Game Releases by Score

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies 1.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Platform: DS
July 11, 2010
Developed by Level 5 (the developers of "Dragon Quest VIII," "Dark Cloud" and "Rogue Galaxy") Dragon Quest IX unites the key components that made the previous Dragon Quest titles such as success. Horii and Sugiyama are on board to provide their talents as DQIX takes the series in a decidedly different direction. For the first time, the DQ franchise has an action-oriented title where battles take place on the field (much like "Crystal Chronicles"). To cap off the presentation, SQEX announced that the game supports four-player multiplayer. [Famitsu/Square Enix]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Pokemon SoulSilver Version 2.

Pokemon SoulSilver Version

Platform: DS
March 14, 2010
Return to the beloved Johto region first introduced in the Pokémon Gold and Silver Version games for the portable Game Boy system. Several new enhancements for the series, such as updated graphics and touch screen features, enrich these timeless adventures, and the new Pokéwalker accessory allows players to take their favorite Pokémon with them wherever they go. Both games feature detailed graphics that spotlight the unique environments and hundreds of Pokémon that players can encounter and catch. Players can even see and interact with their favorite Pokémon outside of battle, selecting one from their team to follow behind them as they travel through the Johto region. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
9.2
Pokemon HeartGold Version 3.

Pokemon HeartGold Version

Platform: DS
March 14, 2010
Return to the beloved Johto region first introduced in the Pokémon Gold and Silver Version games for the portable Game Boy system. Several new enhancements for the series, such as updated graphics and touch screen features, enrich these timeless adventures, and the new Pokéwalker accessory allows players to take their favorite Pokémon with them wherever they go. Both games feature detailed graphics that spotlight the unique environments and hundreds of Pokémon that players can encounter and catch. Players can even see and interact with their favorite Pokémon outside of battle, selecting one from their team to follow behind them as they travel through the Johto region. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
9.1
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future 4.

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Platform: DS
September 12, 2010
Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke, receive a confounding letter - from Luke 10 years in the future. But the message inside is even more troubling: London of the future is in disarray, and the only person who can help set things right is Professor Layton.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.8
Shantae: Risky's Revenge 5.

Shantae: Risky's Revenge

Platform: DS
October 4, 2010
The sequel to the critically acclaimed Shantae is here!
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.7
Dark Void Zero 6.

Dark Void Zero

Platform: DS
January 18, 2010
[DSiWare] As the '80s were drawing to a close, the developers at Capcom began work on a top-secret project that aimed to set new standards for the platformer genre. That game was called Dark Void. Alas, Capcom suspended development on Dark Void as it began to evaluate the SNES. Before long, the game was shelved and drifted, unnoticed, into the annals of gaming history. Dark Void became a legendary "lost project" at Capcom. Now, nearly 20 years later, Dark Void is back! To commemorate the game's humble origins, Capcom has commissioned this recreation of the original 8-bit classic, now re-titled Dark Void Zero, on the Nintendo DSi system. You play as Rusty, the first human born in the Void, who must take on the Watchers in a quest to stop their domination of Earth. With the aid of Nikola Tesla and his state-of-the-art rocket pack, Rusty must take down the Watchers and their minions across three intense levels of action and intrigue. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.2
Picross 3D 7.

Picross 3D

Platform: DS
May 3, 2010
Picross 3D is the sequel to the popular Picross DS puzzle game. The original game was a number-based grid puzzle that challenged players to reveal a hidden picture. Picross 3D moves the action into three dimensions. Picross 3D blends the logical challenge of a sudoku puzzle with the excitement of discovering the hidden images within. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.1
WarioWare D.I.Y. 8.

WarioWare D.I.Y.

Platform: DS
March 28, 2010
The WarioWare: D.I.Y. game lets players create the same kind of microgames that are the hallmark of the WarioWare series. Players design every aspect of their creations, including graphics, animation, music and rules. Do It Yourself! Take on the role of game designer and create your own microgames by crafting everything from artwork, animations, music and action instructions. WarioWare: D.I.Y. comes with more than 90 pre-made games to play, but players who have access to a broadband Internet connection can wirelessly download a virtually endless supply of user-generated games, or upload their own creations to share with the world. When creating games, players can utilize a library of pre-made graphics and sound samples, borrow elements from other microgames on their system, or start from scratch. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors 9.

Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

Platform: DS
November 16, 2010
In this game, you must help Junpei reclaim his memories and play a game of life or death known as the Nonary Game.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Starship Defense 10.

