The best DS games of all time are more than just staples for another Nintendo handheld. The successor to the Game Boy, the handheld that broadened gaming’s reach to every age group, gender and audience, redefined what we thought a video game machine could be. Long before the iPhone, long before Android, and long before the Nintendo 3DS the DS introduced people to games that could be touched with a touch screen or spoken to through a microphone. It let you pet dogs and make music with plankton.
As Pokemon Go and the NX redefining Nintendo’s again, there’s no better time to reconsider the best DS games and their place in the gaming canon. These are the essentials, the games that blended crazy new ideas in control with some of the best versions of older ideas. These are 25 of the best DS games of all time.