Feed your starving 3DS some DS greats you probably haven’t played

Nintendo’s in an awkward transitional pre-E3 mode right now, and early 3DS adopters have only a handful of good titles to choose from until things pick up. Zelda’s coming in June, and thank goodness the eShop is scheduled to launch this month. Blake’s dealing with the lull by playing awesome GBA games on his newly acquired AGS-101. For anyone whose new 3DS represents their only handheld Nintendo console, there’s salvation in a back catalog of great DS games waiting to fill the void.

Some of these oldies are obvious; we have 2 Zeldas, Dragon Quest, the Mario and Lugi adventure, and a trio of Professor Laytons representing handheld gaming at its best. But there are many overlooked titles out there–great games that never got the attention they deserve. I’m going to list just a few of my favorites, and then leave the floor open for your suggestions. While the 3DS is taking a software mini-hiatus, now is the time to pick up these gems!


Henry Hatsworth in the  Puzzling Adventure

This is my #1 choice for most tragically overlooked DS game. This thing is a one-of-a-kind, only-possible-on-a-dual-screen, personality-loaded work of sheer genius. The top screen is a platforming adventure. The bottom screen is a match-the-blocks puzzle game. You alternate between them, earning power-ups for Mr. Hatsworth by playing the puzzle game. Defeated platform enemies fall down into the puzzle and become enemy blocks. If they work their way to the top of the puzzle screen, they return to the platformer world!

Add in a wonderfully ridiculous plot, amazing bosses, hilarious dialogue and one of the best soundtracks ever created for a game (which EA made available for free download at launch) and you have one of the most solid, bonkers and fun-to-play games in the DS catalog. Pick this one up; you’ll be amazed. This the Terry Gilliam movie of the game world (and if you don’t get that reference, go watch Time Bandits on Netflix right now!)

Gameplay video here.


Big Bang Mini

Shoot fireworks at attacking enemies while moving your base out of harm’s way—all with the stylus. The game features wonderful, stylish visuals, great effects, fun music and very, very challenging gameplay. Plus, you get an awesome animated lenticular cover sleeve! Odds are good you can find this one for less than fifteen bucks at a nearby retailer.


Warioware D.I.Y.

I can’t resist another chance to put in a good word for this title. This thing is brilliant, but not for everyone; You truly will get out of it exactly what you put into it, and it requires several hours of learning to get good at creating games. Don’t be afraid of the tutorial—It stars Wario and is the funniest and most entertaining tutorial on Earth.

The built-in Warioware games represent a rather brief adventure—little more than half the length of most Warioware games. Combine it all with the Wiiware showcase companion, however, and you pretty much have a full Warioware experience to play both on your Wii and handheld.

The built-ins, however, aren’t what this title’s about. By adding in your own creations and choosing from dozens of additional micro games available for download, you can basically craft your own unique and ever-changing Warioware experience! Unfortunately, it looks like the user-created supply of contest-winning entries is no longer a supported feature.

Even, so, if you have any interest at all in drawing, creating music, or making your own microgames via a brilliant toolbox, grab Warioware D.I.Y. asap.

That’s it for now! What overlooked greats would you like to recommend to the Infendo audience?

22 Responses to Feed your starving 3DS some DS greats you probably haven’t played

  1. I realy like the game and the (weird) artstyle of

    Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland

    The great gameplay of

    Rhythm Paradise <– tick tick slide tick tick sliiiidddddeee complete zen out in this game.

    And of course

    Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes <– Game that sucks up hours and hours of your time


    Retro Game Challenge <– Do misions in fake retro games a realy great game.

    I'm now playing

    Mario Kart DS in my 3DS <– My daughter deleted my safe file 🙁

    That keeps you occupied until the end of May ;). And am i the only one that finds it weird that nintendo declaured that "there whil be no downtime in the 3DS software" but i'm only playing my old DS games on my 3DS 🙁 baaaaad Nintendo baaaaadddd

  2. Making a typo in your username on a nintendoblog – priceless

  3. ac says:

    didn’t you guys have a similar post for both wii and ds?

  4. rdaneel72 says:

    The World Ends With You
    Infinite Space

    These will keep you busy until something good comes out for 3DS.

  5. Medd says:


    Best DS game. A game that still hasn’t got the attention it derseves.

  6. Richard says:

    ac —

    We had a poll about under-rated DS games back in December, but this post is aimed at 3DS purchasers who might be feeling a bit edgy about the low water level in the ol’ software creekbed. That, and I’m feeling very jealous about all the fun Blake’s having with his AGS-101. 🙂

    Plus, I’ll grab any chance I get to plug Hatsworth and Warioware DIY.

  7. Ac says:

    Trace memory, lost magic and chibi robo 2.

  8. Ac says:

    Chibi robo DS would work good with new analog slide pad.

  9. Mohan says:

    Honestly don’t like to play DS games on my 3DS, they look like crap to me. I am really glad I opted into keeping the DSi or else there would have been no way for me enjoy the handful of DS games that I do have.

  10. gojiguy says:

    elite beat agents
    ouendan 2

    last two are best imports this gen
    all are best music games this gen

  11. ZeroChrome says:

    GASP where’s The World Ends With You?!

  12. Stan says:

    Everyone’s said some pretty good ones. Strongly suggest Clash of Heroes to anyone who hasn’t played it yet.

    To add one to the list, I think Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier is an overlooked title that deserves more attention. Its battle system is simple yet addicting, and the dialog is priceless.

  13. ZZ says:

    There’s are some highly overlooked games like:

    Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland
    Rhythm Paradise
    Harvest Moon: Rune Factory 1, 2 & 3
    Hotel Dusk: Room 215

  14. gamecollector44 says:

    Chibi Robo: Park Patrol…I…don’t have alot else, actually. xP

  15. Ac says:

    Ghost trick, advance wars days of ruin, dark spire, and bangai o spirits.

  16. Ac says:

    Radiant historia

  17. Dobhran says:

    Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
    Etrian Odyssey III
    Dragon Quest Rocket Slime
    Might and Magic Clash Of Heroes
    All the Puzzle Quest games…

  18. me says:

    just animal crossing wild world and pokemon do it for me

  19. bananaoomarang says:


    If you hold down start and select (maybe just select?) it doesn’t scale the game up. Annoying, bit preferable 😉

    I’ll probably pick up both of those someday! They look great, and had just slipped off my radar.

    And also, Ghost Trick is genius.

  20. Mohan says:

    @Bananaoomarang yeah I have done that before, it does make things look a lot sharper. But it is a bit small though.

  21. Eugene says:

    My 3DS has been almost exclusively a Pokemon Black device for awhile now. Can’t wait for some downloadable fun later this month!

  22. InvisibleMan says:

    There are sooo many great DS games that I have held back on getting my 3DS until Xmas while I catch up on just the best DS titles…

    Personally, almost anything by Atlus is worth a look, but you definitely have to play one of their Etrian Odyssey games, which can’t be made for any other platform IMHO, and definitely Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. Best strategy game EVER! So good Atlus is planning on releasing it again with 3D for the 3DS, so you might want to wait for that version).

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: