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Nintendo DS Games Grown Up's Will Want to Play

by: KateG ; edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Despite what you may have been lead to believe the Nintendo DS portable gaming system is not just a game system for kids, grown ups can play too. This list of titles and game descriptions that can help you to find your inner DS fan, or if you just have to buy a gift for one.

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    If you own a Nintendo DS, or you are thinking about buying one, you should consider the advantages to doing that:

    • Portability of your games. You can take them with you to a waiting room or on a car trip.
    • Simplicity. The controls are easy to use and the touch screen lends itself to a wide variety of operations.
    • Long battery life.
    • The dual screens.
    • Cool skins and accessories that will allow you to customize and protect your system. Skins for the Nintendo DS often come at a less expensive price.

    That having been said, the Nintendo DS has gotten a kind of a bad reputation in the world of gaming. It has garnered the stereotype of being a system for kids, the mobile console of choice for the youngest of the gamers. While this may be, at least a little bit because of its price and the lack of high resolution screen which its main competitor, The PSP, can boast. It is true that a lot of the games made for DS are meant for children. That is not to say that a grown up can’t enjoy owning a DS, in fact there are several great games out for adults who own the Nintendo DS. Some great games you may want to consider include:

    Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

    This game is the Sequel to Symphony of Night, in which you help Shanoa to recover stolen glyphs so that you can become the vessel for the deity Dominus.

    Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

    This title is the Sequel to Aria of Sorrow, in which you and the rest of clan Belmont try to bring down the reincarnation of Dracula.

    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

    You play as Darth Vader's secret apprentice in the time between episodes 3 and 4 and (spoiler alert ) start up the rebel alliance.

    Metroid Prime: Hunters

    This game fills in the gaps in the popular epic of this series hero, Samus, between the first and second titles.

    Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle Ring of Fates, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales

    A whole slew of Final Fantasy games that are similar to the full screen titles.

    CSI: Dark Motives

    Solve crimes with the team from CSI in this role playing game where you take on the role of a new detective.

    GoldenEye: Rogue Agent

    Become the classic hero James Bond and save the world from a traitor agent.

    Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

    Play with Donald, Micky, Sora and the other charters from both the world of Disney and Final Fantasy.

    Resident Evil: Deadly Silence

    Shoot those zombies and save the world from the infected before no one on earth is left alive.

    Madden NFL 09

    Enjoy your football with the NFL.

    Lego Batman, Lego Indiana Jones, LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

    Play the Lego version of theses newly classic titles owned by Lucas Arts.

    Battles of Prince of Persia

    The mobile version of the Prince of Persia series, where you can hack and slash your way to your crown.

    Need for Speed Underground 2

    Race through the streets and become king of the road.

    Tomb Raider: Legend

    The seventh game in the Tomb Raider series.

    Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command

    Play war and command your armies to conquer the world.

    Black & White Creatures

    Play God and rule your own little island.

    Of course not all of those titles are not going to have the return on investment in length (or variety) that make them worth renting instead of buying.

    Now that you know you can use your DS with pride and if you were on the fence about buying one you can go to the store and make your purchase with the absolute surety we both know that you wanted. Enjoy your games wherever you go.

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    About the List

    Wow! That turned out to be quite a list, didn't it? I know you were surprised when you first saw it, I was too. It's amazingly extensive, and it does not even count the scores of games from the Game Boy Advanced that you can play with a Nintendo DS. In case you were curious about the links, each one will take you to the information about the games. I would have given you brief reviews of each of the games myself, but that would have made the piece so unbearably long for you as the reader.

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