Starship Defense

Platform: DS
January 18, 2010
[DSiWare; also known as "Starhip Patrol"] STARSHIP DEFENSE takes the tower defense genre into outer space. Defend your space fleet from wave after wave of enemy attacks by equipping a variety of weapons and using a combination of strategic skills and resource management. Attach weapons to your ships using the touch screen, making sure to place them for maximum effect when planning your defense. If you don't, the relentless nature of your enemies could overwhelm you. Increase your chances of success by using energy collected from defeated enemies to install new and more powerful weapons, destroying particular enemies to obtain weapon upgrades, and watching for rare power crystals that unlock advanced attacks, including a devastating black hole. And if you still find yourself in trouble, select an SOS card to call on a special kind of assistance. You'll have to defend your fleet across 30 intense sectors, some with specific challenges, while advancing your rank from lowly recruit all the way to fleet admiral. Are you up to the challenge? [Nintendo]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.5
KORG DS-10 PLUS 11.

KORG DS-10 PLUS

Platform: DS
February 16, 2010
Turn your DS into an enhanced version of te KORG DS-10 synthesizer.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.0
Super Scribblenauts 12.

Super Scribblenauts

Platform: DS
October 12, 2010
In this new game created and developed by 5TH Cell, players use the stylus and touch screen to help Maxwell, the game’s hero, acquire the "Starite," the prize earned from solving the puzzle in even more robust challenges and redesigned levels. Players now have the ability to write any object that comes to mind and modify it in any way they desire using adjectives to reach the goal in each level. Adjectives can change the color, size, elements, behaviors and many other aspects of the object they are describing. Multiple adjectives can be combined together to produce incredibly creative objects, allowing the player's imagination to run wild for a truly unique and individualistic experience.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.4
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey 13.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Platform: DS
March 23, 2010
When the black spot appeared in the Antarctic, mankind became nervous; when it began to spread, that anxiety turned to panic. The Joint Project, convened to discuss how to deal with the expanding anomaly, decided to send in four ships carrying humanity's finest soldiers and most cutting-edge technology. The mission: to investigate what lay on the other side of what had been dubbed the Schwarzwelt and find out if there was a way to stop it from eventually covering the Earth. You are an elite soldier hand-picked for the Strike Team, outfitted with a Demonica environment suit and posted to the Red Sprite under Commander Gore. Upon entering the Schwarzwelt, the crew finds itself forced to deal with harsh conditions, supernatural interference, and throngs of demons populating the bewildering world. What exactly is the Schwarzwelt? What awaits at the end of this strange journey? It is entirely in your hands to find out. [Atlus USA]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
4.7
Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals 14.

Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals

Platform: DS
October 12, 2010
The Sinistrals, the four legendary harbingers of doom, are out to resurrect the ultimate evil and bring the world to its knees. It's up to the fiery monster hunter Maxim and his eclectic band of adventurers to put a stop to them once and for all. Their adventures will take them across an expansive world packed with dangerous enemies, powerful items, and diabolical puzzles!
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Sonic Colors 15.

Sonic Colors

Platform: DS
November 16, 2010
An extraordinary amusement park has been seen orbiting around the home planet of Sonic the Hedgehog, and rumors are spreading that an alien race of Wisps, who have a unique colorful energy, are being held captive there by the evil Dr. Eggman. Soon after arriving at the amusement park, Sonic discovers he is able to use these mysterious alien forces to help the Wisps escape!
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.9
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem 16.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem

Platform: DS
November 14, 2010
At the grand opening of Mario's third theme park, the first 100 guests receive a new Mini Pauline toy. Donkey Kong arrives as the 101st guest and finds himself out of luck. He grabs Pauline and heads into the park with Mario and his Mini Marios in hot pursuit. The fourth game in the series adds new challenges and new opportunities for users to share what they have created.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.0
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn 17.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn

Platform: DS
November 29, 2010
After going dark six years ago, 2010 will see a new dawn. Golden Sun DS updates the popular portable Golden Sun role-playing series with an impressive graphical style. This installment follows the story of the previous heroes' descendants and immerses players into the magic of its adventure by pushing the boundaries of intuitive touch-screen controls.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.2
Rock Band 3 18.

Rock Band 3

Platform: DS
October 26, 2010
Rock Band returns with another iteration of the popular music game featuring new songs and instruments.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.1
Soul of Darkness 19.

Soul of Darkness

Platform: DS
July 5, 2010
[DSiWare] Enter a gothic world as the mysterious and powerful Kale. Try to save your beloved's life and soul by freeing her from an evil vampire's clutches. Explore dark woods, caves, huge castles and impressive cathedrals under the full moon's light. Master and upgrade your sword and spear, and learn how to control your powers. Use the Fire and the Ice or transform into your enemies to overcome the numerous obstacles in your way. Face and defeat foes such as werewolves, succubae, gargoyles and zombies. Exclusive camera features let you use your environment to gain power-ups and upgrades. Good or evil - be the sole master of your destiny.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.6
AlphaBounce 20.

