Issue 39: DS Retrospective: A Library of Excellence

Noah shares how the staff came up with this week’s awards and what to look forward to.

By M. Noah Ward. Posted 02/28/2011 10:30 Comment on this     ShareThis

Issue 39: DS Retrospective: A Library of Excellence

Six years running and nearly a thousand choices. That’s what we were looking at when we decided to create a “Best of DS” special. If we wanted to, we could have doubled our award categories, not to mention the number of winners, and still kept everyone happy. Yet we narrowed down the genres we wanted to focus on and will surely address a number of your favorites– and if not, we hope you let us know what we missed. Because for most, DS is a system that can satisfy your video game craving no matter what genre you like. And given the breadth of titles and the quality of our favorite games, we’d be foolish to name a single game the best in a genre. So instead, we’re picking several best– no #1 followed by runners-up, just groups of great games.

With such an incredible software library, we hope 3DS can deliver just as many games we’d never dream of trading into Gamestop. But until then, this is DS’s time to shine.


Issue 39: DS Retrospective: A Library of Excellence

The Best on DS: Action Games by James Stank
Yes, a handheld system can drive adrenaline as much as any blockbuster home console.

The Best on DS: Strategy Games by Kevin Knezevic
Outside of a mouse and PC, a touch screen may be the perfect medium for strategy games.

The Best on DS: Adventure Games by M. Noah Ward
Thank goodness this genre wasn’t left to the ’90s.

Tidman’s Take: DS Games I’m Still Playing by Matthew Tidman
Tidman shares the five DS games he expects to still be playing ten years from now.

The Best on DS: Music & Rhythm Games by Andy Hoover
DS wasn’t forgotten when the music game craze swept the world.

The Best on DS: Non-Games by Matthew Tidman
We expect this kind of stuff on smart phones now, but DS was the first to show everyone how non-games could make developers money.

The Best on DS: Niche Games by Nicolas Vestre
When a system has a software library this vast, there’s inevitably a number of quirky must-haves.

Nester64x: Good Riddance by Nester64x
DS was alright, but Nester64x could have made it much better.

The Best on DS: Original Gameplay Concepts by Andrew Hsieh
When we first heard of DS, we had no idea that a touch screen and a mic could be so novel.

The Best on DS: RPGs by Aaron Roberts
RPGs aren’t as in vogue as they used to be, but DS retains a significant selection of RPG gems.

Hot Air: Flopped by Aaron Roberts
Not every DS game was a winner.

The Best on DS: Puzzle Games by James Stank
This is the genre that justifies handheld gaming, and DS has an exceptional selection of puzzlers.

The Best on DS: Biggest Surprises & Disappointments by Robert Thompson
Stepping away from software, there were some notable things that thrilled and jarred us.

The Best on DS: New Franchises by Adam Sorice
People don’t always associate handheld gaming with new blockbuster series, but DS birthed several.

The Best on DS: Best Overall by Nintendojo Staff
Each Nintendojo writer shares his all-time favorite DS titles.

Additional features in this issue…


  • Nightly News Roundup by Robert Thompson


  • Nightly News Roundup by Nicolas Vester


  • Dojo-Show-Go! Episode 132 by M. Noah Ward
  • Nightly News Roundup by Carter Fagan


  • Nightly News Roundup by Andrew Hsieh


  • Nightly News Roundup by Aaron Roberts

Coming Up Next Week…

Issue 40: Pokémania
If we’re planning a whole issue on Pokémon, than Black and White must be ’round the corner…

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