Top 10 DS Games

Mario Kart DSAccording to average review scores on Metacritic (in parenthesis), here are the top 10 DS games to date:

  1. Mario Kart DS (91)
  2. Advance Wars: Dual Strike (90)
  3. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (89)
  4. New Super Mario Bros. (89)
  5. Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (88)
  6. Meteos (88)
  7. Elite Beat Agents (87)
  8. Kirby: Canvas Curse (86)
  9. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (86)
  10. Animal Crossing: Wild World (86)

See the complete list here.

7 Responses to Top 10 DS Games

  1. elmer says:

    Notice there’s not one Western 3rd party title? Not one with a score above 85%?

    I expect this to continue and the same to be true for Wii. Western 3rd parties actively refuse to commit resources to making anything decent on Nintendo hardware. They’ll all pay for their sins in lost revenue.

  2. Sykil says:

    Planet Puzzle League is #5 now (based on 5 reviews). Its score will change, no doubt, but I’m expecting it to stay in the top 10.

  3. InvisibleMan says:

    Another thing to take in account when checking Metacritic’s “Top 10” on ANY system: the best titles in the first year of the lifetime of the system are the ones that tend to remain at the top. Even if better games come out later on, it will be rare that they make it to that top 10 list, for statistical reasons.

    But when they do, it means that they got so much good critical acclaim that they are sure winners (e.g., Final Fantasy VI Advance for the GBA).

    Another thing to take in account is that you should wait for at least 12 reviews before you can make a fair comparison against games that already have over two dozen reviews and still came on top! (e.g., Planet Puzzle League at #5 with only 5 reviews).

    But scores aside, as I mentioned before, your personal favorite game on any system is very likely not to make it to the top 10 in Metacritic! This is because the average will include many critics from magazines or websites that might not be into that type of game.

    My current favorite on DS, for example, is Etrian Odyssey, which got “only” a 73! But because this is an average (of 12 reviews!), anything above 70 is pretty damn good!

    In fact, if you are looking for originality in gaming, I would advice you to look for games that got an average score between 70 and 85 with more than 10 reviews and some single scores above 90, because that’s where the games that many people “don’t get” will reside, and even some critics that gave scores in the 70’s, when you read their reviews, will let you know that the main reason they gave a low score is because the game might be “too hard” or “too unconventional” for the average gamer.

    Metacritic is a good tool for buyers, if used properly!

  4. mrdctaylor says:

    Yeh…and PUZZLE QUEST is only #34 because NINTENDO POWER gave it a 4.0!

    And yeh, I’m the guy who called into the last podcast complaining about it. 🙂

  5. Rooster Rog says:

    Puzzle Quest!

    I can’t believe it’s not on that list.

    Unfortunately, it’s not a fair assessment of what is globally seen as the best games, as it is heavily influenced by the Japanese Market (which is monstrous, as it pertains to Nintendo).

  6. InvisibleMan says:


    If you follow my method, you will see that Puzzle Quest has a very healthy 8.1, with six reviewers giving it a 90 or more!

    THAT is the kind of scoring us “seasoned gamers” want to see in a game we are going to buy!

  7. elmer says:

    Just to remind you all however, last time I checked, the highest rated western 3rd party developed game for DS was a Tony Hawk game, and the second highest was the other Tony Hawk game. I’m not saying anything bad about Tony Hawk games, just that it’s fairly clear that despite incredible opportunity, these developers are being ignorant, and frankly, even considering statistical scoring trends, I’d still expect more than two games to get more than 90% 2 1/2 years into the cycle.

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