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Initial post: Feb 13, 2012, 10:59:44 AM PST
Check out the new digs. :) This is a place for continued discussion of DS games that we grown-ups are enjoying.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 11:02:05 AM PST
saskamazon says:
good going Classic - was stunned to see all the 1 word posts & thought it rather pathetic. when I saw there were so many new posts, I thought maybe there was something big happening in the gaming world that I missed. but alas not, just some attention starved individual.

glad to have our new thread ... :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012, 11:03:53 AM PST
Thanks, Saska! :) What are you playing these days?

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 11:04:24 AM PST
Weemadarthur says:
We should probably put our voting list on the first page. Anyone know where that got to?

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 11:05:39 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 11:06:01 AM PST
Jesus really is a big pain....just getting whatever jollies he is getting

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 11:06:49 AM PST
Puzzler says:
Classic, thanks for starting the new thread.

You should have a PayPal shipping email this morning. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012, 11:08:10 AM PST
Here's my post from the last time we voted (at the end of 2010), Weemadarthur.


The following is a list of our favorite DS games for adults by genre, as voted by many of the participants in this thread (with notes on the tabulation process below).

** RPGs

1.) Dragon Quest IX
2.) Zubo
3.) Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
4.) Wizard of Oz
5.) The World Ends with You
6.) Rhapsody
7.) Final Fantasy: Ring of Fates
8.) Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
9.) Contact
10.) Nostalgia

Honorable Mentions:

Golden Sun DS
Dragon Quest IV
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
Mario & Luigi: Inside Story
Glory of Heracles
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Atelier Annie
Pokemon Pearl
Pokemon Diamond
Orcs & Elves
My World, My Way


1.) Scribblenauts
2.) New Super Mario Bros. DS
3.) Soul Bubbles
4.) Super Scribblenauts
5.) Super Princess Peach
6.) Docomodake Boing!
7.) Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero
8.) Kirby Canvas Curse
9.) Yoshi's Island DS
10.) Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

Honorable Mentions:

Henry Hatsworth & the Puzzling Adventure
The Simpsons Game
A Christmas Carol
Rabbids Go Home
Bubble Bobble
Drawn to Life
Super Mario 64 DS
Kirby Squeak Squad
Puzzle Expedition
Toy Story 3
The Tale of Despereaux


1.) Hotel Dusk
2.) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
3.) Broken Sword
4.) Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All
5.) Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
6.) Trace Memory
7.) 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
8.) Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations
9.) Lego Harry Potter
10.) Theresia

Honorable Mentions:

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Alice in Wonderland
Crime Lab
Touch Detective
Overlord Minions
Secret Files Tunguska
Lego Indiana Jones
CSI: Deadly Intent
Time Hollow
Women's Murder Club
Barbie Tangled
Totally Spies
Barbie & the Three Musketeers
Barbie Horse Riding Club
Alex Rider: Stormbreaker
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian


1.) Big Bang Mini
2.) Space Invaders Extreme
3.) Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ
4.) Geometry Wars: Galaxies
5.) Dementium: The Ward
6.) Shrek Super Slam
7.) Point Blank
8.) Resident Evil: Deadly Silence
9.) Moon
10.) Contra 4

Honorable Mentions:

Ninja Gaiden
Metal Slug 7


1.) Ninjatown
2.) Chocolatier
3.) Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
4.) Advance Wars: Dual Strike
5.) Blue Dragon Plus
6.) Dawn of Discovery
7.) Build-a-Lot
8.) Robocalypse
9.) Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution
10.) Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

Honorable Mentions:

Lego Battles
Lock's Quest


1.) Mario Kart DS
2.) Diddy Kong Racing
3.) SBK: Snowboard Kids
4.) Cartoon Network Racing
5.) MySims Racing
6.) Shaun White Snowboarding
7.) Cars: Mater-National
8.) Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
9.) Mario Hoops: 3 on 3
10.) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Honorable Mentions:

Race Driver: Create & Race
Imagine Figure Skater


1.) Animal Crossing: Wild World
2.) Style Savvy
3.) Sims 3
4.) Nintendogs
5.) Sims 2
6.) Lost in Blue
7.) MySims Kingdom
8.) Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol
9.) My Baby 3 & Friends
10.) John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland

Honorable Mentions:

Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar
Viva Pinata
Shrek: Ogres & Dronkeys
Baby Life
Shepherd's Crossing 2
Farm Frenzy
The Urbz: Sims in the City
My Baby Boy
My Baby First Steps
Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times


1.) Professor Layton & the Curious Village
2.) Professor Layton & the Diabolical Box
3.) Professor Layton & the Unwound Future
4.) Brain Age
5.) Big Brain Academy
6.) Brain Age 2
7.) My Spanish Coach
8.) Imagine Artist
9.) Hi! Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Challenge
10.) Let's Draw

Honorable Mentions:

My Chinese Coach
Paint by DS
Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck
National Geographic: Panda
Brain Challenge
Mind Quiz: Your Brain Challenge
Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles


1.) Casual Mania
2.) Cooking Mama
3.) Mario Party DS
4.) Pogo Island
5.) WarioWare: Touched
6.) Zenses Rainforest
7.) Cooking Mama 2
8.) Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party
9.) Feel the Magic XX XY
10.) 101-in-1 Explosive Megamix

Honorable Mentions:

Cooking Mama 3
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Zenses Ocean
Gardening Mama
Shrek Carnival Craze
Bomberman Land Touch!
Chuck E. Cheese Party Games
Spongebob vs. The Big One: Beach Party Cook Off
Rub Rabbits
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Carnival Games
Retro Atari
Crafting Mama
WarioWare D.I.Y.
Casper's Scare School: Classroom Capers
Casper's Scare School: Scary Sports Day
Puffin Island Adventure
Six Flags Fun Park

** MATCH-3

1.) Tetris DS
2.) Cradle of Rome
3.) Jewel Quest Expeditions
4.) Bejeweled Twist
5.) 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
6.) Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
7.) Jewel Master: Egypt
8.) Jewel Master: Cradle of Athena
9.) Luxor: Pharoah's Challenge
10.) Meteos

Honorable Mentions:

Puzzle Quest 2
Zoo Keeper
Tetris Party Deluxe
7 Wonders 2
Disney Meteos
Jewels of the Lost Tropical Island
Space Bust-a-Move
Pokemon Trozei


1.) Elite Beat Agents
2.) Rhythm Heaven
3.) Looney Tunes Cartoon Conductor
4.) Disney Stitch Jam
5.) Beat City
6.) Ontamarama
7.) Taiko no Tatsujin DS (Drum Master DS)
8.) Lego Rock Band
9.) Ouendan 2
10.) Meccha! Taiko no Tatsujin DS (Drum Master DS 2)

Honorable Mentions:

Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Guitar Hero


1.) Mystery Case Files: Millionheir
2.) Hidden Objects: Mystery Stories
3.) Buckingham Palace
4.) Mystery P.I.
5.) Amazing Adventures: The Forgotten Ruins
6.) Hidden Mysteries: Vampire Secrets
7.) Jewel Quest Mysteries
8.) Chronicles of Mystery: Curse of the Ancient Temple
9.) Dream Chronicles
10.) Hidden Mysteries: Salem Secrets (Salem Witch Trials)

Honorable Mentions:

Cate West: The Vanishing Files
Samantha Swift
Vampire Moon: The Mystery of the Hidden Sun
Mystery Tales of Time Travel
Princess Isabella


1.) Bookworm
2.) Word Jong
3.) CrossworDS (aka Crosswords DS)
4.) Jumble Madness
5.) Scrabble
6.) My Word Coach
7.) Wordmaster
8.) N.Y. Times Crosswords
9.) Wordfish
10.) USA Today Crosswords


1.) Wedding Dash
2.) Diner Dash
3.) Cake Mania
4.) Burger Island
5.) Cake Mania 3
6.) Sushi Go Round
7.) Cake Mania 2
8.) Hysteria Hospital
9.) Diner Dash: Flo on the Go
10.) Sally's Salon

Honorable Mentions:

Salon Superstar


1.) Clubhouse Games
2.) Quest Trio (including Mahjong Quest)
3.) Touchmaster
4.) 100 All-Time Favorites
5.) Slingo Quest
6.) Uno / Skip-Bo / Uno Freefall
7.) Monopoly, Boggle, Yahtzee, Battleship
8.) Sudoku Ball Detective
9.) Touchmaster 2
10.) Mahjong Mysteries: Ancient Egypt

Honorable Mentions:

Wipeout: The Game
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader: Game Time
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader: Back to School
Solitaire Overload Plus
Wheel of Fortune


1.) Puzzler World
2.) Picross 3D
3.) Rooms
4.) USA Today Puzzle Craze
5.) Picross
6.) Retro Game Challenge
7.) Metroid Prime Pinball
8.) Peggle Dual Shot
9.) Logic Machines
10.) Color Cross

Honorable Mentions:

Puzzler Collection
Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming
Midnight Play Pack
Super Collapse 3
Nervous Brickdown
Brain Buster Puzzle Pak
Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans


1.) Bookworm
2.) Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper
3.) Aura-Aura Climber
4.) Shantae: Risky's Revenge
5.) Bejeweled Twist
6.) AlphaBounce
7.) Dr. Mario Express
8.) Maestro! Green Groove
9.) TURN: The Lost Artifact
10.) Art Style: Aquia