AlphaBounce

Platform: DS
April 12, 2010
[DSiWare] AlphaBounce combines the classical brick-breaking concept with strong RPG features, offering you the chance to explore an endless universe with millions of levels. Discover items hidden in the deepest corners of the galaxy. Use these items to modify your spaceship and improve your firepower. You have been taken prisoner by an evil intergalactic mining corporation and exiled to outer space. With the help of your spaceship, your mission is to blast your way through the bricks in order to find a way back to Earth. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.8
Mega Man Zero Collection 21.

Mega Man Zero Collection

Platform: DS
June 8, 2010
The 4 Mega Man Zero titles have been brought to and optimized for the DS.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.8
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 22.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Platform: DS
February 23, 2010
In a frantic battle to the checkered flag, Sonic and friends speed around tracks set in medieval castle ramparts, lush rainforests and bustling cities, all taken from the visually rich and varied universes of Sonic and SEGA. Fan favorites such as Dr. Eggman, Tails, AiAi, Amigo and many more will join Sonic in their custom built vehicles, revving their engines and jostling to stay ahead of the pack. Each character will speed around the track in cars, planes, motorbikes, and in Aiai’s case – a banana mobile! Secret short cuts, swift handling and avoiding strategically placed obstacles are certainly the best way to get to the top of the podium. But winning is only part of the fun in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing! Each character has a specific All Star move – such as Super Sonic, Banana Blitz and Tails Tornado – that allows a quick way for competitors to get back into the race! Power ups and weapons can also be collected around the tracks and used against the opposition to ensure they don’t become a threat to that number one position. [Sega]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.0
Alice in Wonderland 23.

Alice in Wonderland

Platform: DS
March 2, 2010
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fall down the rabbit hole? Explore a visually stunning world filled with whimsical settings, optical illusions, curiously challenging puzzles, and formidable adversaries. Play as the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and other memorable characters from the film. [Disney]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 24.

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

Platform: DS
February 16, 2010
Miles Edgeworth is the famed rival prosecutor of court-house-dynamo Phoenix Wright. Since becoming the youngest prosecutor in the country at the tender age of 20, Miles Edgeworth built quite the reputation for himself by putting away bad guys in short order. However, after several confrontations against Wright, he has changed his approach to seeking the truth. Unfortunately, Wright was only the beginning of his troubles. The flashy prosecutor in the wine red suit is plagued by a series of deaths that seem to follow him wherever he goes. To obtain the truth, Miles Edgeworth will take center stage in an exciting suspense-filled drama that requires him to dive into the mysterious world of crime scene investigation. [Capcom]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.3
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon 25.

Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon

Platform: DS
November 9, 2010
It's an adventure that will transform you! The people of Sharance and their horned Univir neighbors are embroiled in a bitter conflict. An age-old hatred between humans and monsters divides them. You are an adventurer with an unusual secret: you're half human and half monster. Are you the one who can unite the humans and the Univir? And will you be in time to stop the growing evil force that threatens to destroy them both?
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.3
DodoGo! 26.

DodoGo!

Platform: DS
April 26, 2010
[DSiWare] DodoGo! is an adventure set in the time of the dinosaurs. Save as many dodo eggs as possible by leading them to safety. The fascinating little eggs love to roll, jump and laugh together, blissfully ignorant of the dangers around them. Get creative with simple tools. Build dynamic structures and modify the terrain with a simple touch of the stylus. Shape, brush, saw, dig and even use explosives. Enjoy more than 100 captivating missions, with bonus levels for a change of pace and lots of surprises.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Bejeweled Twist 27.

Bejeweled Twist

Platform: DS
January 18, 2010
Spin and match explosive gems for shockwaves of fun in this all-new version of the awardwinning PopCap game, exclusively on Nintendo DS. Rotate jewels to set up electrifying combos, outwit obstacles like Locks and Bombs, and create high-voltage Lightning and Flame gems. Rev up with a strategic challenge, relax in the gem-spinning zone, or take on a friend in the DS-exclusive new Battle mode! No matter the mode, you’ll find endless ways to win.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City 28.

Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City

Platform: DS
September 21, 2010
The embodiment of adventure and discovery in the purest sense, Etrian Odyssey III transports gamers to a sparkling oceanic paradise filled with atmospheric dungeons to chart and survey, vast watery expanses to sail across, and rumors of a sunken city to investigate. Aspiring explorers are responsible for charting their travels utilizing the intuitive touchscreen map editor, meaning that careless cartography could easily spell doom for a fatigued party trying to escape danger. Powerful challenges demand cunning and strategy: players will assemble and fully customize their party of adventurers from a variety of highly specialized classes and sub-classes. For the patient and prepared, fame and fortune await.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.4
Trajectile 29.

