When it comes to hosting a great party, having the right games is paramount. For anyone that has owned a Nintendo DS, there is no shortage of games that can make for an unforgettable party. From classic action games to puzzle games and even RPGs, the DS has something for everyone. And that’s why we’ve put together a list of the 10 absolute best Nintendo DS party games of all time. Whether you’re looking for a great game to play with your friends or just something to keep the party going, these games are sure to do the trick. From the classic Mario Party to the innovative Crash Boom Bang, you’ll find something to keep everyone entertained. So gather your friends, grab your Nintendo DS, and let the party begin!
What Are Party Games?
Party games are games that are designed for groups of people to play together, usually for entertainment. They can range from traditional board and card games to interactive video games. Party games usually involve multiple participants and can vary in complexity. Some of the newer party video games even offer online multiplayer capabilities, allowing friends and family to play together even when they’re not in the same room. Party games are a great way to break the ice and get the conversation flowing at any gathering. They can also provide hours of fun and entertainment, while also fostering teamwork and creative problem-solving. With that in mind, here are the top ten best Nintendo DS party games ever released.
10. New Super Mario Bros
Launched in 2006, New Super Mario Bros is a side-scrolling game with most of the characters and objects having 3D polygonal depictions on 2D backgrounds. In this game, you can play as either Mario or Luigi, his younger brother. Although Sunshine was the last game in this installment on paper, the release of New Super Mario Bros marks the first time Nintendo developed a classically designed game.
The game’s layout is similar to Super Mario 3, with each of the eight worlds having an overhead map with all the levels. The game’s objective is to reach a black flag at the end of the levels. You must also defeat a boss to proceed to the next world. With six power-ups available, the game allows you to store extra power you can use to reach your goals. There are also various ways to prevent your opponent from collecting the coins before you, including ground-pounding them or using offensive powerups. So, whether you grew up playing these games or not, their action-packed levels will make you want to play them over and over again.
- New moves. New Super Mario Bros. expands Mario's arsenal of moves to include some very powerful advanced techniques.
- Run, jump, and stomp your way through raging volcanoes, tropical islands, snow capped peaks, and unimaginable challenges!
- Grab a Mega Mushroom and grow to incredible proportions, or smash through your foes in a blue Koopa shell.
- There are two multiplayer modes in New Super Mario Bros. Mario vs. Luigi and Minigames. In Mario vs. Luigi mode
- New power ups. You'll find classic power-ups like the Super Mushroom and the Fire Flower in the game
9. Mario Kart DS
Nintendo’s Mario Kart series is actually what started the kart-racing genre more than a decade ago. Even after several copycats and clones from other designers, the company’s focus has always been to move the genre forward. With the developers focusing on almost every part of the racing design, Mario Kart DS offers both multiplayer competition and a single-player experience. The depth of gameplay is also stunning and the features are incredibly deep. Like the previous series, Mario Kart DS combines whimsical design with traditional racing mechanics to allow you to navigate around a giant pinball machine with gutters, bumpers, gutters, and giant silver balls.
As a player, you need to choose from a roster of 11 Mario regulars to drive the kart. You can also employ some proper racing skills, strategy, as well as power elements to throw off even the best driver. Besides the great designs, half of the tracks in the game are reprints from the past Mario Kart games series, hence can bring you much-needed nostalgia. Even without proper online functions, it’s impossible to avoid getting addicted to this Nintendo DS classic.
8. Jenga World Tour
Also known as Jenga, Jenga World Tour is a Nintendo DS party game that requires you to dismantle a tower of blocks. The actual challenge of the game comes from pulling blocks and tossing them back to the top of the tower. While pulling blocks is pretty simple, putting them on top can be a bit complex.
Since the game’s sense of depth perception seems a bit faulty, you are likely to miss your target several times before eventually getting close to where you want to go. There are times you’ll pull out a block with relative ease and other times when you’ll spend several minutes trying to move a block that is stuck. Designed to maximize the use of innovative control systems on DS, the game offers quick-paced and tactical gameplay that combines risk-taking and suspense.
