Holiday Shopping Guide: 5 Awesome Nintendo DS Games from 2011

As unkind as 2011 was to the Wii, the Nintendo DS got it far worse. And while there are technically five games here, two of the games are virtually the same. Here are the five “best” games the DS has to offer from 2011!

de Blob 2 DS box artde Blob 2

Metacritic: 75

Average price: $17.86

Sure, it’s also on the Nintendo Wii list, but THQ had a great showing this year with this sequel! However, this is not the same as the Wii game.

The premise remains the same: collect paint and bring color back to the city to open new areas.

But the gameplay is changed for the DS. Instead of a 3D world, like the Wii and PS3 versions, the DS game is a 2D sidescroller, making it a unique experience next to its big brother.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation box artDragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

Metacritic: 78

Average price: $24.49

As a remake of a Japanese exclusive, this is the third of the newly minted Super Famicon Dragon Quest games.

It feels old, as it is a return to basic RPG standards. However, by the same token, the game doesn’t ruin itself by trying to be something it’s not.

As a history lesson, Square and Enix were once rivals, making similar games and letting the consumer decide the winner. To Square’s Final Fantasy, Enix released Dragon Quest. Unfortunately, most of those games were exclusive to Japan, and when the two companies merged, Dragon Quest was buried.

Now, players get a chance to relive the original games with updated graphics and full localization.

Plants vs Zombies DS box artPlants vs Zombies

Metacritic: 81

Average price: $17.78

Although a poor use of the top screen, Plants vs Zombies is fantastic with touch-screen or mouse-pad platforms.

The DS version may cause players to squint as they try to pick their weapons, but the gameplay is solid and makes up for it.

In the cartoon zombie apocalypse, the only hope for your home are your mutant, projectile-vomiting plants.

Pokemon White box artPokemon Black box artPokémon Black and White

Metacritic: 87

Average price: $33.78

Arguably, Pokémon revived the RPG. Rather than some boring, confusing story featuring the same six characters, Game Freak gave players one hero, a simple mission, and 150 heroes.

For the three people who have never played or heard of any other Pokémon game, players capture, train, and evolve monsters as they try to gather all major gym badges.

In this game, there is an interesting story concept that never gets fleshed out, where a group like PETA fights for the rights of the imprisoned Pokémon, but this concept is not explored beyond what I just wrote. It would have been a major turning point in the story telling of the game.

However, one story flaw doesn’t change the fact that these two games are the best RPG game (see what I did there?) for the DS this year.

About Ben Davis

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Posted on December 7, 2011, in Holiday Shopping Lists and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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