Released in 2004, the Nintendo DS solidified itself as one of the most successful handheld gaming consoles of all time. It has a vast library of games from many genres, including role-playing games (RPGs). With its dual screens, innovative control schemes, and robust library of great titles, it has become a go-to platform for gamers who love RPGs. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best DS RPGs to date.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
The Pokémon series chose the Nintendo DS as its platform for its fourth generation of entries. This includes Diamond and Pearl, which were released in 2006. The game builds on the classic Pokémon formula by introducing twice as many Pokémon species and giving players dozens more hours to explore Sinnoh. The game also features robust online connectivity between friends over Wi-Fi connection. Players can use their local wireless connection to battle or trade with each other.
Diamond and Pearl also boasted more sophisticated graphics than previous generations. This was thanks to the more powerful hardware found inside the Nintendo DS system. This helped to make Sinnoh look like a living breathing world filled with Pokémon waiting to be discovered. All these improvements helped make this entry one of the most beloved and successful ones in the series.
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
One genre that was particularly suited for the dual screen format on the Nintendo DS is action games. One example is Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime for 2005’s Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. The game stars Rocket Slime, a small dragon who must use his elastic body to save other slimes from their captors by stretching himself from screen to screen.
The game borrows heavily from classic dungeon crawlers like Zelda while incorporating some lighthearted mini-