Closing on the magical 100 million units sold mark, the Nintendo DS has the most diverse gaming library on the market. The trend continues into the spring of 2009 with titles that cater to every type of gamer. So which of the upcoming titles separate themselves from the rest of the pack? Here are the top five forthcoming Nintendo DS games of the spring.
5. Suikoden Tierkreis
Publisher: Konami, Developer: Konami, Original Release Date: March 17, ESRB Rating: E 10+
The Suikoden series contain some of the best titles in role-playing genre. Suikoden Tierkreis marks the first game in the long-running series to appear on the Nintendo DS. Along with the ability to recruit 108 characters, fans can also expect an online mode where they can exchange goods. This spring game looks to be a solid addition to the excellent Suikoden series.
4. Tokyo Beat Down
Publisher: Atlus, Developer: Tamsoft, Original Release Date: March 31, ESRB Rating: T
Tokyo Beat Down may be the least known entity on the list but that won’t stop this Nintendo DS title from being one of the better spring games. The game brings back the long forgotten art form of the beat-em-up genre in a crime-ridden rural 1970s Tokyo setting. With multiple characters and endings, Tokyo Beat Down will get plenty of replays when it comes out on the Nintendo DS in the spring.
3. Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
Publisher: Square Enix, Developer: tri-Ace, Original Release Date: March 17, ESRB Rating: T
The Valkyrie Profile series always delivers a great hardcore experience for role-playing fans. Covenant of the Plume is the first title to appear on the Nintendo DS and also mark a radical departure for the series. While the engrossing battle system returns, Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume also adds some strategy elements to the gameplay. Thanks to the innovative new ideas, this Nintendo DS upcoming title is one of the most anticipated of the spring.
2. Pokémon Platinum
Publisher: Nintendo, Developer: Game Freak, Original Release Date: March 22, ESRB Rating: E
A top five Nintendo DS list wouldn’t be the same without a Pokémon game. Pokémon Platinum, the latest release in the ultra popular handheld franchise, includes brand new Pokémons to capture and evolved. If that wasn’t enough of an incentive to buy another Pokémon title, Platinum will also include a Battle Plaza where fans can play mini-games with others online. Without a doubt, Pokémon Platinum will end up being the most popular spring game on the Nintendo DS.
1. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Publisher: Rockstar Games, Developer: Rockstar Games, Original Release Date: March 17, ESRB Rating: M
For the longest time, Nintendo has been trying to get the Grand Theft Auto series on their systems. Nintendo’s valiant efforts finally paid off with Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the Nintendo DS. This spring title combines cartoon-like visuals and perspective camera angle of the older titles with refined gameplay from the newer titles. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars should fill in the mature hardcore games niche on Nintendo systems perfectly. Therefore, it is the best spring game on the Nintendo DS.