To ensure that it remains fresh and unique, the game features different types of blocks and power-ups. From a multitude of gameplay options to sophisticated physics, Jenga World Tour contains all the intensity, fun, and challenge of the original series with a wealth of exciting new enhancements and twists that are only possible in the video game world. If you are a fan of puzzles, the game has something for you.
- A real sense of tension thanks to the DS stylus: select a block, push it, pull, tap or twist it!
- Single and multiplayer fun offline and online, including reality-defying modes: glue the blocks, unleash the little monkey, etc.
- A wide variety of game modes for short or long challenges.
7. Crash Boom Bang
Similar to Mario Party style, Crash Boom Bang lets you compete against others or link various DS systems to challenge your friends in 40 different minigame challenges. You can either play individually or join a larger board game-style competition with the overall goal of rolling the dice so that it lands in the square and earns points. When you’re not actively involved in the minigame, you can increase your points by pestering other players via pop-up chat messages. Depending on the type of square that you land on, you can win or lose Wumpa Fruit, obtain an item, or trigger a special event. The race features six stages, each containing smaller sub-maps that you must complete before you can move to another map. If you gather the most points, you become the winner.
It also has 3 different modes; Adventure Mode, My Room Mode, and Festival Mode. To win the games, you require proper balance, timing, and intelligence. The different game boards also feature generic scenery, music, and sound effects that range from decent to rudimentary. That said, Crash Boom Bang is quite attractive in terms of aesthetics and has minigames that work. If you are a younger gamer, you’ll enjoy its simpler, easy mini-games.
- REVOLUTIONARY “Motion Panel Communicator”
- 40 Wacky Action-oriented Mini-games Taking Full Advantage of the DS Platform
- Enhanced Interaction Among Players Via Betting & Item Collecting
- Trademark Crash Humor and Characters
Whether you want to have fun or amuse friends, Faceez offers several ways to customize photos by including disguises, funny expressions, and animations. First, you’ll need a real image or even one you’ve drawn on a piece of paper. Faceez will then help you to take the best picture possible and provide an on-screen guide with helpful tips for lighting, background, and grooming. Since there is no gameplay to speak of in Faceez, this application is not suitable for just everyone, but only for those looking for a competent tool they can use with their Nintendo DSi camera. Being a photo application, Faceez lets you snap a photo or utilize existing photos to create a Faceez, a creature, with an oversized portrait of a head and body and stick-like arms and legs.
Once you’ve pasted your face or someone’s face onto the Faceez, they provide you with a set of more than 150 accessories, including hats, facial hair, and tuna. You can then use animations such as rapping motions or ballet dancing and place them in the photo. You can also share your creations with your friends on Facebook. So, get the app today to photograph, disguise and animate and have your friends rolling on the floor laughing.
5. LOL: Never Party Alone!
Commonly known as Bakushow in Europe, LOL: Never Party Alone! is a Nintendo DS party game published by Skip Ltd. The objective of the game was to be as imaginative as possible for you and your friends. In this game, you are asked to either draw or write something within the time frame. Therefore, you must choose the best answer or the funniest drawing to get the biggest number of votes. Once the host reveals the answers, a winner will be voted and the next round of the challenge will be decided. A multiplayer only, this game focuses on being imaginative and requires between 2 to 4 players to participate. While the game may seem very simple, it has the potential to be very entertaining. It also offers a copy tool to help you start drawing or writing something or finish the partly drawn image.
LOL doesn’t offer anything new for party games in general, but it’s a lot of fun and easy to play. Whether you want to pass the time in an airport or entertain yourself while traveling, you can make good use of the game’s capabilities.
4. Hasbro Family Game Night
Hasbro Family Game Night is the first series of its eponymous game installment published by Electronic Arts. A collection of mini-games, the game consists of six Hasbro board games, including Battleship, Connect Four, Boggle, Sorry!, Yahtzee, and Sliders. Unlike Connect four, Boggle is a fast-paced word game that is a bit more complicated. The game aims to see who can find the words faster.
As for Yahtzee, you are required to randomly generate dice rolls to score in different categories. If you roll the dice and get two sixes and three fives, you move to the next category. Yahtzee also features alternative rules that can spice up things such as variants that let you try for the lowest score instead of block-out categories or try higher scores. Sorry! and Battleship are also represented well with only a few minor issues. Otherwise, Family Game Night offers a decent distraction, particularly if you play it with friends.
3. Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
A sequel to Rayman Raving Rabbids and the second installment of the franchise, Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 is a party video game made and published by Ubisoft. The game focuses on deranged Rabbids and their attempt to invade the earth.
In the beginning, you need to guide Rayman on a series of journeys throughout different parts of the world. With each game consisting of six minigames, you can play the game on either an easy or a normal difficulty setting. Since Raving Rabbids 2 was clearly developed around multiplayer, it’s here that it performs the best. For instance, you can jump and play the game at any point, and have even more fun when you’re playing against another person.
Overall, Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 can be engaging for up to 2 hours, but after you’ve played all the minigames, it becomes less interesting. If you plan to play with friends, you will still enjoy all the games but don’t expect a complete package like the previous versions.
2. Super Monkey Ball: Touch and Roll
Super Monkey Ball: Touch and Roll is a DS party game that requires you to guide a silver ball around a maze while avoiding the holes along the way. For starters, you control a cute monkey, navigate through different stages, and collect bananas for points. With various kinds of stages, you must overcome narrow bridges, ramps, stairs, moving platforms, and other tricky hazards to guide the monkey safely without falling off the edge. You can also collect bananas and earn extra lives. As you set your direction and then power up, you’ll realize that control is pretty easy.
Most importantly, this is a fast-paced game, hence you’ll never have to struggle with the graphics while controlling the monkey. With four classic party games to play in both single and multiplayer modes, this is a game you wouldn’t want to ignore.
- Control your Monkey Ball through a variety of mazes, using the touch screen and stylus
- Race against the other monkeys in hundreds of unique, tiled obstacle courses
- All kinds of great minigames you'll have to see to believe - Monkey Fight, Monkey Bowling, Monkey Race and Monkey Mini-golf, each with their own touch-screen controls
- You can even compete against other monkeys in pie and banana throwing fights
1. Mario Party DS
Released in 2007, Mario Party DS is often considered by most critics as the best Nintendo DS party game of all time. Featuring up to 72 party games, including battle mini-games, four-player mini-games, two-vs-two mini-games, and boss mini-games, this is a game you can enjoy for several hours. This version is the first of its kind to feature an overall theme of the universe that requires you to move around libraries and enormous gardens while competing in various challenges taking place in remote-controlled cars, sinks, and kitchen tables.
As usual, you have to collect stars and coins while escaping dangers such as Piranha Plants and other creatures of the universe. As the game progresses, you can unlock various mini-games, including Sweet Sleuth, Rail Riders, and Goomba Wrangler. The game also has rich stereophonic music that will make you want to increase the volume and listen to the goofy character voices. That said, Mario Party DS is a solid multiplayer that offers one of the best mini-game experiences. If you are looking for something to play with people, you’ll find it an outright blast. Plus, it also has enough content to keep you occupied if you are playing solo.
- Multiplayer (2-4 Players): Using one game card, players can wirelessly share Party Mode and Minigame Mode (2-4 players), plus Puzzle Mode (2 players) and the download-only Extras Mode with nearby...
- Story Mode (1 Player): In this solo mode, Mario and his friends are shrunk down by Bowser.
- Party Mode (1-4 Players): Compete against human or system-controlled players on a party board in a Battle Royale, Tag Battle or Duel Battle.
- With 70+ minigames and five themed game boards, Mario Party DS packs all the goods for portable play. And it’s brought to life with fun surprises players can see only on Nintendo DS, such as touch...
- Users can play as one of eight characters: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Daisy, Toad, Wario and Waluigi. They're all ready to foil Bowser’s latest scheme.
There you have it. The absolute best Nintendo DS party games of all time. These games are not only popular but also worth playing. If you’d like to explore more of these games, there are a multitude of DS party games you can check out today.
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