The New Super Mario Brothers is my favorite game right now.
It has two action buttons: Run/Shoot, and Jump
This began as a comment on Flickr, but a friend called me today and asked questions about the Nintendo DS. I can’t talk on the phone real well to begin with, so I’m putting this here.
I’m not a hardcore gamer (more of an avid collector) – but the DS has been my favorite system in quite some time. And it’s not just for the new “DS” games, but also because I can play old GameBoy Advance carts. (Which can be picked up cheaper than new at places like GameStop, which appear to be 2 miles apart here in Cincinnati. Also note: their site allows you to find available stock for a game in a zip code radius – quite handy).
There are two versions of the DS. The original one comes in colors, is thicker, dimmer but does it’s job. I much prefer the brightness, thickness, and feel of the new DS Lite.
The games I enjoy most:
- New Super Mario Bros. (platformer) Five stars. Awesome. An update on the Mario you know from 1986, with some fun/ mind/ time wasting games that use the stylus.
- Clubhouse Games Over 40 games from Poker to Chess. I talk about it briefly in this entry
- Tetris DS (puzzle) Same as it ever was. Fun with friends or by yourself.
- Super Mario Kart DS (racing) Also, fun with friends or by yourself.
- Metroid Prime Hunters (first-person shooter) A little complicated control scheme pays off with a great 3D adventure that gradually gets too hard, but is fun while it lasts.
- Monopoly / Boggle / Yahtzee / Battleship (4 board games in one cart) Fun with groups that also have a DS, but load times are slow if everyone doesn’t have the cartridge.
- Mario and Luigi : Partners in Time (rpg/action) This one is hard to get back into when you leave it alone for too long, but that’s okay if you accept that fact. It’s more RPG than action, but fun.
Gameboy Advance favorites (old platform, not DS, but compatible) :
- Legend Of Zelda: A Link to the Past (action/rpg) – Overhead fun heavy on action, less on RPG
- All the Super Mario Advance games (all the old favorites, sadly on separate carts)
I go to Metacritic to learn about games. You can sort by score, see all-time best scores, yada yada yada.
There’s more to like and describe about the DS. I mentioned games that are fun with friends, and that’s thanks to built-in WiFi. I could go on shilling for Nintendo, but I’ll just keep playing and hope they keep making simple, fun, videogames.