Honorable Mentions:

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
Mighty Flip Champs!
The Oregon Trail
Pinball Pulse
Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro
Hints Hunter
24/7 Solitaire
Hello Flowerz
Supermarket Mania
Word Search
Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam
Hell's Kitchen
3D Mahjong
Art Style: Precipice
Super Swap
Flight Control
Go! Go! Island Rescue
Pinball Attack
Pop + Solo
Adventure in Vegas: Slot Machines
Fantasy Slots
Spot It Challenge
Spot the Difference
Match Up
Date or Ditch
Miami Nights
Gangstar 2
Surviving High School
Castle Conqueror
Extreme Hangman
Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe
Divergent Shift
Hot & Cold
Cave Story

A Few Notes on the Vote Tabulation Process:

I have ranked our top 10 games in each genre based on total number of votes received. For instance, looking at the category of RPGs, Dragon Quest IX was the clear first-place winner with a total of 7 votes. If the number of votes was equal, I used the relative "points" as the factor for determining tie-breakers. For instance, still looking at the category of RPGs, both Zubo and Might & Magic received a total of 4 votes, making them tied. However, Zubo received one #1 vote, one #2 vote, one #3 vote, and one #4 vote. Votes are weighted by order of preference in descending order. For instance, a #1 vote is worth 5 points, a #2 vote is worth 4 points, a #3 vote is worth 3 points, a #4 vote is worth 2 points, and a #5 vote is worth 1 point. So Zubo received four votes and a total of 14 points. In the meantime, Might & Magic received one #2 vote, two #3 votes, and one #5 vote for a total of 11 points. Since Zubo received more points, Zubo is ranked 2nd (ahead of Might & Magic in the 3rd place slot), based on weighted scoring.

I hope this makes sense!

While I ranked our top 10 choices in each category based on your voting, the honorable mentions are in more or less random order.

I did have to adjust the categories on a few games, especially in cases in which the same game received several nominations in different genres. In such cases, I preserved the intended score for the game from each of you, but I put all of the votes together in one category. (For instance, Casual Mania was nominated in several categories: Mini-Game Compilations, Hidden Object, Time Management, and Other Puzzle, Arcade, & Compilations). The majority of the votes were for it in the category of Mini-Game Compilations. After double-checking the game description and genre distinction on several gaming websites, I determined that the category of Mini-Game Compilations did seem most appropriate for our purposes, and I compiled all of the votes for Casual Mania (regardless of genre) in this one place. There were a other few games that honestly could have fit quite neatly into several different genres, but I ultimately just did the best I could to pick one and stick with it.

Thanks again to everyone who participated! Now to go add some of the great games to my ever-growing wishlist... :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012, 11:09:33 AM PST
saskamazon says:
I've been messing with the Art Academy program on the 3DS - got the free DL, as I can't draw anything & wanted to improve for the swapnote app. lol. most of my gaming time is going to DA:O .... I'm in the nightmare maze now. with some Zen & Sakurai thrown in for good measure on the handheld front.

anything got you in it's grip ? *gaming wise*

that Jesus poster really needs to get back on his meds.... poor thing seems to have lost touch with reality ...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012, 11:14:28 AM PST
Weemadarthur says:
Thanks, Classic! That should help the lurkers. With lists that long, they may never talk to us lol.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 11:15:56 AM PST
saskamazon says:
at some point, there should be a 3DS game list of faves. .... more folks own them now than at launch. and there is a growing library of games for it.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 11:56:50 AM PST
To Whom it May Concern, aka: 6lb 8oz Baby Jesus~

Go crawl back under your stinkin' rock and put yourself out of your misery. You're not wanted here, and probably nowhere else.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012, 12:01:43 PM PST
Sadly, my grading load has been so heavy in the past few days that I haven't had the time to play anything. But before that, I was playing Resident Evil: Revelations on the 3DS, and I'm still finishing up some of the leftover side quests in Doctor Lautrec, plus my second playthrough of DA:O on the 360. So you're in the Fade, huh? The first time I played DA:O, I got incredibly lost there (partly because work got so busy that I couldn't play for a couple of months, and then I couldn't remember what the heck I was doing, lol). The second time I got to that portion it seemed so easy! Just recently finished my second playthrough of Jeanne d'Arc on the PSP too, and I still need to get back to and finish Atelier Rorona on the PS3.

Anyway, I promised the kiddo that we'd find some time for Skylanders this afternoon, so I have that to look forward in a bit. I'm also planning on trying out the new Jewel Link Chronicles game to get my puzzle fix in the next few days. :)

And, yes, Saska, I think a 3DS vote would be fun. It's probably just about time for a new DS vote too, since it's been over a year since our last one and quite a bit has come out since then.