Trajectile

Platform: DS
January 4, 2010
[DSiWare; also known as "Reflect Missile"] Trajectile is a puzzle game that's as much about firepower as it is about brainpower, requiring you to line up your shot and launch a flurry of missiles at enemy targets. Three types of missiles are at your disposal, each one with its own characteristics - but all of them can bounce off walls on their path to smash, blast or drill through enemies and blocks. Along the way, you'll find item blocks just waiting to be destroyed so that you can obtain special power-ups ... and cause even more destruction. Be careful though, as missile type and position are predetermined and you get only a limited number of launches per stage. Complete multiple classes containing numerous individual stages, earning medals when you clear stages in fewer than the given number of turns. Are you ready to take aim at becoming a Trajectile master? [Nintendo]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Tetris Party Deluxe 30.

Tetris Party Deluxe

Platform: DS
May 25, 2010
Magic at your fingertips - Utilize the intuitive touch screen to activate Magic Items during multiplayer games. Free speech is good - Simply speak into the Nintendo DS microphone within the Wi-Fi Battle lobby to speak with other users. [Majesco]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
Dementium II 31.

Dementium II

Platform: DS
May 4, 2010
A sequel to Renegade Kid's Dementium: The Ward, the next chapter in this horrific story promises to take players even closer to the precipice of madness than its predecessor. Continuing the storyline from the original, Dementium II promises to deliver better visuals, more haunting audio, and sharper scares than its predecessor. [SouthPeak Games]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.4
Infinite Space 32.

Infinite Space

Platform: DS
March 16, 2010
Infinite Space is a role-playing game in which players assemble a spaceship armada and embark on a cosmic adventure that allows them to delve deep into the vast outer reaches of space, exploring a universe filled with planets and interstellar organizations each with their own culture. Infinite Space follows the story of Yuri, a young crewman that journeys the galactic frontier and slowly moves up the ranks to become captain of his own spaceship fleet. Using over 150 blueprints, players build and customize a huge array of space ships and have over 200 crewmen to recruit. Players battle their way through space to become the strongest fleet in the galaxy while exploring new planets and solar systems. Infinite Space delivers replay value with an epic storyline containing multiple branching story arcs that weave together seamlessly to create one epic tale set amongst the stars. The game also features multiplayer combat through local wireless connection for up to two players. [Sega]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.2
Art Academy 33.

Art Academy

Platform: DS
October 26, 2010
Art Academy: Learn painting and drawing techniques with step-by-step training gives both budding and experienced artists simple and creative tips and tricks to improve, enhance and even learn how to draw and paint.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.7
Batman: The Brave and the Bold - The Videogame 34.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold - The Videogame

Platform: DS
September 7, 2010
Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame fully immerses fans into the vivid animated world of the successful TV series where kids can play as Batman or together with family and friends in two-player co-op mode. Players can choose from iconic characters Robin, Green Lantern, Blue Beetle, along with drop-in heroes such as Aquaman to help solve puzzles and fight foes.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.1
Call of Duty: Black Ops 35.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Platform: DS
November 9, 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops for the Nintendo DS will feature six-player online multiplayer mode with a new Perks System, as well as a unique two-player Co-Op mode and Arcade and Challenge Modes that allow gamers to replay the single-player missions to earn extra points to unlock additional achievements.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.6
Puzzle Quest 2 36.

Puzzle Quest 2

Platform: DS
June 22, 2010
Featuring a hallmark blend of match-3 gem matching and fantasy, Puzzle Quest 2 offers a captivating, rewarding, and accessible journey for players of all skill levels as they make their way to reclaim the once peaceful village of Verloren from the evil clutch of the demon Gorgon. Get closer to the Puzzle Quest action than ever before with a more intimate viewpoint of the world, and with all new character classes: Sorcerer, Templar, Barbarian, or Assassin. [Infinite Interactive]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
5.8
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions 37.

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Platform: DS
September 7, 2010
Swing your way into action to help restore reality with your friendly neighborhood Spiderman.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.9
The Sims 3 38.

The Sims 3

Platform: DS
October 26, 2010
With The Sims 3 for consoles and handheld, create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires...or not, and control their lives within a living neighborhood. Customize your Sims’ appearance and choose up to five traits to create individual personalities. From the “Romantic” trait or “kleptomaniac” trait to “evil” trait, create millions of unique Sims. All-new features make it easier than ever to mess with life as you unlock the ultimate “Karma Powers” for instant control and unleash them on your Sims. New goal-oriented game play enables you to choose which short or long-term objectives you want your Sims to pursue and even determine your Sims’ destinies in life. Get inspired by the endless creative possibilities and unexpected moments of surprise and mischief in The Sims 3. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.2
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 39.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Platform: DS
June 29, 2010
Build the adventure from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament and experience the fun of the first four Harry Potter stories – Lego style. Explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learn spells, brew potions and relive the adventures with tongue-in-cheek humor and creative customization that is unique to LEGO videogames.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.6
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light 40.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light

Platform: DS
October 5, 2010
With FINAL FANTASY: THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT, the FINAL FANTASY series is rendered anew as an epic storybook adventure by the creators of the FINAL FANTASY III and FINAL FANTASY IV Nintendo DS remakes. Players will enter a beautiful fairy-tale world featuring illustrations and character designs by acclaimed character designer Akihiko Yoshida (FINAL FANTASY III for DS, FINAL FANTASY XII).
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.7
Save the Turtles 41.

Save the Turtles

Platform: DS
March 29, 2010
[DSiWare] Save the Turtles takes players to more than 32 of the world's most exotic beaches in a quest to help tiny turtles find their new home. Players must use the stylus to rub and tap the touch screen of the Nintendo DSi system, digging eggs from the sand and lining up cute reptiles while avoiding crabs, seagulls and litter on their way to the safety of the sea. The game features four modes, including a never-ending survival mode called Turtles Forever, plus several unlockable trophies. Give Mother Nature a hand and help save the turtles.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.9
100 Classic Books 42.

100 Classic Books

Platform: DS
June 14, 2010
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times - the iconic opening line from "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens. Well, now you can definitely enjoy the best of times with Mr Dickens and scores of his fellow writers with the 100 Classic Book Collection on Nintendo DS! Turn your Nintendo DS into a pocket-sized library with 100 timeless novels from some of the greatest writers in history. Enjoy the exciting escapades of the swashbuckling Long John Silver in "Treasure Island", marvel at the redoubtable skills of the most famous detective of all time in "the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", or run the course of true love with Elizabeth Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice" - the choice is yours! Entering this world of words couldn’t be easier - simply hold your DS like a book and use the stylus to effortlessly turn the pages. You can adjust the text size to whatever suits you best and a bookmark feature means dog-eared pages are a thing of the past. Can’t decide what you’re in the mood for? The 100 Classic Book Collection allows you to search for books in a number of different ways, such as subject matter and length, meaning you can find a suitable story in seconds. As well as the novels, you can access book introductions and find out more on the authors themselves - there are also additional books that you can download via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection! [Nintendo]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.5
Photo Dojo 43.

Photo Dojo

Platform: DS
May 10, 2010
[DSiWare] Photo Dojo is an extremely simplistic fighting game that involves just one attack button and eight directions. [Nintendo Life]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.0
James Bond 007: Blood Stone 44.

James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Platform: DS
September 14, 2010
James Bond 007: Blood Stone features the likeness and voice talent of Daniel Craig, Joss Stone and Judi Dench and features an epic, original story developed by legendary screenwriter Bruce Feirstein. Players can engage in cover-based firefights, lethal hand-to-hand combat and speed their way through explosive adrenaline-fueled driving sequences as they embark on a global chase leading to action on land and sea through Athens, Istanbul, Monaco and Bangkok. Gamers can also feel what it is like to be a 00 agent, as they take the battle online in several robust 16-person multi-player modes that require skill, teamwork and strategy as players compete in matches that will have spies battling mercenaries.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.0
Sonic Classic Collection 45.

Sonic Classic Collection

Platform: DS
March 2, 2010
Sonic Classic Collection allows fans both old and new to speed through the much loved zones of the four original Mega Drive adventures, in a bid to collect the chaos emeralds and save the world. Optimized to take full advantage of the Nintendo DS system, Sonic Classic Collection will feature a new save anywhere feature, a first in this original series, meaning that the games can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime! Gamers will also be given the chance to expand their knowledge with a wealth of extras including video and collectable pictures that are sure to be fan favorites. Sonic Classic Collection gathers together the first four Sonic The Hedgehog adventures - Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles - introducing some of the most influential Sonic titles to a whole new generation of gamers exclusively for the DS. [Sega]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.6
Dragon Ball: Origins 2 46.

Dragon Ball: Origins 2

Platform: DS
June 22, 2010
In Dragon Ball: Origins 2, players battle through the Red Ribbon Army saga covering Goku’s first encounters with the nefarious Red Ribbon Army up to the resurrection of Upa’s father, a member of the native tribe who serve as the guardians of the mystical Korin Tower. The new action-adventure game includes an array of features including the ability to play as different characters along the way and the option to team up with a friend for co-op multiplayer challenges. [Namco Bandai Games]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.8
Beat City 47.

