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#1 banpeikun

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 09:42 PM

In order to keep this list relevant and up-to-date, we need people to weigh in with their opinion on games during each voting period. Voting will take place the first fifteen days of each calendar quarter (Next: July 1-15).

I'll keep track of nominations when voting is not active. When it's time to vote, I'll change the title of the thread to reflect the voting period and list the nominations in this post. They will have the fifteen-day voting period to garner either the support necessary to be added to the list or be removed and need to be renominated again later. The support necessary will be defined as two more votes "for" than "against." For example 2-0 or 3-1, etc.

We are taking nominations for July voting!

We need input on the following games:

These have been approved and are now on the list!
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#2 banpeikun

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 09:43 PM

Due to popular request and the ever-popular new threads titled "what games should I buy for DS?" I will be maintaining this list of consensus must-have games for Nintendo DS.


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Action:

  • Contra 4
  • GTA: Chinatown Wars
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble
Adventure:

  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
  • Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
  • Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Adventure (text):

  • Hotel Dusk: Room 215
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Phoenix Wright: Justice for All
  • Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations
Fighting:
  • Bleach: The Blade of Fate
  • Jump Ultimate Stars*
Music:
  • Daigasso Band Brothers*
  • Electroplankton**
  • Elite Beat Agents
  • Jam Sessions**
  • Nodame Cantabile*
  • Ouendan*/Ouendan 2*
  • Taiko no Tatsujin DS*
Pinball:
  • Metroid Prime Pinball
Platformer:
  • Drawn to Life+
  • New Super Mario Brothers+
  • Sonic Rush
  • Super Mario 64 DS
  • Super Princess Peach+
  • Yoshi's Island DS+
Puzzle:
  • Meteos
  • Henry Hatsworth
  • Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes (PRPG)
  • Peggle DS
  • Picross DS
  • Planet Puzzle League
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  • Puzzle Quest (PRPG)
  • Tetris DS
RPG:

  • Chrono Trigger
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
  • Dragon Quest V
  • Etrian Odyssey
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time
  • Pokemon Diamond/Pearl
  • Summon Night: Twin Age
  • The World Ends with You
Shooter:
  • Geometry Wars: Galaxies
  • Metroid Prime: Hunters
  • Space Invaders Extreme
Sports/Racing:
  • Diddy Kong Racing DS
  • Mario Kart DS+
  • Prince of Tennis: Crystal Drive
  • Tony Hawk: American Sk8land
Strategy:
  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike
  • Anno 1701
  • Final Fantasy Tactics A2 (SRPG)
  • Front Mission
  • Knights in the Nightmare (SRPG)
  • Luminous Arc (SRPG)
  • Ninjatown
Most Creative/Fun/Intuitive use of Stylus/DS:
  • Kirby: Canvas Curse
  • Soul Bubbles
  • Trauma Center: Under the Knife
  • WarioWare: Touched!
Misc.:
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World+
  • Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day
  • Brain Age 2: More Brain Training
  • Big Brain Academy
  • Clubhouse Games
  • Cooking Mama
  • Retro Games Challenge
  • Nintendogs+**
Love them or hate them:
  • Age of Empires (Strategy)
  • Children of Mana (Action)
  • Contact (RPG)
  • Heroes of Mana (Strategy)
  • Legacy of Ys
  • Nanostray (Schmup)
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon (RPG)
  • Resident Evil DS (Action)
  • Rune Factory (RPG)
If you're a fan of the series...

  • Bomberman
  • Mario Party
*import games
**it's not a game!!
+also suggested for younger audiences

credit to crystalklear64 for compiling the initial list.

Edited by banpeikun, 19 January 2010 - 05:27 AM.

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#3 banpeikun

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 09:49 PM

added strell's suggestions and also the import games with an asterisk
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#4 crystalklear64

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 09:54 PM

It would be more work, but a common question that follows the "which games should I get" is "where can I get them on the cheap". So, if theres any particularly good deals going on for a certain game, it could be a decent idea to include a link under the game name with a price. Up to you though obviously.

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#5 Rocko

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 09:57 PM

I'd suggest adding Taiko no Tatsujin DS (import) to the music section. Great game. I'd also suggest Nodame Cantabile, as it's rather cheap at Playasia and basically a dumbed down version of Ouendan with classical music. Very fun, IMO.

I'd also recommend Electroplankton, as it's a very fun toy once you realize it is just that, a toy, and not a true game.

Edit: Cooking Mama is great also, in short spurts.

#6 banpeikun

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 11:33 PM

okay added rocko's suggestions.

crystalklear's suggestion is also very good. so any good deals on the games on the list are considered pertinent to the list as well. i added the TRU B2G1F sale at the top, since i consider that one of the best deals yearly.
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#7 Ikohn4ever

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 11:36 PM

oh Contra 4 how you tease me
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#8 hootie

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 04:17 AM

I'd just like to note that's it's "Advance" Wars, not "Advanced" Wars. ;)


#9 JEKKI

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 06:33 AM

damn I gotta get me that Viewtiful Joe game...

