The 10 most anticipated DS games of 2009


The 2008 software line up for Nintendo’s current handheld wasn’t the greatest compared to previous years, but 2009 aims to turn that around with a wonderful blend of RPGs, Puzzlers, platformers, drug-fueled open world shooters, and many more. Hit the jump for a collection of the top ten DS titles you need to keep an eye out for in 2009.


10. de Blob

If the DS rendition of de Blob is anything like the sleeper-hit Wii version then this is certainly a title you need to keep an eye on. Who knew painting an entire city as a rolling blob of multicolored water could conceive such engrossing gameplay.


9. Peggle Duel Shot

Those of you who have outlasted the Peggle phenomenon now have the chance to pick up a portable adaptation of the physics induced ball bouncing game. With over 55 levels and brand new unannounced features you should go ahead and tuck away a few reserve dollars.


8. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Playstation fanboys can rejoice with a spin-off of Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts series. This clever RPG pits loved Disney characters, girly-male heroes, and overly large keys into the same universe. Expect a fleshed out multiplayer mission-based experience to accompany the traditional action-RPG singleplayer.


7. Dragon Quest IX

Yet another deep RPG exclusive from Square Enix arrives on the DS. Look forward to classic turn-based combat and an all new four player wifi co-op mode.


6. Pokemon Platinum

You didn’t think Nintendo was done publishing yearly Pokemon titles, did ya’? Just what makes this version superior to Pokemon Diamond or Pearl? New storyline, battle frontier, updated graphics, mini-games, and a plethora of new content await aspiring Pokemon trainers.


5. Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars

Nintendo’s answer to pacify the core market arrives as Rockstar’s GTA: Chinatown Wars. You play as a young Huang Lee who gets caught up in a violent war waging between Liberty City’s Chinese and Korean gangs. A drug trading minigame manages to intertwine itself in the already M-rated gameplay.


4. Mario & Luigi RPG 3

It’s still not quite Super Mario RPG but it’s good enough to develop a third title in the handheld series. Don’t expect any major changes to the graphics or gameplay but you can now play as Bowser…Woot?


3. DSiWare
2009 also brings us an updated DS model boasting a store filled with downloadable games and content. A few titles available include multiple brain training exercises, a Dr. Mario adaptation, and a WarioWare minigame collection. The DSiWare Shop looks to be as successful as Wiiware.


2. Phantasy Star Zero
PSO fans can finally jump back online for some RPG combat and item trading. The handheld version promises to uphold online features from past PSO titles while at the same time developing a more fluid singleplayer experience.


1. Unknown Nintendo Titles

Nintendo is full of surprises and 2009 is sure to contain a few megatons. Could we see Miyamoto’s hinted Mario DS, Aonuma’s Zelda DS, or even the rumored Metroid Dread? Anything is possible.

What else do you see as a possible DS hit for 2009? Comment below.



  1. Hmm I would love a new version of Super Mario All Stars and possibly with some more games as well.

  2. A lot of people have been taken back by the Chinatown Wars’ over-the-head view, but I’m pretty excited to see this vantage point return to the series. GTA I, II, and London were tons of fun, and I can see a similar format working wonderfully on the DS.

  3. I’m on board with the Super Mario All Stars!


  4. i would say what’s missing on this list is:

    elebits (is this already out? not sure)
    fire emblem: shadow dragon
    henry hatsworth
    FFCC: echoes of time

    thats all i can think of at the moment.

  5. here’s a couple of others assuming they will eventually make it to NA:

    Ragnarok Online DS
    maple story DS

  6. I don’t know how you come up with these lists, but you can’t count multiple games–unknown ones, even!–as an entry. THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE, especially for #1 on a list.

    Anyway, the only games I can think of that I’m looking forward to are KH: DS and Scribblenauts. And maybe any good online multiplayer game that features FULL VOICE COMMUNICATION.

  7. 2009 will be the year I finish all the DS games that I have from 2008, thank you very much!

    That Pokémon Platinum looks quite tempting, though…

  8. Count me in for Pokemon Platinum and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

    And then there are the multiple games from 2008 that are as of yet either unfinished or unstarted.

  9. I am looking forward to GTA for sure, but I think that “Gauntlet” should have at least merited an honorable mention on your list. All the screen caps and previews that I have read for it make it look like a great update and even “Diabloesque” in some ways, which is a GOOD thing in my book.

  10. Let’s see…
    De Blob could be pretty good, but I haven’t played the Wii version yet.
    I’m addicted to Peggle ever since we got it a week or so ago. DS game is a good thing.
    But I’m really waiting for KH358 and Pokemon! XD
    Mario RPGs are funny, but are only good for 1, perhaps 2 playthroughs.
    The rest don’t interest me as much, but I might try DQIX.

  11. Pokemon Platinum should be on the top three, no doubt about it. It is currently the second largest Nintendo franchise, with sales well over twice Final Fantasy’s. I’m actually looking forward to PS0 and Ragnarok DS more than Pokemon, but I can’t say that’s true for everyone.

  12. There are only a few games coming out that I know I want this year.

    My list of 09 games are:

    Pokemon Platinum
    Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
    Dragon Quest IX
    Mario & Luigi 3
    Grand Theft Auto China Town Wars
    Fire Emblem

    Now I would love to see Nintendo roll out some heavy hitting DS games like a new Zelda and Mario game, considering that they’ve already been acknowledged as in development. However I don’t see Metroid Dread ever coming out considering it’s been canceled. I would love to see it release though. The DS is just begging for a 2d metroid game.

    Now there are three games I would love to see happen. Super Smash Brothers DS. All they would need to do is port the original N64 Smash (with 2-4 new characters or more) and give it a Wi-Fi mode. There’s the next smash hit for Nintendo (no pun intended). Now the next two games I’m going to mention are out, just not outside Japan. I would absolutely die to see the Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultra Stars games arrive on US shores.

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