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So after months of not touching my consoles or handhelds I finally took the courage to start up my Wii and play Skyward Sword. Well I wish I could say that but the only reason I did so was because my video card crapped out on me and thus rendering my PC useless other than to: Porn, Facebook and Rllmuk (yes, in that order).

I'm now 20 hours in to SS and it made me realize how much of a void there was for me as far as pure gaming glee goes. It's been said a thousand times already but Nintendo games do have a certain unique charm to them that make most, if not all, of their titles a joy to play. Even if the latest Zelda is a bit by the numbers it's still a much better experience than most games. Not that other recent titles are bad or anything but there's just something about playing a game by yourself, without achievements (glorified grinds more like!), no online hassles, and NGC era graphics all while waving your arms around like a loon. Simpler times no?

Anyway I digress... What I'm saying is: I've rediscovered the Nintendo fanboy inside but fear for what I have been missing out on all these years. Especially on (3)DS and Wii. I'm looking forward to the new Pokemon and Luigi's Mansion games but what else is out there that you would consider essential titles for these systems, past or upcoming?

Games I already own are:

Wii

  • Super Paper Mario
  • Wario Land: The Shake Dimension
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Goldeneye 007
  • Deadspace Extraction
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
  • Red Steel 2
  • Okami
  • No More Heroes
  • Muramasa The Demon Blade
  • Metroid Prime 3
  • Madworld

DS/3DS

  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike
  • Metroid Prime Hunters
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Tony Hawk's American Sk8land
  • New Super Mario Bros.
  • Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • 3D Classics Kid Icarus
  • 3D Classics Kirby's Adventure
  • Pullblox

I tell ya, taking a break from PC gaming (Steam) and not having to look at your pile of shame (which at times can make it seem like a list of chores rather than entertainment) can be pure bliss!

Let's put all our effort into making sure this becomes a list thread eh? No filler, just quality titles. ;)


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I've never played Minish Cap. Dont lynch me.

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Gotta be Paper Mario: Sticker Star :)

Absolutely wonderful game. Ignore the above-average reviews that can't get over the lack of XP (it doesn't need it). Full of great dialogue and Nintendo charm, and it's very addictive.

But yeah, if you haven't played Super Mario 3D Land yet, get it done. Or just get 3D Land, Galaxy 2, and Paper Mario and lock yourself away for a few months.

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If you're after a more story based game, I'd highly recommend Phoenix Wright or 999/Virtue's Last Reward.

And Donkey Kong Country Returns for a great platformer. Or Super Mario Galaxy 2.

And, if you haven't played the GC versions, the NPC Pikmin games.

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Noticed you have Tony Hawk's American Sk8land there, and I thought I'd say, whilst it's probably lost some of its lustre now, I don't know who sold their soul to the devil to get a full 3D game going on the DS at such a cracking pace. It's a great little game.

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Wii

  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • New Super Mario Bros Wii
  • Zack and Wiki
  • Red Steel 2
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Mario Kart Wii*
  • De Blob**
  • Super Smash Bros Brawl

DS/3DS

  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow
  • The World Ends With You
  • Pokemans

*you have Mario Kart 7 so you might not want to buy this, it's a great Mario Kart but yeah, you play one...

**it's a good game but you have to waggle to jump and attack. If you're not bothered about playing a series in order then skip to De Blob 2 on 360/PS3.

Oh and just to reiterate the following:

NiGHTS Journey Into Dreams is utterly shite, don't bother with it. Yoshi's Island DS does not retain the pixelly look of the SNES/GBA, it has slightly smaller sprites for a bigger view of the level. If you're a fan of the original it might be a bit jarring but just so's it's not a surprise.

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  1. Project Zero 2: Wii Edition
  2. Kid Icarus: Uprising
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  4. Super Mario Galaxy 2
  5. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2
  6. Resident Evil: Revelations
  7. Super Mario 3D Land
  8. Professor Layton and the Last Specter
  9. Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise
  10. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

That's what the great algorithm says. Some pretty decent recommendations in there.

EDIT: hang on, stupid algorithm stopped at 9. Fixed now.


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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Etrian Odyssey and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin are all DS essentials. Days of Ruin is the best AW since the first game: the new art direction isn't as good, but it manages to increase the complexity (with new unit types and being able to have a CO unit) whilst preserving a far finer balance between the unit types and between the different CO powers than Dual Strike managed.

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Virtue's Last Reward and 999 are ace. The first Phoenix Wright is essential, and I'd include Ghost Trick too. I'd also suggest the Ouendan games and Elite Beat Agents, and not just because I'm selling them for cheap /shameless plug. They are some of the best rhythm games available.

