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Best Pokémon Games in DS (Nintendo)

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Pokémon Games in DS have been sold out all over the World since its 1st generation. We all know it is one of the largest media franchises, so it is not surprising about these best Pokémon games to be this famous. The Pokémon game series have numerous video games, which also includes the spin-off games, that too on multiple platforms. However, we chose to present the best Pokémon games in DS or Nintendo DS.


Now, What is a Nintendo DS or only DS? It is a dual-screen handheld game console which is small and is also called a portable, self-contained video gaming console. Pokémon games were sold on handheld consoles, especially on Nintendo Handhelds.

nintendo DS

Pokémon game series

First release date: February 27, 1996 Developed by: Game Freak Published by: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company Platforms:  Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch

7 Best Pokémon Games

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Release Date: September 12, 2009 (Japan).  Later It was released all over the world in March 2010) Platform: Nintendo DS

Pokémon Heartgold and Soulsilver versions are part of the Pokémon game series’ fourth generation. It features two regions of the game’s fictional World- Johto and Kanto. This World features a particular creature Pokémon where your only goal is to become the best and strongest pokemon trainer. By training your Pokemon to be the strongest, you have to defeat the other trainers. And, that’s how you will become the best one. Honestly speaking, this game’s graphics are too good as an old game.


Gameplay: If you either encounter a wild pokemon or get a challenge from another trainer, the screen will switch to the battle screen. The battle will begin with your one Pokemon, but you can capture more or less pokemon by using Poke balls. Your Pokemon has HP (Hitpoints); During the battles, it will be visible. The more HP decreases, the weaker it will become. And lastly, it will faint. Unless you revive it, it won’t be of any use to you during battles. Moreover, your Pokemon can damage the opposing Pokemon until it faints, and that’s how your Pokemon also gets points. After gaining enough points, it will level up.

Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black and White

Release date: September 18, 2010 (Japan). March 2011 (Other parts of the world) Platform: Nintendo DS

Pokémon Game Series’s first installments in the fifth generation were these two- Pokémon Black version and white version. It is quite similar to the previous one as the young trainer trains his Pokemons to compete against other trainers. This time it is set in the Unova region along with a new mission to prevent the conspiracy of a criminal organization. Seasonal cycle, rotation battles are newly included in this one. Black and white version of Pokémon presents 156 new Pokémon whereas the Pokémon Red and Blue version have 151 Pokémons.

Gameplay: In this one, the player can carry more than six Pokémon at a time. Pokémon can learn up to four moves, which include attacking moves and healing moves. The attack and the special attack vary depending on physical involvement or supernatural involving. Moves that involve supernatural power are the special ones. A Pokémon has its own type, and there are overall seventeen types. Each Pokémon’s type makes itself resistant to others. However, at the location- “Day-care,” you can breed your two Pokémon (one male and one female), and a baby Pokémon of level 1 will be born.

Pokémon Conquest

Pokémon Conquest

Release date: March 17, 2012 (Japan), June-July 2012 (Other parts of the world) Platform: Nintendo DS

Pokémon Conquest is a crossover game between Nobunaga’s Ambition and the Pokémon game series. This game is certainly different from other Pokémon games, and somehow it is underrated. It got both praise and criticism as it was completely different; many Pokémon lovers didn’t quite like this. Yet, many of the players thought it was fun to play with new gameplay and a new plot.   

Gameplay: You will take on the role of the player who travels throughout the Ransei region. And, you will have to befriend Pokémon, battling with warriors to unite the seventeen kingdoms of the Ransei region. As this is different, A Pokémon can only use one move. Each Pokémon has a specific move as if it represents its species. The whole gameplay is based on a legend foretold – If one unites the entire Ransei region, he can encounter the Pokémon that created the Ransei region. As a result, to fulfil the foretold, warriors and warlords get involved in fights and ruin the peace of Ransei.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl version were the first instalments in the fourth generations of the Pokémon game series. Moreover, it is one of the successful games of the Pokémon game series. Just like Pokémon Black and White, the player (young trainer) trains Pokémon along with battling and preventing the schemes of a criminal organization.  

Gameplay: Featuring RPG, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl come with adventure elements same as Pokémon Black and White’s seventeen types. Here too, you can only have six Pokémon at a time. Capturing Pokémons with Poké balls isn’t new. Moreover,  if you capture them while you’ve six Pokémon, it will be at your active party. The successful capture of Pokémon depends on that particular Pokémon’s HP and the Poké ball’s strength. The success rate boosts if the targets HP is lower, and the Poké ball’s strength is higher. The capture rate varies from one species to another. 

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon Platinum

Release date: September 13, 2008 (Japan), March 2009 (Some other parts of the World) Platform: Nintendo DS

Pokémon Platinum is another RPG featuring game, which is also the expanded version of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Platinum has a feature to let the player choose either to be male or female. Giratina, known as the mascot Pokémon, plays the primary role. As it is an enhanced version, Giratina was also in the Diamond and Pearl version but with only one form. In Platinum, it has a new equivalent form. However, the game sets in a completely new place, “Distortion World.”

Gameplay: Just like other Pokémon games, Platinum has the same features; such as, a young trainer who can have six Pokémon at a time, can battle with other trainers or wild Pokémons, can capture Pokémons with Poké balls. Apart from these, multiple changes were made on the Pokémons appearances. Furthermore, a feature named “Wi-fi plaza” is newly added, which features a couple of Pokémon mini-games, allowing up to twenty players to be present there. The new world- Distortion World features a completely misshapen physics that is different from the standard world.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue and Red Rescue Team

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue and Red Rescue Team

Release date: November 17, 2005 (Japan), Around September 2006 (Some other parts of the World); August 30, 2007 (Korea)
Platform: Nintendo DS

The game starts following a story of the player who had been turned into a Pokémon and also suffered from amnesia. With his fellow Pokémon, he begins his journey to find out his identity. Because of its gameplay and graphics, it got critical reviews. Yet, its originality covered those shortcomings and got much praise and love. 

Gameplay: At the start of the game, you will have to take part in a personality quiz. That will decide which Pokémon you will become throughout the game. As the whole game is mission-based, you will have to finish many tasks, such as delivering items, rescuing Pokémons. After completing the tasks, you will earn points that will let your team level up. Whether the main character gets defeated or the partner, you will fail in both cases. Besides, the player can get hungry; You can find the food in a dungeon or can buy it in advance.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness and Time

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness and Time

Release date: September 13, 2007 (Japan), Around June and July 2008 (other parts of the World) Platform: Nintendo DS

Pokémon Blue and Red rescue team are connected with this video game. The player who turned into a Pokémon now joins an exploration society. Shifting dungeons, and fighting with wild Pokémons are the main goal to finish. Its wi-fi function and storyline made it get numerous compliments. But, the repetition of the gameplay was the only fault for this game. The basic is the same as the Blue and Red rescue team, but some new features were added.

Gameplay: To explore dungeons, you have to enter it. You may encounter wild or hostile Pokémon, and thus your team will fight against it. If one of you get defeated, your entire team will be disqualified, along with losing half of your money and items. One of the new features is- you can send one of your team members to aid a friend in need. Point to be noted; this is just a temporary outgiving which allows you to have up to four members. Also, multiple new items are introduced here.

Closing Thought

After sorting out the best Pokemon games in DS, we will just leave it to you to choose which one to play first. These games are literally for you if you want to relive your childhood. Apart from these, there are many Pokémon games to play in your free time. Though some of them are not available in DS, it’s also worth it.

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