Nintendo DS ROMs

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 Pokemon Diamond  Cover Thumbnail Pokemon Diamond - v5
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2007
4.3 3411475
 Pokemon Platinum Version  Cover Thumbnail Pokemon Platinum Version
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2009
4.5 2797341
 Pokemon Pearl  Cover Thumbnail Pokemon Pearl - v5
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2007
4.4 862838
 Pokemon Platinum Version  Cover Thumbnail Pokemon Platinum Version - v1
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2009
4.4 760375
 Dragon Ball Z - Supersonic Warriors 2  Cover Thumbnail Dragon Ball Z - Supersonic Warriors 2
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action, Fighting
Year: 2006
3.9 711964
 Legend Of Zelda - Phantom Hourglass, The  Cover Thumbnail Legend Of Zelda - Phantom Hourglass, The
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action, Adventure
Year: 2007
4.4 458814
 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - Explorers Of Sky  Cover Thumbnail Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - Explorers Of Sky
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2009
4.6 378075
 Super Mario 64 DS  Cover Thumbnail Super Mario 64 DS
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 2005
4.2 371083
 Pokemon Diamond Version  Cover Thumbnail Pokemon Diamond Version
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2007
4.2 323731
 Ben 10 - Omniverse  Cover Thumbnail Ben 10 - Omniverse
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action
Year: 2012
3.7 320240
 Pokemon SoulSilver Version  Cover Thumbnail Pokemon SoulSilver Version
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2010
4.4 308296
 Naruto - Ninja Council 3  Cover Thumbnail Naruto - Ninja Council 3
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action, Beat Em Up
Year: 2007
3.7 307139
 Grand Theft Auto - Chinatown Wars  Cover Thumbnail Grand Theft Auto - Chinatown Wars
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action, Adventure
Year: 2009
4.0 305596
 Animal Crossing - Wild World  Cover Thumbnail Animal Crossing - Wild World
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Unknown
Year: 2006
4.4 304213
 Call Of Duty - Black Ops  Cover Thumbnail Call Of Duty - Black Ops
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action, Shooter
Year: 2010
4.0 285241
 Need For Speed - Underground 2  Cover Thumbnail Need For Speed - Underground 2
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Racing, Simulation
Year: 2005
3.7 268263
 Mario Kart DS  Cover Thumbnail Mario Kart DS
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Racing
Year: 2005
4.1 261191
 Yu-Gi-Oh - Nightmare Troubadour  Cover Thumbnail Yu-Gi-Oh - Nightmare Troubadour
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Card Game, Strategy, Turn Based Tactics
Year: 2005
4.1 257993
 Inazuma Eleven  Cover Thumbnail Inazuma Eleven
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Sports
Year: 2011
4.0 256372
 Mario Party DS  Cover Thumbnail Mario Party DS
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Misc
Year: 2007
4.2 254996
 Pokemon Edicion Platino  Cover Thumbnail Pokemon Edicion Platino
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2009
4.4 241972
 New Super Mario Bros.  Cover Thumbnail New Super Mario Bros.
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 2006
4.2 239401
 Mario & Luigi - Partners In Time  Cover Thumbnail Mario & Luigi - Partners In Time
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2005
4.5 224985
 Bakugan - Battle Brawlers  Cover Thumbnail Bakugan - Battle Brawlers
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action
Year: 2009
4.1 220372
 Pokemon Version Noire 2  Cover Thumbnail Pokemon Version Noire 2
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2012
3.9 215970

Console History: Nintendo DS


Dual screens on a handheld mobile gaming device? Nintendo took the risk, and it paid off. The Nintendo DS is the best-selling handheld gaming console of all time, and the second best-selling console of any size. Initially designed as a standalone system to complement the Game Boy Advance and GameCube, the Nintendo DS would soon be seen as the Game Boy Advance’s successor, thanks to its backwards compatibility with GBA games in addition to its large library of quality Nintendo DS games.

Released in 2004, the Nintendo DS was out just before the release of Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP), which would go on to become the first real competitor to Nintendo’s grip on the handheld gaming market. Despite this, the Nintendo DS went on to become insanely popular, and it’s dual screen design lives on today in a newer console called the Nintendo 3DS.

The original DS saw two remakes over the course of its life, first with the DS Lite in 2006 and then with the DSi and DSi XL in 2009. With its clamshell design reminiscent of the Game Boy Advance SP, the Nintendo DS was a durable machine. The design of the original model was built well enough that children could drop it without damaging it — a major concern of Nintendo’s and an advantage over the PSP. It’s biggest feature was the touchscreen on the lower screen, which allowed for unique input in games and changed the way that developer’s approached game design. Its games moved from bulky cartridges to slim “Game Cards”, though it retained an extra slot on the bottom for backwards compatibility with Game Boy Advance games. It was also the first handheld console to support wireless connectivity without any additional peripherals.

Further refining the handheld system, Nintendo released the DS Lite, which was essentially a slimmer and lighter form of the original DS with brighter screens. The largest evolution to the gaming system came in the form of the DSi and DSi XL, which introduced cameras to the front and back of the device and dropped support for GBA cartridges. The DSi XL also introduced the concept of having two handhelds on the market at the same time with varying screen sizes, since the XL had significantly larger screens.

Continuing the tradition set by its predecessors, the Nintendo DS saw the next generation of Pokemon games released, this time called Pokemon Pearl, Diamond, and Platinum. In fact, the DS had more generations of Pokemon games released for it than any previous Game Boys, including Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Pokemon Black and White, Pokemon Black 2 and White 2.

The first major Pokemon games released for the system in 2006, Pearl and Diamond, saw the addition of 107 new Pokemon, as well as the ability to connect to other Nintendo DSs over WiFi. Graphics got a huge upgrade as well, bringing the Pokemon games into the modern age and brilliantly mixing 2D and 3D graphics. Later, the remakes of the Game Boy Color games Pokemon Gold and Silver, titled HeartGold and SoulSilver, were released, allowing gamers to relive some of their favorite games with improved graphics and features.

In a first for any of Nintendo’s handhelds, the DS saw the release of another generation of Pokemon in 2011, this time called Black and White. Black and White introduced a whopping 156 new Pokemon, and was also the first to get a direct sequel in the 2012 release of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2.

Many other popular games were released for the system as well, including New Super Mario Bros., Nintendogs, Super Mario 64 DS, Brain Age, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and WarioWare: Touched!

In comparison to past Game Boys, the Nintendo DS had many new methods of input, including the touchscreen (using your finger or the included stylus), new X and Y buttons, and a microphone. The dual screen design proved that Nintendo wasn’t getting lazy in the handheld gaming department and was still willing to take risks to stay competitive.

As one of the most modern devices that can be emulated, the Nintendo DS is an extremely popular system to emulate on PCs, tablets, and smartphones. The dual screen design, with the lower screen being a touchscreen, lends itself well to the touchscreens of modern tablets and smartphones. It’s truly a unique console that lives on for a good reason.