Also: eveything already mentioned. The DS has an embarrasment of riches.

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Nice! Thanks guys. So my to-buy list is looking like this at the moment:

  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Paper Mario Sticker Star
  • Resident Evil: Revelaitions (Totally forgot about the excellent demo I played of this!)
  • Ocarina of Time 3D
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Phoenix Wright games! ...if I can get them at a not-so-outrageous price.

What was that game for Wii which featured a girl running through dark environments with a torch (wow that narrows it down)? It looked neato! I'm a sucker for Wii Horror stuff so I'll definitely check out some of the other recommendations posted.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Etrian Odyssey and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin are all DS essentials. Days of Ruin is the best AW since the first game: the new art direction isn't as good, but it manages to increase the complexity (with new unit types and being able to have a CO unit) whilst preserving a far finer balance between the unit types and between the different CO powers than Dual Strike managed.

I find the Advance Wars games to be a bit difficult though. At least that's how I remember the one I played. It can't be that much harder than the recent XCOM though can it? Hell I even managed to finish Valkyria Chronicles on PS3 and thought that was quite difficult at times.

I adore the gameplay style and the retro visuals of the Advance Wars series but tis' a shame I suck at them.

EDIT: Do the New Super Mario Bros sequels (2 and Wii U) offer anything 'new' if you've already played the first one on DS? I don't really see the appeal to be honest. Especially in a world where we have 3D land and Sticker Star.

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Etrian Odyssey and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin are all DS essentials...

Thought I'd just quickly add, I have a copy of this for sale in my trading thread if anyone's after it.

EDIT: Oh also can I second 999? Definitely in my top 5 DS titles, after just finishing it last week.

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What was that game for Wii which featured a girl running through dark environments with a torch (wow that narrows it down)? It looked neato! I'm a sucker for Wii Horror stuff so I'll definitely check out some of the other recommendations posted.

Ahem, number 1 spot on the great game choosing algorithm's list, Project zero 2

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EDIT: Do the New Super Mario Bros sequels (2 and Wii U) offer anything 'new' if you've already played the first one on DS? I don't really see the appeal to be honest. Especially in a world where we have 3D land and Sticker Star.

The first one is like dogshit compared to the rest.

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Thought I'd just quickly add, I have a copy of this for sale in my trading thread if anyone's after it.

EDIT: Oh also can I second 999? Definitely in my top 5 DS titles, after just finishing it last week.

Have you played Virtue's Last Reward yet Asura? It takes 999's ball and runs with it, runs and runs and runs. It's also much easier to get, although if you've never played 999 you will miss a few references, but it's better than never playing it.

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Nice! Thanks guys. So my to-buy list is looking like this at the moment:

  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Paper Mario Sticker Star
  • Resident Evil: Revelaitions (Totally forgot about the excellent demo I played of this!)
  • Ocarina of Time 3D
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Phoenix Wright games! ...if I can get them at a not-so-outrageous price.

What was that game for Wii which featured a girl running through dark environments with a torch (wow that narrows it down)? It looked neato! I'm a sucker for Wii Horror stuff so I'll definitely check out some of the other recommendations posted.

I find the Advance Wars games to be a bit difficult though. At least that's how I remember the one I played. It can't be that much harder than the recent XCOM though can it? Hell I even managed to finish Valkyria Chronicles on PS3 and thought that was quite difficult at times.

I adore the gameplay style and the retro visuals of the Advance Wars series but tis' a shame I suck at them.

EDIT: Do the New Super Mario Bros sequels (2 and Wii U) offer anything 'new' if you've already played the first one on DS? I don't really see the appeal to be honest. Especially in a world where we have 3D land and Sticker Star.

You absolutely won't regret getting Resi. It is marvellous. My favourite re since the remakes. Yes, even more than 4 because it mixes old style spooky shocks with action set pieces so well.

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Have you played Virtue's Last Reward yet Asura? It takes 999's ball and runs with it, runs and runs and runs. It's also much easier to get, although if you've never played 999 you will miss a few references, but it's better than never playing it.

Yep, just started VLR yesterday. :)

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Noticed you have Tony Hawk's American Sk8land there, and I thought I'd say, whilst it's probably lost some of its lustre now, I don't know who sold their soul to the devil to get a full 3D game going on the DS at such a cracking pace. It's a great little game.

I so desperately need a 3DS compilation of THPS1-4 :(

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Ahem, number 1 spot on the great game choosing algorithm's list, Project zero 2

Just looked that up and while it does undoubtedly look awesome I seem to remember something else. A 'anime' type girl that ran around an amusement park. I don't think there were enemies even.

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