Total Nerd The Best Nintendo DS RPGs  

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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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Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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752 309
Radiant Historia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
IchikaOrimura added

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554 230
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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372 162
Pokémon Platinum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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501 235
The World Ends With You is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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364 158
Pokémon Black/White Version 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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378 169
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

8
342 149
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the He... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

9
283 118
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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271 112
Pokémon Black and White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
RenanGenerali added 2011

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300 141
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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259 118
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Surv... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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96 18
Solatorobo: Red the Hunter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
死の恐怖 added Solatorobo: Red the Hunter 2010

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241 114
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grim... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

15
194 88
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of t... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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145 58
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harv... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
Vincent Huang added 2010

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202 98
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explo... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

18
156 68
Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Rev... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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160 71
Suikoden Tierkreis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs
John Ghottio added 2009

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190 98
Final Fantasy III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

21
177 89
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Jo... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

22
208 114
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

23
166 86
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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110 60
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs

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95 49
Infinite Space is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nintendo DS RPGs