Posted on July 16, 2007,

Nintendo DS: The Quiet Champion


Remember when Nintendo announced the newest version of their Gameboy? The Nintendo DS broke boundaries with its controversial dual-screen technology. Looking back, I remember seeing countless threads using the words “Virtual Boy DS” as a slam towards Nintendo’s upcoming hand-held. I imagine threads such as those are printed out, used as decorations for the Nintendo offices like the severed heads of defeated enemies. There is absolutely no doubt about it, the Nintendo DS has sold an amazing amount of hardware and software, and quietly continues to absolutely dominate the gaming Market. Nintendo, you can feel free to take your victory lap.

So what is it? For those of us currently “DS-less”, we have to ponder the unnatural success of this dual-screened enigma. So, if we were to buy one of these systems, what games should we be on the look out for? Let’s take a look at the most popular games for the DS after which maybe we can ascertain the true nature of this phenomenon.

Check the list below:

Elite Beat Agents


elite beat agents

Average Review: 87%
Elite Beat Agents is a curious rhythm game, full of quirky Japanese animation. It’s basically Dance Dance Revolution for your stylus. Elite Beat Agents is a casual mix of tongue-in-cheek anime humor with insanely addicting gameplay.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow



Average Review: 90%
What else is there to say? The last few iterations of the Castlevania have been excellent. Dawn of Sorrow takes the “Aria of Sorrow” gameplay one step further. For a game that was basically a 2D-beat-um-up in it’s origins, the Castlevania series is really making a name for itself as a true RPG experience.

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl



Average Review: 85%
You thought Pokemon would fade quietly into that dark night? According to the breakout success of this recent version in the series, that seems to not be the case. There’s just something primal about catching something and making it fight something else that just refuses to get old. It seems for as long as there is a Gameboy, there will be a Pokemon.

NEW Super Mario Bros.



Average Review: 89%
As the first classic 2D Mario game since Super Mario World for the SNES, the New Super Mario Bros. had its work cut out for it. Luckily for us, they seem to have knocked this one out of the park. With 3D graphics that enhance the 2D experience rather than override it, this version of the Mario series is rendered beautifully. New Mario games are a staple of the Gameboy legacy, and it’s good to see that the legend will continue for some time to come.




Average Review: 84%
Nintendo never ceases to amaze. They can take the most obscure idea, and turn it into something tangible. I would have loved to be in the board meeting when this game was introduced. I’m not sure how they sold “Dog feeding simulator” as a viable project, but it’s a good thing they pulled it off. Nintendogs is just plain fun, just be careful not to be seen saying things like, “Whooz a good lil puppywuppy! YOU ARE! Oh sucha good puppies!” into your DS. Well, at least not in public.

That’s just a sampling. I believe the true power of the DS comes in its standard of quality. From Mario Kart DS to Brain Age, you can almost be sure that whatever game you pick up off the shelf will hold your attention for days and weeks to come. Is the quality of the game library responsible for the DS’s unending success? It’s hard to know for sure.

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5 Comments on Nintendo DS: The Quiet Champion


On July 16, 2007 at 10:43 pm

All Your DS Are Belong To Us.


On July 17, 2007 at 5:42 am

I haven’t played the DS, but I have the PSP and I REALLY liked that, so as far as I’m concerned, the DS has gotta be pretty awesome to beat the PSP…apparently it is.


On July 17, 2007 at 9:25 am

I have a DS and so does my daughter. I believe the reason it sells is because the variety of games it offers. It can cater to casual gamers and more serious gamers. You have your variety of puzzle games and games responsible parents feel comfortable letting their young children play. I personally haven’t seen one game so far that would make me want to buy a PSP. The only thing persuading me is the upcoming Final Fantasy Tactics game. I loved that on playstation so I might grab it for that…maybe if I have enough Gamestop store credit. :razz:

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On July 17, 2007 at 11:49 am

I would like to play the Dungeons & Dragons tactics on PSP, but I don’t have one. I may have to pick one up for that. Other than that I’m thrilled with my DS. It’s a great little system.


On July 18, 2007 at 11:56 am


This is very true. The Nintendo DS has a very wide variety of games targeted at different audiences, and on each of those fronts, there’s a significant amount of very fun games. I’m probably a bit more on the “hardcore gamer” side than the “casual gamer” side, but I find my DS to be a LOT of fun with Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros. and the Phoenix Wright series, just to name a few. That last one is especially unique. I couldn’t tell you exactly what’s so fun about reading through whole nests of dialogue and script, but it is VERY fun. I’m very surprised at exactly how they turned these ideas into viable and fun games.