I totally slept on it...

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 08:05 AM

You might also want to include a section of games that are good choices for kids, as we seem to be getting a lot of questions about that as well. I'd suggest games like Mario Kart, Nintendogs, Drawn to Life, ACWW, Yoshi's Island, Super Princess Peach, NSMB, etc.
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#11 dmaul1114

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 03:34 PM

I'd add Super Princess Peach to the platformers and Brain Age 2 to Misc.

#12 slidecage

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 03:57 PM

zelda bleh : )

personally i dont see what people are ranting about this game, i dont think its the best game on the ds system hell i dont even see what ground this game breaks. its just another zelda game

be nice if zelda went to a PURE rpg game with Hp not the stupid hearts hell if you get killed 20 times in one dungon in a normal rpg game at least your gaining hps with zelda your gaining nothing but a headache.

the last zelda game i loved was LINK to the past for the snes .

also if your touch screen is $#$#$#$ up your going to have one hell of a hard time playing this (in fact you cant play it since the entire game is played though the touch screen)
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#13 dmaul1114

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 04:05 PM

Well, if you haven't liked Zelda in years, you're weren't going to like it.

And it definitely shouldn't change to a pure RPG. People that don't like Zelda games should just have the sense to stop buying them and buy RPGs if that's wha they want.

#14 Rocko

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 05:44 PM

also if your touch screen is $#$#$#$ up your going to have one hell of a hard time playing this (in fact you cant play it since the entire game is played though the touch screen)


So if your touch screen is "$#$#$#$ up", as you put it, then any other touch screen-oriented game will be fine? But Zelda will be terrible?

Zelda is a good game.

Are you the kind of guy that runs around saying "Oh, yeah, that was a good band before they sold out and went mainstream."?

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 05:49 PM

I think you should take Contra 4 off the list. The game isn't even out and you're touting it as one of the best games.
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#16 Foo228

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 06:51 PM

I'd just like to note that's it's "Advance" Wars, not "Advanced" Wars. ;)


Zelda is a good game.


agreed

and a nod to Kirby: Canvas Curse, my personal favorite DS game

#17 banpeikun

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 06:52 PM

I fixed/added/removed "advanced" wars, games for kids, Super Princess Peach, Brain Age 2, Contra 4. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Posted 13 October 2007 - 07:48 PM

So if your touch screen is "$#$#$#$ up", as you put it, then any other touch screen-oriented game will be fine? But Zelda will be terrible?

Zelda is a good game.

Are you the kind of guy that runs around saying "Oh, yeah, that was a good band before they sold out and went mainstream."?



if there is parts of the screen that you dont need to touch on those other games then yes they games would work bettter. I got a few Dead spots on my Ds screen no matter how hard you push on it the lines wont draw.
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#19 Rocko

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 07:51 PM

So you're criticizing a game based on your own hardware problems that only a small portion of users experience, that is not a fault of the game?

Hell, it isn't even the hardware's fault, it's probably your own misuse.

#20 ihadFG

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 04:06 AM

You should definitely add Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time to the RPG section and Super Mario 64 to the platformer section.

#21 banpeikun

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 04:09 AM

You should add Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time to the RPG section and Super Mario 64 to the platformer section.

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 06:01 AM

Nice list, OP. Since you've got a ** for "not a game" already, you might as well use it on Jam Sessions**.

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#23 banpeikun

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 02:10 PM

ok added. there's no game part of jam sessions?
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#24 JEKKI

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 04:06 AM

well thanx to this list I jus got Viewtiful Joe DS for $9.99 after shipping off ebay!!

brands new/sealed too!

but I didnt do any research so I am not sure if I got a good deal or not...

#25 SL4IN

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 04:07 AM

i'm not seeing rune factory or contact on that list.....
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#26 banpeikun

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 04:08 AM

i do like rune factory, but people had mixed feelings about contact when it came up in another thread.
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#27 dmaul1114

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 03:36 PM

Yeah, I wouldn't say either Rune Factory or Contact are good enough to make a best games list.

Decent games, but they're far too love/hate for this kind of list.

#28 banpeikun

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 04:44 PM

there was a lot of love for rune factory though, i'd like to add it if some others chime in
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#29 jer7583

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 04:57 PM

Contact- The perfect example of something that would be awesome if it didn't have all the awful gameplay surrounding the awesome story/graphics/everything else.

Age of Empires DS is a great, great game. Nearly as good as Advance Wars and a nice alternative to that game in the strategy genre.

The Star Wars Episode 3 game is a great classic beat-em-up type game as well, there aren't a lot of those on DS, but it's really good, for that type of genre.

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#30 dmaul1114

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 05:02 PM

Age of Empires I'd hesitate to put up due to all the bugs including the possibility of bricking the cart.

To be more objective on the list, maybe you should use some threshold at gamerankings? Maybe everything above 85% gets put on?

There's always going to be people who like most every game, but for a reccomendation list we should try to keep it to games that are pretty much "sure fire hits" for anyone who's a fan of the given genre.