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The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time 

Kyle Townsend
Updated February 2, 2020 177 votes 19 voters 41 items

List Rules Vote up all the overlooked DS games you think other gamers should play.

Nintendo’s mini handheld system released some great games, but there are plenty of underrated DS games that are worth a second look. Upon its initial release in 2004, the Nintendo DS took the games industry by storm. Having two screens may have seemed a bit gimmicky to some, but the feature was used to create some truly unique game mechanics that were both inventive and unable to be replicated on any other platform. 

While the DS was redefining how we thought about handheld consoles, it also defined many of our childhoods. Games like Nintendogs and Animal Crossing were instant classics every time a new version was released, but there were also games like Infinite Spacekinds and Puzzle Quest that also deserve some forgotten praise.

Vote up all the overlooked and underappreciated Nintendo DS games you think deserve more attention, and vote down the titles you think are best forgotten. And if you know of a few great criminally overlooked DS games you’re still playing today, add them to the list so other players can give them a try.

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Infinite Space is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2010 (Platinum Games)

Genres (Video game): Console role-playing game, Tactical role-playing game, Real-time strategy, Role-playing video game, Space flight simulator game, + more

Infinite Space, initially announced as Infinite Line, is a 2009 science fiction role-playing video game with space simulation and real-time strategy RPG elements, developed by Nude Maker and ...more
2
Ghost Trick: Phantom Det... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2010 (Capcom)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Adventure

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is an adventure game developed by Capcom for the Nintendo DS and iOS. Ghost Trick's story centers on the protagonist Sissel, and his ghost's struggle to discover ...more
3
Viewtiful Joe: Double Tr... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2005 (Clover Studio)

Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game, Beat 'em up

Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble!, known in Japan as Viewtiful Joe: Scratch!, is a video game developed by Clover Studio and published by Capcom for the Nintendo DS. It was released in 2005 in ...more
4
Soul Bubbles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2008 (Mekensleep)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Strategy video game

Soul Bubbles is a puzzle video game for the Nintendo DS handheld console. It was developed by the French studio Mekensleep, and was published by Eidos Interactive in PAL regions and North ...more
5
Aliens Infestation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Aliens Infestation
Aliens Infestation is a 2D sidescroller game for the Nintendo DS handheld console. It was developed by WayForward Technologies and Gearbox Software. It is a part of the Alien franchise.
6
Touch Detective is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2006 (BeeWorks)

Genres (Video game): Adventure

Touch Detective or Mystery Detective in Europe is a point-and-click mystery adventure game for the Nintendo DS which makes use of the device's touch screen. It was developed by BeeWorks and ...more
7
Henry Hatsworth in the P... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2009 (EA Tiburon)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Puzzle game, Platform game, Action game, Strategy video game

Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is a Nintendo DS action-adventure and puzzle game developed by EA Tiburon. It involves a British adventurer, the eponymous Henry Hatsworth, who is on a ...more
8
Dragon Quest Monsters: J... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2006 (Tose Co.)

Genres (Video game): Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker is a Nintendo DS role-playing video game published by Square Enix, and the fourth installment of the Dragon Quest Monsters series. Square Enix released the game on ...more
9
Puzzle Quest: Challenge ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2007 (Engine Software)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Role-playing video game, Strategy video game

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is a game developed by Australian company Infinite Interactive and published by D3 Publisher. The game combines role-playing with strategy and puzzle ...more
10
Contra 4 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2007 (WayForward Technologies)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Platform game, Action game, Run and gun

Contra 4 is a 2D action game for the Nintendo DS and the eleventh original installment in the Contra series. The game was released in North America on November 13, 2007. Contra 4 was produced by ...more
11
Disgaea DS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Disgaea DS Released: 2008 (Nippon Ichi Software)

Genres (Video game): Role-playing video game, Strategy video game

Nippon Ichi has also licensed or produced a wide variety of Disgaea merchandise, including a manga. In 2006, Nippon Ichi released a sequel called Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories for the PlayStation ...more
12
Advance Wars: Days of Ru... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2008 (Intelligent Systems)

Genres (Video game): Turn-based tactics, Strategy video game

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is a turn-based tactics video game for the Nintendo DS handheld game console. It is the fourth installment in the Advance Wars series and was released in North America ...more
13
Ninjatown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2008 (Venan Entertainment)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Real-time strategy, Strategy video game

Ninjatown is a tower defense strategy video game on the Nintendo DS that was released on October 28, 2008.
14
Rhythm Heaven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2009 (Nintendo)

Genres (Video game): Rhythm game, Music video game, Action game

Rhythm Heaven, known as Rhythm Paradise in Europe and Rhythm Tengoku Gold in Japan, is a rhythm video game developed by Nintendo SPD for the Nintendo DS. It is the second game in Nintendo's ...more
15
Elite Beat Agents is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2006 (iNiS)

Genres (Video game): Music video game, Action game

Elite Beat Agents is a music video game developed by iNiS and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game console. It was first released in North America, and has since been released ...more
16
Blades of Thunder II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Blades of Thunder II

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action game, Simulation video game, Flight simulator

Blades of Thunder 2, also sold as Battle Hawks 2, is a flight simulator game developed by Summitsoft Entertainment for the Nintendo DS. It was released on April 18, 2006 in North America. It ...more
17
Burnout Legends is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2005 (Electronic Arts)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Burnout Legends is the first spin-off game in the popular Burnout franchise and the fifth game overall, specifically released for the PlayStation Portable on 13 September 2005 in North America, ...more

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Etrian Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Etrian Odyssey Released: 2007 (Atlus)

Genres (Video game): Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

Etrian Odyssey, released in Japan as Sekaiju no Meikyuu, is a 3D dungeon crawler role-playing video game by Atlus for the Nintendo DS.
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Hotel Dusk: Room 215 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2007 (Cing)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Adventure

Hotel Dusk: Room 215, released in Japan as Wish Room: Angel's Memory, is a point-and-click adventure game for the Nintendo DS. Originally announced on October 5, 2005 as Wish Room, the game made ...more
20
Intellivision Lives! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2003 (Realtime Associates)

Genres (Video game): Educational game, Action game, Adventure, Simulation video game, Sports game, + more

Intellivision Lives! is a compilation of various games from the Intellivision and released for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. In addition, there are three exclusive games that ...more
21
Lost in Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2005 (Konami)

Genres (Video game): Adventure

Lost in Blue is a Nintendo DS video game which is a continuation of Konami's Survival Kids series. Lost in Blue makes extensive use of the system's touchscreen and microphone features as two ...more
22
Lunar Knights is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2006 (Kojima Productions)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Action game, Adventure

Lunar Knights, known in Japan as Bokura no Taiyō: Django & Sabata and abbreviated Boktai DS, is an action role-playing video game, the fourth title in the Boktai series of video games ...more
23
Magnetica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2006 (Mitchell Corporation)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Action game, Strategy video game

Magnetica is a puzzle game for the Nintendo DS, released as part of the Touch! Generations series. The game was developed by Mitchell Corporation and published by Nintendo, and is based on ...more
24
Metroid Prime Pinball is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2005 (Silverball Studios)

Genres (Video game): Pinball, Action game, Simulation video game

Metroid Prime Pinball is a pinball video game themed after the Metroid series. The game uses the graphical style and various story elements from Metroid Prime. It was developed by Fuse Games for ...more
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Pac-Pix is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Released: 2005 (Namco)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Action game, Strategy video game

Pac-Pix is a video game developed and published by Namco for the Nintendo DS. It stars Namco's popular video game mascot Pac-Man. The game makes extensive use of the system's touch screen, ...more