scribblenauts (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games where you solve by typing the names of everyday objects so they appear in the game and let you progress. What's surprising is the sheer number of items included in the game. This means you can solve problems in...


Tony Hawk 1 and 2 (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Tony Hawk's is a skateboarding game series. It features the famous skater in 19 different games. From its start in 1999 on PlayStation it is now available on most consoles and has recently been rereleased in updated as Tony Hawk's 1 + 2.


Assassin’s Creed (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 30 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Assassin’s Creed is a game where you enter a past civilisation and explore pseudo history of real events and locations from the past. You can climb the environment extensively, interact with different characters, collect items to unlock more the...


Zero Escape (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 15 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Zero Escape, is a series of adventure games that follows a group of nine individuals, who are kidnapped and held captive by a person who goes by the name "Zero", and are forced to play a game of life and death in order to escape.


Grand Theft Auto (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 27 hours and 28 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 30 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Grand Theft Auto is a series of action-adventure game where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and other vehicles.


 




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