Beat City

Platform: DS
April 20, 2010
In Beat City, players must find their rhythm in order to restore Beat City to the vibrant, melodious city it once was. Using the stylus, players simply tap, swipe or hold on queue to the music’s beat in order to receive a high star rating within each mini-game. While players are tapping to the beat, they can watch the city transform right before their eyes ridding the city of Dame Isolde Minor and her Cacophony Corporation, who bring nothing but monotony. The better a player is at keeping the beat the more items are unlocked in the environment. [THQ]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
5.0
Glory of Heracles 48.

Glory of Heracles

Platform: DS
January 18, 2010
The game is inspired by Greek mythology and written by Kazushige Nojima of Final Fantasy fame. The traditional role-playing game features an engrossing story and a robust battle system. Players can roam the countryside as they encounter new characters and gain experience, or they can visit familiar ancient settings like Athens and Sparta. Although the plot is fictional, many of the people and places in the game are based on familiar Greek mythology. An extensive glossary provides more details about the places and characters that heroic Heracles encounters. Players are be treated to animated cut scenes on the screens of their Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi systems. Players can opt to use the stylus or control pad and buttons to control movement in the game, while the touch screen is required to complete optional challenges used to power up spells or skills during battle. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.4
Ivy the Kiwi? 49.

Ivy the Kiwi?

Platform: DS
August 24, 2010
Ivy the Kiwi? follows the storybook adventures of a lonely baby bird as she traverses beautiful 2-D landscapes and challenging obstacles in search of her mother. Players guide Ivy through her daunting journey utilising a unique control scheme: vines created and controlled by the player who aims to collect feathers to boost his score.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
6.3
Earthworm Jim 50.

Earthworm Jim

Platform: DS
May 10, 2010
[DSiWare] The classic action platformer returns on the Nintendo DSi with a never-before-seen feature.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.1
Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs 51.

Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs

Platform: DS
October 4, 2010
Guardian Signs is the third installment in the Pokemon Ranger series.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.1
Harvest Moon DS: Grand Bazaar 52.

Harvest Moon DS: Grand Bazaar

Platform: DS
August 24, 2010
Zephyr Town's bazaar was once the grandest in the world, drawing customers and peddlers from all four corners of the Earth. These days, though, the bazaar has more tumbleweeds than customers. It's up to the player to turn its fortunes around! They'll raise animals, harvest crops, craft rare delicacies, and then sell their wares at their very own shop. If players can bring prosperity back to Zephyr town, its bazaar will thrive once again, packed with exotic wares that they can purchase to expand their farm!
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.7
XG Blast! 53.

XG Blast!

Platform: DS
June 14, 2010
XG Blast! is an arcade shooter delivered in a bright and colourful retro style. Players control a spaceship with the sole purpose of destroying the invading hordes before they do the same to you. A vast array of powerful weaponry and the special eXtreme Gravity blast creates a screen full of vibrant action with intensely addictive gameplay. Your ship is controlled using the D-pad and either the action buttons or the Touch Screen, allowing simple yet varied styles of play. [Rising Star Games]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
tbd
GoldenEye 007 54.

GoldenEye 007

Platform: DS
September 14, 2010
Goldeneye makes its DS debut in the 2010 holiday season.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
6.7
Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs. Sasuke 55.

Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs. Sasuke

Platform: DS
November 12, 2010
Experience first-hand one of the most popular storylines from the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN arc as Naruto and Sasuke face off amidst a backdrop laced with intrigue and subterfuge! Discover, recruit, and swap fighters into your team to meet the needs of any given situation. Compete against your friends in Wireless Battle Mode for up to four players, or play cooperatively in the new Boss Rush Mode (local wireless only). Take part in thrilling battles and exciting mysteries, all leading up to the epic showdown between Naruto and Sasuke!
Metascore:
64
User Score:
tbd
Sands of Destruction 56.

Sands of Destruction

Platform: DS
January 12, 2010
Sands of Destruction, an epic RPG created by the all-star Japanese developers at ImageEpoc, takes you through an epic adventure in a world surrounded by a sea of sand. In Sands of Destruction, a race of powerful beastmen known as the Ferals rule over the human population with tyranny and prejudice. A group of warriors, the World Annihilation Front, believe their only option for ending the corruption of the Ferals is to end the world as they know it. This intense game puts gamers in control of an intriguing cast of characters including the crusading Morte Ashera as well as Kyrie Illunis, who unknowingly holds the key to global destruction. Gamers will explore a fantastic world, traveling across oceans of sand, battling colossal enemy monsters and unraveling the mystery of the creation of the world. Immerse yourself in dynamic battles taking up both the top and lower screens of the DS and an epic storyline with a twist, in this action-packed fantasy RPG exclusively on the DS. [Sega]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.9
Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow 57.

Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow

Platform: DS
May 18, 2010
Awakened Shadow is designed to take full advantage of the Nintendo DS capabilities allowing players to engage in impressive boss battles with up to two friends and earn and trade items via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in multiplayer mode. Players will be able to attack enemies faster than ever before with upgraded weapons and powerful Shadows, which can be switched for tactical advantages. Players will roam a 3D open world environment across several unique “cube” worlds as they take on formidable Otherworld bosses, complete multiple challenges, and recruit over a dozen characters in their own custom adventure. [D3]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
6.6
Transformers: War for Cybertron - Autobots 58.

Transformers: War for Cybertron - Autobots

Platform: DS
June 22, 2010
Players can now take on the role of a Transformers character in the final, epic war that will determine the survival of their entire race.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.1
Transformers: War for Cybertron - Decepticons 59.

Transformers: War for Cybertron - Decepticons

Platform: DS
June 22, 2010
Players can now take on the role of a Transformers character in the final, epic war that will determine the survival of their entire race.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.5
Metal Torrent 60.

Metal Torrent

Platform: DS
May 24, 2010
[DSiWare] Prepare for a high level of intensity as you pilot a solo ship deep into enemy space in this vertically scrolling shooter. Battle wave after wave of relentless attackers aiming to do one thing - destroy you! Your goal, beyond mere survival, is simple: Get the highest score possible and earn bragging rights in online leaderboards. Two powerful fighters are at your disposal: the Accipiter and Bateleur, tailored for beginner or expert players. Progress through eight phases of action and take out enemies by tactically using your weapons: an unlimited-fire blaster weapon available to both ships and an energy-consuming special weapon unique to each craft. Absorb energy cubes from destroyed enemies to replenish your energy gauge and increase your score. Collect a series of consecutive cubes to create a chain and boost your score even higher. Choose from pattern or random modes to vary the level of challenge, but the real indication of skill comes from competing with players around the world for the highest score possible. Use Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to upload your score to the online leaderboards to see where you stack up or even view replays of top-ranking players' games and study their secrets. Do you have what it takes to be the best?
Metascore:
62
User Score:
9.7
Bermuda Triangle: Saving the Coral 61.

Bermuda Triangle: Saving the Coral

Platform: DS
February 2, 2010
A brilliantly colorful ocean-based puzzle game with a decidedly ‘green’ theme. Create chains of like-colored pods, and help feed and protect the ocean’s fragile coral! Battle pirates, sharks, and other obstacles in this fast moving, all-ages adventure game that’s both infinitely fun and environmentally friendly. [Storm City Games]
Metascore:
60
User Score:
tbd
How to Train Your Dragon 62.

How to Train Your Dragon

Platform: DS
March 23, 2010
How to Train Your Dragon video game launches gamers into a third-person action-adventure as a Viking hero where they must embark upon an epic quest to become the ultimate dragon trainer. Gamers can play as characters “Hiccup” or Astrid” on the vast Island of Berk, which features expanded locales from the film including Vikings’ Village, Wild Zone, Training Zone and Fight Arena. In this truly larger-than-life adventure, players will train dragons, explore environments and battle in prestigious dragon tournaments as they battle for Viking victory. Plus, gamers can become the Dragon hero of their living room as they square-off with friends and family in endless head-to-head multi-player combat. [Activision]
Metascore:
60
User Score:
tbd
Deca Sports DS 63.

Deca Sports DS

Platform: DS
March 2, 2010
Single player – Play Open Match in one sport, a one-sport bracket-style Tournament, complete a Challenge, or the ultimate competition in the League vs. 6 teams in all 10 sports. Multiplayer – Use just one game card for game sharing as you take on friends and family in 2-6 player competition in Open Match, VS., and Tournament modes. Locker Room – Create your own team with the Team Editor: pick the name, colors, emblem, and the look and attributes of the players themselves! You can also learn the nuances of each sport in Tutorial mode here. [Hudson]
Metascore:
57
User Score:
tbd
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands 64.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Platform: DS
May 18, 2010
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is the next chapter in the Sands of Time universe. Visiting his brother's kingdom following his adventure in Azad, the Prince finds the royal palace under siege from a mighty army bent on its destruction. When the decision is made to use the ancient power of the Sand in a desperate gamble to save the kingdom from total annihilation, the Prince embarks on an epic adventure in which he learns to bear the mantle of true leadership, and discover that great power often comes with a great cost. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
57
User Score:
6.8
Globulos Party 65.

Globulos Party

Platform: DS
March 1, 2010
[DSiWare] Globulos Party is a collection of mini-games that are very simple to understand and fun to master. The 20 games are: 4-Square, Arena, Basket, Bomber, Bomber-King, Croquet, Darts, Darts-King, Soccer, Funky-Soccer, Ice Hockey, Monster, Pétanque, Pinball, Rally, Football, Snooker, Sumo, Tic-Tac-Toe and Volley. Enjoy more than 15 hours of solo fun and nearly unlimited game play with the three multiplayer modes. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
56
User Score:
tbd
Rooms: The Main Building 66.

