Nintendo DS/NDS ROMs

Thumbnail Name Rating Views
LEGO Batman 2 - DC Super Heroes Thumbnail LEGO Batman 2 - DC Super Heroes
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action, Adventure
Year: 2012
3.7 95362
Pokemon Conquest Thumbnail Pokemon Conquest
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Strategy, Turn Based Tactics
Year: 2012
4.5 202067
Pokemon Version Blanche 2 Thumbnail Pokemon Version Blanche 2
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2012
4.3 116618
Pokemon Version Noire 2 Thumbnail Pokemon Version Noire 2
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2012
3.9 215975
Pokemon Schwarze Edition 2 Thumbnail Pokemon Schwarze Edition 2
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2012
4.0 139711
Ben 10 - Omniverse Thumbnail Ben 10 - Omniverse
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action
Year: 2012
3.7 320242
Transformers Prime Thumbnail Transformers Prime
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action
Year: 2012
4.0 41105
Inazuma Eleven 2 - Blizzard Thumbnail Inazuma Eleven 2 - Blizzard
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Sports
Year: 2012
4.2 60992
Inazuma Eleven 2 - Firestorm Thumbnail Inazuma Eleven 2 - Firestorm
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Sports
Year: 2012
4.2 60149
Dragon Ball Kai - Ultimate Butouden Thumbnail Dragon Ball Kai - Ultimate Butouden
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action, Fighting
Year: 2011
3.9 150232
Inazuma Eleven Thumbnail Inazuma Eleven
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Sports
Year: 2011
4.0 256392
Harvest Moon DS - The Tale Of Two Towns Thumbnail Harvest Moon DS - The Tale Of Two Towns
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Strategy
Year: 2011
4.6 69653
Kirby - Mass Attack Thumbnail Kirby - Mass Attack
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 2011
4.5 47203
Pokemon Version Noire Thumbnail Pokemon Version Noire
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2011
3.9 40656
Pokemon Weisse Edition Thumbnail Pokemon Weisse Edition
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2011
4.3 63976
Pokemon Schwarze Edition Thumbnail Pokemon Schwarze Edition
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2011
4.4 100374
Pokemon Edicion Blanca Thumbnail Pokemon Edicion Blanca
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2011
4.1 73436
One Piece - Gigant Battle Thumbnail One Piece - Gigant Battle
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action, Fighting
Year: 2011
4.4 144779
Pocket Monsters - White Thumbnail Pocket Monsters - White
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2011
3.5 112021
Pokemon White Version Thumbnail Pokemon White Version
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2011
4.2 95214
Pokemon Black Version Thumbnail Pokemon Black Version
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2011
4.1 139478
Beyblade - Metal Masters Thumbnail Beyblade - Metal Masters
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action
Year: 2011
4.2 89222
Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's World Championship Over The Nexus Thumbnail Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's World Championship Over The Nexus
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Unknown
Year: 2011
4.5 62668
Kingdom Hearts - Re-Coded Thumbnail Kingdom Hearts - Re-Coded
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2011
4.3 49740
Plants Vs. Zombies Thumbnail Plants Vs. Zombies
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Strategy
Year: 2011
4.2 41464

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.