Skip to content

Game Informer Lists Their Top 25 Nintendo DS Games


US gaming publication Game Informer have listed their favourite Nintendo DS games of all-time in the latest edition of the magazine. The publication believes that New Super Mario Bros is the best Nintendo DS game money can buy. The iconic New Super Mario Bros is closely followed by the well-received The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Do you agree with their top twenty-five?

  1. New Super Mario Bros.
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  3. Advance Wars: Dual Strike
  4. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  5. Pokemon Black & White
  6. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  7. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  8. Contra 4
  9. Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
  10. Animal Crossing: Wild World
  11. Radiant Historia
  12. Kirby Canvas Curse
  13. The World Ends with You
  14. Super Scribblenauts
  15. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
  16. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials & Tribulations
  17. Metroid Prime Pinball
  18. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
  19. Tetris DS
  20. Trauma Center: Under the Knife
  21. Okamiden
  22. Picross 3D
  23. Mario Kart DS
  24. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
  25. 25. Korg DS-10 Synthesizer


91 thoughts on “Game Informer Lists Their Top 25 Nintendo DS Games”

  1. 20. Trauma Centre

    Yessss, im glad people still remember that game. Cmon Atlus, give us a WiiU version

    1. I totaly agree with their placement of Phantom hourglass. But Mario Kart DS was the best DS game imo,

        1. Mario kart DS was definitely the best game on DS and one of the best multiplayer games ever. I remember doing 8 player local (with or without download play) Game is a masterpiece.

  2. While there is much I don’t agree with there, I am happy Advance Wars DS is so high up the list.

  3. Can’t tell what this list was based in. Popularity, sales, reviews, or enjoyments? I thunk Black n White 2 deserve #1 and Browsers inside Story #2

  4. Where’s pokemon diamond and pearl??? Or heartgold and soulsilver???!! Super mario 64?? What about mariokart?! I’m sorry but this list is missing a few awesome titles.

    1. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are considered remakes, Super Mario 64 DS is a port. This makes these not “original” games. This list only consists of games made for the DS before anything else.

    2. Maybe it has something to do with sales? because Black and White made world records on terms of sales. But on terms of actual content and quality, Diamond and Pearl are indefinitely better.

    1. You should never have skipped cognitive studies from first to seventh grade. Nintendo is making profits, take a trip to April and read their investor briefing. You have them confused with Sony and Microsoft.

    2. Nintendo Commander

      They are the only ones making an HONEST profit…

      Well the Xbots are making a profit to by deceiving the weak minded gamers…

    1. Probably because it’s not an original DS game, it’s a port with some differences. It is a great game though.

  5. What the hell is Phantom Hourglass, Tactics and METROID FUCKING PRIME PINBALL doing on this list? Credibility irrevocably destroyed.

  6. Slightly disappointed not to see Golden Sun: Dark Dawn on there. At least Radiant Historia made it.

          1. Nintendo Commander

            That is not N-Dub Nation or Black Baron though incase you meant any of the N-Dub Nation group…

            Which I do not belong to…

  7. Glad FF Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift and Radiant Historia made it up there. Those were awesome RPG’s. I definitely think Phantom Hourglass being #2 is ridiculously inflated. IF that game is up here, it should be closer to the bottom of the list. So many games better than that.

  8. Of course not, The World Ends With You and Chrono Trigger are the best games on DS, Also Radiant Historia should be higher than 11, Spirit Tracks at number 3 or 4 with Radiant Historia and Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow following them. Aaaalsooo I don’t know if Okamiden is as awesome as Okami (wii) but if they have things similar then Okamiden definitely should be higher.

  9. LoZ: Phantom Hourglass < LoZ: Spirit Tracks

    Phantom Hourglass is kinda overrated. But a good list overall! New Super Mario Bros. FTW! 50 times better than NSMB2!

    1. At least he got on the list. Plus, T&T is the best game of the series (rot in hell Morgan Fey).

  10. Where the heck are Kingdom Heart games. While some were eh 365/2 Days was simply awesome in my opinion.

  11. Love how people comment complain about a “top” list when its all just opinion. Everyone has their own top list.

  12. NSMB1 is probably my least favorite Mario game. It seems like the devs felt that since they hadn’t done the things the original SMB had done for a long time, they could just go back to that without adding anything new or even acknowledging the improvements upon the formula made by Super Mario World.

  13. It’s missing the Kingdom Hearts games -.- I declare shenanigans!
    BTW Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days is #1 on my list and Re: Coded is #2
    anyone who’s played these games has to agree

  14. I wouldn’t say black and white, rather any other game. 5th gen was the worst in my opinion. And damn it, no Megaman starforce

  15. SherlockWillFightBilbo

    Where in the world is Dragon Quest IX? My favourite DS game right there. So many hours I put into that. I had around 365 hours for a single DS game that I couldn’t use Wi-Fi with (my routers never used WEP passcodes because WEP isn’t very secure).

    Also, what about Zelda: Spirit Tracks? Or Layton and the Unwound Future? That game was super emotional. Sure they already have a Mario and a Zelda and a Layton and a Pokemon, but that doesn’t make the other ones worse.

  16. Why is Phantom Hourglass at the top of the list, while Spirit Tracks isn’t on it at all? And why is Mario Kart DS so far down? Ah well, at least Okamiden is here… :/

  17. Pingback: Pokémon Red And Blue Classics Won’t Hit Virtual Console In Near Future | My Nintendo News

  18. Pingback: Pokémon Red And Blue Classics Won’t Hit Virtual Console In Near Future | Nintendo 3DS News

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: