Time is running out to get those presents under the tree, and even if the Nintendo DS is a dying system, there are plenty of great games that deserve a place in any gamer’s library. However, some of the games on this list may have passed completely under your radar. Therefore, allow this list to surprise and delight you. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single game that you will be paid to take away.
Let’s begin this list with a game that isn’t actually a game. America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking is an ebook for your Nintendo DS.
However, what any fan of Create Channel’s TV show can look forward to is easy recipes and trustworthy advice on ingredients. Best of all, as gamers have never been known for their cooking abilities (habenero-tuna pizza and chocolate milk, anyone?), this collection of 300 recipes make seemingly difficult dishes easy.
If for no other reason, this gift will guarantee that the DS gamer in your life will be able to impress a date or family with awesome meals.
As a direct sequel to Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, this game takes place in 2036. In fifteen years, Soma Cruz discovers a cult planning to revive Dracula.
Soma Cruz must infiltrate a replica of Dracula’s castle, battle monsters, and retrieve new Magic Seals to defeat the cult and stop the rise of Dracula.
The game features gorgeous art styles in 2D gameplay styles. There will be some references to the previous game, but players will quickly catch up on the plot within the first hour.
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!
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.
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.
Nintendo’s success among young gamers and families goes without saying, but now Sony is trying to hit the same market. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan stated, “I think you’ll see us taking the console more towards a slightly younger demographic. More family market.” This would be a smart move for Sony because they already have success among core gamers, and their Vita is not looking good when it comes to hitting a broad demo.
Ryan goes on to say that core gamers will not be neglected with the shift, and that plenty of core-gamer oriented content will still be on the way. The competition looks tough for Sony in the future with the Kinect and Nintendo peripherals dominating gamers’ interests.