The Nintendo DS had a good but somewhat unspectacular year in 2008. The next year is shaping up to be even better, however, with several exciting games already announced. With the newly remodeled Nintendo DSi slated sometime in the year as well, 2009 is looking like an incredible year for the handheld system. Here are the top five most anticipated Nintendo DS games of 2009.
Publisher: Mastiff, Developer: Renegade Kid, Release Date: January 13
No other game pushed the Nintendo DS to its graphical limits as much as Renegade Kid’s Dementium: The Ward. The follow up Moon is looking to push the system even more. The first-person horror now takes place in a frightening new setting: outer space. With incredible visuals and intense gameplay, Moon should be on every gamer’s radar when it comes out in early 2009.
4. Pokémon Platinum
Publisher: Nintendo, Developer: Game Freak, Release Date: March 22
It wouldn’t be a Nintendo handheld video game system without a new Pokémon game. Pokémon Platinum is the latest game in the series. It is a remake of the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl with several exciting new content. In addition to better visuals, the game also includes a brand new mode, new Pokémons to capture and a new chapter to the story. Pokémon Platinum may end up being the best game in the popular series yet.
3. Flower, Sun and Rain
Publisher: Marvelous Entertainment, Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture, Release Date: March
One advantage the Nintendo DS has over other video game systems is that it is a haven for story-driven adventure games. The most exciting upcoming game in the genre is Flower, Sun and Rain, a game being created by one of the most underrated developers in the industry. The masterminds behind Killer 7 and No More Heroes will ensure that this 2009 title will be unlike any other video game you have played before.
2. Dragon Quest IX
Publisher: Square Enix, Developer: Level 5, Release Date: Unknown
The Dragon Quest series is the best-selling video game series in Japan. So what makes the games so popular? Dragon Quest is the purest form of a tradition role-playing game: the journey is epic while the combat is expertly balanced. The ninth game in the series is the first to be made specifically for a handheld system. Needless to say, Dragon Quest IX will be one of the biggest Nintendo DS games to date when it comes out sometime in 2009.
1. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Publisher: Rockstar Games, Developer: Rockstar Games, Release Date: March 2009
The Nintendo DS is seen as a family-friendly video game system as you hardly see any Mature-rated games on the system. So it is a surprise to see Nintendo pursuing Grand Theft Auto to be made on their handheld. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars brings the ultra violent but incredibly fun series to the Nintendo DS. Players can expect the same free-roaming gameplay that should provide hours of endless entertainment. Without a doubt, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is the most anticipated Nintendo DS game of 2009.