Rooms: The Main Building

Platform: DS
March 23, 2010
Your adventure begins when an invitation abruptly arrives at your doorstep and diverts you to an entrance of a world filled with mystic beauty. Getting there is the easy part, coming home will be the adventure. In this new world, you’ll need to reach the exit of each of the 100+ rooms by sliding pieces of the rooms along a 2-D plane, forcing you to use all of your ingenuity to escape. Your character can move from room to room as long as there’s a path that isn’t blocked by a wall or obstacle. As you continue the adventure, you’ll encounter several tools that will introduce new elements. Use teleporters, wardrobes, hydrants, and other objects to navigate your way through. Blending the simple gameplay elements of classic brain-teasers with a mystical adventure and an art style all its own, Rooms: The Main Building delivers a mystery filled adventure that will leave you stunned. [Hudson Entertainment]
Metascore:
56
User Score:
tbd
Iron Man 2 67.

Iron Man 2

Platform: DS
May 4, 2010
Packed with favorites from the movie and comic book worlds, Iron Man 2: The Video Game offers gamers a chance to choose between Iron Man and War Machine, as they battle through hugely destructible indoor and outdoor environments. Tony and Rhodey both come equipped with their own distinct assortments of fully customizable, earth-shattering weapons, as well as vicious melee combat moves, all of which will come in handy against the likes of Crimson Dynamo and other classic Marvel foes. [Sega]
Metascore:
54
User Score:
6.4
Despicable Me: The Game - Minion Mayhem 68.

Despicable Me: The Game - Minion Mayhem

Platform: DS
July 6, 2010
Be Despicable! Despicable Me: The Game lets players of all ages experience the thrill of being Gru, one of the world’s greatest supervillains who is planning the biggest heist in history – stealing the moon. Complete heists and missions in a unique blend of action and puzzle solving that combines the fun of commanding minions and using an arsenal of Despicable gadgets and weapons. [D3Publisher]
Metascore:
54
User Score:
tbd
Crime Scene 69.

Crime Scene

Platform: DS
February 16, 2010
Matt Simmons is a fresh recruit as a forensic detective in the police force. Hitting the ground running, Matt is faced with his first case: the horrific double-murder of a fellow detective and his wife. Using his arsenal of advanced forensic technology, Matt must comb the crime scene, picking up clues and trying to piece together what happened. In this thrilling mystery adventure, you'll help Matt unravel the clues in intriguing murder mysteries and clean up the town in a corrupt city where justice is a rare event. [SouthPeak Games]
Metascore:
54
User Score:
tbd
Ragnarok DS 70.

Ragnarok DS

Platform: DS
February 16, 2010
Players step into the roll of young Ales as he steps into the world in search of adventure with the goal of eventually starting his own Guild. It is not long before this young rookie adventurer is propelled down a path toward danger, excitement, and a heroine in distress. Throughout his travels Ales encounters individuals who help in his quest for fortune and fame, as these friends will become invaluable new allies as they join his party. [XSEED Games]
Metascore:
53
User Score:
5.5
Crime Lab: Body of Evidence 71.

Crime Lab: Body of Evidence

Platform: DS
June 22, 2010
Young FBI agent Nicole Bonnet receives a mysterious package. Inside she finds a complicated mechanism that appears to be a message from a serial killer. This is just the beginning of an epic duel of minds between Nicole and the ruthless murderer, who leaves playing cards by the bodies of his victims as signature. Bonnet will have to use all her wits to solve the case and stop the killer before he strikes again. Does she have what it takes to understand the mind of a psychopath, as complicated as his puzzles?
Metascore:
53
User Score:
tbd
Again: Interactive Crime Novel 72.

Again: Interactive Crime Novel

Platform: DS
April 2, 2010
Again is an interactive crime novel from the developers of Hotel Dusk and Trace Memory.
Metascore:
52
User Score:
6.7
Vampire Moon: The Mystery of the Hidden Sun 73.

Vampire Moon: The Mystery of the Hidden Sun

Platform: DS
October 12, 2010
Vampire Moon: The Mystery of the Hidden Sun has you search for clues to find out what caused a sudden solar eclipse in Transylvania and why people are missing.
Metascore:
50
User Score:
tbd
Spectral Force Genesis 74.

Spectral Force Genesis

Platform: DS
March 12, 2010
A very complete tactical RPG with One goal: conquer the world (you start as the ruler of a single country), Battle strategies, troop placements, and an extensive view of the battlefield.
Metascore:
46
User Score:
7.0

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