What's everyone else playing these days?

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 12:18:48 PM PST
saskamazon says:
what Skylanders chapter are you on? we're at 22 & all 13 figures died .... oh dear, I felt bad when the last one collapsed! more a testament to my lack of skill getting through that area. must try again .... our 2nd controller went for the big one & I had to repace it last week so we could get back to 2 player gaming.

sounds like you have a lot on the go, both work & gaming wise ... I think I'm lost in the maze - sometimes getting to the red light (enemy) can pose quite challenging, although, perhaps on a future playthrough I would find it easier ....

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012, 12:35:48 PM PST
flowerchild says:

I really appreciate it that you re-posted the game list. I, for one, certainly needed the refreshed look at it. Thanks very much!

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 12:53:15 PM PST
Weemadarthur says:
I played through Broken Sword recently. That is a fun adventure game, but I was glad for the in game hints. It saved me from reading a walkthrough. I already have the sequels on pc, I played the 2nd some time ago and started the 3rd. I like the humor in the whole series.

I may start playing Jake Hunter, which I picked up a few weeks ago. I think I'm still in the mood for an adventure game.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 2:47:39 PM PST
If you do start Jake Hunter, weemadarthur, let me know if you like it. It's been in my backlog forever.

Thanks, Classic, for the list.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 3:00:25 PM PST
Cris says:
I finally picked up Bejeweled 3. I can see spend a good chunk of time playing the Zen mode :-) I'm going to pick up a copy for mom for when we visit during Spring Break. I remember a time that "PC -like " version was slated for the GBA but that must have fell through. She's going to love it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012, 4:38:49 PM PST
I love Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past! It's really quite well done if you a fan of the genre, IMHO. :)

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 5:35:32 PM PST
D. Carlson says:
My copy of Populous arrived today. I picked it up at Raggie's suggestion. I don't know much about it but the price was only $8 so I figured it was worth a try. I'll pop it in for a while tonight and see what's what.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012, 6:16:27 PM PST
I tried to play Populous a couple years ago. D. Carlson, let me know how you do with it. I gave up.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, 6:23:31 PM PST
SF Girl: My memory gets worse and worse...but I played Populous years ago...can't remember too much about it!
Am still on the Skylander it is saving since I've beat I'm in the 5th level. I have drobot, which I put him up, got out Stealth elf..he's cute little character, and have tried the Sargent and one other? Haven't gotten my Skylander has taken forever!
Been playing Sushi dash on the Kindle Fire
Been playing the new Jewel Wonder game...on my small dsi while I'm waiting on hubby to get through his hyperbaric chamber, it's pretty cool puzzle game.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012, 6:37:26 AM PST
D. Carlson-Yes, let us know your thoughts on Populous. I thought about getting it on Raggies suggestion, but my backlog is so huge I had to beg off. I am still plugging along with Lego Harry Potter, Years 5-7 but I can't seem to get any farther on the area I am on. Still trying to get the second of the golden goblets at the end of year 6. Anyone who has played this....HELP! I keep battling all of the 'robots' who come at me, but the 'fire' in front of the 'stand' that holds the goblet won't back off. The walkthrough doesn't say how to do it, only to do it. I'm also playing The Lost City on my Kindle Fire and came to a point where I have done what I am supposed to, but it won't work! So, I'm stuck on two games! Frustrating!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012, 9:24:03 AM PST
Puzzler says:
DKG, I'm no help, as I haven't started HP 5-7 yet. In fact, I just started HP 1-4.

I'm about halfway thru year 2 and enjoying it. It's kind of funny, though, so many of the knocks against HP 5-7 seem to be about the button-driven controls compared to stylus-driven in HP 1-4. Well, I came to 1-4 after having played Lego Indy Original, and that was all about the buttons. :) So I keep using the pad to move my character in HP 1-4 just 'cuz that's what I'm used to. Every now and again I remember to use the stylus. I'm sure there are times it would be easier to move around if I'd just remember to use the stylus. My thumb seems to have a mind of its own, though!

Posted on Feb 14, 2012, 11:09:59 AM PST
Puzzler, that's what I did too.....played Lego Indiana Jones and THEN played Lego Harry Potter. Using the stylus on Harry Potter just didn't seem right after playing Indiana Jones. lol I don't think its just because the second game is played with the buttons instead of the stylus though. Its just not as good a game as years 1-4. Years 1-4 was fun, and so far years 5-7 is just ok at best. I just finished year 5, but am not in a hurry to play year 6. It took me forever to figure out how to get Gwarp over to Prof. Umbridge. I kept getting that darn tricycle stuck. I had to start that section over about 3 times because the tricycle was stuck and I couldn't get it to move.
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