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The Best Nintendo DS RPGs 

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Updated September 24, 2019 22.5k votes 4.9k voters 260.2k views 107 items

List Rules Games don't have to be console exclusive, as long as they were released for Nintendo DS at some point.

If you owned a Nintendo DS at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few RPGs in your collection. There's something about role playing games that really capture your imagination and make you feel like you're part of another world. Your party always has colorful characters, the abilities you gain along the way are amazing, and boss battles are usually nothing short of epic. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best Nintendo DS RPGs of all time. 

This list will feature the most popular and best selling RPGs that were released for Nintendo DS. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Examples of items on this list include Golden Sun: Dark Dawn and Dragon Quest IX. Vote for your favorite video games below, and feel free to add any that you think deserve to be on the list.
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Radiant Historia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
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Pokémon HeartGold... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
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Dragon Quest IX: Sentine... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2007 (Square Enix)

If you're a fan, be sure to vote it up in our list of all Dragon Quest games ranked.

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The World Ends With You ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2007 (Square Enix)
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Pokémon Platinum ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2009 (Game Freak)
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Dragon Quest V: Hand of ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 1992 (Artepiazza)
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Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2010 (Camelot Software Planning)
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Pokémon Black/Whi... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
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Mario & Luigi: Bowse... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2009 (AlphaDream Corporation)
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Pokémon Black and... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
RenanGenerali added Released: 2011 (Game Freak)
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Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 1991 (Sting Entertainment)
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Shin Megami Tensei: Devi... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2009 (Atlus)
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Final Fantasy Tactics A2... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2008 (Square Enix)
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Rune Factory 3: A Fantas... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Vincent Huang added Released: 2010 (Neverland)
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Suikoden Tierkreis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
John Ghottio added Released: 2009 (Konami)
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Pokémon Mystery D... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
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Dragon Quest IV: Chapter... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 1990 (Square Enix)
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Pokémon Diamond a... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2006 (Game Freak)
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Dragon Quest VI: Realms ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 1995 (Square Enix)
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Shin Megami Tensei: Stra... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2009 (Atlus)
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Final Fantasy III is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 1990 (Square Enix)
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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Day... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2009 (Square Enix)
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Rune Factory 2: A Fantas... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
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Castlevania: Order of Ec... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2008 (Konami)
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Rune Factory: A Fantasy ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Released: 2006 (Neverland)