The best-selling Nintendo DS raked in another solid year with quality titles. It will be hard to justify not owning the handheld now more than ever. Here are the top ten Nintendo DS games released in 2008.
10. Dragon Ball: Origins
Publisher: Atari, Developer: Game Republic, Release Date: November 4, ESRB Rating: T
Dragon Ball: Origins is one of the few video games based on the original anime series. Inspired by Zelda, this adventure game will follow the exploits of a young Goku. Dragon Ball fans will absolutely love this 2008 title.
9. Bleach: Dark Souls
Publisher: Sega, Developer: Treasure, Release Date: October 7, ESRB Rating: T
The sequel to the best Nintendo DS fighting game improves upon the original in every way with new fighters, new gameplay elements and a rebalanced fighting system. With the excellent online multiplayer returning, Bleach: Dark Souls is the ultimate fighting handheld game in 2008.
8. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Publisher: Nintendo, Developer: Level-5, Release Date: February 10, ESRB Rating: E
Professor Layton and the Curious Village contains a series of challenging puzzle games wrapped up in one engrossing world. You can’t hope but be addicted to this excellent 2008 Nintendo DS game.
7. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Publisher: Capcom, Developer: Capcom, Release Date: February 19, ESRB Rating: T
Phoenix Wright returns for another wacky attorney game. This time, however, he takes a back seat as a newcomer is about to make his debut. Expect the same gripping storyline from previous games in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.
6. Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
Publisher: Nintendo, Developer: Intelligent Studios, Release Date: January 21, ESRB Rating: E 10+
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is a darker, more mature version of the great handheld strategy games. The ability to share your created levels and fight with your friend online makes this title one of the best multiplayer game on the Nintendo DS.
5. Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword
Publisher: Tecmo, Developer: Team Ninja, Release Date: March 25, ESRB Rating: T
Despite using the touch screen instead of button presses, Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword remains as intense and challenging as the other games in the action series. In fact, using the touch screen to pull of crazy moves feels a lot more satisfying than simply pressing a button. Not to mention this 2008 title is quite a looker, pushing the Nintendo DS to its limits.
4. Chrono Trigger
Publisher: Square Enix, Developer: Square Enix, Release Date: December 1, ESRB Rating: E 10+
The classic Super Nintendo role-playing game returns to the Nintendo DS. The 2008 version of Chrono Trigger has something for everyone. Newcomers can expect timeless gameplay, charming characters, perfect pacing and fun combat in Chrono Trigger. Returning veterans will want to sink their teeth into the new dungeons and an arena mode.
3. Kirby Super Star Ultra
Publisher: Nintendo, Developer: Nintendo, Release Date: September 29, ESRB Rating: E
Kirby Super Star Ultra is another Super Nintendo game that got a well deserved port to the Nintendo DS. Often considered to be the best game in the series, Kirby Super Star is one massive game spilt into smaller sections. The 2008 version adds even more content to the table with several new modes; thus making Kirby Super Star Ultra the definitive version.
2. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Publisher: Konami, Developer: Konami, Release Date: October 21, ESRB Rating: T
It wouldn’t be a best of Nintendo DS list without a Castlevania game. Order of Ecclesia could be the best handheld game yet with several innovations: dozens of diverse locations, revamped combat system and the addition of online features (including a versus mode). It will be hard for the next game in the series to top Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia.
1. The World Ends With You
Publisher: Square Enix, Developer: Jupiter, Release Date: April 22, ESRB Rating: E
Rarely would you see a game that come out of nowhere and ended up being the best game released on the system for that year. Such is the case with The World Ends With You on the Nintendo DS in 2008. From the creators of the Kingdom Hearts series, this unique role-playing game uses both screens in addition to the stylus and button presses for its chaotic battle system. With the addition of stylish visual and music to boot, The World Ends With You takes the crown as the best Nintendo DS game of 2008.